After many years of messing around with various sizes of boxes, tool boxes and drawers I have now reached the point where most of my toys live in box files. Specifically, all the 20mm (WW2), 15mm Napoleonic & Modern Africans, 6mm Ancients, some terrain and various other odds and ends.
This has the dual benefits of making shelving and transport easier to arrange. I started using box files in the early 1990s and their numbers, in an entirely predictably way, rapidly grew out of control. The true horror of this was brought home to me when I moved house five years ago and I decided to shift the box files by car. My initial delusion that I would only need a single trip evaporated rapidly when the car (a not very small VW Touran) was full, and the toy room far from empty. Three trips later....
I started off labelling them when they only numbered about 20, and initially printed rather grand bespoke labels which I then glued onto the box files. Needless to say this labour intensive system soon fell by the wayside and the post-it notes which succeeded them had a tendency to fall off. Small hand-written labels served as an interim measure but a proper solution was clearly required!
A couple of years ago, therefore, I began creating sheets of suitably marked posting labels (I keep them in stock for business purposes) and the quality of these has taken a step forward with the acquisition last year of a colour laser printer. I can now report that around 90% of my box files are labelled in this way.
Some of the British Megablitz toys. I have, to an extent, been able to colour code the box files by nationality. Most of the WW2 Brits are in silver boxes, French in blue, US green, German grey or black etc. Most box files accommodate a division.
Italians - as their divisions are smaller, I can usually fit two in a box. Some (infantry) divisions will fit in the half-height boxes.
All 3 boxes of Sudan toys.
|Some of the 6mm pointy-stick guys and a whole box of stands for 1/300 and 1/144 aircraft.|