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I am probably strange, but I often find pictures of modelers work areas as interesting as the work they are doing.

 

I have picked up on a number of clever ideas this way and never seem to get tired of viewing how others do what they do, and where they do it.

 

I have added a few pictures of my area to start and hope others will follow.

 

JMS

 

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I had the display case custom built for my office.  Yea - I do have a lot of hobbies - astrophotography, sports cars, pretty much any kind of model building too.  I have a 9 foot shelf HO layout with 7 steam engines.  I guess I like steam engines too.

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I've shown this photo of my workshop in a previous thread on the same topic. This was taken last November. The Portland is somewhat further along.

A portion of my 12' x 16' model railroad is seen at the far left. The second photo, shot by Phil Monat, gives you an introduction to the level of detail 

I incorporated over 33 years of construction. Layout has approximately 8' of water front.

 

John Elwood

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I'm a retired Torpedoman's Mate chief we tend to keep things tidy. Actually I field day once a week on Saturday morning. My Master Chief Nuke buddy says he hates coming over here it is always so clean. I can always find my tools and know when inventory is running low. Especially my Single Malt😏

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Just a basement workshop, but I did construct a mini-bench for my models. Modified from some drawings in a woodworking magazine, I have a center "tail vice" that can hold inverted hulls in about any position or used with bench dogs to hold things mounted on flat base, a depression in the top for tools/parts, drawers for frequently used tools and parts, and a mounting hole for the all important light. 

But, the best feature is its portability. When not mounted on the main shop bench, it can be mounted with clamps on a pair of sawhorses, or moved to a table elsewhere. I like working standing up, and the height is just right for that, and the mini-bench facilitates resting your arms on it while doing fine work. If I decide to work seated, I move it to the sawhorses. The legs are designed with flanges to allow clamping work to them as well. Finally, when the Admiral demands work on another project, the bench with model can be moved out of harms way. 

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Hello,

This is my first post. I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my first ship and am browsing the forum to prepare myself for the build and learn from the experienced builders.

In the ninth picture of Jim's work area I noticed  a tool that is used to hold a mast. Can anyone tell me what the name of that tool is? I attached a cropped picture so you know what I am talking about.

Thank you in advance for your time and help.

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7 minutes ago, dekristof said:

Hello,

This is my first post. I am eagerly awaiting the delivery of my first ship and am browsing the forum to prepare myself for the build and learn from the experienced builders.

In the ninth picture of Jim's work area I noticed  a tool that is used to hold a mast. Can anyone tell me what the name of that tool is? I attached a cropped picture so you know what I am talking about.

Thank you in advance for your time and help.

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Welcome - and enjoy your new hobby!  That item is generally known as a "third hand".  Sold at hobby stores and online as well (see Model expo, Micromark, and other front page sponsors). 

 

 

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I used to have a desk at my parents basement, than desk at college dorm, than there was lots of desks until I got my own studio apartment.

There a closet was converted into workshop. Upgraded to a house onceI got a family so workshop area is shared with family storage in a small garage.

Have two countertops for working with saws, lathes and sanders, storage for large tools, etc. for working on the house as well as models. In the boiler room next to the garage I have my working station were I spent most of the time working on the model (AKA hiding from the family). Used to be a concrete box which I remodeled in style of Victorian officer cabin. If any one interested I have some step by step pictures of the process.20170620_011210.thumb.jpg.70a5d525de60d3f14dfc5a02b8d857ca.jpg20170620_011136.thumb.jpg.dd9f0094b574d2cb3b24a452dcde74e2.jpg

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Here is what I had in my archives. Materials and artifacts were gathered at Home Depot, Ebay, Craigslist and local curbside during garbage collection days.

Picture inside porthole was printed on light through film in a printing shop. Lamp and roll top desk required some work but I got them cheap. Design idea taken from Cutty Sark interior. There still some work left on the ceiling and opposite wall were I have a small countertop with a sink and shelves.

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On 7/23/2017 at 12:44 AM, David Rice said:

I went back into the closet.

 

I can only dream of having a real shop area full of tools. 

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I think the closet is a very neat idea ! I had been thinking along these lines too before I got into serious machining and outgrew a closet - may be a row of closets would still work ...

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