I remember getting my first ever model kit as a kid. I was excited because all the kewl kids seemed to be “into” putting together model planes and cars. And by kewl kids, I mean nerds.
(Confession time. It’s a bit hazy, but I think I hung out with the nerd crowd a lot back then. And by a lot, I mean, like all the time. Unfashionable clothes, multiple Trapper Keepers, Members Only jackets borrowed from our dads after they had gone out of style, bags weighed down with algebra books while our peers were still struggling with “new math”. I don’t even think I knew how to say INXS when I saw it scratched on desktops and Rush was simply what I did in the morning before the bus came.)
So I clearly remember my disappointment when I opened up the model airplane box.
All those tiny little pieces that you had to twist off and set aside with instructions that made way too much use of arrows. I took one look and quietly put the top back on.
(Confession time. I think I took the included stickers and put them on my Trapper Keeper. That made it even MORE cool, if that’s at all possible.)
Despite having an IQ of 142, I’ve always maintained that I’m spatially challenged.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate people who have the infinite patience to put together tiny bits of plastic to make a plane or a car or even to finish 5,000 piece jigsaw puzzles.
So I was intrigued when I walked by a model boat store today on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Except this was Boats on Steroid. Sailboats, cigarette boats, cruisers, they were all there.
Starting from VND 200,ooo-300,000 (~USD 10-15) for the smallest ones…
up to VND 20,000,000-30,000,000 (~USD 1,000-1,500) for the ginormous colonial warships…
You could even bring a photo in of your boat and get a custom replica made.
The craftsmanship and attention to detail were simply amazing.
So boys and girls, I think the lesson we should all take away from this is that: In the end, the nerds always win.
What about you? What kind of kid were you in school?
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