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December 29, 2020

Evolving model room

Filed under: Modeling — dknights @ 11:42 pm

Does your model room evolve? Do you make it better over time?  Regular readers of my blog know that 2 1/2 years ago my wife and I bought a new house.  The modelwife was very considerate in her search and made sure that one of the requirements was a hobby room. (Maybe she was trying to make sure I’d stay the hell, out of her hair, but I try to view this in the most positive light possible.)

Anyway, one of the first things I did on moving in was build a custom model bench with about 13 ft of benchtop space.  Slowly, the rest of the room developed into what I have now.  13ft of bench top sounds like a lot, and it is.  But, because I am not the most organized of people it really isn’t enough. One thing that happened is that my laptop began taking up space on the bench.  While I have an office at home, I like having my laptop in my model room for easy access, watching YouTube videos and recording podcasts.  However, having it there took up a fair amount of bench space.

So, looking forward to the coming year, I wanted to reclaim that space on my bench.  I went looking for a solution, and found it in a company called Mount-It! (Alright, enough with the juvenile jokes.)  They make, among other things a sliding , under desktop movable laptop  mount.  This was the perfect solution to my problem and $50 later and a night of home improvement work and I mounted the hardware under my bench.  Now, I’ve regained valuable space and the laptop is easily accessible, yet out of the way when I am modeling.

I also installed a door sweep to try and keep some of the pet hair out.

What solutions have you come across to make your room more efficient?


  1. David,
    I did a major overhaul of my modeling space this last summer. We (and I mean every member of the family had a hand in it) built our house in 2002, and SWMBO. who drew up the design, was kind enough to give me a hobby space. (If you’ve ever built a house before, you know it’s like a big game of diplomacy with lots of give and take. It’ll also stress-test your marriage, for some to failure.) She was kind enough to plan in my hobby space, my man cave, where all of my “stuff” could go. It’s a glorified closet of 6′ x 9′ dimensions, not a lot of room, but much more than what many have. My modeling hobby has existed in fits and starts over these last 18 years as career demands, health issues in the family, grad school, etc. have all played a part to keep me away from the bench.
    I built myself a dedicated spray booth and placed my Mr. Super Booth inside. I also splurged on some of those Hobby Zone components to organize the huge pile of stuff I’ve accumulated (wire, lead solder, hobby blades, sanding sticks, etc.) I think this is going to work out well, but I’m bogged down now as my actual bench space is only good for one a/c or vehicle/tank at a time. I was trying to emulate one of my modeling heroes and do a “batch build” and I’ve got parts all over the place!

    Comment by Warren — December 30, 2020 @ 8:39 pm

  2. Warren, I was blessed with an understanding wife. Her search for an upgrade house included as a requirement, a dedicated model space. When we bought two years ago I had an entire room, with closet as my modeling space. I built a 13ft modeling bench. I have been refining the space over time and the two recent upgrades mentioned are definite improvements.

    Comment by dknights — December 30, 2020 @ 10:15 pm

  3. David,
    My wife was just as understanding. However, we built a small house to reflect our modest means, and that 6′ x 9′ real estate was as much as she could spare out of the plan. It’s my “Honeycomb Hideout”.

    Comment by Warren — December 30, 2020 @ 11:09 pm

  4. A man’s model room is his castle.

    Comment by dknights — December 31, 2020 @ 10:22 am

  5. It is that and a refuge from the cares of the world, and we surely need that right now.

    Comment by Warren — December 31, 2020 @ 10:58 am

  6. Hi David. Good thinking on maximizing space. I recently hung a smart tv above the workbench and I’ve been enjoying web searches and YouTube while I’ve been building. As for thoughts on being more efficient, what works for me is decluttering and organization. Giving myself a clean and clear area to work will always get me to my most efficient building.

    This year I am going to work on putting things away when they are not needed!

    Comment by ModelAirplaneMaker — January 2, 2021 @ 11:15 am

  7. Hale, Organization and putting things away is my downfall. Maybe 2021 will be my year.

    Comment by dknights — January 2, 2021 @ 10:25 pm

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