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Old 07-30-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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What is the worst thing to befall your models?
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zinc rot, but only a couple of 1/400s None of my 1/200s affected (yet)
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Old 07-31-2014, 06:29 AM   #3
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Mine is were my mum dropped a folder on my Dash 8 and A320NEO. It snapped the left wing and landing gear off, and also snapped the nose wheel. Luckly I could super glue them all back on... My Dash 8s left prop blade was bent, but luckily I managed to straighten it without snapping it.
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A badly aimed feather duster stroke flung my GJ Alitalia MD-11 off the shelf years back...broke the landing gear if I recall. Other than that the most damage I've had has been sustained in transit before the model has arrived...broken off horizontal stabilisers, bent landing gear and damaged paint, all probably due to rough handling in the post and poor assembly at the factory. Receiving something like that feels like p!ssing money away.
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G'day...

Um... House fire... The models on display wern't burnt or melted however suffered from soot marking up all models on display. Insurance paid out however I was forced to destroy them all... ALL OF THEM! After this I moved into 1:400 scale (I used to collect 1:500 and 1:600) so some would see it as a blessing!!

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Oooohh...that's definitely the worst case scenario...I'm sorry to hear it! But I do agree, 1:400 is far better so if it kick-started your 1:400 collection maybe it wasn't such a sting!
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G'day...

Um... House fire... The models on display wern't burnt or melted however suffered from soot marking up all models on display. Insurance paid out however I was forced to destroy them all... ALL OF THEM! After this I moved into 1:400 scale (I used to collect 1:500 and 1:600) so some would see it as a blessing!!

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WTF, why did you have to destroy them? Even if you got a payout from insurance, the models were legitimately damaged by soot. What, did some adjuster stand over you while you pounded them all with a hammer? Did they require pictures of your slaughter? I'm just puzzled by this.

The worst accident with my models was my own clumsiness knocking a shelf down. My 1/400 collection of Eastern models hit the deck, and I was forced to bin 6 of them, the rest were either lightly damaged or ok. I ended up replacing most of them anyway, then selling the whole 1/400 collection a few years later.
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The worst thing that happens to my models is that they are ignored.. Sadly, I can only spare a couple hours a month to work with my dioramas.
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Cats! I had a cat destroy one of my 747's by knocking it off my desk.
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Collecting dust/being ignored. Haven't had much time or money to add any/work on my airport, and it doesn't help I am leaving in 16 days for college in Florida...
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Having them in boxes. I have about half of my collection on display. The other half are in their respective boxes. I simply don't have room to display everything. They are meant to be looked at and enjoyed,not in storage.
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Having them in boxes. I have about half of my collection on display. The other half are in their respective boxes. I simply don't have room to display everything. They are meant to be looked at and enjoyed,not in storage.
I've never quite understood this sentiment of regret about not being able to display every single model one has in his collection. I take pleasure in owning models even if they are not on permanent display. In fact, in the past, I often experienced more peace of mind knowing that the crown jewels of my collection--such as my Herpa Premium/LME 747s--are safely stored away in their respective boxes, protected from light, dust, pets, observers who might want to handle them, acts of God () etc.

Of course, I do like displaying some models, but sometimes, less is more. This is especially true when it comes to larger scales, e.g. 1:200. A dozen or so 1:200 models displayed in an attractive glass case can look very tasteful and appealing. But I'm not a fan of open, cluttered, haphazard exhibitions of scores upon scores of models, displayed simply because the owner thinks it some sort of sin to not display every single model in his possession. These floor-to-ceiling, "room full of models" displays almost always look messy and aesthetically unappealing. Overwhelming. They give the impression that the owner is an obsessive compulsive hoarder. Not to mention, the individual models themselves get lost in the mix; it's difficult to appreciate quality with an overabundance of quantity.

TLDR: I'm content with owning models even if they aren't on display. I can take them out and admire at any time. Rotating what's on display keeps things fresh and interesting. Displaying every model in one's possession is almost always unattractive.

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I've never quite understood this sentiment of regret about not being able to display every single model one has in his collection. I take pleasure in owning models even if they are not on permanent display. In fact, in the past, I often experienced more peace of mind knowing that the crown jewels of my collection--such as my Herpa Premium/LME 747s--are safely stored away in their respective boxes, protected from light, dust, pets, observers who might want to handle them, acts of God () etc.

Of course, I do like displaying some models, but sometimes, less is more. This is especially true when it comes to larger scales, e.g. 1:200. A dozen or so 1:200 models displayed in an attractive glass case can look very tasteful and appealing. But I'm not fan of open, cluttered, haphazard exhibitions of scores upon scores of models, displayed simply because the owner thinks it some sort of sin to not display every single model in his possession. These floor-to-ceiling, "room full of models" displays almost always look cluttered and aesthetically unappealing. Overwhelming. They give the impression that the owner is an obsessive compulsive hoarder. Not to mention, the individual models themselves get lost in the mix; it's difficult to appreciate quality with an over-abundance of quantity.

TLDR: I'm content with owning models even if they aren't on display. I can take them out and admire at any time. Rotating what's on display keeps things fresh and interesting. Displaying every model in one's possession is almost always unattractive.

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Sez you. I like my aesthetically unappealing, overwhelmingly unattractive display of models, where I can see every one of the beautiful jewels in my collection. As any obsessive compulsive hoarder would know, more is better.
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Yeah, too late, I saw what you wrote. I was amused, titillated and disgusted by your anecdote...not an easy thing to do, so kudos!
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Sez you. I like my aesthetically unappealing, overwhelmingly unattractive display of models, where I can see every one of the beautiful jewels in my collection. As any obsessive compulsive hoarder would know, more is better.
Fair enough. Perhaps I'm secretly just jealous of these mammoth, obsessive compulsive hoarder-like displays.

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Yeah, too late, I saw what you wrote. I was amused, titillated and disgusted by your anecdote...not an easy thing to do, so kudos!
Huh, whatchoo talkin' 'bout???

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Earthquake - a 7.1 with an epicentre only 30km from my home in Christchurch NZ.

4.54am September 4th 2010, changed a lot for my family and thousands of others

In all honesty the models were the least of my concerns but insurance covered them. At the time I was only collecting military models with a handful of snap together airliners.









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Cats! I had a cat destroy one of my 747's by knocking it off my desk.
Me too! But far more damaged, knocked about 15 models off of a shelf. I wanted to kill the cat... I'm not keen on cats in the first place...
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I thought I could reset a bent wing on my SMA Continental 737-200, I was using very little pressure at the time and the half the wing snapped off
total loss.

And then there is my Dragon Northwest 744 which I set down a little hard on the nose gear, lost a wheel and the pin it was attached to.
can still be displayed.

and a Gemini Continental DC-9 which I had just purchased had a loose tail and it popped out, but that was an easy fix to glue it back in.
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Earthquake - a 7.1 with an epicentre only 30km from my home in Christchurch NZ.

4.54am September 4th 2010, changed a lot for my family and thousands of others
Yes, I read about how devastating that was in Christchurch, and I'm sorry for your misfortune. It really puts things in perspective that little model planes are so insignificant in comparison. BUT....when the panic is over and all your family members are safe, after the damage to your home is assessed, looking at your pathetic pile of crushed and ruined models kind of sets you back. I don't know if I could take up collecting again after that.
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