As I already showed in one of the previous discussions (https://www.diecastaircraftforum.com...d-1-200-a.html
) I show my planes in a number of IKEA KALLAX cabinets that are divided into square compartments of 33 cm width/height, and 38 cm depth. Each of these compartments is divided into two levels by a glass shelf. The shelves are large enough to hold a 1/200 scale 747-8 diagonally, but not an A380 or 777-8/9. The wings of the latter models are just a bit too wide. The "big boys" (747, 777, MD11) all get their own space. In other words, they are not shared with other models in the space they are in. Smaller models up to for example the A310 are displayed together with smaller brothers or sisters on one and the same shelve.
In case of several aircraft in one compartment, I want to be able to see all models equally well, and therefore I started looking for methods to position the aircraft that are more to the back a little bit higher by means of some kind of supports under the wheels. The display stand that comes with the models is often too high to place the model, or makes the model barely visible.
After some searching for display stands that you can find in shop windows, for example, and being shocked by the price that is often asked for them, I got the idea to work out a temporary solution, which was to build my own supports using lego blocks. To make sure these supports would be as inconspicuous as possible, I bought a set of translucent standard blocks (all 2x4), together with the so-called tiles that should provide a flat surface on which the wheels can eventually rest without being damaged by the knobs on the lego blocks.
After a few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that for me personally, the advantages of this approach probably outweigh the disadvantages.
The planes can be arranged in cascade, which reduces the amount of space taken up by the whole set of models, without creating an overcrowded impression. This allows more aircraft to be placed in one compartment of the cabinet. The wings of the higher-placed aircraft are often partly above the wings of the lower-placed models.
Due to the difference in height in which the models are displayed, the rear models are more visible, as these are the models that are typically placed a little higher.
Working with lego blocks offers the possibility to determine the height of the individual bases depending on the situation/kind of airplane by using more or less bricks.
It is still lego. They are not custom-made display stands as one might find in the display window of, for example, a jewellery shop. One can be bothered by the rather busy look of piled up bricks. Even though they are transparent, they are far from invisible. It is also true that aircraft models are not toys, and lego is, after all. From a psychological point of view, are the two compatible, even though the bricks are obviously not used as a toy in this context...?
I will probably keep them. I manage more and more to forget that it is actually lego. The fact that I can independently realise any desired situation by the way I build the supports makes this method very flexible.
Do you use any methods to display planes vertically in cascade? I'm curious to your reactions and suggestions.