I can't tell ya how many times ive gone to look at a-2s stored in an Attics that were hardened, and dry rotted to the point of no return. for some reason this was most often in Texas and the south west. no bs. conversely, the same can be said of original a-2s stored in damp basements, and just plain moldy and rotten to the point of disintegration. this storage method was [is] the choice of folks on the eastern seaboard, and florida. I reckon that back in the day, and to some degree still, storage of old wwll gear just wasn't considered important enough to take care with for some folks. besides time and wear, this would help to explain the near scarcity of solid a-2s still around today.