As a modeller, car collector, stuff collector, train collector, and general hobbyist, I struggle with a way to display my stuff. Sometimes it is because I have too much stuff to display. Sometimes it because I can't find the best way to showcase what I have. Of course, sometimes it is because, besides myself, nobody really wants to see my stuff.
You might wonder why I need a display case anyway. You have to realize that the biggest enemy of the hobbyist is dust. Actually dust is the second biggest enemy. In reality the biggest is the person doing the dusting. Thousands of models, toys and collectibles are damaged and destroyed each year in dusting related incidents. The only way to avoid it is to keep the stuff away from the dusting brush. The best way to do that is to safely encase it is some display container.
Certainly I would love a beautiful, French provincial oak display case that was more furniture than anything. Sadly, the financial requirements for that go way beyond what I can afford. Second best would probably be something from IKEA. Though not as financially draining, it does require using an hex key. Usually, I have to settle for something plastic. It is functional, but classy it is not.
There are quite a few things I would like to put in display cases. I would love to display my trains. When I am not using them, it would be fantastic to put the in a nicely made display case on the wall. Even when I wasn't running them, I could admire them.
I certainly would love to display my car and military models. At present I have them in plastic display cases that are stored up high in the hobby room. They really can't be seen, they are just kept from getting dusty. Of course, I am not sure any of them are really worth displaying. However, someday, I will build some that will be good enough to show people.
|a cool idea|
|would make me cry during lockou|
I would love to put my Toronto Maple Leaf stuff in display cases. I've got cards, jerseys (yes, that is plural), pucks. coffee mugs, glasses, bobble heads, key chains, and coasters. Of course, if there is no hockey this year, such a display my bring me to tears.
I am pretty sure that my Japanese mini car collection would look good displayed. It would look better if I could work in some of the boxes too. I will have to research that one a bit more.
I am sure all of you out there are facing the same dilemma. All I can say is good luck, and hope you can protect your stuff from the reckless dusting brush.