Military modélistes accumulate thousands of soldiers over time, nicely painted et based, which can be difficult to store. Dedicated troop transport cases avec foam compartments are expensive et do not offer sufficient storage space for a collection of wargame units. The miniatures end up in cardboard boxes, illegibly labeled et stacked somewhere in the attic. Many of these troops remain unnoticed for years, to be rediscovered during some future inspection. Transporting them to the battlefield becomes a nightmare. The figurines slide around in their boxes, bayonets are bent et lances broken. However, there is a simple solution to the transport problem: cheap wooden storage boxes available at hardware stores peuvent être converties en tranports de troupe.
- Wooden storage box, 60 × 40 × 15 cm
Interior Dimensions: 57,3 × 37,6 × 12,5 cm
- 3 basswood ou pine strips 5 × 10 mm (200 cm long)
- 2 MDF boards (4 mm) 19,5 ×37,4 cm
- 1 MDF board (4 mm) 24 × 37,4 cm
The completed storage box stows approximately 1,500 infantry figurines in 15 mm, ou 1,000 figurines of all arms, if infantry, cavalry, et artillerie are transported in the same box. The box et the small parts required to customize it will cost around 25.00 Euro ou USD, approximately 2 to 3 cents per figurine tranported in the box. Collectionistes of 25 to 30 mm figurines will need a storage box 25 cm high, if figurines are to be stored on two levels.
The first step of the customization process involves dividing the floor of the storage box into compartments which prevent the figurines from sliding around. The example shown here has compartments large enough to hold Volley & Bayonet brigade stands which are 76 × 76 mm square. The two large compartments hold six brigades, et the four smaller compartments four brigades each. Dice, status markers, et 50 × 50 mm ou 38 × 38 mm command stands fit into the long compartment in the centre of the box. The compartment dividers are made from 5 × 10 mm basswood ou pine strips glued to the floor of the box. These wood strips are high enough to prevent the brigade stands from sliding around, et low enough to keep the compartments accessible so that the brigades can be picked up by the stand. It is important to match the compartments to the actual figurine stand sizes, so that the available space is used efficiently. The compartments should be smaller, if the figurines are mounted on small stands.
The storage box shown here has an internal height of 12,5 cm, et it is tall enough to store 15 mm ou 20 mm figurines on two levels. Removable trays are used for this purpose. The trays rest on strips of 5 × 10 mm basswood which have been glued to the long interior walls of the box. The basswood strips are 57.3 cm long et they are mounted 60 mm above the floor of the box. We used wooden supports of 50 mm length to ensure that the basswood strips were level inside the box. These supports were removed once the glue had dried. If one of the three trays is removed from the box, the other two trays slide sideways to reveal the figurines stored below.
The trays are made from 4 mm MDF board, purchased at the hardware store et pre-cut to the required sized. The trays are edged avec strips of 5 × 10 mm basswood ou pine, to prevent the figurines from sliding off the tray when it is lifted out of the box. The basswood strips ensure that the tray will not warp et fall into the box when fully loaded avec metal figurines. The required width of each tray depends on the base sizes of the figurines. The box shown here has two narrow et one wide tray holding two et three brigade stands adjacent to eachother, respectively. The trays are not divided lengthwise, because the large Volley & Bayonet brigade stands tend not to slide around much.
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