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#9934
Cases for transporting? 8 Years, 9 Months ago  
I have to transport my DF stuff to where the game is and so far I have just been using the original boxes. I'm looking for a way to get things more compact but still keep the pieces from hitting each other. Does anyone know where to find a good case for this? I had some Plano cases around and bought some other Plano cases, but the dimensions are about 1/8" short of being a good box. You can put pieces in them at slight angles, but the DF corner pieces dont fit (because they are pretty cubic).

I went to BassPro shop last night and none of the Plano cases have the right distance between rows. I think I'll head to a craft store today. Anyone know of a good case/box that can be picked up online?

Thanks!!
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#9935
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You Know this Has Been an Ongoing Question For Some TIme, Many Folks Like to Transport in the Original Boxes, and Although they are probably the Safest bet, I Have Issues with the Wasted Space...

I Know that Games Workshop is Coming out with a New Miniatures Case Specifically for Tanks, so it is a lot Deeper than Traditional Cases... But they are like $50 Bucks a Pop...

Also I Recently Purchased a Rifle Case for Storing and Transporting Swords... It has Occured to me that I Might be able to Get Some DF in there, but I Have Not tried it Yet... (This was about $20 at Wally World)

Worst Case Scenario You Can always Try What I Have Been Doing, which is to Buy Some of those Wheeled 3 Drawer Plastic Carts (Again From Wally World or Similar), I Keep a lot of my Loose Stuff in These... They are Small Enough to Load Easily into a Vehicle, and Two or Three Will Store a lot of DF...

Let us Know what your Solution is?
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#9936
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I don't have the time right now to take some pictures of my solution, sorry, but I made drawers out of plywood, a little higher than the DF-parts. I can stack 4 of them into one big plastic box.

In the end this is rather heavy, but on the other hand, it is very compact and rather safe for the parts.

I will take pictures next weekend.

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#9937
Cases for transporting? 8 Years, 9 Months ago  
ok thanks guys. I should clarify that the Plano cases I bought would be great if the slots were not there. THe rows are 2" deep, so the DF fits in there, its just that the slots Plano put in, where you can add the plastic separator pieces, make it so that DF wont fit. I'm thinking about taking a knife and cutting all these slots down........ Maybe. If I do, I'll post a picture.
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#9938
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I'd say most of the DF boxes are pretty good at making the most of the space -- there aren't usually chunks of styrofoam instead of space for pieces. I say this because I tried condensing storage once and discovered that 90% of the time I was better off with the original boxes.

If you REALLY want to make the most of the space issue, I'd say take a cheap-n-easy route. Get a basic box -- heck, throw out the styro inserts and use the box you already have -- then take some of those foam sheets that they use to pack things with, cm. thick sheets of soft foam that feels like silk. Then just layer it, wrap it around the pieces and interlock them together to make the most of the space you have. Most of the DF pieces are sturdy enough that a minimum safety wrap should work, so long as you fill the box and don't leave a lot of space for them to rattle around, and don't go tossing the box about.

The only pieces that don't work this way, I think, would be DoE and the Cavern pieces, since those stalagmites can snap off. But for basic fantasy elements, you are pretty safe, you don't need elaborate foam protection. Anything you're likely to find will be just as good as the original packaging...

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#9939
Cases for transporting? 8 Years, 9 Months ago  
If I may...

I would suggest that you attempt this with a Dremel (or other rotary tool) instead of a knife - if possible.

It was while I was trying a somewhat similar project that I had a memorable mishap/close-call while using an exacto knife.

It was that incident that convinced me to get a Dremel and now I don't know how I ever managed without it. And I finished the same job with it in about 1/10th the time it was taking me before.


Either way, I hope the project turns out as you expect it to.
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#9940
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Wereweasel,

What Dremel Blade do You Use for Soft Plastic? (Like that Found in Tackle Boxes and the Like?
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#9941
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Your take on the application was spot on, as I was modifying a tackle box at the time.

It looks like -(referring to the Quick Start book) I ended up using the #541 -or something very similar. (It was the thicker brown flat piece from the accessory kit).

I think it's actually one of the Grinding and Sharpening bits - but it cut through the soft plastic quite well (and true) at a good speed.

I did use 2 of them in total, but overall they held up surprisingly well.

I know I'm stating the obvious but there were a fair number of residual plastic bits and fragments coming loose at various times during the cutting of the soft plastic. Protective eyeware is reeeeeally needed with this one - if not always.
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#9942
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Thanks, Did You Find that the Plastic Sort of "Melted" to the Blade at all? I Know that years ago I Had Attempted to Use Some sort of Grinder for Taking care of some Flash on a Metal Mini, and the Bloody Thing Got Seriously "Gunked", I have been a little Leary of Grinding Soft Things Since... In Fact my own Dremel is Way Under Utilized...<Chuckle>...
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#9943
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Right again about the plastic build-up.

It did become noticable after a while but not as quickly as I thought it would, -(or at least to the point where the cutting started to become difficult).

That being said, once it became noticably compromised for cutting, I just used the affected bit to tidy up the earlier cuts and finished the remaining cuts once I had attached the new bit. Had the task at hand required a lot more cutting I could have easily used 5 or 6 of them though. Either way, it's well worth the bits for me.


Regarding your post:

If your DF setups are any indication of the possibilities and you do start using your Dremel more often please post the pics before they're shipped off to the gallery. :)
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#9944
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I Have Definately "Fantasized" Moding Some DF, But Have Not Attempted it todate... Though the Dremel would be a Good and Useful Tool for Such...

Can Anybody Reccomend a Good Cutting Blade for the Resin?
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#9945
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I have used the "cut-off" wheels to cut a cross-section of a Narrow Passage Piece -(to make a 1" long passage piece). The wheel was toast after cutting one one passage piece though.

I had been planning to purchase and try the Diamond Wheels to see how they work (hopefully in the next day or two). They are most likely the proper bits for the job as they will be more durable.

I'll post how effective they are as soon as I know.

Please note: There is a fair amount of fine (airborne) dust produced when cutting DF - as the resin is dense and of remarkable quality.
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