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User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 3325 times:
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G'day fellow die cast collectors,
How do you display your 1/400 die cast planes?
I have just moved house and my previous way was to have them sitting on the very wide windowsills on display around the house. They looked great there and were an amazing conversation starter. I rotated them around so that they all had their 'moment in the sun' on the most prominent window sills ... In all of the years they were such displayed, only two were damaged - a Garuda Convair 990 lost an engine and undercarriage due to a 'severe landing' in the hands of a three year old, and a British Airways 767 lost it's nose wheel when knocked off the kitchen sill by an enthusiastic cleaner (hello mum!). Both were repaired easily. I cleaned them regularly and loved having them so prominent.
I have thought about trophy display cabinets but can't find one that I like. The window sills at my new house aren't wide enough and have vertical blinds permanently attached.
Over to you...
Happy Australia Day!
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User currently offlineaussie18 From Australia, joined Jun 2005, 1745 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 3302 times:
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Check out Ikea if they are nearby ,I have 2 cabinets from Ikea which are not to expensive, Good investment especially as they keep a lot of the dust out.

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/70182172/- I have 4 1:200 aircraft in the cabinet, One on each shelf with a few 1:400 aircraft on each shelf
http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/80167977/ - In this cabinet I can fit around 70 1:400 in each cabinet though I have around 20-30 on stands.

I will get another Klingsbo when I get a bigger place as I have fair amount still boxed up.


User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3291 times:
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Hi aussie18,
Yes, I have looked at the Ikea cabinets and they are the closest I can find to what I am after. However, I hold out hope that I can find better. Aldi for example, midway through last year sold a trophy cabinet that was better than the Ikea one but by the time I got to my nearest Aldi store, they had sold out. I tried a few other Aldi stores and had the same result.
I am going to give it another couple of months before I buy the Ikea cabinets, just in case someone here tells me of a better option or I find a better cabinet. Like you mate, I want my models on display and not in boxes in a cupboard.
Thanks for your suggestions and links.
Happy Australia Day!
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2753 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3180 times:

Quoting bunumuring (Thread starter):
G'day fellow die cast collectors,

G´day!   

Quoting bunumuring (Thread starter):
How do you display your 1/400 die cast planes?

I have 2 LACK shelves from IKEA on my bedroom...

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/60251707/#/20186182

... and I spiced them up by putting 2 sets of LED light strips that change colors (like mood lightning) and I must say they look very nice http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/10202328/

End result...

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/0A55B934-9345-4FC1-91C2-0E7ED8D75EF7.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/F1C2FAC4-4885-4B19-9D71-F59DBC0E8386.jpg

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y243/A330Driver/7250DC61-0599-4730-A39A-0893D47E9931.jpg

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User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3108 times:
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G'day MIAspotter!
Wow, mate! Your display looks mighty impressive!
I had actually thought of a similar thing along a hallway with backlit LED lighting...and you have no made me think it is a very attractive option. Thank you!
My question to you is: how do you have enough shelves to hold all of the planes? Or do you just display selected models?
Keep smiling!
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2753 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3078 times:

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 4):
G'day MIAspotter!

G´day!

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 4):
Wow, mate! Your display looks mighty impressive!

   hee hee thanks.

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 4):
I had actually thought of a similar thing along a hallway with backlit LED lighting...and you have no made me think it is a very attractive option. Thank you!

Glad to be of inspiration, and those LED lights sure add a nice touch to the room when you watch movies or TV.

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 4):
My question to you is: how do you have enough shelves to hold all of the planes? Or do you just display selected models?

I only have 2 of those so far, if needed I can get another one, and I am only displaying selected models (my A380s and the 787 Dreamliners, those should take a bit more of space)

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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2972 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3059 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 3):
2 LACK shelves from IKEA on my bedroom...

I've got the exact same set-up--sans the LEDs. I've got three of the shelves with my models arranged... I need another one, my models are practically right on top of each other.



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2753 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (6 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 6):
've got the exact same set-up--sans the LEDs. I've got three of the shelves with my models arranged... I need another one, my models are practically right on top of each other.

Hehe, then you need to ask the DOT to grant you an airport extension   I may have to ask for one as well.

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User currently offlineFEDEX35 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2008, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2961 times:
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Hi all I have built myself a purpose made cabinet (although I am a joiner) funny enough I have just built a second one a little wider and a little deeper, at the moment I am on holiday but when I return I will post some pictures of it with some of my models, it is quite simple to make with a few woodworking skills, give it two weeks and I will post the pictures.

User currently offlineFSXJunkie From United States of America, joined Oct 2012, 68 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2923 times:

Quoting bunumuring (Thread starter):
G'day fellow die cast collectors,
How do you display your 1/400 die cast planes?

In my old house on a table I set up as an airport, now just on top of some shelves

Quote:
I have just moved house and my previous way was to have them sitting on the very wide windowsills on display around the house. They looked great there and were an amazing conversation starter. I rotated them around so that they all had their 'moment in the sun' on the most prominent window sills

Wide sills are so useful, with my airport arrangement I did a similar rotation for arriving and departing flights.

Quote:
... In all of the years they were such displayed, only two were damaged - a Garuda Convair 990 lost an engine and undercarriage due to a 'severe landing' in the hands of a three year old, and a British Airways 767 lost it's nose wheel when knocked off the kitchen sill by an enthusiastic cleaner (hello mum!).

For me, an AA 747-100 lost a vertical stabilizer by being knocked over by a careless maid, and an Asiana 777-200 went KSFO landing by the same careless maid (different day.)

