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Display Cases

This simple display case gives the finishing touch to the model and keeps it clean. A bonus if you don't like dusting! The glass panels were ordered from a glass cutter in 4mm thick window glass. The edges were fixed together using self adhesive copper strip that is available to make terrariums (small indoor "greenhouses"). This is stuck along all edges of the glass and then the panels are soft soldered together (a 75W or greater soldering iron is required for this).

It is advisable to tack the panels together at a few points so that they can be aligned and squared up. Before a fillet of soft solder is used to complete the edge.

Great care is needed in soldering the top corners to avoid over soldering the fillets that have been completed. Although the solder is bright at first it will soon dull down to this soft grey. This particular case was made 20 years ago and is still as good as when first made. None of the joints have needed re-soldering and all of the self adhesive copper strip has remained intact and firmly fixed to the glass.

The base was made from oak. In this case two pieces fixed together with dowels. The edge was routed. Taking to start and finish the run at the right point.

In this case the finishing touch was a drip tray made from a small piece of perforated stainless steel.

See also: 1/12th Scale Room in a Frame

Model Engineering Glossary: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z