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  1. (Apologies if this in the wrong place, but I didn't know where else to put it.) I don't like the word 'workspace', partly because it includes an offensive four letter word. But mainly because it doesn't feel like work that I do in this space, so it's more of a Gorby sanctuary. Mrs. Gorby has issued threats about decorating “that doss-hole”, so I thought I would record my current haven for posterity. On Scalemates it seems to be quite popular showing of their often huge workspace, so I thought a bit of 'show and tell' may be nice on BM. Although I won't be bragging about size here. My man cave is a small box-room, 7' x 8', but there is a large built-in wardrobe which reduces the usable area to 7' x 6'. It's small, but has pretty much everything I need, and I like it because the one advantage is that EVERYTHING is within easy reach. It normally doesn't look this organised, and the Guinness isn't a permanent fixture (it's often a bitter, or whisky or rum or wine…..). This is my 'build area' – an A3 cutting mat, it's on drawer runners and can be pushed under the desk when not in use (but it normally is in use). The tool tray at the back under the shelf, hinges up when not in use (but it's also usually in use). My spray area, is directly behind the build-area – just swivel the chair and I'm in paint mode (after untangling my headphones). As before, it isn't normally this tidy. Other than the rare occasions I use a little Alclad (I don't like the smell), I only use Tamiya acrylic. The shelving on the left stores the full 'XF' range, and about 2/3 of the 'X' range, the bottom shelf is my own mixes. As you can see, entertainment is within easy reach. With either black velvet or a large sheet of card, the spray area also doubles as a photo area. My models are stored in large drawers in the built-in wardrobe I mentioned earlier – not ideal, but it protects them from dust (mostly). Currently there are three drawers, but I've run out of space so I've just bought the stuff to build three more drawers. It has taken me two and a half years to fill the first three, but my build rate has reduced from one model every two weeks to about one per month. That's partly because of the extra detail I do now, and partly because of the time I spend on Britmodeller. So the three new drawers should give me some breathing space for a while. My stash…. Sorry that's the consumables. The wardrobe also stores my vast stash – all ten kits of it. Four of them (the Swordfish, Me 410, Pe-2 and the Sea Vixen) are waiting for when I'm better at this modelling lark. That leaves six models to choose from for my next project. I have difficulty choosing when there are only six kits, how on earth do you choose the next build, from a stash that is a few hundred, or in some cases thousands? Incidentally, Mrs Gorby thinks that my stash is excessive! Thanks for looking – comments welcome. You've seen mine, now show me yours.
  2. Getting back into the hobby after many years away. I would be interested to see how other members have set up their work space to give me some ideas. For instance - what width is your bench/table? What lighting do you have? Do you have a spray booth - if so what make and what do you think of it? Photos would be really useful! Many thanks AJ
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