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Thresher0126 Jun 2022 10:41 a.m. PST

I found a pack of 36 x 15mm wooden blocks in the crafts section at Dollar Tree for $1.25 USD (they really need to change their name for truth in advertising).

These can be left as is for cardboard boxes or wooden crates, or painted for more SciFi-like containers. Some tiny decals or other markings, if repainting them would help sell them a bit better.

White, or bright colors would work well, especially if decals were applied. Aluminum or steel spraypaint would work well too for a metallic container look.

So, at less than 4 cents a piece they're a great deal. Looks like I should go back and pick up a couple more packs for my Starport scenery.

Most are indeed 15mm x 15mm, which works out to 5' x 5' in 15mm scale, so very similar to 20th/21st Century large IATA containers frequently used in the air shipping industry.

I only bought one, since I wasn't quite sure of their size, but can definitely use more as loose containers and/or grouped in stacks for storage.

Creating some small, matching pallets to go underneath them will help sell them even more pretty easy to do with some strip wood, or styrene strips and a little time.

Then of course, I'll need to find a forklift, since I can't recall if I bought one of those or not.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2022 10:47 a.m. PST

The Dollar Trees around me have really upped their supply of craft items.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2022 10:53 a.m. PST

Dollar Tree and Dollar General have become my go to sources for craft supplies, even paint. Better selection than the woeful, local Michaels.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2022 11:26 a.m. PST

On my way. Thanks for the tip.

I imagine they'll look OK at 25-28mm as well.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Jun 2022 4:23 p.m. PST

Dollar Tree reportedly has discovered that craft items are big sellers.

Thresher0127 Jun 2022 7:13 a.m. PST

Yea, they have some good stuff.

A lot of junk too, but……..

Got some of those small, green, gridded hobby cutting mats there too a while back. Those seem to sell out very quickly though.

Foam and regular brushes, as well as a "dental pick" and knock-off X-Acto knives are available too.

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2022 2:53 p.m. PST

Thanks again for the tip! Not only did I get the wooden cubes, but I also found a blister pack of Scrabble tiles. My game was missing a letter. The Dollar Tree tiles are indistinguishable from my set.

I'm happier about finding the tiles than the cubes. The cubes are going to work out great for small cargo crates for 25mm gaming.

Thresher0103 Jul 2022 11:04 a.m. PST

Glad to hear it.

Yea, those boxes/crates can be used for any scales from 15mm – 25mm/28mm, and even 32mm/34mm figs.

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