Orangeville, ON (James Doan) While a lot can be done with the parts that come with most figure kits these days, if you apply a little imagination and take the time to collect a selection of in-scale props, the scope of your displays will broaden significantly.

Always view any potential supplies with an eye to what will be in scale. Obviously, any other kits in the correct scale can present parts that can be adapted for use in your vignette. But you can expand your resources by looking carefully at things like farm, domestic and wild animals from toy shops, dollhouse and scrapbooking supplies, and even unusual packaging materials.

Even if you don’t have an immediate use for such items, keep them with your other spares and when the time comes, you will have what you need.