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Old 04-28-2014, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Everyone
I am looking into the best way to display my humble collection. I have had a look at the Ikea Deltof glass cabinets but they are a little small.
I figure I will get 8 larger models in one at best. I have 12 models already including 4 in transit that desperately need s home.
Does anyone know of an easily acquired cabinet similar but bigger than the deltof here in Australia?
What does everybody else do?
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Hi Tim...

As some of my previous threads show, I display my collection in 2 Ikea Detolfs and an Ikea Billy Bookcase....



I have added additional shelves to all my units... with the Detolf specifically, if you wanted to display 2 widebodies per shelf, with 4 extra shelves added it increases capacity upto 16 models per unit, with 18 if you used the top aswell ...

As my CX section shows, you can fit 2 widebodies on a shelf with one on its stand and one on the shelf...



As for the Billy bookcase... I only have L1011s in it and can fit 4 per shelf...



I like the Ikea stuff and think they offer good range of display options...

Hope you find a suitable solution, our models should be on display to offer maximum enjoyment!!

Look forward to seeing your collection once you have a display
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Old 04-28-2014, 09:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Delta once again thanks for your advice. That was what put me onto the Deltof's in the first place.
How did you get the extra shelves, and how hard was it to make them secure?
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Do a Google search for "Add extra shelves to Detolf", there are many detailed sites that show you options for adding shelves to the Detolf. I used the least expensive (wire rope clips purchased from Home Depot for about $2 each). I purchased extra glass shelves from a glass place for about $6 per shelf.

I display my collection (I've posted numerous photos on this site, just search my user name) in six Detolf cabinets, with extra shelves added. I also purchased two wall mounted floating shelves for about $20 each.

The biggest factor in displays IMO, is your budget (and space). A custom cabinet can cost a lot (cheap ones can be nearly $1000), but you can come across some bargains on Craigslist from stores going out of business. Most collectors like displays that protect the models from dust and damage, while allowing a clear view of their prized collection. Hence glass cabinets of some sort seem to be the favoured option for most of us.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My commercial AC display is pretty modest - just the Delta planes I've flown on. I wanted it in an alcove in the theater. The contractor just put in some long glass shelves...
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Or you can always make a diorama!
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I just got this new display cabinet. I'm a fan of the wood type curio cabinets. I was able to find this one the other day that had the sliding front door, so I don't have to try and place them through a small little side door.

This look is a bit more expensive though than the detolf type solutions. I'm working on filling it up right now. I expect to be able to fit 100+ 1:200 models in this case. And it is lighted.





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That is BADASS! I love the sliding door! Where did you get that? What are the dimensions of it?

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I just got this new display cabinet. I'm a fan of the wood type curio cabinets. I was able to find this one the other day that had the sliding front door, so I don't have to try and place them through a small little side door.

This look is a bit more expensive though than the detolf type solutions. I'm working on filling it up right now. I expect to be able to fit 100+ 1:200 models in this case. And it is lighted.





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2015...the year for a Cabinet chez moi....This wooden one looks very smart...Ikea detolfs with extra glass added...since Ikea doesnt bother to come up with one as per so many collectors requests...or something custom designed....but with lights most def.!
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This will be the year I get myself a nice cabinet for my home office. 200+ 1/400 models sitting in Bankers Boxes just ain't cutting it! Colecraft makes some of the nicest trophy cases around. Not cheap, but with what we have invested in these little gems, they are worth it.Attachment 98139

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I just got this new display cabinet. I'm a fan of the wood type curio cabinets. I was able to find this one the other day that had the sliding front door, so I don't have to try and place them through a small little side door.

This look is a bit more expensive though than the detolf type solutions. I'm working on filling it up right now. I expect to be able to fit 100+ 1:200 models in this case. And it is lighted.





Awesome cabinet. I have the exact same one. Picked mine up on Craigslist for $500.00. About half off a new one. Would love to find another just like it as my collection has grown and have some still in boxes and my other hobby also needs a home.
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This will be the year I get myself a nice cabinet for my home office. 200+ 1/400 models sitting in Bankers Boxes just ain't cutting it! Colecraft makes some of the nicest trophy cases around. Not cheap, but with what we have invested in these little gems, they are worth it.Attachment 98139
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That is BADASS! I love the sliding door! Where did you get that? What are the dimensions of it?
You can get them new at Oak Express (Furniture Row) for around $700-$800 depending on the sales at the time. That is where I got mine. However like gabe4341 said you can sometimes get lucky and find them on craigslist, so I'd check that first.
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Here are some updated pics. As well as a picture of the tag from Furniture Row that has the brand name and info on it. I can fit around 100-120 1:200 models in the cabinet the way I like to display them. I think with the sale they had going on I ended up paying about $700 for it new. It's 6' 8" tall with 8 shelves if you count the wood base at the bottom which I do. It's 13" deep on actually display space. It's a bit deeper with the door about 14". and it's 3' 4" long/wide. Also. The glass shelves are 1/4" thick, which is pretty strong. That's important because if you plan to load them up with a lot of diecast metal models the weight can add up fast. At 1/4" thick these glass shelves can hold up to pretty much any amount of models you can fit on one shelf. You don't want your collection on flimsy shelves.







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You cabinet looks great with plenty of variety on show
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You cabinet looks great with plenty of variety on show
I like it, too.. A nice example of organized chaos
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Thanks! I use to fleet build and focus solely one a few airlines, but at some point I decided it was just more fun to buy what I liked. I still fleet build too though. Graduating college and going to work full time helped that.

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I like it, too.. A nice example of organized chaos
Organized chaos is a good way to put it. I either like them to all be the same. Or all different, and when people come by who admire the collection I feel like it is more fun to look at this way. But this is just the way I like it. I think all collections look good displayed however it's done. Why keep them boxed away!
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