What Do I Do With All My Builds?

Throughout my posts I often get asked the question, “What do you do with all of your builds?”. While I have already covered this subject in my earlier posts, the time has come to make room on the shelf for the newcomers. So I will refresh you with my process of real estate management.
The obvious first step is running out of room on the shelf. The next and most important step is to get a shorter walled bin and line it with a shelving mat. The mat helps the kits from sliding around into the walls and each other. After that, it’s all a game of Tetris. It takes multiple shifts and placements to get them all just right. The goal is to get them close enough without touching one another. The size variations play an important role in the process. Bigger planes are taller which makes room underneath their wings. It’s like creating bonus space. It’s tedious work to be uber careful and still create a jigsaw puzzle of planes. So now my shelf is cleaned up and ready for more builds. The process will begin again as soon as it fills up.

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36 thoughts on “What Do I Do With All My Builds?

  1. I just want to say that I admire your dedication, attention to detail and patience to each of your builds. My husband told me when he was younger he use to glue the hoods shut on all his model cars because he didn’t have the patience for the engine builds….lol. Thanks for all the likes! 🙂

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  2. That is one of the reasons I switched to AFVs… they take up less space 🙂 Otherwise I either put them into plastic display cases (this minimize the chances of damage, eliminates dust, and makes it easier to transport/store), or use shoe-boxes. The plastic ones you can buy- i line them with Styrofoam or other packing material, and cut the appropriate shape in it, so the model fits snugly into the box.

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  3. I don’t build model planes myself, but do admire yours… might it not be an option to hang them above head height from a ceiling if the ceiling height is not too low?
    Or taking up the existing shelf “space” but hung floor to ceiling in layers (different altitudes as it were)??
    You could even have one cupboard to encase them in floor to ceiling tall , not too deep with glass sides, so one cupboard and the aircraft hung with something like fishing lines that are transparent so that they “fly” in layers within it.
    Of course I’m no expert in displaying model planes since I don’t have one and maybe there are practical drawbacks but it’s an idea to throw out there 🙂

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    • All great suggestions. The problem that I have for now is that I am in the middle of a move and haven’t found a permanent residence to where I can set it up how I want. My plan is to have the floor to ceiling shelves and hang the bigger kits from the ceiling. Even then I will probably run out of room. Just not as quick.

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  4. Thank you for liking “Night Beauty.” I am in the process of reorganizing things around my house too, so I can relate to this post about organizing your model planes. I am glad that most of my things are not as fragile as they are. 🙂 Good luck with your move, and I hope you will be able to build and display more of your wonderful model planes in the future. 🙂

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  5. Hello –
    This is a little bit out of the blue but I have a question and looking at your blog you might have an answer. I have literally hundreds of plane models in the box from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. I inherited them from my father and I am really not sure what to do with them? I wonder if they have value and if they are sellable? All have their boxes and some are still sealed in plastic. There are a lot of Hawk models some revell and some other manufacturers as well. Just asking for some advice, thank you, – Jim

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    • There is certainly a market for them. You won’t get rich from them but a little is better than nothing. If you look on eBay you can get an idea of what they are going for. Try to make sure that all the parts are accounted for and give it a whirl. When I buy from eBay, I won’t bid on a model if the bags aren’t sealed. That’s not to say that they won’t sell. I’ve been burned a few times on missing parts. If all else fails, you can donate them to an aviation museum or find a military hospital to give to rehabbing veterans. I hope I helped out a bit. Let me know if you have any more questions. Good luck.

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