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Old 09-09-2020, 10:13 AM   #1
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Something happened this past weekend....it only happens on a Monday during 5th full moon at 1:37pm on a bi-yearly schedule...I cleaned my shop!

Since it never looks like this, I thought I'd take a few pictures and share. I love workbench pics - just like tiny trucks, each one is different and unique. Always fun to see where the magic happens. Mine is set up in the basement of my little house and has pretty much taken over 75% of it. It's the only room in the house that's "mine" It's not pretty, but I like it.

First stop on the tour... main workbench where I work on pretty much everything. It's a seated bench - I had a stand-up bench for years, but then I got old. My chair is from a job I worked at 15 year ago, has duck tape on the arms to hold it together, and my wife demands I thow it out at least once a week. I love it though, it's superbly comfortable. Radio, TV, DVD, and a 36" Devastator to keep me company - all the comforts of home. Built out of 2x4's and plywood with some super tough epoxy paint on the surface. Most of my 1.9 tires are in storage bins on a rolling cart, undeneath sorted by size and application.


Next to my main bench is the photo bench. I never use it because it's usually covered in crap... It's my old computer desk that got re-purposed when baby #2 came along and I lost my office (a good trade though!) Painted the desktop gray and used some contact paper for the walls. It does the job. Also stores radios, batteries (maybe not the best idea), manuals, decals, field boxes, and about 22 WP1080 programming cards. I do plan to replace this eventually combining the main bench and this one into a giant L shaped bench. 1.9 crawler tires are hiding on a rack behind the bench.


Third bench, this one is salvaged desktops from my old job. Big and heavy, the frame is 2x6's to support it all. I use 1 side for painting and the other side for storage. When I paint, I just open one of the casement windows and put a window fan in - it seems to work pretty well. I have a small Testors pump for the airbrush and a bigger Kobalt under the table when needed. The tablecloth is there to keep overspray off the goods. There's an Avante kit under there, Bruiser bits, Hercules truck, and a couple of boxes of stuff I haven't opened yet. Mostly new bodies for upcoming projects.


Wall of parts #1. I try to stay organized, though it only shows once in a while when I clean. I sort parts into bins..sometimes common parts like links, rod ends, screws, etc and sometimes by kit or even by manufacturer depending on how much junk I have. I have a lot of junk. For example, the four large bins at the bottom right are Tamiya General Parts, Tamiya TA parts, Axial parts and HPI parts. Up top is projects waiting to be finished. Couple of 2 scale trucks, 2 CC01's, a lone CC02, and a few touring cars (Can't wait to get started on that Tamiya Formula E!) Mostly my current projects tend to stack up here while in progress.


Close up...everything is labelled, it has to be or I'd never find anything.


Next to my main workbench is my tool rack. I've consolidated greatly, I had a ton of tools here, though I've slimmed down to mostly using 1/4" bits for all my hex screws. I can swap them into handles or electric drivers depending on what I'm doing - very handy. Ditched almost all my RC specific tools - they are banished underneath into the toolbox. I made a tool holder out of some leftover 2x4's to keep things kinda organized. This is V2, V3 will be coming eventually.



Like my tools, I have a small tray to hold all my painting supplies. It rolls under the bench when not in use. I made the upper tray out of plywood and a desk organizer- it lifts out, and there's a bunch of crap in the bottom too.


Drafting table that I do work off of occasionally...I like using pencil and paper for custom stuff like chassis or other metal bits. Currently covered in a few touring cars awaiting their chance in the paint booth.


Wall of parts #2.... behind the desk is more bins, storing more stuff. Mostly labelled, though I never seem to put them back on the shelf with the label facing out. There's quite a few vehicles in here in bins...Sawback, TLT, F350, Wheely king.... though mostly it's parts like shocks, springs, styrene, wheels, etc. Lots of "kit boxes" too.... for example, I have a TRX4 bin - any stock part I take off or upgrade I buy stays in the bin...after a while, stuff piles up. Keeping it all together and sorted is a must. There's and Element Bin, SCX10, SMT10, etc.


The body rack. I try to pile it in an organized, perfect, and precise way so that the entire pile doesn't slide off onto the floor. That's it for my organizational prowess here... If someone's got a neat and clean way to organize bodies, I'd love to see it.


