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A new home for my collection

Posted: Wed Aug 07, 2019 10:45 pm
by Gustaf
I have been working on a project in the back yard for the past month. I wanted a better way to store and display my collection, it is based on two 40 shipping containers bolted together with two passages cut between them. The are insulated and walled in and fire or flood are a veru small worry. The security system is being installed and the collection is far safer now than it was in the house.
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Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:22 am
by 911car
Looks great! Congratulations. Should make a nice office too. Is it heated?

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:46 am
by badener
Great job Gus!

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:44 am
by Sandmann
Agree, looks really great :bravo:

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 9:50 am
by Gustaf
911car wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:22 am
Looks great! Congratulations. Should make a nice office too. Is it heated?
No need to heat it at this point, but the AC works well enough. I am hoping a small electric heater will be enough in the winter.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 10:47 am
by b.loree
Looks great! A very innovative use for shipping containers, well done 👍

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 12:25 pm
by Khukri
\:D/ 8) Great job!

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:52 pm
by Tony without Kaiser
:thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: Well that got to be the most ingenious solution for a large collection I have ever seen. Brilliant.

I took the hard route and built a new house of which my Bunker was an integral part of the design. Your initiative solution might have worked for me. Well done. :thumbright:

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Aug 08, 2019 4:03 pm
by Gustaf
Tony without Kaiser wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:52 pm
:thumbright: :thumbright: :thumbright: Well that got to be the most ingenious solution for a large collection I have ever seen. Brilliant.

I took the hard route and built a new house of which my Bunker was an integral part of the design. Your initiative solution might have worked for me. Well done. :thumbright:
We had discussed making an addition on to the house, but having construction people in the house for a month or more would be an inconvenience. The cost on this was about a fourth what an addition would be and it is not a addition to real property so there is no property tax and did not require any building permits. If I need to move them, I only need to disconnect the passageways (and cover them) and unbolt them from each other and call the company that delivered them and they could be on a trunk in a matter of a few hours. Oh crap, I should not have mentioned that, I suspect Chip will be here in the next few days with a truck.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:21 pm
by Peter_Suciu
Hi, Gus--
I was already thinking how this could be easily loaded on a truck. The best part is if you move you have containers ready for the collection.

This looks really good. What is the source of lighting? LED?

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:46 pm
by edwin
Very nice!!

Regards,

Edwin

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 6:26 pm
by Gustaf
Peter_Suciu wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:21 pm
Hi, Gus--
I was already thinking how this could be easily loaded on a truck. The best part is if you move you have containers ready for the collection.

This looks really good. What is the source of lighting? LED?
Yes Peter, the lighting is LED or lead lights as my father used to say. And the portability may be a problem, I have a friend who wnats to do the same thing and I think he is looking at just getting mine moved to his house so he does not have to line them.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:52 pm
by SkipperJohn
Nice set up!

John :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:05 pm
by Amybellars
Wow a nice set up. My husband Rod is thinking of that for a bunker which is to be part of the 100 ft shed.

He already has four big sheds to house his guns and tanks, one bunker to house the helmets and uniform and small gears. And a tiny house to house me. Such is life

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:05 am
by stuka f
Nice job!

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:55 am
by pickelhauben
Amybellars wrote:
Sat Aug 10, 2019 9:05 pm
Wow a nice set up. My husband Rod is thinking of that for a bunker which is to be part of the 100 ft shed.

He already has four big sheds to house his guns and tanks, one bunker to house the helmets and uniform and small gears. And a tiny house to house me. Such is life
Tanks !!!!!!!!

Please tell more .

Nice bunker !!

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:00 pm
by kaiser
Thats one way to expand the collection you can even ad a 1st floor an if neccissery a 2nd floor 🤣🤣🤣

Jonas

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:39 pm
by Gustaf
We have been getting the bunker ready for an open house sometime in the month of November, we will host the member's meeting of the Minidoka County Historical Society and the general public sometime after Veteran's Day. The time and date will be announced when we get things ironed out.
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Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:35 am
by Tony without Kaiser
Jaw dropping!!

Well done Gus!

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:38 am
by Sandmann
Awesome collection. Like the idea to open the collection for public :bravo:

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Thu Oct 24, 2019 9:50 pm
by JohnM
Gus!!! I am completely flabbergasted! WOW, WOW, WOW!

What a fantastic collection and what a way to display them! Truly amazing!

John

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:46 am
by Gustaf
Thanks all, this has been a project that I had wanted to do for some time, making the collection available to the public while keeping it at home where I can enjoy it too. I have had it displayed at other museums in the past, about half the collection spent 6 months in the Fort Douglas Military Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, and before that a large part was nearly a year in the local county museum. I also have transported parts of the collection to schools, and public gatherings around the area to share it. All the transporting does have the potential of causing wear and damage to items and now that I have a permanent display, I will cut back on haw much of the stuff goes out on the road.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:29 pm
by aicusv
Display is great, it beats the boxes that most of mine is in. I too do talks and transport parts of my collection.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:15 pm
by Schiavona13
Do you have climat control and heating in there ?

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:09 pm
by Gustaf
Schiavona13 wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:15 pm
Do you have climat control and heating in there ?
Humidity is not a big problem here under normal conditions as we seldom get above 50%, but I do have a dehumidifier as well as limited heating in the winter and AC in the summer. During the coldest months, I will have to allow the temperatures to get below what is comfortable while making sure the humidity stays below 50%. The biggest problem with having a lot of people through is the bodies do raise the humidity.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:58 am
by ww1czechlegion
Hi Gus,

This is a really fantastic, amazing display of your world class collection! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing photos of it with us! =D> :bravo:

Best Wishes,

Alan

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:12 pm
by Schiavona13
Gustaf wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:09 pm
Humidity is not a big problem here under normal conditions as we seldom get above 50%, but I do have a dehumidifier as well as limited heating in the winter and AC in the summer. During the coldest months, I will have to allow the temperatures to get below what is comfortable while making sure the humidity stays below 50%. The biggest problem with having a lot of people through is the bodies do raise the humidity.
Yes thats a big problem and also dirt on the shoes is a issue to think about

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:24 pm
by Gustaf
Schiavona13 wrote:
Tue Oct 29, 2019 2:12 pm
Gustaf wrote:
Fri Oct 25, 2019 10:09 pm
dirt on the shoes is a issue to think about
I have astro turf on the landing and in the entrance, That helps remove most of the dirt. The carpet is vacuumed fairly regular, and while dust is a big problem in this area, I have manage to keep it to a minimum in the containers.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:37 pm
by Peter_Suciu
Think about a good HEPA air purifier to remove some of the dust. I'm sure you could tuck it away somewhere and that will do a great job of controlling the dust.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:35 pm
by Gustaf
Peter_Suciu wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:37 pm
Think about a good HEPA air purifier to remove some of the dust. I'm sure you could tuck it away somewhere and that will do a great job of controlling the dust.
Even though dust is a big problem in our area, I have not had any problems with dust in the containers. The carpet catches any dirt that comes in and a good vacuum removes it with out putting the dust into the air. The important thing is to minimize air circulation from the outside and keep feet as clean as possible.

Re: A new home for my collection

Posted: Sat Nov 23, 2019 2:37 pm
by poniatowski
Looks great! I spent nine months living in a shipping container in Iraq.... They're okay if properly equipped! :)

:D Ron