Plastic storage boxes

 
  Gremlin Assistant Commissioner

Looking for some plastic storage boxes for N scale carriages, locos etc.  What I want is something about 30mm deep with 5 to 10 compartments that are at least 140mm long and about 50mm tall.  I have some old containers like this, but can no longer find anything, even with a Google search.  All the containers I can find are similar to this https://www.justplasticbins.com.au/storage-box-clear-plastic-188-x-118-x-31mm-5-compartment/ but the compartments are only 118mm long and I need at least 140mm.

Anyone know, from their experience, where else I can look?  I have also found ones configured as 12 compartments with a removable central divider, but they are unsuitable as removing the divider to get 6 compartments leaves a floating gap between the compartments.

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  a6et Minister for Railways

Looking for some plastic storage boxes for N scale carriages, locos etc.  What I want is something about 30mm deep with 5 to 10 compartments that are at least 140mm long and about 50mm tall.  I have some old containers like this, but can no longer find anything, even with a Google search.  All the containers I can find are similar to this https://www.justplasticbins.com.au/storage-box-clear-plastic-188-x-118-x-31mm-5-compartment/ but the compartments are only 118mm long and I need at least 140mm.

Anyone know, from their experience, where else I can look?  I have also found ones configured as 12 compartments with a removable central divider, but they are unsuitable as removing the divider to get 6 compartments leaves a floating gap between the compartments.
Gremlin
Have a look at Bunnings stores and the kitchen area where there are a lot of different types of storage boxes, likewise some of the loose tool, nuts and bolts section may have some.  Other than that try Officeworks as they also have a lot of different trays and boxes in stock.

I know I purchased some carry containers that were flat, and had IIRC 3 maybe 4 rows in them with removable spacers in them. Some were generic no named while some were sold a bit more expensive under the Stanley brand.  They are black with a clear lid and a small slide locking bit in the centre of the clear lid, and it worked.  You may need to pack with some foam around the models though.
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Hello All,

you could use those $5- to $7- storage boxes in the S2- stores. Use cut up cereal packets as dividers and floors . Wrap each item in storage paper ( as used by jewellers, ask your local jeweller for the supplier ). This prevents moisture damage.

If you use bubblewrap it can cause damage to the paintwork, hence wrap in paper first, then bubble wrap and a loose elastic band.

These boxes are cheap, clear, sturdy , and stackable. ( You can then transport then in a backpack if need be. )

Regards, Radioman.
  Gremlin Assistant Commissioner

Bunnings, $2 stores, OfficeWorks and detailed Google searches don't turn up cases that existed about two years ago.  The alternative suggestion by Radioman is perfectly workable, but I would still prefer to find a source of boxes that were sold in the recent past Smile
  Captainchoochoo61 Locomotive Fireman

I am in HO scale so need  different dimensions.
Recently I went through Bunnings etc looking for some new storage for my things. When I looked at Officeworks the plastic ones there looked very poor quality.

I have storage crates that are 20 plus years old and I stood on one recently to reach an upper shelf. No problems.
I have some that are maybe 10 years old and they are beginning to disintegrate.
5 year old ones are cracking already.

The Chinese made ones are mostly made as cheap as possible now so consider the future when buying. The quality is not what it used to be.

I am in Adelaide and Viscount plastics have a presence here still and I think there is Richmond storage who sell all kinds of storage, wheels etc that I got some things from years ago.

If you tell us where you are somebody may be able to shed more light.

Is there a reason you want plastic? Things like wooden boxes can be made to stack very neatly to maximise contents.


https://www.davidjones.com/Product/20049878?istCompanyId=466a8370-6b00-4f27-87e1-ca6839e80dd6&istItemId=-xprliaxali&istBid=t&gclid=CjwKCAjwo_HdBRBjEiwAiPPXpHMkL_Ms9pSEl_EEhMDezyANbwuvkGA6U0SOyNQATL6FtsTOiPqFIhoCncYQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Because of N being smaller I did a simple search on google for Jewelery storage box and found the above link.
Wooden storage box may find something suitable for you, or check around the markets and wood working shows. That is if you do not have to have plastic as the wood will last a lot longer.
If you get a large open wooden box it is easy to use ply or masonite to make some shelves, and you can set them at the height best for you.
Say 15mm for flat wagons, 25 for box cars and maybe 30 for locos etc.

Lately I have been getting cardboard trays ( avocado, strawberries etc from the markets and using them to place my trays into.
They stack neatly and different colour boxes for different items. ( black ) locos, green carriages etc. I just staple some paper on the ends to describe contents of each one.
If you make individual trays you can add some fabric into them to protect them from the scratching of wood or cardboard. A remnant of fabric from a habadashery store will cost almost nothing.
  greendiesel Station Master

Location: Hobart
Looking for some plastic storage boxes for N scale carriages, locos etc.  What I want is something about 30mm deep with 5 to 10 compartments that are at least 140mm long and about 50mm tall.  I have some old containers like this, but can no longer find anything, even with a Google search.  All the containers I can find are similar to this https://www.justplasticbins.com.au/storage-box-clear-plastic-188-x-118-x-31mm-5-compartment/ but the compartments are only 118mm long and I need at least 140mm.

Anyone know, from their experience, where else I can look?  I have also found ones configured as 12 compartments with a removable central divider, but they are unsuitable as removing the divider to get 6 compartments leaves a floating gap between the compartments.
Gremlin
Check out these –  https://econostore.com.au/product/small-5-compartment-storage-box. They're 310x200x48 but make other sizes. I use these Aussie made boxes without compartments to store my kit built HO wagons and larger ones for my passenger carriages. Top quality and stackable, I just add foam top, bottom and between as required for protection. I get them from Mitre 10 when they're on sale.  Worth a look!
  Gremlin Assistant Commissioner

Exactly what I wanted - thanks!  Couldn't find that size from Fischer on other sites and couldn't find a catalogue online...unless I gave them details for marketing purposes...

Cheers

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