Ever since P saw the aircraft carrier INS Vikrant being built in Cochin, he has been asking the father to make him one. It didn’t take much to convince the airplane lover himself. So over many weekends, my plane obsessed boys got down to work. The father started out by collecting old business cards from friends and family, who donated rather generously. Having collected quite a pile, P and H started sorting them in various lengths, widths and thickness.
Once done H wrote out the exact measurements and since it involved an assortments of scales, tape and compass, P was super excited. He then started making the framework by sticking the cards. At this point P was only too happy to do the sticking and having his alternate version of INS on the side. Once the framework was done, more measurements were taken to make the deck.
The deck too was made sticking less thicker cards. Then came the control tower and helipad. By now the aircraft carrier occupied most of our living room and P couldn’t contain his happiness. He immediately lined up his fighter planes ready for take off and landing. That’s when he realised the runway was not marked.
Another round of careful measurements and the runway and helipad got marked and painted. And finally there it stood – the father’s magnum opus – aircraft carrier!
Needless to say all other toys and activities have stopped after this and P is now busy flying fighter planes from INS Vikrant on rescue missions and imaginary war all day!