I use both a Plano plastic tackle box and a few HWs 48 car storage boxes with the 4 plastic trays inside. For the cars I like to display, I have a bunch of the JL interlocking display cases linked together on the wall.
Most slotters use fishing tackleboxes. Plano has the biggest variety of tackleboxes, check out their site. Other brands work well, too. Best place to look are Dunham sports stores. You can find smaller boxes for well under $10 (which would be perfect for your kids), and they have enough space for a controller, tape and other slotcar tools.
I have a Lexan display case for some of my cars.
And I have plastic toy car cases for some of my cars.
And the cars I race live in a takle box with some of my slotcar tools.
What type of storage are you looking for?
I have a bunch of Aurora pit cases--that's what I keep the originals in, along with the their clear cases. I also have a bunch of original Hot Wheels carry-cases that I use because I like the cover art, and several AFX and other regular cases. the only tackle-box I have is an original Tyco pit box. I like to use the JL cases for display too. I just pull em' out when it's their turn .
I use a big Plano tackle box too. It has 4 trays inside, plus the top has storage slots too. I keep tools, glue, tires, paintbrushes, etc in the top compartments, and the cars in the trays inside. On my desk, I have a few stackable hardware organizers, like you would use to hold screws, nuts, and small stuff like that. I put a divider in each drawer, and they hold 2 cars per drawer.....18 drawers...36 cars. K-mart has them on sale this week with several different size drawers, so you could build yourself a nice slot car work station/storage area for less then $30.
On the Plano tackle boxes, could you post what the model numbers are of the ones you're using? They have quite a few different models. I've been using their fishing gear for years and it's good quality.
My Plano box doesn't have a model # anywhere on it. It has 3 trays and is two tone grey, about 9"x17" and about 9" tall. It came with extra dividers, so you can divide some of the tray compartments up however you like.
I live in a condo and have a small collection (so far). I just finished building a triple purpose desk/layout/display case that has turned out to be pretty darn useful. The plexiglass top keeps dust to a minimum and allows me to work on it too. When the work is done the lid comes off and we have at it. My unmentionables (over-flow of bodies and parts) are in Plano clear plastic fishing tackle boxes though. Those things are key to keeping things organized. Walmart and stores like that usuall have sales from time to time.
Great work there on the table TJD! Thats about the most original, creative, and practical set up I have seen....ever! I live in an apartment, and that is just the ticket for people with limited space. I think I will attempt to build one too. Thanks for the inspiring idea and keep up the great work!!!
I stopped by the local K-Mart and found that the Plano Model 757 was perfectly well suited for use as a pit box. It has a large compartment on top for controllers and bulky items and 4 divided drawers with compartments that fit plenty of cars and parts. I've been looking for the perfect pit case for a while but was having problems finding one that had compartments wide enough for some of my wider 1/64 cars. The Plano Model 757 is a winner, and it costs just about $20 US at K-Mart. Bass Pro Shops has it online for even less.