“All of us have limitations, however typically our limitations do not get in the best way,” stated Brostrom, who has restricted area imaginative and prescient resulting from congenital glaucoma. “I have been legally blind all my life, so I am unsure what it is wish to have regular imaginative and prescient. I did not even consider my eyesight getting in the best way (of shipbuilding).
“I can see properly up shut. Particulars fade at a distance,” he stated.
Brostrom, a Wilton native, started working with replicas whereas enrolled on the faculty for the blind, the place he attended his first six years of faculty. His mom, Lorraine, would go to him regularly, all the time bringing a mannequin package, corresponding to a dinosaur, to assemble.
The primary ship he ever rigged was an eight-inch mannequin of the Flying Cloud clipper, on the age of 12.
Subsequent was a reproduction of Captain Hook’s pirate ship, the Jolly Roger, from the film “Peter Pan.” The mannequin package arrived within the mail by way of the Revell Mannequin Package Membership, of which Brostrom was a member.
At concerning the age of 20, he was launched to an area store, Meredith’s Interest and Craft, which bought mannequin kits of historic crusing ships with intricate particulars.
“Then I used to be hooked. I have been constructing ever since,” stated Brostrom, noting his admiration for historic crusing ships started when he was a toddler, gazing in awe on the Mayflower duplicate his mom got down to evoke Thanksgiving cheer.
Thus far, he is rigged greater than forty ships — 18 of that are on show on the library. The remaining vessels are scattered all through Brostrom’s condominium, as centerpieces on his eating room desk, espresso desk and quite a few stands.
“In the event that they’re carried out proper — and never all of mine are — they seem to be a showpiece,” he stated, noting a bookshelf is a perfect location to show a mannequin crusing ship.
Brostrom enjoys listening to the radio or an academic video — borrowed from the library — whereas shipbuilding. With none distractions, he says he can construct a reproduction in lower than every week’s time.
Every package comes with directions, and sails are often elective. Some kits have pre-shaped rope ladders.
“All the time comply with the directions as a result of, in any other case, the outcome shall be unconstitutional,” Brostrom stated, chuckling. “And all the time paint earlier than assembling.”
Ships may be rigged simplified or detailed.
“The detailed fashions all the time look higher than the simplified ones. All the time select detailed,” he stated. “Take your time and train some endurance. Rigging requires endurance.”
Brostrom stated probably the most difficult ship he is ever constructed is the 1:one hundred scale mannequin duplicate of the Soleil Royal. The…