Model Airplanes come in various sizes as pointed out in my article, Large Scale Plastic Models – What are the scales? Depending on the size of the model and how you want to display it, you should pay attention to the ‘environment of display’. Small models are more delicate than larger models due to the detail and the sheer size of the detailed parts on the model. Hence, displaying the model in a ‘Model Airplane Display Case’ will protect the model from tactile wear and tear as well as environmental pollution.
You can visit several of the sites that I recommend that provide aircraft models. But, I encourage you to read about the dangers of handling your models. Just select ‘Continue Reading’. You can go directly to Display Cases and other links for aircraft models here.
You should also consider the ‘Access’ the model will have by the observer(s). Certainly, you don’t want the model to be picked up as injury to the model is highly likely. General cleaning of the model can result in damage to a delicate part. Protecting your model is paramount. That brings us to discussing a means to protect your investment and provide visual access to your model, mitigating the risks to damaging the model.
Holding a Model – Good or Bad
It’s really cool to pickup something that has captured your interest. The act of doing so gives you more information about the item you’re holding. How heavy is it? What’s it feels like to the touch? The act of holding an item in your hands can convey the degree of quality in the item and that is an important piece of information. But there is a downside to allowing physical access to a model.
The first and most concerning action to having a model picked up is the risk of damage to the model if it’s mishandled. The most attentive individual with an inquisitive interest is prone to having accidents as we all are. But, even when a model is handled with extreme care, unseen damage can occur. What am I talking about?
As innocuous as it may sound, the act of just touching the surface paint of a model can damage the paint. All of us leave finger prints on everything that we touch. Finger prints are deposits of ‘oil’ produced by the body. This ‘oil’ is the culprit, as it can interact with the paint used on a model. Over time, the interaction of the ‘oil’ can discolor the paint. Acrylic paint tends to turn yellow over time and it distracts from the beauty of the model.
Dust and Dirt
This is a major issue with models. The longer a model sits the more dust it can be exposed to. If the dust is not removed, it eventually adheres to the surface and adversely interacts with the surface paint. Hence, ‘dusting’ will always be a concern to remove it. But the downside is the risk of damage especially by the products used to clean the surface. Cleaning cloths can snag small parts.
Cleaning fluids can interact with the acrylic paints that are used. To mitigate this risk, the model has to be removed from this environment. Better yet… a protective barrier that prevents dust and dirt from landing on the surfaces of the model and allows visual access is the ideal solution.
Protective Display Cases
Placing your model on display so others can enjoy it seems like a no-brainer. The size of the model will be an issue for you if you decide to go in that direction. In a public setting, Display cases are more for security than for protection from the elements. In a private setting, security may not be as important as much as to protect the model from dust.
The larger the model will require a larger display case. You will most likely have to custom order a display case for a large model. Display Cases can be made out of many different materials but are generally made from Acrylic Plastic or Glass and wood.
I have found a provider that leads the field for quality, simplicity of design, and craftsmanship. I recommend that you look at the Display cases below and others that are available.
Here we have two different display cases. The one on the left is a case that sits on a piece of furniture and is elegant. It does the job and will protect your smaller models.
The Display case to the right is much larger and will handle larger models. To view these cases and see more detail, click on the image and you will have the opportunity to acquire them.
If your making an investment into purchasing large scale models, you certainly want to protect that investment.
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If you would like to learn more about Model Airplanes,
please look at the links below.
Best Gift Giving Ideas – Airplane Models
Executive Airplane Models – Large, Static, and Beautiful
Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Commercial Airplane Models
Large Scale Airplane Models
How to Clean a Model
Large Scale Plastic Models