The Ship Modelers Abyss

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I contemplated writing about this on my Sovereign of the Seas log but it seems like a more general topic so here goes.

The Ship Modelers Abyss has, over the years, swallowed up numerous tiny parts which should have found a home on my models but alas ended in the abyss instead. It happens when you have spent generous time perfecting the part and are about to glue it to the model when YOU DROP IT! Henceforth you will spend several hours searching for it on the bench, floor etc and inevitably you will not find it. I have even put a nylon stocking over the vacuum tube ending and vacuumed the entire floor and bench with no success.

Yesterday I completed a carving which was about 1” long x 1/8th” square and was about to fit it to the hull when it fell into the abyss. Now you would think it would be easy to find but here I am writing about how it has disappeared. I thought I might have knocked it into one of the gunports when it was falling so I shook the model and heard the other carving that went in there about 5 years ago rattling around but it was evident that there were not two pieces in there. Note that it is nigh impossible to get a part out of the hull no matter HOW MUCH YOU SHAKE THE DARN THING! :mad:

Today I will vacuum with the nylon stocking and dismantle the heating vent to see if it went in there. One thing I did not mention is that when we built this house we chose nice carpet for this workshop room. The only thing I missed at the time is that the carpet is beige and very close in colour to the woods I am using on my model. Hindsight eh? 20-20. :roll:

If you have any thoughts on the abyss, I would love to hear your comments.

Regards,
Bill
 
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this is something most people just shake off thinking hum that's odd things just don't vanish, so they forget about it and move on. This has happened to me so many times I lost count. Most of the time I will find the missing item, it may fall and roll or bounce. Then there are the times they DO vanish never to be found again. One time I was working at by bench and tried to fit a part, set it back down on the bench adjusted the model and went to retry the part, lo and behold to this day I never found that part. I was determined to find it so square inch by square inch I cleared and cleaned the top of the work bench, the floor and myself it never was found. I sat and wondered I did not move at all just sat there how can this "vanish" in thin air?
This is something recognized by many people but like I said no one has ever explained it so we just go hum odd and let it be. There was a book by Charles Fort Book of the Dammed and at the turn of the 1900 he inherited quite a family fortune so he spent his life going to the library in New York city and searched newspapers and journals for odd events and then investigate them. There are documented cases of things that vanish and are gone and things that vanish from one spot and reappear someplace else. Even big things will go missing, many years ago I was doing a repair job in my house. I was removing molding around a door frame, pried it loose with a hammer, it was loose so I set the hammer down on the floor and pulled off the molding. Then I reached for the hammer and it was not there nor did I ever find it. I was alone in the room I know for sure I set in on the floor, nothing left the room not even me no one walked in the room but yet that darn hammer is still missing.
 
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Whew!!! I thought the abyss only existed at my house. I am truly sorry that you are infected with it as well but in a way I feel vindicated as I am not alone. I am going to deep clean the workshop this afternoon and have a final look before I embark on carving the piece for the second time.

Any more stories about the abyss?

Regards,
Bill
 
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The abyss is most certainly a real phenomenon. My workroom has a hardwood floor, no nooks and crannies, Yesterday I heard the last belaying pin drop (no spares in this kit) and hit the floor, spent an hour on my hands and knees looking for it. Nothing. I used a duster to smooth across across each and every inch of the floor, but nothing. In the end I turned another one, but at least the floor is super clean!
 
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Also known as the Carpet Monster, it eats anything model related. I once had a small piece of Photoetch go "ping", searched everywhere for it. I found it the next morning whilst reversing my car out of my driveway, attached to the sleeve of my Fleece jacket that I was wearing, my jacket had been over the back of my chair the previous evening. Now when I loose something the first place I look is my Fleece. The other lads at work are always amazed that I can find small "C" clips and washers that are dropped on the floor,

Cheers Andy
 

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Oh yes indeed, I think every modeller can relate to this topic.
Its so frustrating when you drop a small part on the floor, and how many times have we been on our hands and knees feeling around for that tiny part.
 
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Yesterday afternoon I cleaned the workshop from top to bottom using a nylon stocking over the vacuum nozzle. Every square inch of the shop was checked and you guessed it, the missing carving did not appear. :sad:

The only benefit was that the shop is nice and clean again. Oh well, on to the replacement carving. The abyss wins again.

Bill
 

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I find a very reliable method of finding lost parts is to buy or make a replacement.
The more difficult or expensive this is, the more likely you are to then find the original.
 
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Being new to photo etch, I've found myself thinking, "be careful as I cut the next tiny piece from the sheet so I don't shoot it into the Abyss." Then, naturally, it flies out from under my blade and I commence to the search. Found one piece stuck to the end of my Miniature Pinscher's wet nose. Good Boy, Minimum!!