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  1. superjedi's Avatar
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    Apr 29, 2016, 9:50 AM - What's your hobby area look like? #1

    Hi all,
    Mainst69 asked a question in one of my helmet progress threads regarding my hobby space. He said:

    that's an interesting topic that you brought up. As a complete (and terrified) novice to the airbrush, I'd be interested in a work area orginazational/workflow how-to write up. I've been giving it a lot of thought waiting to paint my lid/armor on setting up my paint area.
    love to see an SJ "behind the scenes"!


    I thought I'd post a few pics and describe how things are set up. This is nothing Earth-shattering or anything, just my little corner of the universe.
    My work space is set up in our spare bedroom upstairs. I'm fortunate enough to have the extra room, otherwise things would be a lot more difficult.

    I think that having some good natural light is important. Even though I work on projects late in the evening sometimes, some good ol' indirect sunlight
    gives me the best idea of how colors are looking. So my hobby table is set up in front of a window.



    I have enough room for my laptop, which I always have set up while I'm working. Gotta have easy access to reference pics and be able to pull up different
    pics quickly depending on what portion of the helmet or armor I'm painting. I keep a spiral notebook on the table, too. Not only does the paper make a great
    blotter for dry brushing, but the spiral rings can hold skinny paintbrushes while I'm changing colors or doing other stuff.

    The small 3-drawer storage unit holds my most commonly used paints and supplies. The bottom drawer is completely devoted to my ESB helmet paints.
    The center drawer holds other paints that I might mix for weathering, or use on other Fett parts, as well as tubes of epoxy and putty. The top drawer holds
    some common tools like tape, tweezers, etc.

    The little work light on top of the 3-drawer unit holds my small brushes, and some other tools like my X-acto, a compass for scribing, some super glue, a
    pin vise, and some sanding sticks. Having everything right there is a great time saver.



    To the left of the table are 3 more multi-drawer storage towers. The one closest to the table holds most of my small hobby tools: spare X-acto blades, some
    pliers and hemostats, a circle cutter, lots of spare paint brushes, as well as some larger brushes for weathering and blending. The other 2 storage towers hold
    the majority of my paint "stash." Not just for Fett stuff, but for other hobby projects as well. There are also 2 sets of pastel sticks, some sandpaper, a soldering
    kit (rarely used), and other miscellaneous small tools.

    The old ironing board is also another portable surface for holding things like the helmet that's in work (meh, not important ), my painting stencils, and the
    accessories for the helmet like the ears, MQ-1, RF, etc. When I'm airbrushing, I just set up the airbrush and swivel my chair around and spray right there.



    On my right are 2 wire shelving units. I keep my airbrush on one of the shelves, and the compressor sits beside it. Like I said, I'm fortunate enough to have a room
    in the house where I can do 95% of the work on these props. I'm "allowed" by Mrs. Superjedi to airbrush acrylics inside, but when I'm using enamels, I cart the
    airbrush setup out to the garage. She can't handle the fumes, and it's not so great for my lungs either. My Dremel is out in the garage, too. It just creates too much
    dust to use in the house.

    So that's it! Not too fancy, eh? But this system works really well for me. If you work on multiple projects over time, it's really nice to have a dedicated space
    to do your thing, and keep all your supplies organized. Admittedly, I have a lot of supplies that I've accumulated over the years. But that's mainly because I've
    worked on so many different projects. Not just prop-related stuff, but model kits as well.

    Oh, one other point. It's nice to have your space set up close to a source of running water. My hobby room is about 5 steps down the hall from our upstairs
    bathroom. So I can use the sink in there to rinse acrylics from my paint brushes, and even flush my airbrush when I'm shooting acrylics. Very handy!

    If you have a dedicated hobby space, share some pics! I'm always looking to "borrow" ideas from people. Thanks for looking, and Mainst69, I hope this gives
    you some ideas for your own work area.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 10:31 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #2

    Very nice set up! Now I know what to do with my ironing board!! Lol.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 11:12 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #3

    Very nice, o' Super one
  5. Apr 29, 2016, 11:18 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #4

    my thoughts exactly !!! i can scratch that one off the list.....
    Quote Mattcover said: View Post
    Very nice set up! Now I know what to do with my ironing board!! Lol.
  6. Apr 29, 2016, 11:36 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #5

    Attachment 98822Attachment 98823Attachment 98824my thoughts exactly !!! i can scratch that one off the list.....notice the white sheem across everything!!!
    Quote Mattcover said: View Post
    Very nice set up! Now I know what to do with my ironing board!! Lol.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 11:48 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #6

    Quote tommyboy said: View Post
    ....notice the white sheem across everything!!!
    Ah, delicious resin dust. My body is probably about 40% resin by this point.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 12:15 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #7

    Subbed, thanks for the thread brother
  9. Apr 29, 2016, 1:00 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #8

    where is all ur dirts......your area is intirelly too clean ? how is that possible ??
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    Ah, delicious resin dust. My body is probably about 40% resin by this point.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 1:16 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #9

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    Apr 29, 2016, 1:47 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #10

    Oooh, lots of cool molding and casting supplies there, Wasteland.
    That's one aspect of this hobby I've never looked into. To me it's like sorcery!
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    Apr 29, 2016, 1:59 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #11

    I"ll join in ....

  13. Apr 29, 2016, 2:39 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #12

    how is it possible to keep yalls work area so clean?? thats not humanly possible without droids.....yall got droids cleaning behind you??
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    Apr 29, 2016, 2:40 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #13

    Quote R4ZORBL4DE said: View Post
    Looks like a Michigan basement, stupid west coast is all slab construction. Of course I get a lot less lake effect snow in Cali, then I do at my family home in MI.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 2:44 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #14

    I actually have a full basement.. this is just the back room.. a " Michigan Basement " is more like a crawl space.. 😉

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  16. Apr 29, 2016, 2:48 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #15

    so thats where you keep the cleaning droids....back room
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    Apr 29, 2016, 3:18 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #16

    Quote tommyboy said: View Post
    Attachment 98822Attachment 98823Attachment 98824my thoughts exactly !!! i can scratch that one off the list.....notice the white sheem across everything!!!
    Tommy, I can tell by the dust you haven't ridden that 4 wheeler in a while.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 3:35 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #17

    Not joining in, dominating! Very nice!
  19. Apr 29, 2016, 3:54 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #18

    lol...well i did have them out for our last snow a couple months ago! but i admit they are boxed in at the moment!
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    Tommy, I can tell by the dust you haven't ridden that 4 wheeler in a while.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 4:50 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #19

    Quote R4ZORBL4DE said: View Post
    I"ll join in ....
    Nice! I should keep a couple of blasters in my workspace just in case of an emergency.
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    Apr 29, 2016, 9:46 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #20

    image-jpgimage-jpg

    My humble work space...
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    Apr 30, 2016, 7:14 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #21

    No way I'm posting my area; It looks like train wreckage in the middle of Delhi, India.

    I am a tad bit envious of those lovely spaces posted that are organized and spacious.
  23. Apr 30, 2016, 7:35 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #22

    dont be scared.....do you must !! showith your area
    Quote silvermitt said: View Post
    No way I'm posting my area; It looks like train wreckage in the middle of Delhi, India.

    I am a tad bit envious of those lovely spaces posted that are organized and spacious.
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    Apr 30, 2016, 8:14 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #23

    this is making me realize that I don't need to work outside ....
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    Apr 30, 2016, 11:44 AM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #24

    Here's one from the "soft" side
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    Apr 30, 2016, 1:45 PM - Re: What's your hobby area look like? #25

    Quote Arkady said: View Post
    Now THAT work area puts out some FINE products!!

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