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Old 11-28-2011, 04:26 PM
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How do you display your sets?

Hey Guys,

Like most, it seems I have piles of sets everywhere, especially since I've been away from the hobby for awhile (though that doesn't seem to slow the number that follow me home ) For the last year or so I've been building a combo workshop/display room with plans on getting out all the old equipment and having some fun. But here's where I'm stumped.... How best to display table model sets? Consoles, sure, put 'em back to back and load the tops up with display items and UHF converters. But portables and table models end up looking like a giant stack of TV sets, especially if you don't have a dedicated wall.

So has anyone built shelves for display or come up with a novel approach? I have columns down the center of the building and thought about building "partitions" with shelves between/around them. Would love to hear your thoughts and see some pics. Thanks! -Cory
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Old 11-28-2011, 05:16 PM
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I just stack the table sets ontop of the consoles.

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Old 11-28-2011, 09:51 PM
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Impressive collection there Adam!
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Old 11-28-2011, 10:24 PM
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I stack 'em up like cord wood! .....



The stacks would be taller (probably to the celing) if my folks were not on me about not having any aditional sets in my room cause they are afraid that the floor will collapse from the weight.
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Old 11-28-2011, 11:49 PM
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I have held myself to a 3-high stack limit. Once had a weak swivel base on a Motorola console give way due to overstacking! I really wish I had a better way-it takes space. Really small sets (the early Japanese portables, etc) are easy to shelve and sets like Adam's avatar fit great on a 12" shelf. Other than that, it can be tough.
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Old 11-29-2011, 12:54 PM
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Since you have a "blank slate" space to work with, I'd think about how museums display their treasures.

Museums avoid the wall-o'-crap effect, with things piled helter-skelter or crammed too closely. Important items have enough visual "elbow room" that you can appreciate them. This photo from a recent estate sale illustrates the wall-o'-crap method of displaying things (no, I don't know that guy):



Every museum owns more things than they can display at one time. Objects are rotated in and out between storage and display. Different groups may be brought out for a special exhibit, and so on.

In my workshop, things are piled up in crazy-man style, where nobody can see the mess. In our house, we try to keep the living quarters reasonably normal. I rotate things from time to time, between crazy world and less-crazy world. That way, every nice item gets a turn sooner or later, and I don't get tired of staring at the same stuff forever.

If your space will combine workshop and display, perhaps you can make some visual separation between them. "And now, if we turn the corner, we enter the TV room."

If you have a lot of display-worthy tabletops, perhaps a wall with deep built-in shelves is as good a solution as any. The $64K question is, how much do you display in that space?

Just a thought . . . .

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Old 11-29-2011, 01:41 PM
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This is one of my shelves-o'-crap. Well at least there's kinda a theme going on up there. I’m blessed with around 10,000 square feet of display area. The public seems to really enjoy looking at the old stuff, but it’s a challenge to keep things out of small arms reach. Yep, I also collect beds.

And no the radio’s have never been for sale. I'm still trying to figure out how to display largish TV's while keeping them out of harms way.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:12 PM
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Yep, I also collect beds.
I'm so confused.
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Old 11-29-2011, 09:23 PM
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That was a little bad humor, I don't really collect the beds. Not much room in our little house, so I have my radio's on display at my place of business.
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:27 PM
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This is one of my shelves-o'-crap.
That's a pretty nice display. Looks like some choice items up there, too.

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Old 11-29-2011, 11:52 PM
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Until recently I didn't have a decent space to display anything, enter my Aunt and her Daughter (my Cousin).

We spent three days cleaning and organizing my house, threw away my old comfy chair that was thrashed, tossed out the Couch, took about 3-4000 VHS tapes to the Thrift Store, threw out old shelves, put up new shelves for the DVD's.

Now my living room is actually a place where I can relax and enjoy myself.
I can also display a couple dozen sets in there including most of my consoles.

First picture is a "Before" the rest are after.

I hate this "Lumix Digital Camera, there must be a way to get a decent picture out of it but it's beyond me.
My old Olympus was great but not supported in Win 7.
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Old 11-30-2011, 12:56 AM
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Now my living room is actually a place where I can relax and enjoy myself.
I can also display a couple dozen sets in there including most of my consoles.
Hey, in that first picture you had your place looking like a real man-cave.

Funny how a couple women can turn a guys life around. Very nice looking collection.
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Old 11-30-2011, 02:26 AM
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When we decided to enlarge our kitchen and bedroom a few years ago I managed to also work a first floor TV/Radio room into the plans. There are shelves at one end for the table sets. It holds just part of the collection but allows good display and viewing for myself and visitors.
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Old 11-30-2011, 08:39 AM
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I like all these displays so far. I used to have my sets on display but now they're in storage 'cause....well... I'm kinda homeless But, it's all good!
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:30 AM
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Piled up in the shed! We have our house up for sale, so we had to "de-clutter" it!

Our goal is to get a house with a basement for mine and the wifes hobbies.
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