Re: storage...

Matt Bittner (
Thu, 31 Aug 1995 12:20:04 -0500

On 31 Aug 95 at 9:42, Erik Pilawskii muttered:

> Time for yet another exceeding irrelevant question, full of useless inquiry
> (precisely the type at which I excel), to satisfy the ramblings of a bent
> mind!

Nothing is too irrelevant on this list!

> As I was putting away a finished kit last night, it occurred to me to
> wonder how you Fellows-- and Ladies, of course-- store your completed
> models? For myself, I put them in 'flats' (open-topped boxes with rigid
> sides that may stack) and store them in the closet. This provides some
> protection from dust accumulation, whilst minimizing storage space. For
> unusually large models (usually WWII-vintage) I keep them on a series of
> shelves in the bedroom.
> Does anyone make use of display boxes-- y'know, those acrylic jobs? Is
> that an expensive way to go? Whaddaya 'yall do?

I have one acrylic box, and I haven't used it yet. I bought it
because it was on sale, and thought I might need it in the future.

I usually have shelves that I keep my models on. Sure they get
dusty, but they're great conversation pieces! For my more "special"
models, I've got a shadow box, perfect for those 1/72nd scale
"masterpieces". Currently, my 1/72nd armor, Fokker D.VII, SSW D.III,
Pfalz D.III, Nieuport 17, XF-85, Avia BH.3 and He 178 are there.
Things will be swapped, as "better" models are made. Unfortunately,
I can't go much bigger than the Fokker, since it's such a "small"
shadow box. It has a door, so dust in here is minimal. The shadow
box is great, although it could benefit from an interior light.

If I go too big - and I just might have to pick up AMT/Ertl's XB-70
- I would hang it from the ceiling. Our club has a test shot of this
"beast", and it's HUGE. It's probably 4 to 5 feet long; however, the
wingspan is maybe 1 foot. I doubt, though, I would hang any WW1
stuff, being too fragile, and taking too much "pride" in my WW1 work.


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska

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