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      Post #68484, posted on 11-01-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Like many of us I have lots of built up models. I have a good sized display case but not enough room for all of my built ups. Curious to hear people's "best practice" way to store built ups not in a display case. I have some plastic stackable drawer storage units that work pretty well but still risk getting bumped/knocked around.

      My concerns are an adequate size for both large and small models and something secure that won't get bumped, knocked over, or accidentally get opened.


      I see there are Bisley metal collection cabinets that look good though small and not super cheap.

      Has anyone figured out a "perfect solution" to store their built ups?

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      Post #68485, posted on 11-01-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Not a "perfect" solution so much as a "repurposing because I'm cheap" solution: for smaller models I have used a mailing box of appropriate size and depth, and built a cradle of foam-core and foam to hold the model in place (usually one support each for the forward fuselage, aft fuselage, left wing and right wing). The cradle points are positioned so they don't interfere with antennas, landing gear or other delicate/protruding features. I'll then hold the model in place with small Styrofoam blocks secured with toothpicks inserted at angles. Of course, you have to label the box clearly so (a) you know what's in there, and (b) so you don't think it's an empty box ready for the recycling bin.

      If a model is too large or too oddly-shaped for an existing box I use the Bill Bosworth method of building a custom box from foam-core board and strong tape. Build one half of the box to serve as the tray, then build the other half around it to serve as the top. Inside you can build the cradle system described above to hold everything in place.

      Every once in a while I will come across a really neat box that's the perfect size for a given model. The flip-top/tab-lock boxes that Studio 27's 1:20 model car kits come in, for instance, are about perfect for 1:200 Hasegawa narrowbody aircraft.

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      Post #68486, posted on 11-01-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Plastic crates and boxes can be found in a variety of sizes at reasonable prices, and are more sturdy than cardboard if you have to stack them. But they generally need some kind of interior supports as Jodie describes.

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      Post #68489, posted on 11-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      This might be a very dumb suggestion as I don't know anything about American house layouts, but Dutch houses generally have a bathroom upstairs housing the shower, a sink, a toilet etc. and a smaller bathroom downstairs with just a toilet and sometimes a small sink with faucet. Anyway, someone once told me he built some shelves all around his 'small' bathroom with enough space to store dozens of models. Dust free, using space that wouldn't be used otherwise, and giving an interesting display for guests using the bathroom. One of his WW1 fighters once crash landed into his toilet bowl though.

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      Post #68509, posted on 11-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Interesting idea - putting them in boxes upon completion. Thanks for the tip.

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      Post #68511, posted on 11-05-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Get another, or more display cases, sell the ones you want to hide from yourself! Or, lacking a buyer, if they are now “relegated” do what the airlines do, cannibalize until ready for scrap!

      Keep em separated!
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      Post #68523, posted on 11-06-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thank you for all of the input....Also like many of us I don't have a large budget and others in my household may not have the same amount of enthusiasm for my hobby/models as I do

      I may do set up in the garage using a Gorilla Rack and sealed plastic boxes. Thinking of using some plastic netting clipped to the rack to keep the boxes in place and secure as well.

      If things turn out well I'll share my results.

      The time "just isn't right" now for me to suggest another display case in the house.

      Ken

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      Post #68565, posted on 11-14-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Hi Guys,

      this is the way, someone I know from Model Shows stores his airliners.
      I haven´t seen something more impressive than this.
      The planes do not touch each other.
      It is an amazing 3D-Puzzle.

      http://www.airlinercafe.com/datas/users/132-2006-gatow_394.jpg


      Cheers
      Uwe