Guys! You are hurting yourselves! I have a history of working in design and implementation of work space. I went on the web looking for a diagram for bench top space and all I could find was for computer stations. So I guess I will need to write an article someday!
The short of it is... a standard desk top should be between 28-34 inches from the floor depending on your height and seating position. My bench top is at 30" high. You need to have enough leg room under the surface to comfortably sit with your legs in front of you. The work space should have a minimum of 36" of space (side to side) for your legs. You want to work in a straight position with your model directly in front of you so you keep your spine straight. You also want to place tools you use regularly within a comfortable reach. Desk surfaces can be 24-36" deep.
You need a decent adjustable chair. Don't sit in a folding chair or kitchen type chair. Get your self a good office chair. The cheap ones found at Staples aren't that good and won't last too long. Best to find a used one at a garage sale or used office furniture store. The best name brands are Steelcase, Knoll, Herman Miller and Haworth. In short, I'd rather spend $100 on a used professional quality office chair than a Staples $99 special, for the same reason you'd buy a SnapOn tool instead of Chinese no name tools. The chair I use above is a Knoll chair on casters that I got for free when a company was moving from my office building. You want to adjust that chair's height so that your feet are out in front of you and are flat on the floor. It's best to have a chair with adjustable arms, and you want to have those parallel to your work surface to support your elbows. If the chair doesn't have good midback support, add a pillow in the small of your back.
Lighting is also important. I have good ceiling lights in my model room, but also have several lights that focus on the bench surface. The photo of my bench above has two lights, now I have three. They are all on a power strip so I just hit one button to turn them all on or off.
Take regular breaks. It's recommended to walk away for 10 minutes an hour. That allows your eyes to focus to avoid head aches, and gives your joints a break from being in the same position for too long. Walk around and stretch!
In short, if you get head aches or pain anywhere... your neck, back, legs etc. you have placed yourself in a bad position. It will only hurt you over time. When I used to do ergonomic evaluations of office space, the minute I looked at the desk setup and computer position I would tell the person where they hurt. They'd look at me like I was a psychic, but it's all in the science.
Tom, that was very insightful and well written......A great ergonomics lesson for all of us.
this came out really nice and I admire the skill required to work with die-cast.
but ... what qualifies this as "traditional" versus a "contemporary" vehicle?
For me, 'traditional' means low tech drivetrain (in this case 1963), roll-n-pleat interior, steel wheels and bias-ply wide whitewall tires (or simulated bias-ply). I realize that these days, lots of new 1/1 builds emulate that '50s and early '60s era and, to be honest, those are the hot rods I love.