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Greetings from the Carpet Monster
Klaus-Adler
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 08:41 PM UTC

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Or you're crawling around looking for a part only to feel it crunch under your knee?



Double the pain!




Now that's what I call devotion to the hobby lol
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 08:11 AM UTC

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Or you're crawling around looking for a part only to feel it crunch under your knee?



Double the pain!

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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 02:01 AM UTC
Or you're crawling around looking for a part only to feel it crunch under your knee?
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Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 - 12:47 AM UTC
I also found out this weekend that the laminate is much harder on the knees than carpet when looking for dropped parts...

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Posted: Monday, September 03, 2018 - 05:49 AM UTC

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Have you ever rolled over a part when you back your chair up to pick it up? I have!




Its usually a piece of PE that's already folded....
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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 11:18 PM UTC
Have you ever rolled over a part when you back your chair up to pick it up? I have!

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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 08:25 PM UTC
I dealt a death blow to my carpet monster back in April. My dropped parts always seemed to head toward the heater duct and fall in. Back in April I was walking thru Wally World and was in the isle with the throw rugs. I saw a 4.5ft by 6ft cream colored rug that was extremely soft, had a short pile that stands up. So I bought it, put it under my hobby desk, checked to make sure my chair rolled smoothly and then I picked up some small parts from my greeblie box. I dropped them, threw them, tried to flick them with my fingers but the carpet is so soft that anything falling on it is stopped instantly. But that's not a real world test so that night I was building and dropped a small part. It was a Dragon kit so it was that light grey color that they use. I could see the part clearly and it had hit the carpet and stopped. Pretty easy to retrieve the part and continue sticking parts together. So the past few months I've dropped parts, all sizes, any color, plastic, resin and photo etch and haven't lost one. It catches small tools also. Drill bits and needles are caught and quickly recovered.

Before I'd be crawling around with my flash light looking for a part or shadow or glint of metal only to find dust. This was one of those impulse buys, cost about the same as a cutting pad and is just as indispensable.
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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 01:03 PM UTC
Yep, that's my go-to trick. When that fails, it's vacuum and nylons! (sounds kinky)

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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 12:16 PM UTC
Another trick for laminate, hard wood, vinyl floor, etc. is to lay a flashlight beam on the floor and catch the shadow the piece casts. I've found some really small parts that way before resorting to the vacuum and panty hose method.
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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 08:59 AM UTC
Actually, I banished the carpet monster from my hobby room and laid down laminate. Now if I drop a piece I just can't find I put an old pair of my wife's hose over the end of the vacuum and go over the whole floor. Any thing on the floor gets trapped by the hose.

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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 05:25 AM UTC
and another reminder to NEVER VACUUM !
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Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2018 - 12:33 AM UTC

Grats!

It never ceases to amaze me how some of those things can turn up years later quite by chance after all hope has been lost.

It further demonstrates my theory of time vortices that gather around the floor (they are, by their nature, denser than normal time so they tend to sink). Any dropped object stands a chance of falling into one of these time vortices. If it's a 'Past' vortex, you'll never see your part again. If it's a 'Future' vortex you can only wait for the present to catch up to the future, and then suddenly there's your object right where you've looked for it before!

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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2018 - 10:49 PM UTC
Hi all,

well i had a good turn up for the books today, or should i say lastnight, the Carpet Monster coughed up a part that i lost months ago!

i had lost the canopy front for my TIE Striker in 1/144 scale from bandai. I had given up hope of finding it and put the rest of the kit back in the box and added it tot he shelf queen's stack.

well low and behold whilst looking for something else i found the canopy section...victory at last!....now if i can find the pilot's seat for my bandai 1/72 X-Wing that i lost at the same time, that would be great!