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#651 legotrader

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 04:45 PM

View Posthappymark, on 17 August 2012 - 04:40 PM, said:

my current LEGO room 'layout'

That is one nice looking room :)

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 07:39 PM

View Posthappymark, on 17 August 2012 - 04:40 PM, said:

my current LEGO room 'layout'

Is that a 180-degree camera, or an enormous room? I'm having trouble deciding. :laugh:

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Posted 17 August 2012 - 08:13 PM

it is a small room. using combined pictures :). so about 180 degrees.

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Is that a 180-degree camera, or an enormous room? I'm having trouble deciding. :laugh:


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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:32 AM

Hi

I've been keeping my minifigs in individual little baggies but as I'm starting to make webcomics I seem to spend all my time disassembling minifigs and then trying to remember which head goes with which body and accessories so I can return them to the correct baggy. It's all getting a bit stressful. I've got around 500 minifigs now and I'm looking for the best way to store them. Does anyone have any great storage tips and/or suggestions.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 09:38 AM

I've just made a new Lego sorting device that I thought I'd share with you all. Based on the Lego sifting head and Box4Blox idea, I used wood frames and nylon fishing line to make a custom set of sifters. Full description on my website. Main thing for me is that I go down to smaller holes so all my little Technic parts drop through but bricks and plates mostly get trapped one level up. That makes sorting the parts much easier.

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The push for this was taking apart my road train which left me with about 60 litres of parts to sort, from 6x16 plates down to thousands of Technic pins. Which proved very slow when I started. Much more interesting to go and play in the workshop for a while :) This was surprisingly easy to build, I'm inclined to say that if you occasionally find yourself with piles of unsorted Lego this is something that would be worth while having.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 11:01 AM

For 500 minifgures, having them on display (like I do) is unlikely to be a practical solution for you. What theme(s) are the minifigures from? If they are from differing themes, you can store them by theme, or you could buy a box of label stickers and name them by their item number individually. But only if you have lots of time on your hands. If all else fails, just buy a drawer and sort by leg colour. Hope this helps!  :classic:
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

Bunch the figures into 25, take pictures of them & then you can reference the picture when you want to reassemble them correctly. Doing it that way, 500 minifigs can be captured in 20 pictures

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:32 PM

By theme and subtheme, usually split by faction, kept mostly in perspex boxes from Muji or 100 yen shops.  I have around 50 in disarray for MOCs at any time, I use brickset or bricklink reference pictures to reassemble them, usually I can identify the head or torso by theme.
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Posted 19 August 2012 - 01:50 PM

Well, I have my minifigs sorted into drawers by legs, torsos, arms, hands, heads, hair, hats. I also have labels for each drawer like 1, 2, 3, etc. For each drawer, I have a list with pictures of every piece in that drawer. That may not help you much, but it helps me quickly locate the piece I want. If you don't want to go to all that trouble, I would just sort them by subtheme, like robuko said.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 02:02 PM

Well, I finished my month long sorting project yesterday! All minifigs, small pieces, and small quantities of colors into small drawers, and the larger colors into buckets. I also set the 2x ... pieces into a drawer, and the one sides wedges into one drawer. Finally, the large plates are in a bucket, as are the tires and wheels. I would have like to have sorted further, so that I didn't have so much in one bucket, but oh well.

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Posted 19 August 2012 - 03:13 PM

View Postminifig_erik, on 19 August 2012 - 09:32 AM, said:

Hi

I've been keeping my minifigs in individual little baggies but as I'm starting to make webcomics I seem to spend all my time disassembling minifigs and then trying to remember which head goes with which body and accessories so I can return them to the correct baggy. It's all getting a bit stressful. I've got around 500 minifigs now and I'm looking for the best way to store them. Does anyone have any great storage tips and/or suggestions.
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 11:46 PM

Some really good ideas and suggestions in this thread.  I am in the process of finding a new system to store all my bits and this thread has been really useful.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 10:46 AM

I'd like that to be my own room. My LEGO is currently stucked in a corner between the TV and bookshelves, already occupying part of the bookshelves. And the current diorama I'm building is too big to be placed anywhere but the floor. A room like yours with a huge table in the middle would be perfect for larger displays.

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 07:54 AM

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I'd like that to be my own room. My LEGO is currently stucked in a corner between the TV and bookshelves, already occupying part of the bookshelves. And the current diorama I'm building is too big to be placed anywhere but the floor. A room like yours with a huge table in the middle would be perfect for larger displays.

