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Don't you hate it when you lose a part?

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Don't you hate it when you lose a part?
Posted by MikeV on Sunday, November 23, 2003 11:42 PM
Working on my Revell F-15E Strike Eagle tonight and I noticed that I somehow misplaced the left control stick for the rear seat of the cockpit. Banged Head [banghead]

This is probably the smallest piece in the whole kit too, so now I am going to have to try and build another one I guess, since Revell wants $3 for shipping alone.

Mike

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Posted by shermanfreak on Monday, November 24, 2003 12:41 AM
Sounds like a great time to experiment with some scratchbuilding techniques Mike. Banged Head [banghead]Banged Head [banghead]

Of course us armour builders would just throw a tarp over the area. Whistling [:-^]Whistling [:-^]

Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
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Posted by nicholma on Monday, November 24, 2003 1:45 AM
About 4 years ago I was finishing off Hasegawa's Datsun 1600 Safari winner when the headlight mesh for one side flew off the workbench. I hunted all over the floor several times including vacuming the floor and going through the bag but to no avail. However about 2 years ago we moved to another city and when cleaning the model room I found it! Now if only I could find where I carefully stored the other side I could mount both the headlight meshes
Kia ora, Mark "Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas"
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2003 2:46 AM
How about dropping something on the floor and not realising it until just after the cat chewed it? I thought only dogs did that but it happened a couple of years ago to one of the props on my Tamiya HS 219 UHU.I can always pretend it was the result of a nasty taxiing accident but it doesn't mean Ive forgiven the cat.
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Posted by ILuv3ggs on Monday, November 24, 2003 3:23 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by shermanfreak

Sounds like a great time to experiment with some scratchbuilding techniques Mike. Banged Head [banghead]Banged Head [banghead]

Of course us armour builders would just throw a tarp over the area. Whistling [:-^]Whistling [:-^]




SO TRUE !

thats what i am doing on my cromwell ... long story short, some decals got ruined ... camo netting and accessories will be covering the areas they are supposed to go Dead [xx(]
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Posted by Woody on Monday, November 24, 2003 6:09 AM
Yeah it's a real bummer. I build alot of older kits and if I lose a piece I'm on my own. Oh well where is my styrene stock. . .Wink [;)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2003 6:43 AM
QUOTE: Of course us armour builders would just throw a tarp over the area.


Yep, us Tread-Heads would call that "Battle Damage" Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by M1abramsRules on Monday, November 24, 2003 7:03 AM
it's a pain that's a fact!!!
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Posted by erush on Monday, November 24, 2003 8:21 AM
I HATE it when that happens!!! Tongue [:P] It definitely stinks but it will improve your scratchbuilding techniques! Big Smile [:D] I know, not what you wanted to hear, right?? Oh well, just go to it and see what you can do! Think of the pride you'll have in knowing you built the stick from scratch! Big Smile [:D]

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Posted by MikeV on Monday, November 24, 2003 8:43 AM
This must be why some people prefer 1/32 scale aircraft kits.
If you drop one of those parts it is easy to find when you trip over it. Laugh [(-D]Laugh [(-D]

Mike

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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, November 24, 2003 9:36 AM
small transparent parts are the worst.
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Posted by midnightprowler on Monday, November 24, 2003 10:11 AM
I lost a alternator for AMT's Dodge Stealth kit. Replaced it with a spare from a diffrent kit. 2 years later we move, and low and behold, I found it. I spent at least 1 hour looking for it!
Lee

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Posted by cassibill on Monday, November 24, 2003 12:18 PM
I had some pieces drying after washing and they got dumped. I still haven't found one of my Warhawk's exhausts. Lost grenades(all four) of the figure I'm building. Don't know what I'll do, replace or omit.

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Posted by leemitcheltree on Monday, November 24, 2003 7:52 PM
Mike,
Don't worry - I GUARANTEE you'll find the missing control stick - AFTER you scratchbuild and install a new one.
Happens every time............
Cheers
LeeTree

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Posted by berny13 on Monday, November 24, 2003 8:46 PM
Whats even worse is when you loose it inside the model you are building. I was installing some PE parts to a cockpit when it just snapped out of the tweezers . I looked everywhere and could not find it. After the cockpit was completed and installed and the kit was almost complete, I could hear something rattling around under the cockpit seat. After shaking the kit a few times I could see part of the PE part I had lost. The only way to get it out would be to remove the cockpit and seat. Yea, right. FOD in the cockpit.

