I have built a few as bonus' for customer cars. The look on their faces when they see them is pretty cool. They think I went through a lot of trouble when the reality is about 10 mins with scissors, white glue and tape.
I don't personally feel like Bernard was calling out the "piling on" so much as these guys have taken a fairly good beating around here. And while they don't seem to be rebutting here i think Bernard makes a case for them. If you "threw up" [sic] something on eBay and it got bids and was what we would call either junk or at best "shelf fodder" I think I might privately commend you. I know that I have. Privately I have thought 'If you can get that much for that hunka Carp so be it". The rest of us [I mean builders of our ilk] can piss up a rope. Help yourself to the crying while I kinda cash in. There was a saying years ago. it went something like "No one has ever gone broke underestimating the American public".. I find that it rings true..
The current state of affairs in this country is such that a match might seem overkill to set things off. While personal politics are out of place let's all remind ourselves we have our personal tastes, and that for the most part there are those who don't agree. "One man's junk" applies...... Just playing devil's advocate a bit.
So I'll present this car to Joe at the party and I hope he'll be thrilled. His office has 2 large cabinets full of large scale diecast cars and it's my wish this finds a place among them. I hope I can make the December deadline!