Show us your modeling corner

Discussion in 'Off Topic - Card Modeler Lounge' started by Tonino, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    I was looking at the wonderful Kfir building thread by @McTschegsn - and, in particular, at this photo of his desktop, everything so clean and tidy, and turning my head looked at the mess on my "laboratory" and I started thinking about the style of other colleagues, who knows how many of us have chaotic desktops and how many others have super-organized spaces.

    So this is the idea: let's take a photo of our modeling corners as they are, just now, no cheating! Don't clean the table and put all the card clippings in the trash bin. Show the real look of your workplace just as it is.

    I'll start this one with my modeling room:
  2. McTschegsn

    McTschegsn New Member

    Well as Tonino said... This is my modeling corner ;)
    It looks pretty much the same when I model because I tend to keep my tools tidy just in case I need something very quickly ;)
    The other pic is a quick glance into my R/C model workshop where I build the bigger things.... Same there... All tools have its place and the building tables are kept almost tidy :)
    I will post some "while working pictures" when I am at work :)

    BTW Tonino... I like your lamp :)

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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2015
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  3. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Very nice guys, unfortunatley mine is very "mobile", as in everything has to be packed away when I'm done :( (a 2 year old with a craft knife is an interesting proposition that I don't want to see...)
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  4. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    I understand :) This is the reason for I stopped plastic modeling some years ago. Unfortunately years has the bad habit to increase fast and now my sons are big enough to understand my alerts :rage: !!!
    Well, no problem, next time you unwrap your equipment take a photo of your "flash modeling site" it would be interesting for all the fathers reading!
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  5. Lighter

    Lighter Member

    As it was at 6am. I've straightened a bit since taking the photos. I'm another of the neat-nick modelers. First photo is as much an overview as possible. Space is tight and you'll note that this is/was a closet. The rest of the small bedroom is equally packed with computer stuff, library and home tools, sheet goods and supplies. And I can turn around! I just can't back up to get more in the photo.

    Space June 15 Wide Lettered (Small).jpg

    Another view.

    Space June 15 Narrow Lettered (Small).jpg

    Not seen to your left shelves and parts cabinets continue to the closet wall and then along that narrow wall. Also not seen are the cat and hound sleeping places.
  6. micahrogers

    micahrogers Active Member

    My workspace is currently in 7 boxes and 2 tubs to be moved to the new house... going to sign lease on new place today.
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  7. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    Well, this is mine......:)

    The dining room table.........:eek:

    I live alone now, so I don't have any 'nagging problems' anymore............ ;) :happy: :wink:

    I use the cardboard cores of rolls of stickers, that I get from work, that I use to keep all my pens, pencils, dowels, and anything else, stored in.


    *** EDIT: One very vital object that is missing in the photo above, which is a standard item of the work area, is a beer .........;) :Drinks:
  8. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    I'm enjoying this thread a lot!
    It's nice to know that, everywere in the world, we do similar things in similar ways in similar rooms with similar tools. Someone is more tidy, someone less, someone has a mess in the room (me) and someone not - but our hobby brings us together in a big world-paper-brotherhood!!! Claphands

    Cannot wait to see more! Please continue posting! :snaphappy: :snaphappy: :snaphappy: :snaphappy:
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2015
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  9. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Ok, so I had a bit of time over the weekend, here's my the mobile version!


    And it all gets packed up into an old Ferro Roche' box. They come in handy :).

    I've added a new shelfie, since I've been able to recover/repair a few models :)


    Voyager & Falcon still need a bit of work
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  10. mysteroid

    mysteroid Member

    Reporting from Mainland China here. I love to see how others have optimized their work area so I thought I would contribute my own.

    My workspace does double duty as my desk/office. A bit cluttered but it mirrors my mental state ha ha.

    The shelving unit is a bed frame that's been tilted up against the wall. Some small metal shelving units have been inserted in the spaces to add more shelves and make better use of the space.

    The desktop is one of two pieces of plywood from the bedframe. It's supported by leftover cardboard from the box our air conditioning unit came in.

    You're probably wondering why don't I just buy a desk. Good question especially since an Ikea recently opened in our city. Well my wife and I never intended to stay in China forever, so up to now I couldn't justify buying a desk and then leaving it behind when we go home. However we have been here for 7 years now(!) and it looks like we will be here for a while yet, so I may just wind up biting the bullet and getting a proper work surface.

    Models in progress: Paper Replica ED-209, District 9 rifle, and Snowspeeder, Jan Rukr's Sulaco, and a bunch of others.

