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    Quote Originally Posted by ChyronDave View Post
    They are actually designed to hold the ship log and maneuver deck. Since there are two styles of ship logs (3 piece and 4 piece) there are two styles of boxes.
    Ah so, thanks Dave. I'll start downloading now.

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    Did the idea of foam storage trays go any further?
    I'm now getting to the stage where I have too many cardboard boxes knocking about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    Did the idea of foam storage trays go any further?
    I'm now getting to the stage where I have too many cardboard boxes knocking about.
    Bligh.
    Yes. I have all of mine in 4 'APC's from http://www.portablewarfare.com/

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    They are tied to the Wings trays Rob. As soon as I have a firm solution for those, the SGN trays will follow. After messing with things quite a bit, the best solution for the ships will be to have them top load into a thick tray attached to their bases. This will allow me to keep the same cutout sizes for all ships (there will be an over hang cut at front so the larger ships still fit). This will also allow for the ships to rigged and have ratlines added... so long as no of the additions over hang the bases to the sides/rear.

    The only real thing I have left to work out is if I should offer the trays in different thicknesses. The little frigates might fit into a 1.5 inch thick tray (have to check this again, could be a 2 inch) while the 1st rates will need 2.5 or 3 inch trays.
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    Here is what my solution looks like. Have 4 trays, 2 for each British and French.

    Use card boxes to store ship cards and stands.
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    Thanks Keith.
    I will hold off on doing anything preemptive then. It ain't critical yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnewell68 View Post
    Here is what my solution looks like. Have 4 trays, 2 for each British and French.

    Use card boxes to store ship cards and stands.
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    That's a neat solution you have there Jeff. Thanks for sharing it.
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    My pleasure. I didn't want to break the bank with my solution (a first for me) and these 'APCs' are cheap and have been great so far. Have traveled my kit three times and not a concern in the world.

    I'm shocked to hear that folks carry their 16+ individual boxes to play. What a pain, not too mention I always worry when I remove the one and only time from the official packages that something is going to break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnewell68 View Post
    Yes. I have all of mine in 4 'APC's from http://www.portablewarfare.com/

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    Hey Jeff,

    Is the foam that you are using the Blu Foam that Portable Warfare sells? If so what size foam did you order?

    Thank you for sharing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meeplewizard View Post
    Hey Jeff,

    Is the foam that you are using the Blu Foam that Portable Warfare sells? If so what size foam did you order?

    Thank you for sharing!
    Their Blu Foam is great. But I am using the Cheapo 'APC' foam. Its perfect for this. I think they are 4.99 each.

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    Right. I worry every time I take them out, and also wonder about the life expectancy of the plastic liner and cardboard tabs.
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    WOW !! I need some of those cases , I have a lot of ships to keep safe and sound. Thank you.

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    That's rather nice, Jeff.

    I will be retooling my storage a bit for June's gathering. It's one thing to carry stuff to the FLGS; it is another wheeling it around a convention site. Once I figure it out, I will post some pictures.
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    I was just viewing it again and realizes it could hold 14 ships. That's a lot of ship for your buck.
    That will hold my entire fleet to date, except the starter set which is in its own big box anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bligh View Post
    I was just viewing it again and realizes it could hold 14 ships. That's a lot of ship for your buck.
    That will hold my entire fleet to date, except the starter set which is in its own big box anyway.
    Rob.
    Indeed - I've been looking too - need a solution (plus also for WoG1 and WoG2) - only challenge is the shipping down here to the Land of the Long White Cloud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChyronDave View Post
    They are actually designed to hold the ship log and maneuver deck. Since there are two styles of ship logs (3 piece and 4 piece) there are two styles of boxes.
    Just discovered these, and am typing to the sound of a busy inkjet :D

    Awesome job, Dave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnewell68 View Post
    Here is what my solution looks like. Have 4 trays, 2 for each British and French.

    Use card boxes to store ship cards and stands.
    Nice, what did you use on the inside? I got a bunch of boxes from work that are card box type (for a product we get and they are WGS box size width. I'm try to customize them to hold planes, but they will work for my 6 ship fleet as well. I was trying to figure out how to get bubble wrap on all sides of a smaller compartment to work.

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    The only problem I have, looking at the foam tray solution, is having the ships rigged, the rig lines will interfere with the foam between the mast and if the foam is removed will the ships still be secure?

