I was building the Tamiya 88MM GunFlak 36/37 Item # 35017. I was up tp the part about building the 2 piece Gun Fuze (sic). For those of you that built this model and saved the instructions, it is on page 7 and the 2 parts to be glued together are A31 and A32. As I put the two parts together, I see that they are not exactly fitting together, so I get one of my small plastic clamps to clamp them together until the glue dries (Testor liquid cement). After I applied the glue, I placed the clamp on the parts to hold them together, with the clamp in my right hand and the part in my left hand. As soon as I removed my left hand fingers that held the part, I hear a 'snap' from the clamp and heard a slight noise coming from my left side. I look at the clamp and see it is empty. My basement hobby workshop is about 9' wide by 15' long. My worktable is an old pre-computer office desk, 5' long by 30" deep with the knee hole and 4 drawers and a slide out typewriter board. It sits along one side of the 15' wall about in the middle of the wall. My seat at the desk is about 7' from the 9' left wall where I thought I heard the slight noise after the clamp "snap". Under my desk in the area of the knee hole is a long-napped black bathroom type area rug to catch and hold dropped parts before they bounce meters away. That 9' wall to my left where I heard the slight noise is separated into two parts by a 30" deep wall, floor to ceiling. No doors, and both sides are open to the rest of the room. In the left part of that wall is a well pump tank and the water softener. On the right part is 4 shelves with storage boxes, some with no lids. Under the shelves on the floor are more boxes, some with no lids. There are also storage boxes (containing old built models) on the floor between the shelves and the left end of my desk. I started a search, although I knew that it would probably be unsuccesful, and it was. Removing all the boxes and searching the shelves and in those boxes with no lids, I came up empty. I searched in the utility half of the wall, behind the well tank and softener with no success. I continued the model building because that part could be installed later, if I found it. I searched on different occasions with no luck. I even checked the floor from that area, past the right side of my desk (You know how those parts can fly). I can leave that part off the model and only the rivet counters would know it is missing, but more importantly, *I* know it is missing. How is Tamiya on replacing missing parts, even though it's my fault that they are missing? Thanks for suggestions or comments, good or bad.
11 years ago