I build my models outside, in the garage.
First, because of the fumes. Modeling involves some pretty strong chemicals, and I don’t want them inside the house, especially with two young kids. In the garage, anything short of full-bore rattlecanning dissipates rapidly.
Second, because I make a hell of a mess when I’m at the bench, and if I tried to build inside, I’d almost certainly spill paint and god knows what else on the floor. This would result in me being killed.
Building in the garage has its own share of issues. In the winter, it’s cold. In the summer, it’s sweltering. Typical Austin weather, just amplified.
But the biggest headache, far and away, are the bugs. Crickets and flies and spiders and moths and mosquitos. The occasional crazed cicada.
I’d kind of forgotten over the winter how annoying the bugs were, but now the mayflies have come out with a vengeance. And with them, predators. The other night, a bird flew into the garage and couldn’t figure out how to escape (dumbass), leading to a period of completely ridiculous chaos.
I’ve found a myriad of ways to kill the annoying intruders. And no, I don’t care if they’re “beneficial”. If they’re in my garage and in my face, they’re dying. I’ve killed bugs with whatever I have on hand. Xacto knives. Paint bottles. Super glue. The other night, I discovered Windex can take a mayfly out of the air so it can be dispatched with ease.
But all of this is ridiculous and time-consuming, so I’m finally breaking down and ordering a bug zapper. Hopefully between it and the glue traps I can enjoy a measure of peace this summer.
How about you? What’s your biggest environmental annoyance when it comes to the work bench?