14th Birthday

Today is my 50th birthday. Whoop-tee-DO!

Whatever.

I remember my 14th birthday. Although I wasn’t necessarily rebellious, I was quite dark: Wearing black, depressed attitude and anti-social.

However, I do remember one of the best birthday presents I received as a teenager: The Star Wars Shuttle Tydirium!

I was not a stranger to model building. But, this one was a bit more difficult than others I had assembled in the past. The main body was a bit warped and required tape and elastic bands to hold it together long enough for the glue to dry! It was fairly easy to paint as it was molded grey. I also added luminous paint to accent the engine glow and navigation lights. I was very careful to make sure that the wings would fold. However the landing gear was permanently up or down. I did not include it as I wanted my Star Wars model ships hanging in my bedroom (including a X-Wing, A-Wing, TIE Fighter and Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter). I was the prize of my collection due to it’s size!

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