And what became of Barge Busters? Time and tide has taken its toll once again over the years, since the mid 1980s, when I last cleaned it. Layered with dust, some palm trees snapped off at the base, details broken and finish marred in places, the diorama lies derelict in a large cardboard box, awaiting the restoration elves to work their magic. Theres so much dust on the diorama, it looks like either a freak snowstorm has blanketed this tropical isle, or it just got hit by a volcanic dust cloud! These photos taken with a current digital camera do actually show some of the detail better than the recycled 35mm prints in the post above.
Over the years, I even toyed with the idea of prying up both ELCOs and replacing them with newly minted models equipped with all the latest resin and photo-etch available and finished up to my current standards, but I cured myself of this notion, realizing how difficult it would be to remove them with totally screwing up the resin water. Still, a basic restoration would not take that long; and next time, I'll make sure to get a plexi-glass display case (Hello, Grandpas Cases?) to protect it.