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Hi, guys. This is a tough one. I had some of my best builds on a permanent display in the local technical museum. Unfortunatelly, a burglar broke in and the glass case with my truck models stood in his way. He destroyed the glass gate and tried to push the display case off his way.  But it fell on the ground and in the heap of glass fragments were the rermains of my spilled models. 

The museum has an insurance  and I will get some compensation. But most likely it won´t cover the time and work spent on them. At first glance they look repairable. But it´s gonna take a lot of time again.














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I’m so very sorry. It’s sad to see a fine artist’s work destroyed.

These were great builds. I’m sure during the time they were displayed they brought information, inspiration, and a smile to those who viewed them - just as they did for us on this forum. 

I wish you the best in this unfortunate situation. Keep us posted. 

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I feel for you, just dropping one is bad enough, but having all those destroyed by someone else is heartbreaking, I hope you get some compensation but like you say its the time and effort that you put into them, don't suppose they would have ctv footage of the break in.

A few months ago four youths broke into a school where they were holding a model railway show and destroyed every single layout just for the fun of it, they caused thousands of pounds worth of damage but once again it was the time and effort put into the models that can not be replaced, I think they caught them and they were all 14 or 15 years old, they probably got a smack on the wrists.

Hope you can motivate yourself to rebuild them, from the photos it looks like a real big jigsaw,  anyway best wishes and all the best to you.


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Dang!!! Sad to see for sure! Hopefully they can all be brought back to life. If you need to I’m sure we could get a posse together and..... We’ll there’s enough of that these days! Hope they catch them and take care of them that way.. I know that doesn’t help you in your situation though! ?

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Thanks a lot guys for your words. I sorted out all the tiny parts and assigned them to the model they belong to. Everything is the boxes and plastic bags. And out of sight for the time being.

The museum personnel have done tremendous job saving all the tiny pieces from the glass debris. I must really give them credit here. But some parts are missing anyway. Two windows of the London doubledecker bus are gone as well as some light lenses. The Peterbilt 377 lost its bumper and PE grill by CTM. Also some mud flaps are gone. All the mirror brackets are broken into such tiny pieces that it´s out of question to try to put them back together. 

London bus and Kenworth T600 can be fixed relatively easy in a reasonable amount of time. The Can Do wrecker which is hard to find a new, will be fixed no matter what. The Clydes II aka Bill Signs is in such a bad shape that it never pays off to restore it. Unfortunately, the same can be stated about the Peterbilt 351 logger. This model had so many heavy resin parts and everything fell off. Both Peterbilts by Italeri are also… dead. 

I mean, everything can be repaired this way or another. But it takes so much time. Time of which I don´t have plenty and other projects are waiting. On the other hand, I am a stubborn kind of guy and I´ll have the idea of repairing the models in my mind settled, till it´s done. So, we´ll see.  

As for the bastard, they have him captured on the video but they didn´t find him yet. And to be honest, I don´t really care. Hopefully, the insurance company will provide some compensation and let´s roll on. Life is too short for letting those bastards occupy my mind till I get my little revenge. No.

Thanks again to all of you, guys. You´ll find me at my workbench.

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