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    πŸ“ Planned a second display case...
    3 months ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ LewZ ( Captain)
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    I wanted a similar (but larger) display case for my PT61 boat which is longer and wider than the Wiesel. Had the plexiglass cut for the panes, but never got to making the frames and base. Perhaps if I can fit into my model builds schedule...πŸ™„?

    Thanks for all the great comments 😊.

    Lew
    Florida β˜€οΈ, USA

    πŸ“ Display Case for Model Boats
    4 months ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ LewZ ( Captain)
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    I thought you fellow model boaters might be interested in how I built a case for my Wiesel "Schnellboot". It certainly keeps the dust off. I have posted this on a build blog, hopefully it will be easy to find in the future.

    First, the Wiesel model is 42 inches long by 7 inches wide X 16 inches high. In designing the case I wanted a clear unobstructed side view of the model which demands a single large pane. Therefore the model has to be removed via a side panel, and in this case I decided to make both ends to open. I also wanted clear top to allow light in.

    Rather than use expensive wood, I opted for widely available lumber (white wood) which I would stain to a Walnut color. I used "1 by XX" lumber which is about 3/4 inch thick. This case is symmetrical (except for the doors swing) so it could be set in the middle of a room and viewed all around.

    The base is 3/4" X 12" X 54". The other pieces are 3/4" X 1 inch by various lengths. The model sits on a removable base and stand stained to the same Walnut color.

    I found one of the local plastics distributors sells 4 ft X 8 ft plexiglass sheets about .100 inch thick. for a small extra charge (by the cut) they have an accurate and quick saw that did a great job. I made the drawing (attached) for the cuts and a few days later picked up the panels.

    Found some nice brass latches and hinges for the end doors in a local store.

    The wood is cut to the needed sizes. Using my table saw I made the grooves for the panels to slide into. My sawblade was slightly wider that the thickness of the panels.

    Note that I did not glue the panels in place. Everything held pretty good. When moving the case take the model out to avoid breaking the joints. I also added some corner bracings in the top to side corners (see photo).

    Steps:
    1 - Determine the size and make drawings for the wood and plexiglass.
    2 - Obtain materials
    3 - Cut the wood pieces.
    4 - Stain the wood pieces except for where they are glued to make strong joints.
    5 - Assemble sliding the panes into the grooves. Glue joint. I used a pneumatic nail gun to make the joints stronger as well as making the assembly faster.
    6 - Varnish the finish, masking off the panes. (Do some thinking ahead on some of the pieces on the inside of the case before assembly.)
    7 - Enjoy your model in its new home.

    I also made a matching box for the fluorescent tube lights (they didn't have good LED strips back when I built this) that sits on top of the case. Good lighting is recommended.

    Photos:
    01 - Full side.
    02 - Corner view.
    03 - Door latch.
    04 - Internal corner brace (1 of 4).
    05 - Slightly different corner view with model slid out slightly.
    06 - Top of case.
    07 - Top of case (light on).
    08 - Full side (light on).
    09 - Display case drawing.
    10 - Layout drawing for cutting panes.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Lew
    Florida πŸ’‘, USA

    πŸ’¬ Re: Display Case for Model Boats
    3 months ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Commodore-H ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great case, beautiful and sturdy
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    3 months ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Len1 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    looks great and eliminates the gluing of the edge seams. Len
    πŸ’¬ Re: Display Case for Model Boats
    3 months ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ jumpugly ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Well done Lew! It’s beautiful! 😊
    πŸ’¬ Re: Display Case for Model Boats
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Newby7 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great work LewπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Display Case for Model Boats
    3 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ PhilH ( Warrant Officer)
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    Great work Lew πŸ‘
    πŸ’¬ Re: Display Case for Model Boats
    3 months ago by πŸ‡§πŸ‡ͺ hermank ( Captain)
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    Lew Z
    that could be put straight away into a museum!!!
    well made and beautifull


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