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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:17 PM
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Moving, Model Bench, Hanging Park Flyers, etc

Hi gang,

We've recently moved across town after finally escaping from home ownership and have moved into a 2 bedroom suite. Part of this move is encorporating the model room and computer room into one, so thus I should be able to build as I'm on ezone!

Anyway, you've all seen hundreds of pics of the old room with its two benches and planes hanging from the walls in any which way.

Here's a shot of the "before" of the new room. It's difficult to get an overall as it's a long room that can't be viewed all from one location.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:19 PM
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Here's the other direction. The blotch is a speck on the imager in the camera, so ignore it in following pictures
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:20 PM
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Here's the room in the middle of the explosion, I mean, move
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:21 PM
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Here's the computer all set up, complete with self-gratifying wallpaper
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:22 PM
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More and more progress
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:25 PM
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For hanging the planes I didn't want to put huge 1/4" holes in the walls for my fancy U-hooks, so I got creative. This is a 1x4 with 3/4" hooks screwed into it.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:26 PM
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I spaced these about 20 inches apart. I used just three screws per 6' section to put it on the wall and used some drywall plastic screw thingies to keep from them ripping out.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:28 PM
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Now the disclaimer: this technique is, in my opinion, specific to park flyers as I don't think it's strong enough to hold 3 or 4 lb airplanes on there. I used loops of string with good ol' bowlines on either end to hang the planes. The string is just wrapped around the tail or landing gear as appropriate. Here's the final result.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:29 PM
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... and the other wall.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:31 PM
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I've had a remarkable amount of people ask me over time what I use for a model bench, so here's a few pictures of it. Construction is entirely 2x4s and particle board with an inlaid piece of drywall for pinning to. Here's the base and one end.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:32 PM
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Here's the bench mostly assembled. The cross members are all 2x4s as well. This was originally constructed on a confirmed level floor so it's all self-aligning.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:34 PM
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The top is particle board with some 1x2 caps around the edges
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:34 PM
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The drywall lays in with no screws or anything - it's just held in place by the caps around the particle board.
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:36 PM
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I have a roll of 2' wide off-white paper that I use to protect the top a bit. I usually tape it down with packing tape but we're out, so I used masking tape today. That's about it! The bench overall is 5x3 so it does take a few strips of the paper, but it makes for a nice glue-catcher or shavings-catcher.

That's about it, so welcome to my model room! Expect some airplanes on that bench very soon.

Martin
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Old Apr 25, 2003, 01:38 PM
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Nice little setup!
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