I live in San Antonio, TX and keep and apartment in Midland, TX for work. Over the holidays, I was working on my never ending self inflicted headache, aka Hasegawa Bf-109 F-2. As I was getting the canopy pieces ready for paint and test fitting them to the fuselage, I notice that the trim wheels assembly was missing from the cockpit. So the search began... Swepted up the hobby room and cleaned off all of the work tables. Checked the vacuum cleaner. Even went so far as to pull the P Trap under the kitchen sink. Nope!
So I went online to beg for spares from other modelers. Nothing available. Time to start scratch building. Got the wheels made and set them aside. Next time at the bench, one of the scratch wheels is missing. Oh well, just build another. Then I cracked the canopy. Time to walk away for a while...
I'm a little frustrated with plastic, so I am now back in Midland, TX at my hobby table at the apartment working on a Guillow's balsa Piper Cub. I dropped a T-Pin onto the carpet. Since I did not want the T-Pin lodged into my foot, or worse my wife's foot, down I go to hunt for it.
Guess what the first thing I put my hands on is... my missing trim wheel assembly! Back in bidnass baby!!! I had assumed that I had lost the part in San Antonio as I had not had the model in Midland for months. Thank God I had not ground the parts to dust with my foot or chair. So I put the part in a Zip-Loc bag and stuffed it deep into a pocket of my suit case. Not losing that bad boy again.
So I said a little thank you to the carpet monster, and myself for being to lazy to vacuum under my hobby table. Luckily a great guy sent me a spare canopy in exchange for some decals and I also found the missing T-Pin. Now hopefully I can actually get through the rest of the model with out losing or breaking anything. I would love to finish more than one model every two years.