J30spiff wrote:- Has anyone tried to sort through multiple bins knowing that parts to a specific set are spread out through the multiple bins?
- If you were in my position and trying to achieve my goal of making complete sets, would you just separate and sort every piece before trying to build the sets?
- Or would you just try to build the sets while sifting through the different bins?
I appreciate any feedback that will lead to me achieving my goal.
When I got all my childhood sets when my parents moved across the country I was in a similar situation. Lot's of different Castle, Town, Pirate and Classic Space sets that had been apart for years and mixed throughout several bins by years worth of younger cousins playing with them.
The first set I built was Black Falcon's Fortress without any sorting at all. A relatively small set that took me a few hours to build because I was digging through the bins for each piece. After that I sorted all the pieces by type into smaller shoebox sized plastic bins.
parts with stickers(yes, lots of sets from the 70's and 80's had stickers)
All each had their own bin. How much you sort will really depend on how many sets there are. If it's only a couple sets, I'd probably just have a few bins, one for plates, one for bricks and one for other parts.
The rest of the Castles and Forestmen stuff were all built about the same amount of time it would have taken if I had just opened the new boxes. Some day I'll try to figure out exactly what Classic space and Town I have but without the instructions I haven't been very motivated to do it.
Sorting by part type seems to be much faster to me for assembling sets than sorting by color since most sets only have a couple of colors, but your mileage may vary.