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fox
  • Member since
    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Friday, January 28, 2022 8:33 PM

Quite a few years ago, my wife decided to make me a christmas present. She had thought about all the times I told her about dropping small parts on the floor and not being able to find them so she made me what boils down to a carpenters apron with velcro added to the bottom. She gave me the other half of the velcro strip and told me to place it under the front edge of the workbench. When I sit at the bench, I put on the apron and attach the velcro. It acts like a catch-all for anything I drop. Extra advantage is ANYTHING I drop goes in the apron. I've saved a couple of pair of jeans from spilled paint and glue. Only one problem, if it flys up - up and away, as PE has a tendency to do, you're still on your own finding it. It will bring down the number of lost parts.

Try it, you'll like it! Wink

Jim Captain

Stay Safe.

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  1/48 Tamiya - Vought F4U-1A Corsair for Group Build 'Absent Friends' 50%                                                                   1/48 Encore Models - A-37B/OA-37B Dragonfly 50%

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    November 2020
  • From: Blaine ,MN
Posted by BootBoyx2 on Friday, January 21, 2022 4:42 PM

The parts catcher method I use is the Dunlop method. That is, the part that has dun lopped over your beltline LOL! When up against the edge of your workbench, it does catch some parts but not all. Best thing is, its already paid for.   

Be careful of what you ask for, you just might get it.

  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Friday, January 21, 2022 1:03 PM

goldhammer88

 

 
modelcrazy

Hmm, I've tried all kinds of things including tape hanging off the end business side up to little dams. That looks like it would work. Now if you can come up something to catch a part in mid air after it launches from my tweezers Sad

 

 

 

Hmmmm... think mosquito net over work area, like the beds in the tropics.  At least it will land in a defined area.Wink

 

I'm not sure a net is that good for small PE featured these days.  I have sadly watched some fall.  The W/CDA is so low they flutter like leaves instead of falling straight down.  And when they land on floor it is so hard to see them!

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Building models on my kitchen counter top~somewhere in North Carolina
Posted by disastermaster on Friday, January 21, 2022 12:51 PM

Here's some inspiration......but just use dollar tree suction cups.

the-beard-bib

On the kitchen counter top in North Carolina

  • Member since
    September 2017
  • From: Roanoke Virginia
Posted by Strongeagle on Friday, January 21, 2022 9:36 AM

Dear Rocket,

This looks like something I want and that I can build.  I need one of these. I spent the good part of 30 minutes yesterday fruitlessly crawling on my hands and knees with a flashlight looking for a loop antenna from my Revell Me-262 that disappeared into the parts eating carpet under my workbench.

I'm going to make one tonight when I get home from work.

  • Member since
    January 2021
Posted by PFJN2 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 7:17 PM

Hi,

That looks like a good idea.

Pat

  • Member since
    August 2021
Posted by goldhammer88 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 4:40 PM

modelcrazy

Hmm, I've tried all kinds of things including tape hanging off the end business side up to little dams. That looks like it would work. Now if you can come up something to catch a part in mid air after it launches from my tweezers Sad

 

Hmmmm... think mosquito net over work area, like the beds in the tropics.  At least it will land in a defined area.Wink

  • Member since
    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 3:53 PM

Hmm, I've tried all kinds of things including tape hanging off the end business side up to little dams. That looks like it would work. Now if you can come up something to catch a part in mid air after it launches from my tweezers Sad

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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  • Member since
    June 2021
New parts chatcher
Posted by rocketman2000 on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 2:48 PM

I used to have a simple parts catcher on the front of my bench- two dowels sticking out, a third crosswise one, with a piece of canvas tied to the crosswise dowel and other side fastened to bench.  It kinda worked, but kept getting knocked askew, and I was afraid I would impale myself on the side dowel.

I redid it recently.  Replaced the side dowels with 1/8 plates hinged to bench that could give way outward, and the connections with the transverse dowel fastened with small rubber bands.  Works quite well now.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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