Organizing the hobby space
To all stuck at home and between working for and creating income we are all in the same boat, or plane or tank. Enclosed .
In trying to maximise the thickness of my wallet for model acquisitions I took on the task of organising the many paint pots and all tools relating to modelling whether old or new so as to not have to endlessly look for the right item. This by way of not having to purchase pre-Made organising tools and keeping the budget for other things.
Not that these storage systems are not practical but rather that things change in the way one may want to proceed on how the workspace works best.
For that, and with all the ways food packagings come in and get discarded . Wasting petroleum products and creating a huge disposal problem with microplastics just about everywhere now. Here are a few ways that one could stay creative, not waste money and do something good for the environment.
The paints I have come from different brands. Mainly MIG, Tamiya and the Testors bottles with the Hornby and Modelmasters paints to make it all confusing.
With this I made storage for all the paint in full view So as to not knock things over while looking for the right item !
The MIG storage I made from scrap pre-finished 1/4 maple plywood . Your local cabinet shop probably would love to hear from you!
The drilling on the drill press with this material did not work well as when the bit pierces that’s final layer it cuts a small disc out that does not let you drill through with out having to stop the drill and remove the offending part. At that I used and aggressive serrated Forstner bit freehand with a 18 V drill . the material set on a substrate. That worked well and the try out became the permanent MIG storage !
The Tamiya paints I took on a few weeks later. This time the drill press worked really well on the recycled drawer sides off off an old dresser. It turned out to be Camphor wood. It drilled clean and well with a 1 7/16 Forster bit 3/16 inches between circles.
As you see in the photo, any clear, black, white, round, square, oval food container gets evaluated!
I cut them down to various heights with a chop saw . Careful ! But it works cleanly.
With that re-using tofu containers, chicken containers, milk bottles etc etc .i saved quite a bit of money. My workspace still changes but when I put things away I feel satisfied on finding Way to cut down on the waste stream , find things easily and keep the budget for model acquisitions.
To top it all off I made shelving to store all of my models with Western red cedar cutoffs given to me by a contractor friend ! I started that in November last. 40 square feet of new shelving space !
That said I have not have much time modelling lately as I am looking after my family most off the time. But ! The Hasegawa Lockheed Orion is getting closer to being done time permitting.
Be well all, be safe and keep up the fun !
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