Workbench 4...the heavy. Just a few tools I use when needed on a plywood bench. The drill press by far is the wisest investment. I use it all the time. Underneath are large scale bodies, 2.2 tires/foams in 3 big bins, and random metal pieces for fabrication.



The vehicle wall. Runners, projects, and everything in between. If it's not on the workbench, it should be over here. In theory anyway.....usually it's all over the place. Anyway, scale trucks and projects are slowly taking over - this used to be bashers and nitro back in the day. Amazing how it has changed in 13 years or so. Sorry the pics are iffy...the reflecting light off chrome parts plays absolute havoc with my camera for some reason. Most of my vehicles are here, though there are some touring cars scattered around the house. First thing you see walking in the back door of the house is my Jager M04 conversion and a Tamiya Ferrari. The wife loves it.

I'm totally out space here...Not sure what I'm going to do yet, but I way need more room.




Close-up of the back rack... mostly odds and ends - bodies, kits, old restoration projects... stuff I think I'll get to eventually but has been here for years. Some old stuff back here, HPI Super Nitros, Falcon, Bearhawk, King Cab, Nitro Pede, and a one off Nitro Slash. Also some 1/6 scale stuff including an old Radio Shack '69 Camaro body that really needs to be built eventually.


Vehicle rack #2 - what's left of my go-fast collection. There's really not much left, which is ok. Turns out I like going slow.


And that's the tour!
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Old 09-09-2020, 12:40 PM   #2
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Speechless.
So many....
Thanks for sharing, great to see where it all happens.

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Old 09-09-2020, 01:27 PM   #3
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Holy crap!
Some day...
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Old 09-09-2020, 05:13 PM   #4
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Great tour! Doesn't all tours end at a Gift Shop?
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Old 09-09-2020, 06:35 PM   #5
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That's awesome man! I did sort of the same thing this past weekend although I'm not done yet and have only a quarter of what you have and it's a big job, looks great!
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Old 09-09-2020, 08:37 PM   #6
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You have an enjoyable looking workshop OS. Thanks for all of the pics. Itís so nice to have lots of space in this hobby. I also have several work benches where I will typically have different projects or different aspects of the same project on the go at one time.

Beautiful collection of trucks too!
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Old 09-10-2020, 07:35 AM   #7
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Thanks fellas, glad you came on the tour...

We are debating moving as soon as house prices get under control, and the new house will have a dedicated RC room that's NOT in the basement. It's a must! As much as I enjoy it down there, it's damp and dirty.
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Old 09-10-2020, 12:05 PM   #8
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Looks great, D!


Good luck on the house search.
When we bought our new house I was able to move most of my stuff to the garage.
It doesn't get too cold here, so it's an all season work area.
Now you got me realizing that I need to clean up, too.
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Old 09-10-2020, 04:47 PM   #9
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Truly an amazing collection, as well as organizing the chaos. I thought i had a lot of RC crap in my 2 car garage. I too wish for a dedicated room, hopefully we can afford a bigger/nicer house once im done with school.
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Old 09-10-2020, 08:14 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tour OS!

It's always cool to see how others have their "happy place" set-up! You've have a great set-up and a lot of room to work. I like how you have multiple work spaces to do different projects. That is something that I wish I had, more work space. I only have one workbench and usually many projects going on at the same time. It makes for working on different projects at the same time very chaotic!

Nice r/c collection too! Nice shelving to keep the rigs on when they are not out on the trail!
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:30 AM   #11
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For whatever reason this is exactly what I had your shop looking like in my head!
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Old 09-22-2020, 08:01 AM   #12
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It was clean for 1 day....it's a mess again already.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:25 AM   #13
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Wow! Simply wow.
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Very cool space and excellent collection. Thank you for taking the time to share.
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Thanks for sharing. I always look for ideas on how to organize all my madness. Well done.
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It was clean for 1 day....it's a mess again already.
I believe that is a common problem! Mine doesn't last for more than a day after cleaning!
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It was clean for 1 day....it's a mess again already.

LOL! I have the same problem!
I'm gonna try to straighten mine out again this weekend.
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Old 10-03-2020, 08:43 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing OS, really enjoyed the tour. Next time the Mrs says I have too many toys, I'm showing her these pictures!
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