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I have a number of metal insigina and badges in my collection, and Im looking for a good way to put them away for storage. So far, what Ive come up with is to put each of them in a 3X3 plastic baggie with a ziplokck type seal, which I bought at Hobby Lobby. Is this a good way to store meatal badges and insignia? Any advice or input is appreciated.

 

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Have a look at Riker display cases, they are available in lots of different sizes on eBay amongst others.

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I actually use many different ways to store items, I put my patches in Riker mounts, extra patches or duplicates (traders) go in the storage bags your refering too, larger and then I put them in a shoe box for storage standing up in a filing system to easly flip thuough them to locate one. I store most D.I. in the plastic see through boxes with the dividers, separating them by Infantry, Engineers, etc. tagging them to identifying what they are with the little white tags with string also available at hobby lobby. Riker mounts I also use for collar insignia with the dividers one for enlisted and one for officers. I have found this to be helpful instead of just throwing them in a box and forgetting where it is. Although I do this when first getting items until I sort it all out...There are many ways to do this and its what works for you. I hope this helps some...Good luck!


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If you are just interested in storage and not display we use http://www.gaylord.com/. We use their record storage cartons, fill them with trays (holds about 5) and put dividers in each tray. You can pad each cell as necessary. This way you can open the box and pull out the trays and examine the contents without having to handle the items and risk damaging the contents. We use bags with stiffeners for things like patches.

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My Wing collection has been growing and I had most of them scattered about so I decided it was time to get them a bit more organized.I went to Walmart and in the fishing equipment area found some plastic boxes that have adjustable dividers for a very reasonable price.(IIRC I paid around 5 bucks for mine.)There were different sized boxes and some even had built in corrosion protection.I keep the Wings loose and unwrapped as the dividers do a pretty good job at keeping them from moving around too much.

Further down the road I plan on getting something nice to display some of them but for now it's a really great inexpensive storage solution.

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I like that fishing box solution, a lot.

 

Another possibility that comes to mind might be to check Harbor Freight tool stores - they have all kinds of boxes too, good prices usually.

 

Riker mounts are wonderful, but I'd reserve those for permanent display storage or, as a lot of guys here do, for showing stuff on sale at shows.

 

Poking holes in plastic bags, seems to me, is like killing a fly with a sledge hammer unless a storage closet/room/area is either under water or has such a high humidity that rocks grow mold just sitting there. Plus which (having made this mistake myself long ago) small metal stuff in a lot of little sacks gets to be a pain in the tail, pretty quickly.

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I would be careful with those fishing tackle boxes.. they can break down some types of plastics and metals.

 

I have found good boxes in the "hobby/sewing" area of Wal-Mart.

Also the scrapbooking etc areas of Hobby Lobby.

 

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The box I picked up,while being in the fishing/sporting goods section,is not a tackle box.Actually it is the same type of box I've seen in Craft stores.The dividers are movable,and some of the boxes come with an anti tarnish element built in.I'm confident it will be OK for storage of my Wings.

 

Here is a photo of a box that is very similar to the one I bought:

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Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

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June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

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" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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it's the anti-rust they put into the plastic.

the "craft" ones don't have it.

it's so when you keep it in your boat all your fishing hooks don't rust.

 

just be careful.. it may begin to "melt" depending on what metal contacts it.

 

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I would be careful with those fishing tackle boxes.. they can break down some types of plastics and metals.

 

I have found good boxes in the "hobby/sewing" area of Wal-Mart.

Also the scrapbooking etc areas of Hobby Lobby.

 

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I've used the ones he refers to for about 8 years with no issues

 

I don't think the clear ones have any anti-rust agents

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