The model is well over 25 years old and rarely sees the light of day - being stored in the attic. I did touch up the white shield areas and re-flocked the base for this photo shoot as these two areas were showing their age.
As a modeller, I think there are many things I would have done differently on this model, but there is no doubt that it is sturdy having survived three house moves and being seriously neglected. DAS models do last!
My wife reminds me that during construction, I left the model on our new G - Plan sideboard, the DAS still being slightly soft - Many years later the sideboard (plus the white bloom mark) is long gone but I still get reminded of it every time she sees the Elephants Foot (her name for the tower).