Kato storage boxes are also available empty
For those of you who own a Kato passenger train set, you might very well have one that looks like a book and that can be safely stored vertically if desired. Here one of my collection.
I like very much these storage boxes; they bring perfect protection with a foam mold specifically matching the cars and engines’ shape; they close easily and hermetically with a snap on the side, and the whole box is in addition protected by a cardboard box where the plastic box is inserted. So unboxing and boxing back when going to your club or in exhibition is really fast.
I discovered some time ago that actually these bookcase boxes can be acquired empty. They are quite easy to find on-line; most of the vendors are from Japan, so you’ll have to pay a little extra for the shipment but this is usually included in the displayed price. So, count around $20 per box.
There are two sizes: the large one (21.5 cm x 31 cm – 8.5” x 12.2”) and the small one (19 cm x 23.7 cm – 7.5” x 9.3”). The large one is available in 6 variations, that differ from the foam mold inside, and the small one only in 1 variation. You can also get the box without foam, that can accommodate up to 7 Kato jewel boxes.
Note that the small bookshelf storage box is now used by Kato Lemke for the newest releases of the French TGV. These 10-cars sets were previously shipped in a large box with a polystyrene storage case. They now ship in two of these small boxes slid together into a cardboard cover box.
I have just acquired one of these boxes, Kato 10-214, with 8 precut slots, to house a set of Kato BN ‘Hockey stick‘ passenger cars that I have just received from a discontinued used Kato set 106-017 - I could get some of the cars but without any packaging. That was a good opportunity to use the Kato storage box. Alas, the pre-cut foam is for shorter cars, except for the baggage that is a bit loose in its slot.
Well not a total surprise, neither a real issue. I used utility knives to cut the foam to the appropriate dimensions, and … voilà!
Okay, Okay, the result is not so neat, the blades of my utility knives being quite blunt. Anyway, my new acquisition is now properly stored and secured. That is what counts, after all.
So, all in all, a very good solution for storing your collection in a safe and handy way. Obviously, this is not limited to Kato cars, but only by your imagination…
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