I just returned from a trip to Texas to greet our Son as he returned from Iraq. On the way back to our home in South Dakota I called Matt Thor to see if I could stop by to see his shop in Wichita. We drive an RV and parked it in front of Matt's house as we arrived late at night at Matt's. Matt works out of a fairly small shop, maybe 20' x 25' but it is jammed from the floor to ceiling with subs and airplanes. Sitting on his new projects bench as he calls it was a new pattern for a 1/48th Gato that made me get a lump in my throat. It is the most beautiful model I have ever seen in my life. He was busy fitting the photo etched deck to the hull. Matt explained that it would still be a few months before it is released, but what a piece of work! Growing up towards the end of the era of Fleetboats has always left me fond of those boats. Matt has certainly done the men who sailed in these boats proud. This kit is going to fall together. From what I saw there will be very little work building, mostly just assembling
Also sitting there was a nearly finished master for a new 1/96 Ohio. That is a very impressive model and has lots of detail on it. Matt said he was still working out some of the finer details with Dave Merriman, but it would be released in just a few weeks. I spent about 11 hours in Matt's shop and walked away with a new Permit kit, and an LA Flight III kit that Matt worked with me on showing me how to do the glasswork. He makes it all look so easy, but believe me as a non-glass guy I was covered in resin and thickener and still have no idea what he was doing , but I had fun learning and laying up my own baot. it came out of the mold on Sunday morning absolutely beautiful thanks to Matt's guidance. I got the chance on Sunday to run Matt's Seawolf in a golf course pond and left his shop with a handful of electronics. If you ever get the chance to travel to Wichita, make it point to stop by and see this place. You will be blown away!
Oh...also sitting in the back were the patterns for a new Type IIC, Type XXI, and Type XXIII.