How do you display all your completed models?

I've often wondered how (or more accurately, where) you folks display all
the models you make. I've seen one or two photos of huge floor to ceiling
glass cabinets where someone has stored hundreds of beautiful planes but I
have to share my modest living space with SWMBO and a couple of kids who,
for some reason don't appreciate the aesthetic pleasure of loads of planes
taking up every bit of shelf space (not that I've got that many at the
moment but you know what this hobby is like). How do the rest of you get
around it? If some of the kit stashes I see ever got converted into
completed models the increase in the number of house extensions being built
would be tremendous!
Over 'n' out
Ron Headon
Swindon, England
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Ron Headon
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Ron, ever wondered where the phrase 'loft insulation' came from? I have a set amount of shelf space and when I build a new plane, if I want to put it on display, one of the old ones have to go! When I was in colder climes I would put them in sealed plastic boxes and store them in the loft space with the unbuilt stash, but now that I am in the Australian tropics they are now stored under the house, still in the same plastic sealed containers (with insect destroyers sprinkled round). I just write on the outside of the box the contents (aircraft, build date) and whenever the club puts on a theme display I can get in and find the right ones. Andrew
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Andrew
When I buy a model I also buy a perspex(clear acrilic) display case to suit,or I buy a photo frame for a base and try to cut a perspex cover to suit. Once you have it made u can stack them.............lol,I also do own a few display cases ,like u have in stores,great for free standing dioramas.
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Arcusinoz
Never did find a way. Once the displays are full, the next kit that gets finished implies a death sentence for the least popular one in the displays.
Rob
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Rob van Riel
If you live in UK, I bought a display case from IKEA called, "Detolf". It cost £35 and doesn't take up much floor space...?
Regards
Pat Macguire
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Observer
I have same problem. My wife does allow a few of the ship models upstairs in main part of house, but I had to press hard even for that. I also insisted on two race car models upstairs. All planes reside in rec room. So even with big two story house with basement I still struggle with places to display models. I have two really big sailing ship models that I am working on, and I know my wife will allow no more ship models upstairs.
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Don Stauffer
For those "few and far between" that *do* enter the 100% complete stage:
1) Most local hobby shops are glad to have them to display. I think I have more displayed in the "public eye", than I have here at home.
2) Some are lucky enough to be sold to collectors, at shows and exhibitions...thus allowing them to be seen by others, and in areas far removed from the local region of the country. And, most importantly, the responsibility of keeping them clean, and dusted, no longer lies with me!...lol.
3) Finished models make *excellent* Christmas gifts for family and relatives.
The point to all of this: Once one *does* finish a model; there are alternatives to worrying about how and where *you* are going to display it. You do not necessarily have to keep it. Other "artists" share/trade/sell their work....so why do modelers find that a difficult concept to adopt?
:o)
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Greg Heilers
No conceptual problem. I just can't think of any place that would want to put up (with) my models.
Rob
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Rob van Riel
Like I said....most hobby shops, worth their weight, usually *beg* for models to display. Also check your local libraries, VFW posts, military bases, recruiting offices, airports, etc. In our area, these places have a history of *pleading* for help in filling up their display cases. And by giving your model(s) a public viewing (along with literature promoting the hobby, and your local groups), *everyone* wins.
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Greg Heilers
I keep mine in small plastic cases on shelves and in the entertainment center behind glass doors. used to just display them uncovered on shelves but dust is your enemy.
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Shawn
I have combined my second hobby, woodworking, with model building. I have designed and built enclosed display cases for my models that protect them from dust but more importantly from the index fingers of friends and guest that invariably test to see if the props turn. Pics are posted on ABMS. Pete
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The Laws
I might try that one day (just moved to a new house, which gives me sufficient room to postpone the entire issue by several years at least).
Your neighbourhood is obviously different, but:
Never say a display case there in my life.
No such critter in The Netherlands.
Not the most accessible places in history, and I expect to get a very blank stare from whoever is at the gate should I go to enquire. I suspect they'd be mostly interested in their own current or historic hardware in any case, and I rarely build anything that would qualify.
Same subject issues as with the bases, but I might be able to slip something past them. Assuming they have displays of this kind to begin with.
I don't recall seeing display cases there either, but I'll take a peek when the time comes.
There's also a museum just round the corner, but again, this suffers from a subject mismatch.
You totally lucky character.
Rob
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Rob van Riel
didnt see any pics, could you repost them at ABMS?
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Shawn
I have about 50 finished models and because they are 1/72 aircraft, they don't take up that much room. Nevertheless, I have three display cases. One, a converted wardrobe, is allowed in the "office" because it is quite reasonable in appearance (i.e. antique, high quaility wood, nicely finished). This one was a gift from my brother. I had to vanish it and get some glass selves and door inserts. This stores my newer, "better" models. The two other display cases (not as nice looking), are in the garage and contain my older models.
I don't know what I'll do when they are filled.
Cheers Ultan
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Ultan Rooney
Rob,
Somewhere on this machine I have a couple of pics of a big civil aircraft display at Schipol Airport. I don't know if they are still there. I know, wrong country, but it's close.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
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Mad-Modeller
Actually, for me that's exactly the right country. Now, all I have to do is develop a liking for airliners. I think Phantoms would be a bit out of character for that display :-)
Rob
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Rob van Riel
Fortunately I have a 14x19 foot hobby room in the basement and have built three display cases to hold my 1/48 planes. Just finished the third case which is 6 feet tall 4 feet wide and 32 inches deep. Gives me a total of seven shelves.If anyone wants to see a picture send me your email and I will shoot it out to you. Hub
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Hub & Diane Plott III
Well I have to say there's some real food for thought there. A couple of posts which particularly caught my eye were the ones which basically said that you have an allotted amount of shelf space and once that's full and you complete another model one of the old ones has to make way for the new one. I'd always had the feeling that once you'd put all that work into it you just wouldn't want to throw it away but I guess we have to be practical about these things. The greater part of the fun in the hobby seems to be the actual modelling itself rather than keeping them on display forever. After all, gardeners have to put up with their plants having a limited lifespan and they don't seem to complain. It's certainly helped me to look at it in a different light so for that I'm grateful. I knew if I asked the question I'd get some good quality answers.
Thanks again
Ron Headon Swindon, England
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Ron Headon
And that is a great attitude to have. You are correct, in my personal case, that the *fun* is in the *building* of models. That is why I have no problem with giving them away, or (preferably) selling them, or putting them on "permanent loan" to hobby shops, etc.
Remember, most of the old "classic painters" had no problem with painting *over* earlier works.
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Greg Heilers
Gasp!! You mean we have to FINISH them? What is the world coming to?
MB
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Milton Bell

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