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  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Your parts box
Posted by NewB71 on Sunday, June 30, 2019 4:53 PM

I have accumulated a fair amount of left over parts and would like to know how other modelers handle their spare parts. Do you just throw them into a box or do you separate them by type and put them in small containers. I would be interested in hearing how you do yours.


  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 30, 2019 7:49 PM

I sort my extra parts and put them into a bin with 24 drawers.  I have a larger set of drawers for larger or extra parts that don't fit the bin.

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  • Member since
    March 2006
  • From: Spring, Tx
Posted by modelcarjr on Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:10 PM

There are many modelers who can look at a part and tell you what it is and what kit it came from. I cannot. So each time I complete a model I collect the extra parts in a sandwich or freezer bag, depending on how many extra pats I have, and mark it with the kit that it came from. Then I have a three drawer chest and each drawer is marked Chevy, Ford and Mopar, and Other. The parts go into the drawer along with the instructions along the front of the drawer so that I can pull out a bag for a part and refer to the instructions for that kit if I need to.

Its a pretty quick process at the end of a build and it helps to save time in searching for a part and making sure that if I need a part for a Chevy, Ford or Mopar that it came from a Chevy, Ford or Mopar kit for a comparable year. 

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Posted by DAYTONA on Sunday, June 30, 2019 9:24 PM

...what timing,

...just a few weeks ago I spent several days and nights going thru my extra parts, first time in 50 years.....solution, giant storage tubs, lots of plastic bags (gallon, quart, sandwich) with zip locks....lots of my stuff, the majority, is from the 1950s and 1960s

...divided as...interior tubs and seats ... other interior accessories (dash, steering wheels, shifters etc)... chassis....suspension parts....engines... (black, white, red, and blue lines) rod body and tail lights....bumpers/grills....convertible tops and boots, tonneau covers.....fender skirts, scoops amd fins....decals...and a huge collection (several thousand pieces) of miscellaneous (trophys, tvs, tape recorders, bicycles, alligators, telephones, concrete blocks, motor bikes, teddy bears, tool boxes, tools, jacks, oil cans etc etc etc)....took a lot of time, but I found items I haven’t seen in decades, well worth the time advice, sort it now, sort it well and keep up with it....I have no idea how many thousands of pieces I handled during the project, but I am well pleased with the results

  • Member since
    January 2019
  • From: Phillipsburg,NJ
Posted by NewB71 on Monday, July 1, 2019 7:23 AM

Thanks for the posts guys. Looks like I'll be using zip loc bags that I'll label with the item in it and put away into a larger box.

Thanks again


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    January 2009
Posted by DAYTONA on Monday, July 1, 2019 9:25 PM

...clear zip locks, no labeling

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    November 2013
Posted by Daddy_O on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 7:36 AM
Ditto what Daytona wrote. I had a bunch of parts bins that they were pitching from work and used a couple of them and put them in a couple of those plastic storage bins with drawers that my wife was ready to pitch. I further separate with Ziploc bags.
  • Member since
    May 2012
Posted by DocWatson on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 2:40 AM

I use small parts drawers that can be bought cheap from most hardware shops and places like K-mart. Just label the individual drawer and everything can be tidy at hand as needed. 
They come in a large range of sizes so you could place anything from a complete kit to just wheel nuts in them.
Another useful item is fishing tackle boxes, I have one large one for most of my tools and I also use smaller tackle boxes (On shelves in lower pic) to keep projects in. Most have one or two trays for the little parts and the body/chassis fit nicely into the bottom.
This is my workstation showing my way of doing things.


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