Mike Posted June 12, 2020 Share Posted June 12, 2020 Paint Rack (Tamiya & Gunze PR002) EBMA Hobby & Craft Paint storage becomes a necessity when you accumulate more than a few dozen tins/bottles/tubs, and wall racks are a great place to store them and retain complete visibility to the contents. There are lots of brands on the market, and many of them use MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard) or Perspex that is laser cut to shape and can be self-assembled, which is great for keeping shipping costs to a minimum. EBMA have created their own line of racks, drawers and caddies from 6mm and 3mm MDF that are pre-cut ready for assembly. This one holds 42 bottles of Tamiya, Gunze or similar sized brands in a small wall-mounted form factor of 305 x 305 x 70mm. It arrives in a long narrow box that contains 15 parts, some of which are separated by card dividers for safety, with a small sheet of “instructions” completing the kit. The speech-marks are there because the sheet refers you to the EBMA website where you’ll find complete colour instructions in PDF form, which does a little bit to help reduce consumption of our forests, on the basis that every little helps. Your tablet, phone or screen are also less likely to blow away during construction. Construction is simple, and will require some PVA to glue the outer sections together, and having some clamps handy will be a boon for getting strong joints. The joints will also be stronger if you use proper woodworking PVA glue, which can be sourced online easily and cheaply if you’re in need. Don’t use your Klearfix, as it probably won’t have the necessary strength and is almost certain to be the most expensive way to put it together. What were you thinking? The end panels are slotted into the offset bottle rack parts, then two stiffeners are placed from top to bottom in the centre section, followed by adding the top and bottom panels, which are glued in, as are the two rear stiffeners that are fitted to the top and bottom of the back plane. The top stiffeners have two key-hole shaped holes cut into them that accepts a pair of screws to allow you to fix the rack to the wall. There is also a curved cut-out in the top rack part to allow adjustment of the screws if you should need to. Don’t forget to let that glue cure fully before you load it up though, or you’ll be sad. I tried Gunze and Tamiya pots in the rack and they fit great, as do Lifecolor pots, although there’s a wee bit more play around the pots. Other brands such as AK’s Real Colors (sic (if you’re British)) should also fit perfectly and I can attest to that having done so, as you can see above. The shot above shows the strengthening plates that also hold the rack square, as well as having holes for attachment to the wall. Conclusion These are well-designed paint racks are extremely space-friendly, assuming your modelling area has walls of course. They are neat and will keep your paints tidy and visible, and at the price they’re selling them for they’re absolutely excellent value. Get some – I’m going to be putting in an order for three or four more as soon as I can, as they’re so compact on the wall that you can put your whole paint stash out of harm’s way and free up some desk or drawer space for other things. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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