It happened to me once (No Frills 118 or 127): I lost my HW very early and hurried to build 3 or 4 SB quick (including one in my reconquered ex-HW).
Since it was very hard to get money to upgrade technologies, I started building SDFS-tech 1 and had about 30 in a few turns. I used some to be towed as extra cargo but mostly they were idle around my SB.
I know the rules and I knew I was in risk to be punished (*) but I didn't want my SB's to stay waiting for money, my race had no economic advantages.
Anyway I recycled all of them them later at the same time my weakest SB still kept building them.
(*) Watching the date of the tread post, perhaps Wacky is talking about me in that game.
from far away planet Argentina
My races are Birds and Colonials.