I took the steel box from a large ex-microwave, removed the front and the door, and cut a hole in the rear wall for a "muffin" fan-- for exhaust. Installed a short tube (12 watt?) florescent light. All from stuff that I had laying around.
Exhaust blows out through the wall of the trailer, via a dryer vent---did have to but that, but a long tern, low interest loan covered that cost. ($8?)
Oh yeah, I'm O scale also.
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I built one once myself but then never used it but a hand full of times and eventually threw it away. I wish I still had it.
It was made from a large plastic storage box like you see at Walmart, I installed a used aquarium light bar I bought at a garage sale. Then I bought a surplus computer fan (search on the term "muffin fan"). I cut a hole in the side of the box, siliconed it over the hole and then siliaconed on some plastic flexible drier vent. Whenever I painted I ran the vent out the basement window. Oh, I also used a cheap table top "Lazy Suzan" for rotating my work.
It worked great and it was cheap and now that I'm talking about it, I'm going to make myself another one.
I had more than $8 into it however... I probably spent $30.
Last edited on Fri Feb 15th, 2013 10:49 am by mwiz64
For those on this side of the pond it's called a kitchen hood. Good idea and used ones can be found on Craig's list. The fan certainly would have enough power for our type painting.
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thanks for all the advice guys. its nice to know that others have had some of the ideas i had as well. i am thinking i will go storage container with a kitchen range hood to provide the suction. the lazy susan is a great idea as well, will definitely be including one of them.
I have one very similar to this. I made my box out of foam core board and use a cheap furnace filter in the back of mine.
I had one like this but I used cardboard. Very cheap and the cardboard lasted for a few months. when the cardboard is done you get another box you have lying around and start over again. Sure it looks terrible but with my airbrushing skills I could justify a 200-300 dollar booth.