Display Cases?

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  1. TampaTrainDude

    TampaTrainDude New Member

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    Has anyone built display cases for their rolling stock and engines? I need to build one and wondered if anyone had any good ideas other than what I see advertised for hundreds of bucks in Model Railroader. Any ideas?
  2. Russ Bellinis

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    I just brought a thread to the top that held considerable discussion on this subject a few weeks ago. I just thought of a discussion that a few of us had at my local hobby shop. A fellow was trying to find display cases for an A-B-B-A set of f units and for a Kato S.P. buisiness car and a GS4. The cases at the hobby shop weren't long enough for the GS4 if I remember correctly. My friend behind the counter suggested going to a Home Depot or Lowes and look for a clear cover for a shop florescent light tube. An 8 foot clear acrylic u shaped cover would make a good start on a display case.
  3. TampaTrainDude

    TampaTrainDude New Member

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    Thanks for the help Russ!
  4. kettlestack

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    Hi TrainDude, In spite of being inept at woodwork (not joking), I decided to build such a display case. It is fairly simple to make if you have access to a mitre saw for the corners of the outer frame.
    The drawings I made are metric dimensioned.
    The internal dims of mine is 44" wide x 23" high.
    It turned out quite presentable. If you're interested I can send details to you.
    The photo of it here shows what it can hold. I have HO, HOn3 and N tracks within the unit.
    I, like you shudder at the price of the commercially produced ones.

    Errol

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  5. Bill Stone

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    Nice job Errol.....
    I've been thinking I need one, and your picture and description has motivated me to get off my duff and build one.
    Bill S
  6. Drew1125

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    For another twist on the "display case", I've built several of these "shadowbox dioramas, which can be hung on the wall, or set on a shelf, or furniture, & are a great place to "park" locos & rolling stock...(& they're great fun to build! :) )

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  7. kettlestack

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    I love that one of yours Charlie. If I remeber correctly it is only a couple of inches deep. Some day I'll have to build one myself.
    It's quite amazing just how much atmosphere can be put into such a small space.

    Errol
  8. MrBones

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    Charlie, they look great! Could we see some more pictures of some of your other shadow boxes please? Great idea there.

    MrBones
  9. shamus

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    Yes, ---- I am all in favour of seeing more of these tiny little gems.

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  10. satokuma

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    Totally agree with Shamus and others...more shadowbox dioramas. what a great idea...trying out new ideas, experience with scenery..."park" for some stock not being used but still visible..I imagine that these could eventually be incorporated into a larger layout. A good beginning for those that have not started a layout....looks like good rainy day fun....
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    I Like that Idea of shadow box, What a great gift for some one who likes trains but has no way of building a layout.
    Thanks.;)
  12. Drew1125

    Drew1125 Active Member

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    Thanks for the kind words!
    Sorry, I only have two here at my house...
    I gave one to my father-in-law, sold two to a friend of his, & gave one to the Ky Ry Museum.
    Here's the other one I have here...the dimentions of this one are, 16"x8", & 5" deep. The one in the earlier post is 24"x14", & 5" deep.
    I keep both of these on a shelf in the living room, & they generate LOTS of comments!

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