What to do with the gunpla boxes?

If you are running this hobby for 4 or more years chances are that room space becomes a problem. Even if you have a man cave or share a room with family members, if it is a rather small room then it is still likely that you would need that extra space that those stacks […]

If you are running this hobby for 4 or more years chances are that room space becomes a problem.

Keeps stacking to the ceiling

Even if you have a man cave or share a room with family members, if it is a rather small room then it is still likely that you would need that extra space that those stacks of gunpla boxes occupies. Don’t get me wrong, I love to keep them displayed forever but I just happen to share the room with my wife, and we don’t share the same enthusiasm with gunpla, so to be fair with the wife it seems the last thing I can do is to decorate the entire room with my hobby, I need to at least keep a space for my wife the breathe in the room. I need a way to solve this dilemma.

I’ve looked for potential solutions from gunpla forums, reddit, youtube and what not. Some solutions I found are somewhat cool, displaying the gunpla boxes in a different manner which kinda solves the space problem a bit, however these ideas still not the best solution for me. My preferred solution should satisfy the following:

  • The boxes should be flattened
  • Store away the boxes somewhere else
  • Do not force boxes to be reused as posters
  • Keep wife happy

Looking some more, I found the best solution, an idea I got from a video by an awesome Youtube channel jem77custom, at this point let me talk briefly about this channel, the gunpla videos by this channel gave me a lot of inspiration, from modding gunpla model joints to diorama ideas, there’s just a lot of reason to admire the guys behind this channel, and now they gave me a brilliant idea how to take care of my space problem. Here’s the video:

So there is the idea, the “miniaturization” of my gunpla boxes, which is by far the perfect solution for me:

  1. More space for other stuff
  2. I can keep my flattened boxes somewhere else
  3. I can still stack and display scale models of my boxes
  4. I am still happy
  5. Wife is happy

Of course, there is still some downsides to this solution aside from the obvious “Where to put the contents of the boxes, used runners, manuals, etc.”

  • Needs a scanner
  • Needs a printer
  • Needs paper boards to print on, preferably glossy
  • Need some time and effort

It will be a lot of work but I think at the end of the day its all worth it.

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