First ever ship model was a little Airfix "Santa Maria" bought in good old "Woollies". Followed by a series of Revell kits.
Next came 1/1200; some Triangs, then in 1/1200 kits it was an Eaglewall ??? I can't remember which was first - I was so taken with them that I spent ALL my paper-round earnings on them as they were issued.
I collected them all onto my own "Spithead review" baseboard, kept under my bed. My then GP was ex-Navy(WWII), and one visit he spent over an hour on his knees going through the models rather than checking my ailing chest out.
Some years later, whilst I was on a "French exchange visit", my dear mother threw them all away. Probably why I have so many now!
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