“…Making good use of the things that we find, Things that the everyday folks leave behind…” – The Wombling song, The Wombles (TV show)
January 15, 2013
If you don’t know about the TV version of The Wombles books, educate yourself on YouTube here.
I’ve been doing a bit of Wombling lately…
someone at work had bought an Eee Slate and threw out the box and packaging: . The cardboard packaging was of no value to me, but wait…: – could that be a useful plastic tray? Let’s have a look: – why yes, it is! A nice size for a lap, with a nice, sturdy carry rim: and good depth too, probably an inch deep: . Great! This will be useful for sorting out bits and pieces when assembling individual 1:72 scale figures, or for sorting out vehicular stowage and other small odds & ends. I might even use it to catch the pieces of flashing when cleaning sprues with a scalpel. So, useless plastic to one is a handy hobby tray to another.
Next up: Christmas present packaging. Two presents came with transparent plastic lids: . The first one is a perfect, flat sheet – I’ll cut off the 90 degree angle sides and discard them (they are too small and I can’t be bothered keeping every last scrap of everything): . I have used pieces like this to make wargaming rivers in the past (for a smaller scale of wargaming, different period and different rule set). They turn out really well, too! The second one has some shaping moulded into it, so it’s not a single perfect sheet: . With the shaping bits removed, there’s plenty left to use for windshields, aircraft canopies, building windows, etc.
So, some rubbish that might end up as landfill will be given a second life on the wargames table. As Paul from Plastic Warriors would say, “Model on!!!”