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09 Jan 2009 12:30 p.m. PST
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Personal logo Inari7 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2009 3:01 p.m. PST

Hey guys, I bought some cheap storage bins from Walmart, 3 for a dollar. Here are a few pictures. I got a whole city for less then 5 dollars.


All I had to do was glue black paper to the insides thanks to a suggestion from someone here on TMP.


wehrmacht08 Jan 2009 3:21 p.m. PST


Deeman08 Jan 2009 3:25 p.m. PST

Wow. Looks suprisingly good. As I get older I want easier.

chuck05 Fezian08 Jan 2009 4:37 p.m. PST

Here are some I saw online. I dont remember the site though.


Jovian108 Jan 2009 4:40 p.m. PST

I may have to stop by Wal-Mart – I hate shopping there though! Those look really quite good – with a bit of over-spray to change some of the colors they will work great for all kinds of sci-fi games – and not look bad doing it either!

Cacique Caribe08 Jan 2009 4:49 p.m. PST

Dropzonetoe brought those to our attention a while back. Check out what he did:

TMP link

You'll like this other one too:


Also, I just stopped by Home Depot (DY store) and found these (in a couple of sizes), for about $1.50 USD each:


Now I have an entire apartment complex for 15mm-20mm figures, with windows on two sides and everything!


Cacique Caribe08 Jan 2009 4:53 p.m. PST
chuck05 Fezian08 Jan 2009 5:13 p.m. PST

thats the sue I was looking for.

Sundance08 Jan 2009 6:53 p.m. PST

That works incredibly well! Much more so than I would have thought.

chuck05 Fezian08 Jan 2009 6:57 p.m. PST

That should read "thats the site I was looking for"

cloudcaptain08 Jan 2009 8:30 p.m. PST

Hey…quit tapping into my supplier!

Riverbluff Wargames08 Jan 2009 11:30 p.m. PST


Here is what I did a couple years ago with some of those electrical boxes from the hardware store:

Cacique Caribe09 Jan 2009 12:19 a.m. PST

That is simply amazing, even better than I ever imagined it to be.


Acharnement09 Jan 2009 10:12 a.m. PST

Riverbluff games- the electrical boxes look terrific. I am off to have a search for some myself. Thanks!

Dropzonetoe Fezian09 Jan 2009 10:14 a.m. PST


Glad to see someone remembered them. They have been fought over many times and they are best things I think I have come up with.

Now I am working with making some hirst art molds and want to make something to fit in with them with the molds. I am in the test phase right now.

Riverbluff Wargames09 Jan 2009 12:51 p.m. PST

Thanks guys,

I simply added some cereal box card to make the doors and panels. I punched out the circle on the top of the blue one and glued it to the top of a bottle cap and glued that back over the hole created from punching out the circle.

Other than that all I did was paint them.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2009 11:03 a.m. PST

I've got one of those 4-gong electrical boxes made up to look like an industrial building. Works equally well for 15mm and 28mm, in fact. I'll have to try to find it and post some pics.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP10 Jan 2009 12:10 p.m. PST

Here we go:


Just a junction box, two PVC pipe elbows, sprue, and greeblies from the bits box. The card base warped a bit, so I'll probably need to replace or remove that at some point.

Xintao10 Jan 2009 4:27 p.m. PST

I guess I'm hitting Wally World tomorrow. Thanks TMP!

Cheers, Xin

chironex19 Jan 2009 7:13 p.m. PST

Some items I grabbed at work that I thought would make such good buildings I couldn't throw them out. They are the packaging caps off the imaging units for a large colour multifunction printer. Now to initialise the engreeblement process…

chironex19 Jan 2009 7:15 p.m. PST

Might end up with those two VCR tubs I have been neglecting for years…

Cyclops20 Jan 2009 1:16 p.m. PST

Did you mean these?

chironex20 Jan 2009 3:02 p.m. PST

Yes, those.
I can't edit my post!

Cacique Caribe17 Feb 2009 11:14 p.m. PST

So, Chironex, which boxes are those exactly (manufacturer or store)?


I like the junction boxes I got, but those in the photo look amazing.

Must have some, if they work as two story buildings for 15mm.


chironex18 Feb 2009 7:23 p.m. PST

A bit big for 15mm, maybe 3 or 4 stories; add a few more balconies/fire escapes or similar features.
30cm ruler and Chaos Marine for scale. The block is a piece of packaging from the black imaging unit of any Konica Minolta Bizhub C650 series colour copier/multifunction. The black unit is a different shape and size to the colour imaging units and has these orange things on the ends for extra protection inside the foam blocks.
Also you could try this VCR tub:
The boss used to call it "milk crate technology" and I thought when the VCR was scrap the crate was such an interesting shape I couldn't throw it out.
You could make a tank hangar out of that.

Cacique Caribe01 Apr 2009 2:54 a.m. PST


I can't belive how good those electrical box buildings look:



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