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Storing finished scale models
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For the longest time, I had problems storing my finished kits. I have finally come up with the perfect solution: Sterilite containers floored with Easy Liner (a flexible nonadhesive, nonskid shelf or drawer liner). I found a large selection of containers at my local Wal-Mart, and the Easy Liner was in the kitchen department. The lining cushions models and keeps them from sliding around in the containers. The containers have a locking lid to keep dust out, and they are stackable. I mostly build in 1/72 scale, but the larger flat containers work quite nicely for 1/48 and 1/35 scales, too.

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