I recently bought the Millenium Falcon 75192 and built it. I would now like to take it apart and store it. I don't have a LEGO collection, and would like to store it in a way that I won't have to dig for pieces for hours when I want to build the set again. What would be the most compact and best organised way of storing this set disassembled?
The 75192 Millenium Falcon has 7513 Parts (as I'm sure you know) and so you're going to need to a lot of space to be able to store it. While there are lots of great databases for LEGO parts and sets there isn't anybody who organized parts lists based on the bags in the instructions. So you're going to be dealing with all of the parts from all of the bags during disassembly and when you get back to reassembly. Given all of that, I would take it apart gradually and as I went I'd:
- Sort the parts by color and shape. It is good to have lots of plastic bins or cutlery trays to keep it sorted.
- Bag up the minifigs. They're mostly unique and you might as well keep them assembled in a bag instead of risking losing some of the parts.
- Bag up the parts. You will need ziplock or clear plastic bags in different sizes. In some cases you will have so many of one part in one color that it is easy to just put it all in one bag. In other cases you will have only a few and so you might put all of the different colors of one part in a bag. Or you might put all of the bricks in one bag to save bags if there aren't many different bricks.
- Consider printing out the part list from bricklink and verify that you aren't missing any parts.
- Box up the bags and label the box.
I've had great luck with getting all sorts of different sized ziplock backs from Amazon or Uline. One thing to keep in mind is that you don't need them to be air-tight or water-tight. Using a hole-punch to make a hole in the plastic bag will allow air to go in and out and so it doesn't form a balloon in your box.
First of all, sort by form or size, not color. You can sort by color, but it is only suitable if you have large amount of exactly same part (no variations) and can keep them together or if they are all different in size but quite large. Otherwise, it will be a nightmare to search for that one small part in a stack of same colored elements.
Although, I have not disassembled sets with this much parts, but my largest Technic sets are being diassembled into 5 portions. I have never had a problem assembling them back.
Here it works for me:
- First portion contains all smallest bits: all Technic pins and anything else shorter than 3 studs;
- Next portion is dedicated for parts about up to 5-6 studs long (depends on set's content);
- Then I collect something about up to 9-10 studs long;
- Everything larger or bulk goes into here;
- Any delicate, minifigs, larger Trans-* colored, printed or stickered elements no matter what size they are go here. Some may then be packaged individually.
I would then advise storing each portion in ziplock bags. One or another portion could be quite big and won't fit into one ziplock, so just split them. If you used size as as sorting method you won't even need to label ziplock bags as it will be easy to distinguish just by looking at the size of packaged elements.
The most compact way would be to disassemble the set only partially, to eliminate all empty volume but keep the parts connected, as a bunch of loose parts take up more volume as the same parts assembled. Sure, that way you will either miss out on the whole building process of will have to start by completely disassembling everything the next time.
Or if you have a LOT of time: to pick everything apart, sort the pieces, then connect the similar pieces into solid blocks for compact storage: