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Old 08-19-2012, 02:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got my fourth Ikea Bertby shelving system from my brother for helping him move. It was a great surprise because I needed this to continue my U.S. Domestic airlines which will total 20. Ikea had stopped selling this shelving system about four years ago due to lawsuits from people who probably couldn't assemble one to save their lives. Anyway, you can see the first one I'm working on with four airlines to go before starting on the one I'm holding. The second picture shows the two International showcases completed a long time ago.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are those the wall mounted ones? I never knew that was the reason they stopped selling them! They're fantastic cabinets for 1/400 models, you can fit shedloads in them if you get additional shelves cut. I've just moved house and got a couple of these stored in the cellar, but will deffo mount them again when the decorating is done. How people couldn't assemble these properly is beyond me. I'm rubbish at DIY, but found them a piece of pie to do.
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Look good, are they recessed into the walls though ?
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Let's be having, the British Airways/British, Negus & Negus BAC 1-11-500 in 1:400 please !
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These are terrific! Great collections!
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Are those the wall mounted ones? I never knew that was the reason they stopped selling them! They're fantastic cabinets for 1/400 models, you can fit shedloads in them if you get additional shelves cut. I've just moved house and got a couple of these stored in the cellar, but will deffo mount them again when the decorating is done. How people couldn't assemble these properly is beyond me. I'm rubbish at DIY, but found them a piece of pie to do.
They are the wall mounted ones and as you said, perfect for 1/400. I don't know much about the particulars of those court cases, but they are easy to assemble and mount. The mounting needs a little DIY as far as purchasing decent screw anchors to ensure proper mounting.

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Look good, are they recessed into the walls though?
With the typically cheap American slap 'em up condo inwhich I live, the thought of recessed walls are seen in shows and movies from "Merry Old England."
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Old 08-20-2012, 06:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Exactly! You can get 2 x 747's on a shelf and say 15-20 shelves per cabinet? Lots of room to buy lots and lots of models!
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Hi!

Got three of these and they now contain 271 models. Still I can add 3 shelfs so limit is soon there.

This is a great cabinet for 1:400 model display.
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Got three of these and they now contain 271 models. Still I can add 3 shelfs so limit is soon there.

This is a great cabinet for 1:400 model display.
Talk about shelving it, we need some pictures when you all get a chance. I never knew you could get additional shelves. Just thought I could get only what the system offered. My brother got the optional light for the one he gave me.
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Ikea does some great stuff with shelving for a hobby like this. I bought a system from them ten years ago that also allowed one to use glass shelving as an option. It has two glass doors and with the glass shelves I was able to get 13 individual layers in there and have at least 400 models in that case. Admittedly it looks like a boneyard at Victorville but I was able to get a huge majority of my 400:1 models in one location for viewing
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Ikea does some great stuff with shelving for a hobby like this. I bought a system from them ten years ago that also allowed one to use glass shelving as an option. It has two glass doors and with the glass shelves I was able to get 13 individual layers in there and have at least 400 models in that case. Admittedly it looks like a boneyard at Victorville but I was able to get a huge majority of my 400:1 models in one location for viewing
My brother who lived in the Maryland/DC area brought me to an Ikea store because there were none in Hampton Roads. Prior to that, I hit the regular furniture stores and even a couple of stores that sold used department store display cases. I didn't find any to my liking. So when he showed me the various Ikea cases, I thought the Bertby was perfect and bought one. A year or two later, I bought two more at Potomac Mills.

All the while, I thought those holes for the pegs allowed me to adjust the included shelves while never realizing they might have sold them separately. I guess that's the reason I settled on the 6" high spacing and started a themed presentation. That amounts to 20 models per international cabinet (two per shelf) and up to 26 for the domestic ones (some will have three models based on the airline).

In the parlance of the airline bean counters, I'd go out of business because of an abysmal capacity/load factor per cabinet.
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Old 08-21-2012, 07:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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On the theme of collection displays: I have concentrated on two 1/400 fleets - Pan Am (23 models) and Lufthansa (20 models). How to display them? I plan to make a long (8 to 10 feet) by 8 inches deep shelf, with an airport ramp theme - a tarmac covering for the shelf, and a continuous backdrop of an extended image of terminal gates behind the shelf. Enclose the shelf in Plexiglas for protection, and rotate the two fleets in the display - that's my plan, and I'm sticking with it... Keep 'em flying, Doug
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