View Full Version : Displaying your Gundam Models

January 22, 2012, 7:05 PM
well my collection is slowly growing and looking into getting a display case. i know ikea(http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/10011055/) has a cheap one that will get the job done but looking for one that looks better. searching around cases are not cheap at all. but think i find a good one for around $432. http://www.displaycabinets.us.com/display-cabinet.asp?ID=13568

that the nicest one i can find that not too over price. displays are furniture and not very cheap but having something nice to show off that these models are not toy would be awesome.

let me know what you guys and girls are using to display your models in.

January 22, 2012, 7:25 PM
I use the boxes my models come in to store the ones I don't have out on my dressers.

Polaris Gundam
January 22, 2012, 7:34 PM
hey, Shelves are shelves man, But that display case is Ideal They look very good and the plus to having something enclosed like that is Great fro keeping the dust off of them! I have a friend who has the same exact shelves for his "shwag" and its good for now but what about little kids getting into them it'll knock over and possibly break if you are not careful.
I'd recommend wooden shelves. check your local Thrift store.
This is what i got. and they are sufficiant. spent 20 bucks on it. I just wish It had a faceplate to keep the dust off of them.

January 22, 2012, 8:44 PM
My fiance and I got matching bookshelves from Walmart. $25 each for a decent 5 shelf unit. They look okay too. We both use the top two shelves and the top of the bookcase for display. The other three shelves are for (what else) books (on a book shelf? GET OUT OF TOWN!). So far it serves the purpose of displaying a portion of my collection while the rest are kept in some of the larger Gunpla boxes that I have acquired over the last 12 years of collecting. I switch out what's on the top and the top shelf every month or so. The first shelf I use for my "newly built" display. I slowly fill it as I build more kits and when it's full, I pack 'em up and start the shelf from empty again.

January 22, 2012, 8:45 PM
Man, I just have a couple Wal-Mart specials and an old bookcase no one wanted. I'd love to have a nice glass curio (or 4)...but I always think of how many models the money can buy me and cheap out. 'Sides, the Gunpla makes the shelves 1000x better anyway.

January 22, 2012, 9:28 PM
i was just wondering how everyone displays them. yea i hate dusting so having a inclosed display will be te way to go for me. if i got one sometime this year i'll post up some picture of it. thanks everyone

January 22, 2012, 9:32 PM
I just use my desk for displaying my Gundams. I have an Action Base 2 for my Gundam X, but the connector that atttaches to the hip joint piece broke.

January 22, 2012, 10:49 PM
We also have a shelf mounted in the living room that houses a rotating collection of 3 or so kits we've built. It's always a battle to decide which kits make it and how they affect the decor of the room.

CKai Cydek
February 10, 2012, 7:24 AM
I only have enough room for one spot to display my kits - on top of my PC. All other shelving in my home's office is dedicated to storage of various DVDs, CDs, and kit boxes, which hold all my kits, built & unbuilt.

The built ones are stored in the plastic bags their runners came in and taped shut to protect them from dust. I break out one or two kits and display them on my PC & change the kit & pose as one would change their desktop wallpaper. I've pretty much gotten used to this setup, & I kind of like it, as I don't have to dust my kits much. But it's also for this reason that I don't have larger kits like Perfect Grades, as there's no way they'll fit with confidence on my display space!

February 10, 2012, 6:00 PM
Here's a picture of my MG Zeta 2.0 on display. If you look closely, you can see a pair of grenades being fired at you. Also note the single eye lit up while the other hides in the shadows. You can sense the presence of Zeta just looking at him

February 10, 2012, 6:27 PM
I plan on hanging up a ton of shelves in my game room to display mine. I plan on having a shelf for each series.

February 10, 2012, 7:10 PM
I plan on hanging up a ton of shelves in my game room to display mine. I plan on having a shelf for each series.

cool cool. yea i hate dusting so still going to get glass case.

