I used a Revell Montrose kit to build USS Navarro, updated with the FRAM modifications as she appeared in 1965 at Viet Nam. Gave it to a friend who served as a Yeoman and cox'n of one of the small boats.
It was kinda fun - I put a lot of detail into the boats, the davits and the various winches. In other words, I replaced a bunch of the kit parts.
However, just as Bruce said, it was kinda awkward. I am a 1/700 ship guy and this huge kit was 1/400-something. There was detail opportunities that I never see on my regular ships.
Also made a Marine A-1 Skyraider for my father in law who flew them.
Also made various cars for Mother in law and wife.
Also made a group for my grandkids of a B-17 that was flown by their other grandfather, the A-1 that was flown by the great grandfather who flew them (as mentioned above) and an S-3 Viking that I worked on in my younger days.
I like doing that, even though I am always slow as molasses in building.
I was just wondering what kits, and why. I've done it three times-
BWN USS Sturgeon as USS Pintado, for my best friend, who was a bubblehead aboard her,
Revell USS Montrose as USS Bosque, for my wife's uncle, who was a radioman aboard Bosque during WW2 and witnessed the surrender ceremonies at Tokyo Bay,
and Arii USS Midway, for my uncle, who served aboard her during Viet Nam (I also served briefly aboard Midway, but after he did).
Sadly, the Midway model was lost during the Camp Wildfire in 2018, which destroyed his home and most of the town of Paradise, where my uncle had retired.
So let's hear YOUR stories!