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Ax's Scale Workshop Build

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Inspired by @ad456's thread, today I got re-started on my scale workshop build.  The base is an ancient pine chest of drawers, which I've owned since I was a child.  I remember we bought them for the house I moved out of when I was 7, so that's at least 36 years ago.

A few years back I stripped back the lacquer and painted them white, with a black top, and added some cheap touring car wheels for handles in place of the boring old wooden ones.  For a long time this was supposed to be a diorama display for M-chassis cars, but life got in the way and it was always used as a dumping ground.

When I moved into my new bedroom, this unit went under the bunk bed.  I had a couple of Element Enduro Scale Builder's Kit boxes, which have nice little scale workshop details inside them, so I taped them around the side of the unit with duct tape and servo-taped them to the support on the back of the bunk bed.  I had an issue on Night 1 that the bed wobbles, which twists the cardboard against the chest and makes it squeak.  I had to pull some of the tape off, and after that it was only a matter of time before it all came crashing down.  I think it lasted a month or two.

For some reason I can't find any photos, although I was sure I took some.

So - to build the perfect workshop, I decided I'd need something solid to stick the cardboard walls to.  Three legs should do the trick, one for the far corner and one for each end of the workshop material.  I went up to the workshop at lunch to start finding spare bits of wood, when I remembered something else I'd planned to do, which would probably be best done before I fitted the legs.  And it's that something else which is the subject of today's update.

Here's the unit, as it currently sits.  It has a CC01 Lowrider chassis (body is in the workshop having some graphics designed), a CC01 Land Cruiser wearing a Proline 4Runner body (wheelbase still needs massively extending), my FTX Outback Mini-X Land Cruiser, and my new 1:18 6x6 crawler that I got at the Scaler Nats last month.  Also two sets of wheels, a Hobbywing 1080 box and an original Blackfoot grille, ruined by my own failed mods.


Cars and other junk removed, dust thoroughly cleaned away and a good buffing with furniture polish.  I used actual furniture polish this time, last time I used air freshener by mistake.  (I didn't realise until tonight when I picked up the tin and saw it had "air freshener" written on it, which is kind of a clue).


And here's the thing I have to fit.  Every workshop needs a good solid floor!  And when it's a shop that specialises in motorsports, a chequered floor is perfect.  This roll of sticky-back workshop floor has been lying around for best part of a decade.


It wasn't quite wide enough to go from left to right and fill the entire floor, so I went from back to front in two strips.  It's gone down reasonably well, it wants to lift up here and there (solvent from the polish may be to blame, plus the uneven wood surface of the unit, plus the roll being a decade old) but it smooths back down well enough.  It may gain some stiction with exposure to air so I'll keep smoothing it over for a few days.


The worst bit of the job is the join right at the front, in the middle, where it's most noticeable and will have the least stuff covering it.  But hey, it's not so bad, and doesn't really show.  Fitting such a big roll of material that doesn't want to unroll properly was kinda tricky, plus once stuck to its neighbour it doesn't want to unstick.  It prefers itself to the wood that lies beneath.

Well, there.  That's not at all bad for a lunch break's worth of work, on a day when it was way too cold to spend any time in the workshop.

In other news - I went outside in the workshop this evening (despite it being way too cold) and cut some wood batten down to size, so next time I get a lunchbreak I can start building the frame.  Well, actually, I'll have to pull the unit out from under the bed to do that, which won't be easy because of the ladder and all the other junk on the floor (the floor is by definition a flat surface, hence why it gets used for storing things).

More to follow next time I do something.


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