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Tom Scott Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 1:45 p.m. PST

Having had my 54's packed away in boxes for years (using foam & paper), I am wondering if anyone has come up with a clever storage solution that allows accessibility for gaming purposes (ie, NOT stored away in boxes wrapped in paper under foam).

I was wondering about K&R multicase options. Or perhaps plastic storage boxes with cardboard dividers. I think storing the figures upright is the best plan.

Anyone come up with anything clever?

MajorB17 Dec 2016 1:58 p.m. PST

I was wondering about K&R multicase options. Or perhaps plastic storage boxes with cardboard dividers. I think storing the figures upright is the best plan.

All my figures of any scale are stored upright in cardboard boxes.

Bill Rosser17 Dec 2016 2:17 p.m. PST

I buy two clear plastic shadow boxes at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and tape them together in a clam shell approach. Clear on all sides, protects from dust and can be displayed on book shelves for easy access. 8.5" x 11" x 2.6" high. I have used with 28's and 15's but haven't tried 54mm. I imagine they would be fine if the guns/spears aren't straight up/down.

Bill Rosser17 Dec 2016 2:17 p.m. PST

you also might be able to find deeper units at picture shops vs. hobby stores

Ed von HesseFedora17 Dec 2016 3:44 p.m. PST

My 54s have magnetic bottoms and are stuck to dollar store cookie sheets that fit snugly in Ziploc 16 quart Weathershield Storage Boxes. I throw some cottton batting on top when transporting away from home.

Tom Scott Supporting Member of TMP17 Dec 2016 3:51 p.m. PST

"All my figures of any scale are stored upright in cardboard boxes."

Are the figures in compartments in one larger box, or do you mean they are in individual boxes? If the former, is this something you made, or bought?

MacrossMartin Inactive Member17 Dec 2016 11:03 p.m. PST

I was lucky enough to grab a big Kinchrome wooden toolchest with felt-lined draws at a hardware sale a few years back. When they're not on parade, my Dorset Soldiers castings lie back and relax therein. :)

There's a lidded top section, that's tall enough to take the artillery, too!

Martin Rapier18 Dec 2016 12:41 a.m. PST

I store my 54s in box files or Really Useful Boxes (cavalry) with bottoms lined with steel paper and magnetic sheet on the figure bases. I sometimes stick a layer of bubble wrap under the box lid too.

Lonkka1Actual18 Dec 2016 3:33 a.m. PST

Metal biscuit boxes and magnetic paint to the bases?

Tom Scott Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2016 11:59 a.m. PST

I hesitate to put magnetic material on the stands of collectible miniatures (like Trophy or Jenkins). Partially a question of value down the road, and partially because it seems inappropriate for classic toy soldiers. (Just me, I know). I suppose making grids using foamcore is probably the best I can do. That will be a LOT of work.

Black Hat Miniatures18 Dec 2016 4:01 p.m. PST

I store some 54s to n the Kaiser rush forth cases – the infantry fit pretty well in the standard trays.


Tom Scott Supporting Member of TMP19 Dec 2016 9:13 a.m. PST

Yesterday during a visit to Target, I found a Christmas decoration plastic box which appears to be perfect for vertical storing of 54mm infantry. I will need to put non-slip shelf liner on the bottom, but I think I can get 150 figures in them.

Lonkka1Actual22 Dec 2016 4:01 p.m. PST

Why not use Sabol Army Transport trays then and you'll have much less work with plucking out the foam…

Botch B Inactive Member23 Dec 2016 3:16 a.m. PST

Garden seed trays in office box files are the cheapest and easiest way to do it. Seed trays come in 24 and 15 'holes' and can be cut and mixed to cope with smaller/bigger figures.

Forper Inactive Member10 Jan 2017 10:23 p.m. PST

I have something like the Sabol stuff, generic off ebay. Stores my 54mm Tamiya/DML figures pretty good. Just gotta watch those gun barrels…

acough200106 Mar 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

I usually mount the figures individually on 1.25" fender washers with Loctite Super Glue (gel). Then I place a magnetic sheet on the bottom of a Sterilite large clip box (#1993). When completed, the figures are placed standing in the box. It's great for storage and the figures (except flags) are upright. When traveling with them, I place odd bits of foam between the rows of figures

Both the washers (100/pack) and boxes (a six pack)were picked up online at very good prices.

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