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Displaying your models
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, March 7, 2003 8:39 PM
From my initial brousing of the the forum it sounds like there are some impressive collections of finished models out there. This may seem like a silly question but I was wondering how some of you protect your "masterpieces" from gathering dust? I like looking at my finished projects but after awhile the dust detracts from their appearance. Dusting my models isn't too difficult for now since my collection is not that large, yet. However, as my motivation increases to grow my collection, thanks in part to the forum, this housekeeping chore can become a pain. Putting each model in an acrylic case can get expensive, especially for larger models. This may be the only down side of having a nice collection to display. Thanks for listening. Happy modelingBig Smile [:D]. Don
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    February 2003
  • From: Racing capital of the world- Indy
Posted by kaleu on Saturday, March 8, 2003 12:31 AM
I started buying acrylic cases when I took my finished models to display them at work. The "car" cases work well on infantry vehicles (Marder 1a3, BMP-1 and LAV) but are too small for tanks. I've started buying larger cases for the tanks. The cost is a little high, but it is worth it when compared to how aggravated I would get breaking off small pieces while I tried to dust. I still have more models outside of cases than in a case, but I'm slowly getting them covered. I don't know what I will do when I build a SCUD or Dragon Wagon. Big Smile [:D]
Erik "Don't fruit the beer." Newest model buys: More than I care to think about. It's time for a support group.
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  • From: United Kingdom / Belgium
Posted by djmodels1999 on Saturday, March 8, 2003 1:43 AM
Most of my models are kept in cardboard boxes in the loft, away from everything, but I have a display cabinet all glass and mirrors, where I show off a part of my collection. Every so often, I change the contents. Takes a lit a bit of time, but it allows me to see my models ..!
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 8, 2003 3:36 AM
Initially I had the idea of taking over the wife's china cabinet to display models. However, she did not take kindly to her Waterford crystal being displaced and found a tall, 7' x 4' x 4', glass fronted cabinet at a local furniture store I ended up with as a Christmas present. That was close to 15 years ago and it and three other cabinets in a wall unit had reached full capacity by the time we relocated to Florida 5 years ago. I went to a local furniture store here in the Tampa area and told them what I was looking for. I also asked them to give me a call when they got in something that was slightly damaged or a special order item which the individual ordering it didn't want it. Within a couple of weeks I received a call and acquired a tall, glass shelved, china cabinet, with a slight nick in one corner. What was originally going to be retailed for close to $1,000 I got for $250. Even with my limited skills in woodworking, the damaged corner was quite simple to fix and I saved a bundle. My high school shop teacher would have been proud of me! I also have a number of models and dioramas covered with acrylic lids sitting atop stereo speakers and tables. Dust is a pain and I tend to avoid building up anything I can't protect by either a cabinet or a cover.
Dick McC
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    February 2003
  • From: East Bethel, MN
Posted by midnightprowler on Saturday, March 8, 2003 6:35 AM
I put my car models in clear plastic display cases that you can get at the hobby shop, Wal mart and Michaels for about 6-8 dollars. Then I put them in a bookcase. The display cases are stackable.

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 8, 2003 12:10 PM
Thanks for the input. I'll be on the look out for some glass cabinets at the furniture stores,close outs etc. My wife too was not keen on seeing some WWII fighters parked amungst her Royal Daulton Toby collecation. Personally, I thought it a P-47 looked just right next to Henry VIII!!! Getting some acrylic cases will also help for the smaller models. Happy modeling...Don

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