Berny

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Posted by RAF120 on Monday, November 24, 2003 10:21 PM
QUOTE: Of course us armour builders would just throw a tarp over the area.

I find that alot of mud works go too.
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Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Monday, November 24, 2003 10:39 PM
No, I don't hate it.

I despise it.

But then again, if I am working on a tank there are a lot of possibilities that I can think of to make some kind of cover up.

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Posted by South Aussie on Monday, November 24, 2003 11:22 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by shermanfreak

Sounds like a great time to experiment with some scratchbuilding techniques Mike. Banged Head [banghead]Banged Head [banghead]

Of course us armour builders would just throw a tarp over the area. Whistling [:-^]Whistling [:-^]



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Posted by MikeV on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 12:37 AM
The problem with scratch building this part is that it is so small you can't really hold onto it while building it. Grumpy [|(]
This part is 4mm long and 2mm wide and has a certain shape to it that is tough to replicate. I made something similar to the misplaced part but it doesn't look exactly like the other one. Sad [:(]

Mike

Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom. " Charles Spurgeon
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Posted by David Voss on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 1:26 AM
Letting my son help cut pieces off the sprue in the basement, I would hear him say "Oh, oh" and the faint sound of plastic hitting the concrete floor. It's amazing how that floor swallows pieces up -- never to be seen again.
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 4:56 AM
I hate losing parts, too, but at least I haven't lost an entire kit like HistoryinScale...
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Posted by David Voss on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:24 AM
He didn't lose it, his wife probably stashed it away. Either to work on it or gift wrap it and give it to him for Christmas.
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Posted by nsclcctl on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 8:46 AM
Yeah, mu 5 year old son loves the hover around my workbench when I am working. He loves it and is very complimentary of what I am doing. I can't wait to get him started. Anyway, I am working on the ME262 from Tamiya and he is playing with the little tow tractor that I have built first. Well, he is towing everything around and wouldn't you know it, he loss the tow bar. Gone, no where in sight, a lost part. So, while he has exp;licit instructions on touching things, he is curious in a good way.
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Posted by cassibill on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 11:52 AM
It you use sprue cutters you can put them and the sprue in a clear plastic bag. No more lost pieces. Work at it a little and you can close the bag, then manipulate the cutters from outside. I've never had a problem with loseing pieces to premature launch during cutting them off the tree.

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Posted by djrost_2000 on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 2:08 PM
I've found that if you place a flashlight directly on the floor, and shine it around with it's side on the floor, parts will cast a shadow that make it easier to find themWink [;)]

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 2:21 PM
I was working on the aft deck of the pands USS Cole and I had just finished removing the raised deck stripes (Why does anybody do that anymoreAngry [:(!]) Immediately, the part left the space-time continuum and returned immediately after I had installed the scratchbuilt part. The odd thing is, I never got up from my work area but the part was nowhere to be found. After reacting and then going to confession, I cleaned up my work table and am on the way to cluttering it up all over again.

And the hits just keep on comin'....Banged Head [banghead]
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Posted by wayne baker on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 2:58 PM
If it is to Mel Gibson or Harrison Ford, it doesn't hurt as much.

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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Posted by paulnchamp on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 9:38 PM
Yeah, I hate losing a part too. But what I hate even worse is hearing that sickening
"crunch" when I step on it later. . . Sad [:(]
Paul "A man's GOT to know his limitations."
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Posted by nicholma on Thursday, November 27, 2003 1:55 AM
I've remembered a very embassing moment. I was washing some small resin parts in the sink along with some larger parts before painting, put the larger parts on the bench and pulled out the plug ......
Kia ora, Mark "Time flies like the wind, fruit flies like bananas"
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, November 28, 2003 1:23 AM
i dont lose parts much. i wear a baby bib while i work with small fiddly bits :D
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