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Bob Abell17/09/2015 14:54:24
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I would like to store my bulky heavy models in the garage this winter....For obvious reasons

I`ve never done this before and would like members comments on the snags and pitfalls I may encounter

The models will be covered with sheets for starters

Having a wood lined room is a good thing

I have a couple of CCTV cameras installed, just in case


Paul T17/09/2015 15:19:16
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Is the garage damp?

Bob Abell17/09/2015 15:36:10
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Only when it rains!

I thought all garages were damp?


Paul T17/09/2015 16:01:07
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Not all garages are damp......otherwise the Rolls would rust.

A damp atmosphere will damage your superb models so wrap them in strong plastic (strong bin liners) and keep them off the floor.

Do you suffer from mice or other rodents that might nibble at your boats?


Bob Abell17/09/2015 16:07:18
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I would have thought that plastic bags would sweat?

We do have the odd mouse........What part of the boat, do they like?

I think the Fablon covered cabin can go back upstairs


ashley needham17/09/2015 16:12:40
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Boxes Bob. Its the only way to go. As basic as you like, just use dare I say it MDF or Hardboard (probably need a thicker ply base for the big ones) and stiffish crumb-foam to support inside. You could put casters on them, you can stack them up, and with a coat of best boat-blue polyurethane paint they would be moderately waterproof.

As below, but the fronts are open (soon to be completely boxed in)



shipwright17/09/2015 16:16:13
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I store my boats in a brick built detached garage and haven't encountered problems other than dust. They are stored on wall mounted shelves except for the scale destroyer which is on a moveable platform - I can still get my car into the garage but it is a bit of a squeeze lengthwise because I have a set of floor mounted cupboards (ex kitchen after kitchen refit) at the far end and the destroyer is broadsides across the front of those cupboards.


Bob Abell17/09/2015 16:46:56
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Boxes are a nice idea, Ashley, especially with a bag of those damp soaking crystals in too

Ian.....Nice to know your models can live happily in the garage......My garage is pre cast concrete, but the wood lined roof is a nice feature


peter ward 617/09/2015 18:57:41
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i agree with ashley some of my models due to size or weight live in the garage all year round

as with his in custom made hardwood / ply boxes and to date have not experienced any problems

i too sometimes put a silaca gel moisture absorder in to counter and anticipated dampness associated

problems in the heart of winter

David Marks 117/09/2015 21:49:52
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Dampness - I had the pleasure of working with a gentleman who was a very keen and skilled model engineer. With them any dampness results in rust!!!!. The method of prevention used was a wooden box/case fitted with a very low wattage electric bulb. The bulb produced sufficient heat to repel dampness and prevent rust forming.

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