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ntgcleaner

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This Tutorial is kind of in a league of its own. It is not painting, not really modeling, so I decided to put it here in bases and Terrain. If anyone thinks this should be in a different category, let me know!

Cleaners Case

Hey everyone, I would like to show and teach you all how I made a simple, cheap and easy case to carry all of my models!

It will look something like this when complete:

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Cheap is relative. We all think "Cheap" is a term to describe how much something costs or how well something is made.

Cost wise, this is a 'Cheap' case. It uses boxes made by GW that you already buy and possibly even throw away. I am just showing you an idea on how to use those boxes.

Building wise, this is definitely only as cheaply built as you want to make it. I have reinforced my case with materials given to me in every GW package and all of the sudden, it's not very cheaply built anymore

LETS GET ON WITH IT!!

To make this simple 2 stage case, we will need two different sized boxes. The first is a Land Raider box. The second is a Rhino box (you can also get any type of box depending on your army, assuming they were the same size as the Land Raider and Rhino). The reason we need two different boxes is because of their height, which I will go into later! Other materials only include the things you want to make this box great! I am only showing you the simple two stage case.


Step 1.
Grab both of your (empty) boxes.

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Step 2.
Open both of your boxes and put the lid to the shorter box to the side. That will be the last step.

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I have numbered three of the four components 1 through 3.
1. Bottom of the Large Box
2. Top of the Large Box
3. Bottom of the Small Box

I have already started the customizing on the small box. Here is just an example of what I have done so far. I took a plastic sprue casting (the thick edges that are usually worthless and tossed in the trash) off of the Land Raider raw castings. I cut a couple of notches out of the lower box and glued the sprue castings as shown below. I also grabbed some bubble wrap from a package I received and made some padding for my soldiers.

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Step 3.

Turn the top of the large box over and place the bottom of the Small box inside of it. It should leave a nice lip as shown. This lip is to hold the next section of box. If we did not have two different sizes of boxes, this would not be possible.

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Step 4.

Now Place the Bottom of the Large Box ONTOP (right-side up) of the bottom of the small box. We are now stacking the two bottoms ontop of eachother, using the upside down Large Box Lid as a lip to hold them both in place ontop of eachother.

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Before I "Reinforced" my lower small box bottom, the large box had a tendency to fall into small box. Not a big deal to most, but for me, it got a bit annoying.


Step 5.

Place your big stuff (Tanks and whatnot) into the top floor of your new case

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and now place the lid of the Small Box on top.

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Make sure to poke some holes in the top of the box. Not because your soldiers breathe air (HA) but because you will notice the suction that the lid makes to the inside of the box. It may lift your upper layer up and out of place... you'll see.

Congratulations, you just made a new cheap carrying case. No more looking for empty boxes around the house. Here is your work-all.

Now some of you might be saying "I have more army than that!" well, here we go.

ADDING NEW LAYERS!

You will need another Land Raider box (or the same size) and another Rhino box (or the same size)
We will just continue with step 6.

Step 6.

Cut the top off of your NEW Large box. and throw away the middle section. All we need are the sides around the box.

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Step 7.

Instead of putting the lid on your two floor box, place this new "Collar" around the first large box bottom (see Step 4.)
it should look something like this. Notice the lip it makes again, just like the first set of directions.

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Step 8.

Now place the bottom of the NEW Small Box inside the collar, ontop of the first large box bottom.

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Step 9.

You COULD be finished right now and just place the old lid ontop. Effectively just making one more layer.

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But let's go on and use ALL of the parts of the NEW boxes.


Step 10.

Repeat Step 6 but this time, we are cutting the top off of the NEW Small Box Top. Making another "Collar", although, this one will be a bit shorter than the first collar because we are making it from the smaller Rhino Box.

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Place that collar around the last section you added (Step 8.) and now we have another spot to add another floor. Guess what goes there... Yes, the NEW Bottom of the Large Box.

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Step 11.
Again, Place the lid back ontop of this new case and you now have FOUR floors of Army Firepower!

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Congratulations! Now you can do anything to that box. Use up that leftover black primer and spray the entire thing, then paint it up. Make it say your army name on it, reinforce it with more plastic, glue the collars to their respective bottom layers and whatnot. Remember, the more you customize it, the more people will want to take a look at it and admire what you did.

I Hope you enjoyed this little, simple tutorial on how to save money by making your own case! Feedback here or e-mailing me would be GREATLY Appreciated.
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What a useful trick! Kudos for sharing!
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ntgcleaner

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Thank you! and I hope this works out for you in some way.

I also forgot to mention, The Battle Boxes are the same size as the Land Raider box. I made a 2stage case for my eldar with the battle box and a rhino box.
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Thorgrum

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Genius idea. Im definatly going to give it a go.

certainly beats spending £50+ on one of the gw ones