Bear with me, but I wrote this because I figured some of you might relate to it...
When my father passed in 1991 I took over his workshop. He built it by himself and built it like you would a house and it was well insulated and bone dry year round. I had accumulated a pretty large collection of unbuilt model kits over the years and always stored them on metal shelves in the workshop.
Our next door neighbors to the left built their shed so that its roof hangs over our fence and drains rainwater into our yard. Recently they have also raised, cemented and bricked their entire back yard. When it rains now, water cascades from their yard into ours like a waterfall. The neighbor on the other side has done something similar, so when it rains we get a even more water poured into our yard. So for the first time in the 40+ years my parents have owned that house, the yard floods when it rains. If there's a storm, then we're talking 6+ inches of water. Besides the fact that the water has come within inches of entering our house, now I've discovered that my father's workshop has been flooding too. After last weeks rain, the workshop is still damp, there's silt from end to end of the cement floor and mildew is forming on everything.
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So last night I hauled indoors a portion of the older stuff I care about the most (the 1st, 3rd and 4th column), mostly some 1980's issues of AMT and Jo-Han kits, and luckily they were up high enough that the water didn't affect them.
So I guess the funny part of this story is that I was so worked up, pissed, really, about all of this I thought I'd make room and go through a couple kits I had purchased at a recent IPMS event that turned out to be lousy. I present to you the lousiest of the lousy, Monogram '32 Ford Roadster Street Rod.
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I only paid $4 for this kit at the IPMS event, but it's worth about a nickel. The seller omitted that he had clearcoated an entire tree of parts, the body didn't fit over the horrible one piece frame and fenders so I thought I'd keep the engine and tires and pitch the rest in a parts box for trade. Then I remembered I had bought a new Dremel for my birthday a few months ago and out came the cutting bit.
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Burning plastic doesn't smell great, but it does the trick and relieves stress. Nothing like molten styrene spewing onto your bare skin. Wear eye protection.
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I stayed up for about an hour, until midnight, cleaning up the frame with a hobby knife.
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Now the body sits over the frame. If I do build this, I'll have to mod the interior as the kit tub won't fit, but that's ok.
So believe it or not, I actually went to bed feeling a little less stressed.