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mounting scale models in display cases ...
Posted by zubin31 on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:28 AM

hi, i recently purchased tamiya display cases for my scale models (1/20 cars and 1/72 aircrafts). 

i would want my models to be secure and firmly fastened inside the display case but i would also like them to be removable. i was wondering if some experienced modellers/experts can shed some light on what the best method to do this is? PS - i want to avoid glue tac as much as possible.

i did look up scale model wheel chocks but i am not sure if gluing wheel chocks is the best method to secure a model in a display case. also, i did not come across any good online links to buy 1/20 or 1/72 scale wheel chocks. 

experts - kindly advice. in case i need to direct my post on another forum/thread, please do let me know ...

thanks, z. 

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 7:24 AM

Hello!

For cars I usually drill two holes in the base and fasten some strongpoint in the suspension, near the wheel to the base with thin copper wire, twisting it to make it tight. Usually I use two points per model (like right front and left rear). This way the attachment points are mostly hidden by the wheels, the model doesn't bump against the display case when it is handled, and the model can be removed, should the need arise. I hope it helps - good luck with your displays and have a nice day

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Posted by EdGrune on Sunday, February 19, 2017 11:49 AM

This is a wax-like material used to secure collectible items on shelves in quake prone areas.    it is removeable.   A little dab holds well.     My google came up with this at walmart so it should be available nearly universally

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, March 02, 2017 11:53 AM

I have several small display cases, containing my collection of toy soldiers.  I use little blobs of 3M poster tack to secure them.  I also use that to secure a model in a carrying case, when transporting it.

As far as wheel chocks go, I've never seen any ready-made product, except as parts in a kit.  But they'd be easy enough to scratch-build.  But I don't think they'd really solve your problem of models rutsching around.

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Thursday, March 02, 2017 12:07 PM

For 1/48 aircraft, I drill a hole for a #8 or larger bolt in the belly between the wings.  I run the bolt up through a hole in the wood base and secure it with a countersunk nut on the bottom.  Then I put a good glob of 2-part epoxy on the other end of the bolt and insert it into the hole on the bottom of the model.

Unfortunately, this is completely irreversible so I can't recommend it for all!  But it will never fall apart!

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, March 03, 2017 11:55 AM

Cadet Chuck

For 1/48 aircraft, I drill a hole for a #8 or larger bolt in the belly between the wings.  I run the bolt up through a hole in the wood base and secure it with a countersunk nut on the bottom.  Then I put a good glob of 2-part epoxy on the other end of the bolt and insert it into the hole on the bottom of the model.

Unfortunately, this is completely irreversible so I can't recommend it for all!  But it will never fall apart!

 

 
That's a variant of one method of fixing an airplane model to a base in a diorama, too, especially an aircraft with tricycle landing gear.  You can drill a hole where the nose wheel will rest, and insert a bolt in the wheel, and anchor it through the hole.  Then finish the groundwork around it.

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Posted by zubin31 on Sunday, March 19, 2017 2:44 PM

thank you all ... might go with the 3M blob or gule tak idea ... 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:39 PM

Oh !

      That 's easy . Drill a hole in the chassis .Then put a length of heavy fishing line in there with a piece of sprue And glue it to the model .

Then pull the line through the case base and using another piece of sprue and tie it tightly .That works for me and has for years . T.B.

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