Bless the inquisitive nature of a small child, some fifteen months old (when the crime was committed). Returning home one evening I was greeted with the usual family pleasantries, all was as normal or so I thought. It was only later in the night did I discover that Daddy's play cupboard security had been breached. A minor case of a disgruntled dad and slightly amused mummy for the evening in BAFTA award winning mock consolation. Hmm.
You see things were rather a jumble in the 20mm section.In particular the "assembled and under-coated black" WIP tray. Hasagawa 20mm Churchill I and II's were scattered about and the Japanese Chi-Ho was rather Chi-Lo without a turret and Panzer IV tray was "upside down". (I could not bring myself to photograph the damage.)
However order was restored I thought the "damage" was limited to an unfortunate Churchill Mk I that was missing its 20mm main armament (some would say no real loss there then) and also something which could be replaced quite easily from the spares box. All was calm :)
However only recently did I discover there was a deeper missing "blank" where my Panther Battalion's (a very slow moving WIP wargaming project where I am still really assembling all the kits) AA platoon should have been. The neatness of the "pluck" was in stark contrast to the other mayhem. The search turned up nothing, so the Wirblewind (ESCI kit) is now posted MIA, but rather worryingly was the proximity of the crime scene to a waste basket.
Even more worryingly is that my youngest son (the felon/chief suspect) had a favourite game about a month ago called "putting things that were not supposed to go there in the bin". He was just copying what we did, that's part of learning after all. Shudder at the thought. Er, would my wife have spotted this treasure and plucked it from said bin, unlikely. So it is probably residing in a land-fill far, far away :(