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    I've been using these little "half-jammers" for the better part of 20 years now, still have the first ones in use since I picked them up in Family Dollar way back when. The oldest ones have the kind of hinges that break if you open and close too many times, so I've repurposed them to storage for modelling customs and restorations. So I'm happy to see there have been improvements over the years, but as you see here, the clasp on this one is still something to be careful with, but at least it has real hinges on the backside.

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    There are a couple of different interior designs out there right now, this one has the 4 full rows, which limits the height of models you can put inside. As I've said for years, wrap in cheap sandwich baggies...a penny apiece or less is cheap insurance. This one is stacked with Daytona Chargers and Plymouth Superbirds, the winged warriors are notorious for not fitting inside a regular jammer. Notice also...no dividers. These boxes usually come with them, I choose to leave them out. Proper stacking helps prevent the models from moving around. The boxes are padded on the inside first with plain facial tissue.

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    This is a current box available, about $4 and change, same exact fishing aisle as the 3/$10 deal. Notice the much better clasps, plus the hinges, make these very durable and long lived.

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    This shows the alternate interior design, two regular rows and one big double row. Notice too, the use of packing peanuts to protect convertible windshields (and other delicate parts).









    The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    This is the double deep I mentioned. I only have a few and use them for models I have many variations, getting at the model on the bottom can be a challenge. Another I have has Corgi / Hot Wheels Custom Vans, and I stand them on end to see better which variant.

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    Interior is the standard 4 row layout, so again it isn't very good for high profile vehicles such as tractors. All of these can be found in the fishing tackle section at Wally, there are similar in the sewing section.

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    I only have one of this monster, this is the 12x12 I mentioned. Just a big, open box.

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    The double deep and open layout are ideal for oversize models, notice the tractor with triples that fits comfortably. I've only seen this box in the sewing section.

    Jammers are great, I have over 100 of them filled. But I've been using the half jammers long before I knew jammers existed, so it doesn't bother me at all to use these alternate storage boxes. All but this last one fit in the same space that a jammer would, two half jammers take about the same space as a regular jammer. The double deep is about the same as a jammer. There are plenty of packing options. And likely over time the boxes will change...I've probably got about 6 different styles of half jammers, but the newest ones so far are hands down the best for hinges and clasps.

    You can also see some of my packing method, but here is a better shot:

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    This should give a good sense of use of tissue padding on the bottom, wrap in sandwich bags, protect delicate parts with packing peanuts, and stack creatively but solidly. If I have to move this across country, I pick up the box, toss in the back of the car and go. I don't have to take the time to carefully wrap every single car, because they already are carefully packed. I don't have to carry the box like an infant, afraid to let the cars roll around inside. Taking the cars out and putting them back is not as much of a chore as it seems, if it is done as you go. Added cost is minimal, savings in time if you have to pack is immense. The insurance against damage is invaluable. Win - win all the way around with minimal investment in time and money. Beats banging around inside a jammer, rubbing tampos and stickers, breaking delicate parts, dinging the paint and otherwise damaging your collection just by moving from one place to another.

    The image file limits have been reset. We have over-limit warnings for the past 3 months and I've had to lower the image file limits. Upper limits now are 100,000 when we have some images that exceed 5,000,000. I know I've mentioned many times before, but it is very important to downsize images - doesn't matter if they are hosted elsewhere or here. I've set the pixels for no more than 1000 across the longest side, so if you resize to that all should be well. (The new limits are larger than what I typically use, and my images turn out just fine, so I know it shouldn't be a problem)

    Thank you for your understanding.

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    • #3
      Just reorganized some stuff and need more plastic 48 compartment containers. I'd like to continue with the Plano brand (part number 5315) 48 compartment containers (a.k.a. 48 Jammers), now known as "Creative Options Thread Organizers", but the prices have gone up to about $23 - $24 per unit. In 2007, I bought direct from Plano Molding Company, and a case of six came to $4.00 each (incl. tax and freight). My last purchase in 2015 at www.walmart.com came to $9.16 each. So, they have nearly tripled in price since then. Does anyone know of a cheaper source?

      Update: Found them at a local JOANN Fabrics. Regular price $14.99. The local store had a "buy one get one free" sale, so they cost $7.49 each. Interesting that the on-line store price was not as good (30% off regular price). Fortunately, the on-line store listed the inventories of local stores, so I called one to double-check stock, and that's when they mentioned the "buy one get one free."
      Last edited by atombaum; 10-23-2019, 06:17 AM.
      - Jeff
      Supreme Miniature Vehicle Storage Solutions Architect

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      • #4
        My storage solution for most loose cars in 1/64 that aren't too long or tall are these made in china -Tomica sized clear boxes that I buy in bulk once a month or so.



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