O-yeah, I would love a dedicated LEGO room. My collection takes more time to pull out and set up to build than I actually building I think. I need a bigger house. This room is very well organised and If I had a room this this I would be building way more often. Currently it puts me off building because it takes too long to organise my building area and if you get into a building mood and work on large MOC's you need to be able to come back to them and work between life, cleaning, cooking etc. I would love to just sit down for 20-30 mins while waiting for dinner to cook in the oven and them come back to it after dinner and continue. At the moment it takes 20-30mins to set my area up them the misses will say I want the living room clean so I cant keep it out for long. It just seem like too much stuffing around to quickly build sometimes. Usually I need to wait until a slow rainy weekend where I can get every thing out for a few days so I can work on MOC's.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:33 PM

View Postwokajablocka, on 23 August 2012 - 07:54 AM, said:

O-yeah, I would love a dedicated LEGO room. My collection takes more time to pull out and set up to build than I actually building I think. I need a bigger house. This room is very well organised and If I had a room this this I would be building way more often. Currently it puts me off building because it takes too long to organise my building area and if you get into a building mood and work on large MOC's you need to be able to come back to them and work between life, cleaning, cooking etc. I would love to just sit down for 20-30 mins while waiting for dinner to cook in the oven and them come back to it after dinner and continue. At the moment it takes 20-30mins to set my area up them the misses will say I want the living room clean so I cant keep it out for long. It just seem like too much stuffing around to quickly build sometimes. Usually I need to wait until a slow rainy weekend where I can get every thing out for a few days so I can work on MOC's.

I hear that, haha. Being an adult and still finding time to really throw yourself into a creation is a delicate balance at the best of times. Not to mention having to justify to friends and family that you can't go out to the bar, because you've got to hunker down and figure out some fandangled new building technique. Mind you, I've often found that booze and lego combined in isolation can actually make for some vastly broadened creative thinking.

As for organization, I've always stuck to 3 main part groups: fat, flat and funky. I've recently expanded that to include colour, although I would like to refine my system to separate certain Technic parts that I find myself using all the time.
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 01:50 PM

View Postantp, on 28 January 2010 - 03:11 PM, said:



Update of what I posted back in 2010.
Now more parts are accessible from my desk:

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Mostly sorted by color (and then often grouped by type).
Some special parts, accessories, etc. are rather sorted by type when the color is not really relevant.
There is a drawer just for wheels
And then, less accessible (in closet), all the train-related parts and the baseplates.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:55 PM

Hello!
I am in a huge predicament when it comes to my collection of lego. After years of neglect, my around 10000 or more piece lego stash has been dumped in two large tubs which I despise. I have many retro and modern sets which I want to build and display, but even building tiny Ice Planet rovers has become a chore, and I need help from you guys to point me in the right direction. I can't opt for anything expensive, but I need a solution that will last. Space is also an issue, so something compact would suit my needs best. I look forward to suggestion!
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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:26 AM

Try this thread:
http://www.eurobrick...showtopic=26213

By the way, I saw that you only have 1 post - Wecome to Eurobricks! You should introduce yourself here as well:
http://www.eurobrick...hp?showforum=17

Good luck sorting!

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Posted 18 October 2012 - 01:59 AM

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 02:25 PM

I have a dedicated corner of my house that has 90% of my parts, and a stack of
drawers that are as follows: Three small drawers contain minifigs, misc pieces,
all the spare parts from all my sets, first large drawer has brown white and tan,
second red and orange, third has grey, the fourth contains blue, yellow and green.
Finally the bottom has black. I also have a bunch in the attic and my room, so
end up running around a lot when I need a part!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 07:39 PM

I have a question.

Do you keep parts from new sets in same drawers which has older sets ( 80 / 90 ) ?
I have just dismantle a set and want to put parts in drawers or do I have to keep it apart?

Or it does not matter?

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 03:59 PM

It only matters to the sorter. I was hesitant at first with my new and old bricks, but anymore I pretty much just keep sorting by color. But since I had such a long Dark Ages, most of my new bricks are of the new palette, so I don't have that many reasons to mix any. Only black and white pretty much match and you can clearly tell which are new and which are not.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 03:50 AM

I started buying Lego's 2 1/2 years ago.  All large plastic containers fill up a one single room from back to front and to ceiling.  I need to start sorting again, but I have found that using glass Nestea bottles are great to help the sorting process.  I have collected over 50 jars to help in this process.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 10:53 AM

My system is halfway between the simple colour coding and part-specific sorting I guess. I have eight polythene boxes that are about five litres in size for the general colours (black bricks, black plates, red, blue, yellow, white, transparent and grey) with 'specialised' pieces like minifigs, wheels/tyres, Technic and other colours in small 1 litre ice cream tubs.

It's still difficult to find the parts I want so I'll have to get some of those Raaco cabinets from Clas Ohlsen and arrange them by both 'type' and 'colour'. I thought it would be a bit OCD of me to go as well organised as that, but looking at the photos that other people on this thread, it's a really good idea when your collection grows! Especially so now that I'm using my collection again rather than just storing it.





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