A Tour of the Secret Underground Workshop

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I am fortunate to have both a basement and a tolerant wife.  The basement follows the footprint of the house, but the wall layout meanders about as a continuous space broken up by the mechanical requirements of the structure.  There is one separate room which we use as a guest bedroom but the rest is all open “pass through” area.  One “zone” is a workout room, another houses the entertainment center, and the area most relevant to this blog is where I do my modeling.
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This is the modeling bench, made from kitchen cabinet components, plywood, and covered with a glass worksurface.  Overhead are four can lights to illuminate the worksurface and two stereo speakers to pipe in music or my favorite podcasts while I work.  On the left are two B-17s which have stalled for several months awaiting paint masks.  In the foreground are the recently completed StuGs ready to go into the case.  Against the back wall a group of Yellow Wing biplanes have just been started.
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In a rather oddly-shaped alcove is the light box I use for studio photography.  This really improved the quality of the model pictures for the blog, if you’re serious about sharing pictures of your projects I highly recommend getting one.  The work table is also used for wrapping packages and protecting my books with BroadArt covers for the dustjackets.  The kit stash lurks beyond.
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My kit stash is modest compared to most other modelers.  I have (mostly) managed to build as many kits as I purchase each year, but the stash does manage to grow just a bit over time.
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I have been able to acquire several commercial display cases over the years.  This one houses Jagdwaffe builds.  I set out to build the aircraft of all the Luftwaffe Experten with over one hundred victories but that effort has stalled due to lack of documentation on a few of the aircraft.  I have gotten through over seventy so far though, along with several side tracks.
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This case is mainly Japanese aircraft with some 1/700 scale ships and submarines on the bottom shelf.  I got the display cases at a substantial discount as businesses moved or shut down, then re-wired them and had additional glass shelves cut as needed.

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More Luftwaffe multi-engined types with ground vehicles on the bottom shelf.  These cases are a little smaller and not as fancy as the first two.

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This one contains mainly U.S. and Allied types, along with a shelf of modern jets.  On top is the USS Skipjack.
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We remodeled the basement two years ago and while that was going on I rebuilt this alcove with the thought of possibly installing a base and sliding glass doors across the front to house larger models one day.  There are several ships which I would like to do in 1/72 scale at some point and they will need a long display area.  Until then the alcove contains another case with some more recent completions.  On top is the Japanese seaplane tender Akitsushima and the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Indianapolis (SSN-697), both scratchbuilt projects.

27 thoughts on “A Tour of the Secret Underground Workshop

  1. After that I don’t feel alone. 999 built aircraft, all 1/72 of course. If I want a kit of any aircraft at all, all I have to do is build a vacuform kit of it!!

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  2. Brilliant post Jeff! I was thinking of posting my work area but you beat me , now I’ll have to retire and spend two months tidying up before I think of doing it!😂🤣

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  3. What an inspirational post. I am working from a card table and my stash of kits numbers about a dozen. I get one or two done each year, though this year will be a record-breaker, for obvious reasons.

    Thank you for the peek!

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