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    O.K. cheap way I do it,
    Most of you have seen my ships! I got a roll of no-slip mat used as an under mat for car mats. I also use sandwich boxes. I cut the mat to fit in the sandwich-box. I get 10-12 fully rigged ships in the box. I also lay some bubble wrap over the top of them all. Close the box! My ships have traveled 100's of miles safely this way.
    Be safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devsdoc View Post
    O.K. cheap way I do it,
    Most of you have seen my ships! I got a roll of no-slip mat used as an under mat for car mats. I also sandwich boxes. I cut the mat to fit in the sandwich-box. I get 10-12 fully rigged ships in the box. I also lay some bubble wrap over the top of them all. Close the box! My ships have traveled 100's of miles safely this way.
    Be safe
    Rory
    Thanks for the tip, Rory. How many ships do you travel with, just on average? I do need to come up with a better arrangement for storage. Just moving the stuff around the house can be a hassle when you have to set up and take down in a single day.
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    Rory would you mind showing how you do it please, interested in your method

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    This is also getting my interest too.
    Before I splash the cash on something totally unusable, I would like to see the options and Rory's sounds a good one.
    Rob.

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    Hi All,
    The non-slip mats I got as a roll for going under car-mat to stop them moving around. In the U.K. I think it was at "Motor-bitz" or "Halfords"

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    The sandwich boxes I got from our street market, but I have seen some in the office store "Staples". My boxes are 3.8 lts, but you can get different sizes

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    I cut the mat to size. The roll has made all 5 boxes. You can see above how much I have left.

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    Load the ships into the box. I have tipped the box to show how the mat works.

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    Please hang on a little for the rest
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    Hi again,
    Lay "Bubble Wrap" over the ships. I push down around the edges.

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    Put on the lid.

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    I use different size and types for dice, markers, templates paper-work and rules. All of the boxes fit into a big storage box.

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    I use a blanket to cover the box. Holds it all in place and stops dust getting on/into the boxes. This is how I store and move all my ships and ship bits around the country and the home.

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    Hope all this above helps. It is for me the best and cheapest way. 60 plus 1-1200 scale ships and bits. I think I must get a 2nd big box. this one is now full.
    Be safe
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    Hi All,
    You may see one of the ships is on the bases of 2 ships. Bottom right. I could not get the last ship of the Russian fleet in the box to fit. It sits on two bases between two ships. Though it is not on the mat it still works and is held in place with the bubble wrap and the base is locked in under the rigging of the two ships each side. I will one day add an extra box for left over ships like that one, or get a little bit bigger boxes. lay the ships out and measure the area before getting the box. The Bubble wrap has not damaged any ship of mine. For SOG ships you may need deeper boxes, as the bases are bigger. I'm going to start 1-2400 scale ships later for the big battles. I will use bigger and shallower boxes and put both fleets into one box.
    This way you get the box you need, not the box you are given. The mats do work (Tipped box) add the bubble wrap! They can take a lot of rough handing without moving around in the box. If you have space in the box I roll-up some bubble wrap to fill-in the free space. As the fleet grows use less bubble wrap to fill in the gips.
    Be safe
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    Thanks Rory, the pics are very useful ta

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    Thanks Rory. Photos do make it much clearer what your set up is like.
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    That's great Rory, and it just so happens that I have a roll of rubber grip strip hanging about in my workshop. I will have to give your design a try out.
    Thanks.
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    Hi All,
    Glad to help. It may not look pretty, but it works for me. I get a game, pack the boards, the box with the harbour, shore-lines and islands in (A bit big), then the box of ships. I'm then ready to go. I think it's the weight of it all. The heavier it all is, the less it will move around in the boot/trunk. One big, heavy box is better than lots of small light one's. I'm thinking of getting wheels for the boxes.
    Be safe & good luck with moving and storing ships.
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    Nice setup, Rory.

    I like using plastic bins - protection, dust free, and easy to stack. I have been transferring so much of my gaming to them, especially series wargames. Combining counters into plastic craft trays and gameboards/rules/charts into a single game box has reduced storage space and made the retrieval of counters during set up and play much easier.
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    The pictures do not show up. Would you please reload them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by garchilajr View Post
    The pictures do not show up. Would you please reload them?
    Gustavo,
    I have put them in my album for you. Hope this helps. Go from last to frist.
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    Foam trays are finally ready for pre-orders!!
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