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Whatever your hobby is, chances are you have an area you can get away from everything, and enjoy your craft in peace. For modelers, it's probably a garage or a basement, or maybe even a special room in the house, or a shed just outside the house.

These are just some images of some modeling areas I've had over the years.


1970s model building kits


The late 1970s, still a teenager. I had already been building models for nearly 8 years. Since I was home, around this time, I occasionally built models on the kitchen table, rather than in my room.

The model here is a Monogarm Ford F150 I believe.



model building work bench



I lived in apartments once out of high school. But did do a model once in a while. In this image, I had moved into a duplex, which is like a small house. It had one bedroom. But I somehow ended up with an old desk, and converted that into a work space for just modeling. It was small, in the corner of the living room, but worked well.

Note the glass top I work on, something I still do even today.I prefer glass as it's easy to clean, and glue won't stick to it.

This was around the late 1980's.



workbench area



Later on when I bought a house, I had model desks of several kinds inside. But these were used furniture, and didn't hold up or work out well. I still had to go elsewhere to paint, constantly going in and out of the house.

Later I moved out in the garage, which was much better. My desk was made from an old house interior door.


model workbench near window



Over a period of years, my workbench changed, got moved around, and morphed into something else. At this point I had moved it under a window in the garage. Note the right side area for taking photos.



wood workbench


hobby work benches



To expand the workbench, I added some cinder blocks and wood shelves for more supplies. I always liked the natural light from the window when modeling, especialy with paints.

The tackle box was handy, as it held most of the tools I had all in one place. I had it for many years, but I would soon outgrow it as I began getting more and more tools to make it easier and faster to model.

My Lindberg Attack Godzilla protects the bench. LOL




work area with shelves and bench



The desk has moved back to other side of the garage against the wall. But, I now had a very nice rack with trays, and it was on wheels. I loaded this up with all my model tools and paints. All kinds of supplies.

The shelves to the left of it have some model parts. The edge of the table to the right in the foreground is a steel workbench a friend gave to me. I used it as a paint staging area, for parts ready for paint, and parts that had already been painted.

I had thrown out the large cumbersome door bench, and now had a smaller work area.






One day while visiting a friend's shop, a nearby company had put out two big long white benches next to their dumpster. Good thing I drive a pickup, I took them both home.

They were light, well built, and had a formica covering. I used one for modelling, and the other one for something else.


4 x 8 workbench



I had always wanted a large workbench in my garage. Not just for models, but for house projects and repairs as well.

Thus begin this 4 x 8 "aircraft carrier" size workbench.

I made it out of wood, and added large caster wheels to it, so I could move it around as needed, or push it out in the driveway if I had a big wood working project.

When not being used for house duties, I use it for model building subassemblies and such.


large work bench from wood



The bench almost done. I painted the top with some red boat paint to seal it. And added some other bits here and there, as well as a long outlet strip for power.



building model work benches



I liked the new formica desk, a lot. But there was a lot of wasted space on the wall behind it. Rather than drill holes in my wall, (which I had recently patched up and painted), I bolted on a sheet of plywood to the bench, and added sides and shelving to it.



final workbench for hobby



And this is how it looks today (2017). I'll probably have this desk for many more years, but you never know.

Usually when I'm modeling, it's fairly quite. Sometimes I have a radio on, but no TV or computer. I like to just focus on model building. I'm "in the zone".




hobby model room setups and areas



The model desk setup expands. To the left I've added some shelves to hold model magazines and books, plus some reference volumes. As well as some odds and ends models and supplies.

In the forground is a lighting setup I use to take pictures of models with.




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