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You've triggered a flash-back...
When I first read the question, I could not think of any (recent) huge catastrophes which would qualify for "biggest." But, now your post has recalled a distant "past trauma" from my youth...
I had done a really pleasing job of the Monogram F3F Navy biplane...yellow wings, silver fuselage, red tail and cowl...very colorful. Was my pride and joy of the moment. Some weeks later, the ignored friend my younger sister had invited over was trying to find something to do in our cellar "rumpus room." She found my model out on its shelf. I had my back turned. I heard, "Does this fly?" Turned to find her holding it. "NO! It doesn't! Put it down, please!" She repeated the question, and I repeated the answer several decibels louder. She then said, "I want to see," and launched my plane on its first and last flight, concluding with disintegration against the cellar wall. My scream was probably heard by the neighbors at the far end of the street.
Since this incident still lies buried within me to this day, and I can't offhand think of anything greater, I guess this is then my answer.
I used to enjoy building rubber powered stick and tissue scale models in the 70s-80s. I bought a high quality kit of a sexy Italian WW2 fighter and it came out well. The hobby shop didn't have any cans of forest green model airplane dope but they did have it in a spray can. I had never used spray type before and apparently I used too much. As it dried my pride and joy twisted into a pretzel. I was devastated.
Minw was whenI worked in a 14 trailer beside the house. I had done a lot of scratch building on Linberg's Mine Sweeper redoing the bridge three times and detailing the 40m's and other parts. I don't know how it happened, but somehow the cat got in the trailer and when I went out all my hard work went down the drain with the cat sitting where the model had been Needless to say I never finished it and it went to the spare parts storage and the dump.
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