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November 14, 2011

What is an Acyclic display case?

The picture that comes to mind when people think of a display case are the mirror images of metal cases and glass in a jewelry or speciality shops where these wares are for sale. Acrylic display case is mostly misunderstood when we hear the name and another image may come to the mind. The   acrylic display case used in scale model building is made from a combination of acrylic and various hardwoods to the notion that it is completely made from acrylic. From the manufacturers, the acrylic comes in a sheet form of 4 foot by 8 foot sheets. There is variation in its colour, designs, thickness and quality.  And because it is oil based makes it an expensive product.

The strength and stability necessary to produce a high quality acrylic display case for myself was 1/8” and 3/ 16” in their sheet thickness which was why I bought these sheets. Red oak was the hardwood I used because it serves a lot of purposes not just for furniture but for every day construction of strong materials too.

In creating an acrylic display case, there should be either bending the acrylic to form a three sided shield cover and welding two end pieces to form a box, a bent edge design. Cutting 5 pieces of acrylic and welding them to form a box can be another method. This is what I call constructed edge design. After this creativity, the base should be cut precisely so that the cover of acrylic fits a routed lip craved from the wood. This keeps dust and airborne away from the item that is displayed.

The edges of the acrylic cover are polished, I mean highly polished so that the surface would be smooth. I would stain the wood after sanding and apply a neat polyurethane topcoat for a stunning appearance and protection. It is then oil and dirt proof. When the base and case is dried, there is a beautiful option for model builders and collectors to display their works with pride. They are assured that their acrylic display case is protected from bumps and those whose hands would not stand without touching.

Acrylic display case are comes in standard or ‘off the shelf’ size, this saves everyone cost by cutting down sizes and standardized machine settling or in a custom display case option. This custom display case customer specified and is a little expensive but gives any model builder’s piece rewarding in its model and display case.

 

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