A common problem with most of the figure display case solutions out there is lighting – how do you put enough (and nice) light in your display so the figures look good but the whole place doesn’t get filled by bulky bulbs, PSUs, cables and the like. We like to show a method of building cheap yet good looking lighting for custom glass displays as well as the common and popular IKEA DETOLF using inexpensive led-strips.
Also, as we (and probably many many others) like to use plain glass shelfs (as they’re easy to mount and look good) to display figures there is the very common problem of dust and dirty laying down on the figures. The other thing we propose here is a nice method to build sturdy yet good looking glass cover you can simply place on the shelf over the figures (a box with two open sides: backside and bottom).
For building and setup instructions for those two cool concepts, please look inside :).
First things first, so what we’ll cover here is a method of building custom glass display cabinets of precut glass (we’re still using the method from http://blog.kanojo.de/2010/10/04/custom-modelkit-display-part-2/ – just that we switched to a hardmetal-wheeled glass cutter which is a huge improvement!).
We do this using regular silicone as used for sealing off edges in bathroom/kitchen. You can probably get it in any DIY/Hardware store near you for just a few Euros (2.50Eur seems a common price in germany). The cheapest clear you can get will suffice :P. Aside of glass and silicone a little crepe-tape and a razorblade and/or cutter (for scrubbing off excess silicone) as well as a silicone pouring gun and a silicone peel (optional) are the only materials/tools needed.
Now would be the time to let your silicone dry. Normally it takes up to 15-30minutes for a initial outer Skin. Every conseccutive 3mm take 24h to dry – so as we normally use rolls < 3mm let’s just wait a long night…
Also compared to the previous attempts to glue glass to glass this is extremely sturdy. Even the long 1.15 meters case can be held on one corner using only one hand without any signs of weakages!
But now for the lighting…. For this we used cheapo LED-Strips from the german electro-crap supplier “pollin” – they can be found here:
International readers may want to check dealextreme.com for “led-strip”s, examples could include:
which all sound reasonable. All those have in common that you can (just a “probably” and given a tad of skill for the dealextreme ones!) cut them, even if stated otherwise and that you may want to peel them out of their crappy housing. The Strips themselves want to be supplied with a standard 12V voltage, so use any switch-mode powersupply you can get your hands on. Don’t buy too cheap – we tried, we regret it!
And, as promised – we used the same LED-strips to light our DETOLF – the whole construction is kinda simple, a 12V SMPSU, some twisted pair painted wire (as before) and three strips per side…