I've been wondering how to make mode flower pots and seed trays for some time now. Why, I hear you ask? Well, I've got a part-finished 28mm greenhouse from Blotz and I don't want the benches inside it to appear bare and sterile. Small details perhaps, but it matters to me...
Now, I could have just scratch-built some model seed trays - but I never seemed to have enough time (or maybe it was the inspiration that was lacking?) and so nothing happened.
As it happens, I also found myself in need of a small crate for a 7TV2 base I'm planning to make (I'll have to leave you guessing on this one, though here's a probably useless hint: S.I.G.). So, small crates and trays: I wonder if anyone sells such models already?
Once the idea to hunt the web had formed, a quick Google search came up with a company that I hadn't heard about before: Supreme Littleness. They have quite a variety of MDF clutter, including all manner of different boxes, crates and barrels. A small order was fulfilled very rapidly and at low cost (it helps that these small sheets of MDF and fibreboard can be sent cheaply, by letter post).
So, what did I get?
|Medium crates (19mm) and Long crates|
As it happens, these crates and boxes are rather too large for my current project, but they'll find a use for something in due course. Perhaps the long crates might be cases of rifles being trafficked by gun-runners in a game of Pulp Alley?
|Shallow Boxes. The one on the left is made up as the manufacturer intended; the other 4 have been converted.|
As well as the crates, I also got some "Shallow Boxes", which come in 2 lengths. The shorter version is very close in size to the open boxes that I'd intended to purchase, so I decided to convert some of them into seed trays rather than putting in another order. The conversion was very simple: use just the lower layer of MDF, add the pre-cut ends (with the carrying handles) and add some straight sides cut from scrap fibreboard. Sand has been glued in 3 of them to model dirt; once this has been painted then I'll add some flock to represent seedlings.
Could I have made these myself? Of course I could - I've got all the raw materials and the tools & skills necessary to build such items from scratch. But that would have taken time and, what with family and job, I don't have as much of that as I'd like. For me, the investment of a small amount of money instead is a very obvious decision!
Now if only I could find a way to make flower pots in 1:56th scale!