Boxed In: A Festive Reorganisation
Since die-casts lose most of their value when they don't have a box it is suicidal to get rid of the boxes your aircraft came in. They are also a must if you ever have to move house, although the experience of boxing and unboxing that many models is not a pleasant one! I am fortunate enough to have a substantial hangar space, which comes with a large workbench beneath which is a great storage area complete with doors. This is my primary box storage space but even so it has been busting recently.
Since I live in a relatively humid and damp environment (the new house is thankfully a lot drier in winter) I don't store my boxes in the open and instead utilise plastic box containers. These are mostly large underbed style storage containers since they provide a good mixture of accessibility and space. One of the annoying things I find is that the storage boxes, being stackable and plastic, are not typically square at the corners or sides. This can make storing rectangular boxes in them challenging and the shallower underbed boxes afford better space utilisation.
When you need to find a box for one reason or another you'll be really glad that you have stored them together in a methodical way - either by type or manufacturer. The latter makes sense since there is little standardisation of box sizes between the manufacturers. I know people like the specific and larger boxes from the likes of Gemini and Phoenix but when you have lots of models they become a real pain in the backside. The Aeroclassics boxes may be bland but they are smaller - a lot smaller. Usually nowadays Aeroclassics at least says what is in the box but I have hundreds of Aeroclassics which don't. I have had to label the boxes myself.
I had previously attempted to fit the model boxes into type specific plastic boxes but recent purchases had ruined this planning and space was at a premium. After all it isn't just the underbench area that has boxes stored in but also two ottomans (for oversized boxes), a wall cupboard and a chest of drawers.
The big reboxing effort involved purchasing a couple of new plastic containers and then going through all the ones I had and reorganising them by aircraft type and often manufacturer. Even this effort, which didn't involve any models being put into boxes, took me about 5 hours in total. Fortunately I didn't have to reorganise many of my 243 Gemini Jets as they were mainly in the chest of drawers and one large plastic box - and I haven't bought many Geminis in recent times. The main effort was directed at the 904 Aeroclassics. I was able to fit many types into one box and fortunately there was often some small space for future additions.
I was relatively fortunate that most of the time I was able to fit what I wanted in the same box. For example in the work in progress shot below the left hand box ended up with Aeroclassics and SMA 737-200/300s and eventually non-Chinese A320s whilst the right box was filled with Aeroclassics DC-9s, CV880/990s and 720s.
There was one additional benefit realised to this reorganisation - I rediscovered a model that had never got unboxed from the last move. Here she is now placed with the over 40 or so Braniff stablemates:
Finally I was able to pack the boxes away and everything is a lot better organised at least until a few months pass and new purchases flood in that need their boxes stored! How do you cope with the storage of your boxes?
28/1/2018 10:12:03 pm
Ha Richard, this is a timely post for me as well, since I am just about to begin the task of unboxing everything and recreating my display after my recent(ish) move from Texas to Tennessee. Although I think for those of us with this large of a collection (I'm around 2500 now), the issue goes beyond even "first world problems" LOL.
28/1/2018 11:12:09 pm
Impressive. I saw your cabinets and they look great. You sound like you've gone to even greater attempts to categorise than I have but then again you have 1000 more models than me!
2/2/2018 06:16:52 am
Storage is my main concern nowadays. After 1000 models (a little bit more I think) I had to reduce the amount of purchases. All my models are displayed in a locked room in my home office and the box are stored in a large cabinet located in my garage. The problem is when I need to sell a model and have to look for a particular box inside large boxes. None of the main boxes are labeled so it is a big nightmare to sell a particular model. Took note of several tips posted in the main text and in the comments area which I really appreciate.
2/2/2018 01:29:27 pm
One can always use Post-It notes as a way to label boxes in storage without having to mark the boxes themselves with ink or marker. The Post-It notes can also be trimmed to fit so one sheet can do 3-4 boxes (depending upon which size of Post-it is used) if the sticky portion is only on one end. At the moment I store my boxes inside "paper boxes" (a cardboard box that a ream of 8-1/2" x 11" paper comes in) in a dry storage area in the basement. I use paper boxes as we always get more at work and I can get them for free. I do agree plastic containers are a better long term solution and when I reach the point where I can start displaying my models will look into plastic containers such as the under bed ones RStretton uses for storing the boces. I just wish the manufacturers would standardize on box sizes and use the smallest one they can. I've got a few models that look "lost" inside the oversized box they come in - LOL!
2/2/2018 06:00:16 pm
Hello Richard and all,
3/2/2018 01:04:14 pm
Wow, this issue has been bothering me for some time, as all my boxes are stored in large boxes in the attic, but randomly and now we are thinking of moving house! Matching the models to boxes will be challenging and time-consuming, but at least where the model is not identified on the box, I have put a Post-It note in each box with description. I really must get around to organising them and think I will file them by airline name, as that's how my collection is arranged in alphabetical order, so that should be in sync with the collection.
3/2/2018 08:14:11 pm
Problem with that approach mate is that the boxes will all be different sizes which'll make storing them together very challenging
Peter Cruttenden (ReeveAleutPeterC)
5/2/2018 11:39:22 pm
13/3/2018 11:48:26 am
A very familiar problem! My collection had peaked at 4500 (1/500 1.400 1/200) and had completely taken over two rooms of my house. Then she-who-must be-obeyed demanded her study back...quandary! OK 1/500 must go...Duly found all the boxes, gave a few useless Herpa OG's away and the rest went to SA's biggest retailer. Problem half solved. Half a room back. Not good enough for her majesty! After a lot of measuring and calculation figured had enough display space for approx. 1200. Then the sorting began. Display store or dispose? Well I'm still busy. Down to 2200 now. They "nice to haves" also went to the same retailer. Now the empty boxes..? Lucky enough to have space in the roof. 28 refuse bags full of empties duly deposited in roof. Another 200 that must go still...then madame has her study back ;-)
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