Self-contained military darkroom

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    These show up on ebay from time to time, or maybe it's the same one :smile:

    I'd love to have it in my back yard though.
     
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    For that kind of money, I'd expect it to go out and take the pictures too.
     
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    Portable, too (I thought I saw handles on the outside).
     
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    There's a visual...
     
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    it really isn't too much money considering it is a building ...
    too bad the truck doesn't come with it ...

    i just wonder how well vented it is ..
     
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    That would be fantastic mounted on a flatbed trailer. You could pull it behind an RV and have a darkroom with you everywhere you went. $6k is a bit steep. I'd be seriously interested at $3k, though...
     
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    I saw those at surplus listings in the past. But I would like to know if actually someone had put such in a garden to serve as darkroom.

    I devised a space saving darkroom for use in a room that is likely more practical than such outdoor one. I question its thermal insulation. Though one could ad addional insulation at the outside.
    Maybe one could put it in a barn or alike.

    The main feature though (I do not say benefit) is that such a box would be completed with all appliances.
    And its stiffness. Though I do not see the need for the latter.
     
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    It is not a building, it is a trailer, like a camping trailer, but probably better made if made for the military. Still, seems expensive unless you needed something really portable. Interesting.
     
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    It is not a trailer. It is a cabin, made to the size of a standard military container that could be used for several purposes.

    It either stays on the vehicle (truck, trailer etc.), or is placed on the terrein by means of a crane.
     
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    Yes, your right. More like a big box. I think of a cabin as something that has some sort of a foundation, or attached to a slab. Moveable cabin.
     
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    If I paid $6000 for this thing, my wife would lock me in it and throw the key away.
     
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    I wonder if I could tow it behind my bicycle cross country? Might take a while but with a darkroom along, what's the hurry?
     
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    My brother has the 'Radio Shack' version fresh from Viet Nam era, exactly like our buddy spent the war in.
     
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    We have an extra cement slab here where a tornado took away the work shed that was on it. But I'd have to get it here and that might cost as much as they're asking. If it were more like $2000, I'd consider it, though.
     
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    A self contained Man Cave. It's wife and kid proof.
     
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    It is not a moveable cabin. Technically it is a "transportable shelter".
     
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    I'd love one of these, but:

    a. I couldn't afford it
    b. A crane, to lower it into my Brooklyn row house back yard, would be very costly
    c. It would be seriously illegal to set up in NYC (my 1899 house is way over the present allowable FAR–that's OK, because it's grandfathered in, but I couldn't put up anything additional on my lot).
     
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    Please explain the differences.

    The term "shelter" puts an emphasis on protection. Though I don't see such with this one in military perspective.
    It most probably yields more stiffness than a wooden skeleton cabin though.
     
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    I used a similar unit in Thailand in the early 70,s there were also set ups for color are recon work. This looks be the whole kit, D 5, all that is needed is AC and water. For those who live in Tornado alley, as I recall these units are well built and will act as a shelter.
     
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    It's just a terminology issue. "Cabin" is not a common defense term, whereas "shelter" is. There are many types and sizes of shelters. Take a look here for some examples: http://www.army-technology.com/contractors/field/gallery.html

    Another terminology issue (word nits) is fixed site vs transportable (can be moved from place to place) vs mobile (has its own inherrent means of being moved) vs fieldable/deployable (not too different from transportable/mobile but with a bit mroe of a tactical emphasis).