How to Make a Model Car Display Case

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Collectors of model cars have great pride in their hobby and love to show their collection to others. Many of these display cars and models have very small parts and extreme detail, requiring you to protect them and keep them exceptionally clean. A display case does this and adds to the model's allure and helps to show it off. Here's how to make a model car display case.

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  1. 1

    Measure the model car's dimensions to assure you build the case to the right size, allowing your car to rest snugly, but comfortably within it.

  2. 2

    Cut and varnish a small squared piece of wood to a size one-eighth of an inch larger than your car in every direction.

  3. 3

    Purchase and cut five small, thin pieces of clear thermoplastic in the exact same measurements of the piece of wood you cut and varnished for each wall, and one for the roof of the model car display case.

  4. 4

    Adhere the walls onto the wood with a quick and clear drying model glue to form the four walls. Clean up any spills or runs quickly to avoid marking the thermoplastic look messy and cloudy.

  5. 5

    Apply the two small hinges to the back of the case with the model glue to avoid cracking the thin thermoplastic with screws or tacks.

  6. 6

    Place the top onto the case squarely and affix the hinges to it with the glue. Let it dry for at least an hour.

  7. 7

    Insert your model car into the display case carefully and close the lid. Display your model car in the clear display case under bright lighting and enjoy.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful that the case is fully dry before attempting to lift the case so that it doesn't come apart and damage your model car.

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