wyz Posted August 9, 2015 Share #1 Posted August 9, 2015 (edited) Third time's a charm? I haven't posted anything in the HMS Camilla build log recently because, for the last month, there hasn't been a log. What??? There used to be one. What happened? Well, here's the story. From the start of the Camilla project I have had problems. Yes, some were self inflicted, but one giant one was not. If you remember six months ago I got schizo about what model I wanted to build, made a premature move to another project, and then gave the newly started Camilla away only to change my mind once again. Yes, that was a mistake. I shot myself in the foot with that ill-thought-out move. A few months later I started the project again. All was going well with Camilla v. 2 and I had made some good progress on the model out of the gate. I had completely shaped the hull's exterior using templates. This was no small job for a large scale bread & butter construction, very labor intensive in fact. I was also well along with carving out the interior too. Then came that fateful night over the 4th of July holiday when tragedy struck. I had been working in the shop for over six hours and was about to call it a day. As is my usual practice I spend a little time cleaning the shop before locking up. I had just finished vacuuming the work table and building board when I heard an explosion. One of the neighborhood kids set off a powerful firecracker nearby, probably a cherry bomb or an M80. Whatever it was it was VERY LOUD! It startled me and terrified my little dog Toby. He was in the shop trying to find some comfort lying on the cold concrete floor. The poor little guy becomes inconsolably frieghtened by loud sounds, and with the explosion he Immediately ran to me. At that very moment I had just put down the vacuum hose and was moving towards the the work table to reseat the model in its place on the building board. I had taken it out and placed it upside down on the far side of the work table in order to vac the surface of that board. With Toby under foot I had to quickly sidestep so as to not walk on him, but in doing so I stepped on the vacuum hose, tripped, and fell forward onto the work table. My full weight came down on the building board sending it into the model. The Camilla shot off the table and landed hard on the concrete floor. Time stopped! When I peered under the table my worst fears were realized. The model was in pieces. Both support arms had broken off the hull, the temporary keel was cracked and had partially come loose, and worse, 2 large pieces of the starboard side had splintered off. Oh sh_t! The damage to the Camilla was extensive. I was sickened to my stomach and so freaked out and upset I just closed up the shop, went upstairs, and looked for a bottle of booze. Even with a few stiff drinks in me I didn't sleep well that night. Early the next day I went down into the shop and gave the model a thorough examination, all with the hope the Camilla could be fixed. Alas, much to my disappointment, the model had sustained irrepairable damage and was now little more than firewood. @$*%&!$ Where did I leave that bottle? Shortly after this happened I wrote a text message to Mark (MTaylor) to vent my frustration. He listened and responded with kind words. He also shared with me a similar model shipbuilding tragedy that happened to him. It helped. Still, the accident was quite upsetting, enough so that earlier that day I went on the MSW website, contacted administrator Chuck Pasaro, and asked him to remove all of my Camilla posts from the MSW scratch build logs. Looking at it in retrospect that was a big mistake, a knee-jerk action I regret. Yes, it really did hurt, but the more I thought about it the more grateful I was that the model was still in its infancy. Imagine how I would have felt had this happened when the Camilla was as far along as say Dan Vada's Vulture. That would be far worse than getting kicked in the gonads .... multiple times! I guess I should count my blessings. I'm not a quitter so I'll get right back to it when my head clears of this mishap. Tom Edited February 10, 2016 by wyzwyk JerryGreening, Landlubber Mike, AnobiumPunctatum and 5 others 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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