Insanity is revealed with tie-down anchors.
Thousands of the anchors, rings to secure jets, scatter the decks of aircraft carriers. And many model-ship builders will concede a speck of paint to mark them.
Not Jerry Shaw, of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, a retired fashion design executive who in the 1960s, partnered with Oscar de la Renta and ran the business side of the brand until retiring in 1994.
Shaw drilled pinpoint indents on the deck of his model. He placed brass anchors smaller than a house fly.
He placed 2,000 over the years.
“This is where the insanity comes in,” he said.
The 84-year-old craftsman, who made his first model from cardboard in the late 1930s, has donated to the Naval Academy his magnum opus: a 12-foot, 3,600-pound, brass model of the USS Forrestal.
It features 80 functions, movements and lights: rotating radar to blinking antennas.
Ship modellers are some of the most… obsessive people around. I mean, who spends more than thirty years working on a single project?