One of my favourite sites is the SFFChronicles forum which discusses Science Fiction in all of it’s glory. One of the Chroners posted a thread asking what our reading goals were for 2021. A great question, and one that i should include into my hobby, seeing as how it takes up much of my time. I read on mighty Jabba’s wonderful collection blog that there are two types of collector. Those who collect for the sake of collecting, and those who enjoy and display their collection. This is my collection at the moment.
I do have some bits displayed, but my collection room is what can only be described as a flea pit of horror. It’s quite clear that I fall into the “acquisition” type of collector. 🙂 I need to tidy my collection and I think the next few weekends are the time to do it.
Paintings and prints to be hung and some shelves would really clear up the smaller items. The problem is the larger items such as the Attakus diorama and MR Falcon, which are hugely impressive and really need to be displayed. Cases are expensive. An acrylic case for the MR Falcon is £300, and I’m not sure how I can generate room enough to display them.
Another issue is my growing collection of prints. Most of them are in tubes and I really need to get a nice plan chest to flatten and store them. There are some decent ones on Amazon but again, can I make enough room?
I also think I’d prefer an antique plan chest as there are some lovely ones out there. Which ones do you prefer?
I’m not waiting for too much on the actual collection. JazzInc‘s impressive 1:6th Millennium Falcon cockpit diorama, (which I’m dreading as it is another beastie). I also have their hold expansion on pre-order.
I’m still looking for the the Attakus Metal figurines of Luke in Storm Trooper disguise and the Mouse Droid.
I like the orchard chest much more than the antique style. But I don’t like antique style in general.
I myself have a lot of X-Wing /Armada miniatures and most of them I have displayed within IKEA’s FABRIKÖR (wide, blue) underneath the top frame I have added a quad-set of short LED bars to light everything top-down. Easy to set up, nice look, however, you have to seal the glas panels slightly if you like to keep some slight dust out. Works fine to display small stuff.
In case of the UCS Falcon, I highly recommend your Efferman’s Vertical Stand. That allows you to pivot the ship so much, that you don’t lose a lot of setup surface area.
On posters, have you ever thought about wall mounted poster flip displays? However they only come in handy for vertical images.
Hi Brian. The Orchard chest is readily available, so I think I’ll end up getting that. I want to get into that room and start clearing some space first, but I think that’s the one I’ll go with. I have considered the flip frame, but it’d stick out by a considerable degree and may be more intrusive than useful.
I have a couple of Ikea Detolfs in the living room which I do find useful for smaller displays. Main effort this year will be to pay off a bank loan. I might look into a loft conversion afterwards. A blank canvas would be amazing.
Prefer the chest on the right, but reckon the one on the left would be easier to use.
Thanks Peatlong. It will be a while before I can get one as main effort is paying off my loan. I suspect that a more antique look will be easier to sell when I shuffle off this mortal coil. 🙂