I've always had an interest in the ships that sail the Great Lakes, and have gone to see them close up, both in the Welland Canal in Ontario, and at various locations along the St. Lawrence Seaway in northern NY State. One on trip to the Lock 3 Museum/viewing area in St. Catherines, I found and bought a simple cardboard model of a modern Laker. I built it that night after arriving home. The model inspired me to start my very first paper model design, loosely based on the real ship the gift shop model was even more loosely based on. (This was back in 1996.) A couple of years later, I found another model at the same gift shop, this time of the Edmund Fitzgerald (another inspiration.) I've worked on various incarantions of both off and on since, as well as two other lakes vessels. The white ship in the first picture is my first (larger) prototype, the other ships are the gift shop models, including a model of an old lock and schooner. The second is all of the smaller builds I've done as the models have developed. Sorry for the poor pictures, I'm using my older camera. Scott K.