I had contract movers for my move, I couldn't pack anything for insurance reasons...

They didn't pack well, lost a GJARPTA terminal (the big one not made anymore) and half my collection including AA DC-10's and MD-80's...the rare kind. And we're talking gear snapped mid stem, missing wheels, snapped off vertical stabs and elevators most of which are missing, etc.

I'm currently waiting for the adjuster, it's going to be a BIG check.

Quote:
Both were repaired easily. I cleaned them regularly and loved having them so prominent.

My AA 741 was an easy fix, enough of a groove for gorilla glue to anchor the vertical stab, the Asiana's wing spar was cracked and the elevators and engines were broken in a manner that repair was not possible.

Quote:
I have thought about trophy display cabinets but can't find one that I like. The window sills at my new house aren't wide enough and have vertical blinds permanently attached.

Did you check Ikea?

They've got some interesting display cabinets, and their aesthetic is on space saving.

[Edited 2014-02-07 00:00:38]

User currently offlineaireuropeuk733 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 976 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (6 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2909 times:

Hi there

I have all of mine displayed in my garage as my wife won't let them in the house!!

I have about 300 1:400s and 30 1:200 and these are all on 15 shelves all dotted around the garage.

My sone love going out there just to look at them all!

I'd love to puit them in proper display cabinets as they get so dusty but I also like to have them all out too.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 3):
... and I spiced them up by putting 2 sets of LED light strips that change colors (like mood lightning) and I must say they look very nice http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/pr...2328/

Loving the LED lighting - might have to add some to my shelves.

AE733



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User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2850 times:
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Hi guys!
Well, I have checked the online IKEA catalogue again and spoken with a 1/400 model distributor. The IKEA cabinet mentioned in this thread seems to be the way to go and the model distributor agrees. He has all of his models in boxes ready for distribution but his personal collection is in an IKEA cabinet as described by others in this thread. A fellow planespotter has suggested searching for ex-retail display cabinets and I will do so.
I like the suggestion of building my own cabinets. I have built lots of furniture in my younger years, particularly when a teenager. I haven't built anything from scratch for a few years mainly due to time and a lack of precision tools. I look forward to seeing FEDEX35's promised photos!
The search continues ...
Keep smiling!
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineKuja From Bermuda, joined Aug 2013, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Herpa made some nice moulded plastic wall mounted displays for their 1/500 models, but I find the deeper one works well for 1/400 narrowbodies as well. As with most specialist displays, they can be surprisingly expensive, though. http://www.herpa.de/collect/detail.aspx?ProductID=519588&lang=en-GB

For the rest of my models, I just use a standard IKEA bookcase with glass doors and integrated LED lights. I can attempt to photograph my setup if anyone is interested.  


User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (6 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2841 times:
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Quoting Kuja (Reply 12):
For the rest of my models, I just use a standard IKEA bookcase with glass doors and integrated LED lights. I can attempt to photograph my setup if anyone is interested.

Hi Kuja,
I am definitely interested in Seeing photos of your set up. Please share!
Thanks in advance,
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineKuja From Bermuda, joined Aug 2013, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2837 times:

Here are a few photos, then. I will link to them rather than embed them to avoid making the thread too bloated.


Herpa wall cabinets, the lower one with 1/500 models, the upper one with 1/400 narrowbodies and a 1/250 DC-8 on top.

Main display, with 1/200 models in the left cabinet, 1/400 models on the top three glass shelves of the main cabinet, 1/500 on the final glass shelf and a display of VC10 and Concorde on the lowest shelf.

Closer look at the 1/200 models. The empty shelf is awaiting a KLM MD-11...

Main display. I still need to place a photo of the Omani VC10 into the left-most frame.

Doors open.

Lowest display shelf.


User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (6 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 2826 times:
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Quoting Kuja (Reply 14):
Here are a few photos, then. I will link to them rather than embed them to avoid making the thread too bloated.

Sorry mate, but I can't open the pics as I keep getting a message that says the page address is invalid.
Try again? Maybe embed the pics is a smaller format?
Bunumuring.



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User currently offlineKuja From Bermuda, joined Aug 2013, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2822 times:

Quoting bunumuring (Reply 15):
Sorry mate, but I can't open the pics as I keep getting a message that says the page address is invalid.

Hm, they work for me. I will put it down to Photobucket being glitchy at times. Attempt 2.0 with Imgur...

Herpa wall cabinets, the lower one with 1/500 models, the upper one with 1/400 narrowbodies and a 1/250 DC-8 on top. http://i.imgur.com/rLVclEm.jpg

Main display, with 1/200 models in the left cabinet, 1/400 models on the top three glass shelves of the main cabinet, 1/500 on the final glass shelf and a display of VC10 and Concorde on the lowest shelf. http://i.imgur.com/CTWhZOl.jpg

Closer look at the 1/200 models. The empty shelf is awaiting a KLM MD-11... http://i.imgur.com/QmnrktC.jpg

Main display. I still need to place a photo of the Omani VC10 into the left-most frame. http://i.imgur.com/bWsAWUA.jpg

Doors open. http://i.imgur.com/q0Tf91b.jpg

Lowest display shelf. http://i.imgur.com/r6TRVRh.jpg


User currently offlinebunumuring From Australia, joined Jan 2014, 723 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (6 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 2817 times:
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Hi Kuja,
Worked completely this time! Thanks for reposting!
An impressive collection in an impressive set of cabinets. The IKEA cabinets look classy and solid.
Looks great, mate!
thanks so much,
Bunumuring.



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