October 15, 2012, 10:35 PM

I custom built this shelf myself. I have yet to make any formal plans on how to build one. It's really simple- find out how long you want the shelf, go to your hardware store (if you are lucky, they will cut boards for you there) and I began the drilling process. On my first prototype I used wood screws. Now I just glue and mallet in dowel pegs, which can be made yourself from dowel rod or purchased (I recommend purchasing).

When I eventually move out, I plan on purchasing a table saw. I will cut about 1/4 inch (6.35mm) into the wood to make a slot. I'll find someone who sells glass wholesale and have them cut some pieces for me. I'll design the back so that glass panes can be slid in and out. On this particular model of shelf, I would put panes in front of the shelves, effectively protecting whatever is inside from dust. Be it video games in the case here, or plastic models. In the back of the shelf, If I were really bold, I would cut a double slot (distance between slots undetermined) so that you can slide the panes left and right for easy access, kind of like a glass door. I would have zero clue how to get a handle on there. My best guess, and I know this is a low tech solution, would be to get one of those 3M sticky wall hangars and stick it on the back pane, making a crude makeshift handle. It be plastic- paint it if you want :D I do not advise drilling into glass unless you know what you are doing. I wouldn't try it myself, as I have no experience with glass other than cutting it, and THAT experience is limited.

A stand up glass display case is a little more complex, and the joints would need to be strong enough to support the weight of the glass. I would probably wager that unless I am paid to design one, I would go looking for one and buy it. The only way I would make my own is if the price for a kit is absurdly high, and I can save 50-75% building one myself.

Old photo. My D-Hell, Wing Gundam and Heavyarms are all up there now. I bring my compressor up along with a dry airbrush and dust them that way. I don't trust air cans because they can liquify the inner contents of the can. For a DEEP clean, I will get a clean brush in there specifically designated for dusting. I also run an air purifier in the room for dust removal.


July 22, 2013, 3:39 PM
I know this is a old thread but its something ive been searching. I would like to display all my models and was wondering how all of you do it. I was thinking plexi glass shelves or a book shelf but I dont want to dust. What does your guys set ups look like?

July 22, 2013, 5:05 PM
Standard wooden bookshelf, two of them. I can't really do much about dust where I'm living and I don't have money to spend on fancier shelves so that's what I make do with. Working fine so far, but it's starting to get cramped since they're sharing space with some Transformers and Macross figures (which are huge compared to even 1/100 kits).

July 24, 2013, 2:27 PM
The line of discussion so far doesn't mention this just yet, but what about system bases and hangars?

Searching for hangars on HLJ reveals quite a few options; currently in stock we have this (and also an octagon version) of a hangar: http://www.hlj.com/product/WAVHH-11/Sup

There are also, backordered, many other hangar options: http://www.hlj.com/product/KBYMB-09/Sup or http://www.hlj.com/product/KBYMB-13/Sup

I'm actually going to buy a few hangars once I get back home to New Jersey, along with a few other things from HLJ to chip away at the price. I think that these bases/hangars really contribute to displaying your gundam, it gives them a significantly more 'real' feel!

Oh and a systems base: http://www.amazon.com/Bandai-Hobby-EXP003-System-Base/dp/B005JAC842

July 24, 2013, 3:13 PM
I've wanted to try out a system base, but I think it will take up even more space in my already-crowded shelf. For now, the flexibility of my kits either on an Act 5 Stand or Action Base stand (for MG kits) or simply standing works better.

Certain kits would look smashing with a system base/hanger, though.

July 24, 2013, 3:45 PM
I've got a few of these for 1/144 models and they are cool. A little pricey, too bad I haven't seen them in the US.

I also have a small wall hang shelf I picked up at at Goodwill and use as an SD display. I painted it black and gave it a space background. You can make some DIY shelves pretty easy if you have the tools and work space.

July 24, 2013, 5:39 PM
That's a cool idea too. I think I might invest in one or two of those once I move out of Chicago.

July 28, 2013, 5:35 AM
That's a cool idea too. I think I might invest in one or two of those once I move out of Chicago.

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