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  11. Netizenzero

    Netizenzero New Member

    I love this thread! I just recently moved into a new house, and this is giving me some ideas on how to set up my space, which also will be doing double duty as an office.
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  12. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    Maybe we can suggest to create a new "cardmodelers" section in all Ikea stores? @mysteroid you can give them a lot of ideas on the matter! :)
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  13. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    20150725_125639.jpg I'm on vacation in Piedmont Alps. Prior to leaving home I saw, on weather forecasts, we can have some thunderstorms. So, just in the case I'll be forced to stay indoor, I decided to take with me my "cardmodeler traveling kit"
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  14. mysteroid

    mysteroid Member

    I love your kit! Will have to borrow this idea (I usually use a small cardboard box, not too secure especially with knife blades poking out the sides).
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  15. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    With a view from my window like that, I dont think I would get much modelling done .........
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  16. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    Will you adopt me? In the best way possible, I am so envious! You organization skills are something I am severely lacking. That view from your home is stunning! Fantastic!!!

    This is my modeling corner, during a Spring Clean up. Most of the metal was recycled, no the M.G. parts. I got $50 dollars for that scrap metal. The working corner is 16' x 26' long, and 26' feet high. It is fully insulated. Presently, there is a 1973 M.G Midget in there going restoration. There is also a miling machine, a SouthBend Back gear Lathe, capable of doing threads. I have all the tooling and fixtures for both machines. A Heavy Duty drill press, and a grinding wheel that will take your hand off. It is the most powerful one I have ever sen. I can sharpen lawn mower blades,3, in 10 minutes, taking my time. I also have a Mig Welder , and a Miller Econo-tig Welder in them, with all accessories. I have rotary tables for the miller, and a Hilma Indexing Head worth probably $1500 dollars. I also have a rotary milling head that allows me to make round pieces in square parts, i.e., I can make a steering spindle out of one piece of steel, then send it out to be hardened.

    I also have my Oscilloscopes in there, with all the instruments and components from my Electronic Repair business I owned for 10 years. When I am finished cleaning it out, I will post some interior pictures. The town zoning commission has said they will allow me to build a 16 wide' by 24' long, concrete slab in front of it, and attach a single, or two story structure too it. My plan is to go up high enough so I can part my motorhome in it. Definitely high enough to stand, though I want a steel able to keep the snow sliding off. I have enough equipment in there (I have virtually every wood working tool made, to make a car, airplane, boat, basically, whatever I wish, out of that barn. It looks like a mess now, but the town of New Fairfield, Ct. sent me a letter stating that the structure enhanced he beauty of the neighborhood. After I finish the M.G., I will restore my 1973 450SL Mercedes Benz, of which I am the second owner. It only has 160,000 miles on it, and goes like a bat out of Hell. The battery box has been destroyed, but having a sheet metal brake, I am extremely confident I can fabricate O.E.M. looking replacements parts, and weld them in. The Interior is beyond repair, as Mercedes used defective plastic, ad he U.V. rays turned all the red interior cars pieces the were Red into dust, or as Brittle as Saltine Crackers. So that's my corner. It has an 8 foot ceiling on the first floor and a 14 foot ceiling on the second floor. The 2nd floor is rated at 1000 lbs per. sq. foot. It still looks a mess as my motorhome is in front of it now, I am remaking the staircase into it. This is one reason I do not have the time to build Paper models right now. The time I do have I used to keep this forum going. Below, is a picture of a recumbent trike I designed and use. It cruises easily at 20 mph, 24, if you pedal harder. I fabricated that from scrap and exhaust pipe tubing, .050" wall thickness. It has a mono-shock rear air suspension, and front disc brakes. :)

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  17. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    That is a nice looking trike Zathros, there's this cycle race in Jo'burg that has a dedicated category for recumbent bikes...

    Want to test your mettle against SA's finest? :)
  18. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    I could definitely pick up the rear line of the race, somebody has to lose!! I made this hoping I could use it to get some exercise, but my back is so messed up, other problems came up, and I don't use it as much as I wish. Connecticut is just too hilly for therapeutic bicycling. I made 75% of the Barn by myself. I used block and tackle to put the 5/8th sheathing on the roof. I purchased prefabricated roof trusses, designed by me, they engineered the design, it made the job a lot easier. 1000 lbs. per square foot on the second floor.

    I am working on something like the pic below. It may have an electric drive though. I just got all the parts, dual disc brakes, wheels, front end, with suspension. I just have to make the frame. I scored a really nice Sting ray Bicycle aluminum wheel that will serve for the rear wheel. It should have a nice look. :)

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  19. Tonino

    Tonino Member

    Just for rainy days... (none till now) ;)

    Ok boss it can be done. Just check if there is some property on sale near that barn, I can consider transfer my lab over there. With a neighbor so "tooled" it would be a pleasure to share all you want. WOW! thumbsup

    Yes the view from this spot is fantastic and so is to stay here. But, unfortunately, this is not my home, is my wife parents' home. Nice place however, despite the presence of my mother-in-law ;)
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  20. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    My mother and father in law, well let's just say for a decade or so, I wish I had never met them. About 5 years ago though, things started changing, and now we get along fantastically. It's been great for my son, as my father is deceased, he has only one Grandfather, boy my father in law is enamored with my son. I lucked out there.

    I have 200 amp separate power in that Barn. It has it's own meter. That oversight by the town really increased the value of my home. That is especially great as the rest of my stuff is junk!! :)

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