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alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2016 2:01 a.m. PST

I have a set of metal cabinets with drawers about 2" deep.

My plan is to cut a sheet of white polystyrene to fill the drawer, with circular holes for each 28mm figure, to stop them bumping into each other.

Having read all the scary stories about how various materials interact with metal figures, does anyone have any experience of storing in this manner?

MajorB01 Mar 2016 2:05 a.m. PST

I have never found it necessary to stop figures bumping into one another in storage.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2016 3:07 a.m. PST

Why not just put magnetic sheet under the bases ?

Ewan Hoosami01 Mar 2016 4:12 a.m. PST

I'd use magnetic sheet

Personal logo John Treadaway Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2016 4:24 a.m. PST

Styrene is generally pretty inert in my experience.

John T

Dynaman878901 Mar 2016 4:51 a.m. PST

Just don't let the styrene crumple in any way, the stuff sticks like crazy with static cling. (had some minis shipped to me once wrapped in it and it crumbled a bit, took a vacuum to get it all off)

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2016 6:27 a.m. PST

Magnetic sheet – faster, easier, and will allow you to store a little more per cabinet.

alan lockhart Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

Thanks for the replies. Magnetic sheet sounds best.

Alan

steamingdave4701 Mar 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

Magnetic sheet definitely the way to go, I regularly transport trays of figures 80 miles for a club day and they never move, even with my driving.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Mar 2016 10:42 a.m. PST

Alan – I can supply magnetic sheet ( tinytintroops.co.uk ) and have a tip for any users.

When storing bases larger than about 25mm square on a metal tray you can find that they have enough 'grip' for there to be a risk of bending or other damage to the figure when you remove it.

Line the tray with a loose A4 sheet of thin paper – it does reduce the magnetic grip a tiny bit but you can lift the paper and 'tip' the figure base to break the magnetic grip using much less force than it takes to pull it from the tray.

If you have a lot of figure bases in one tray then use strips across the tray so you can take a few out at a time without disturbing the others.

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