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Do you disassemble your sets?

I've just spent an hour-and-a-half disassembling 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator and I'm still not done!

Normally, the lifecycle for my Technic models is once they are built, they go on display in my glass cabinets for 6 months or so, or perhaps more if it's a model I particularly like. When it's time to make room for something new I leave them whole and store in large plastic boxes, ready to be recalled should the need arise for a comparative review, or if I fancy a themed display, for example all Technic fork-lifts or something like that.

There are some models, however, which are a bit of a nuisance because they are too big. Too big to fit in my deep IKEA Billy bookcase cabinets and too big to fit in a 64 litre Really Useful Box for storage.

That's the case with 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator and also 42100 Liebherr R 9800, so they tend to sit out on display until I can be bothered to dismantle them.

Today, after over 5 years, I finally decided to consign the BWE to the parts bins. Disassembling Technic is an arduous task and hard on the fingers which is probably why I've put off doing it for so long, but now at least it won't be gathering dust any more and I can make use of the parts in GBC modules.

This got me thinking, what do you do with your sets once you've finished displaying them? Participate in the poll after the break and let us know.

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