Lots of cardboard, but which car is in which?

I finally attacked one of the biggest issues we all face as collectors: space.

As you know, I like to hunt down eBay deals for my 1/18's, which usually means their original boxes are missing. No box means a big discount, but where do I keep them all when they aren’t on my shelf?

My first step was to figure out what sort of container to use. I wanted something clear, and something I could open and close easily. I was using cardboard boxes, which meant I had to hope the Sharpie label was face out, and taping them shut every time was a giant pain.

I found some Sterilite fliptop containers at Hobby Lobby that were the perfect size, had an attached lid, and were clear plastic. The problem was they wanted $4 a box! I needed between 20-30 boxes, so that wasn’t going to work. I ended up getting them on Jet.com, which offered them in a case of 6, plus the price dropped as I added more to my cart.

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Next issue to tackle was how to prevent the cars from rolling around in there while taking them out of storage. My first thought was to make fancy foam, custom fit bases like you see in those brief cases in the movies with valuable items inside, hand-cuffed to the villian’s goon until he finally unlocks the case in the last 15 minutes of the movie. You’d be surprised how much foam costs.

My next idea was to just make custom plinths for each car out of wood. Just buy a board at Home Depot and go to town with a chop saw. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Turns out the solution was right in front of me the whole time. Just drill through the bottom of the plastic case and screw the car to the box! These cases have a lip on the bottom, so they are still stackable and conceal the screw heads.

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After a trip to the local Ace hardware, I figured out most models use M3 size metric screws or #6-32 ‘Muricans. I brought home a few different sizes to test, then ordered a few assortment kits off Amazon (Sorry, Ace).

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Hold the car inside the case upside down, mark the holes with a sharpie, drill, screw, repeat. Easy peasy!

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9 down, and like a lot to go!