Top and bottom: Carney Plastics
can make just about anything
you can imagine, to fit any scale.
;e 1: 24 case up top and the 1: 64
case at the bottom both feature
angled shelves for a better view,
and can hang on a wall or stand
on a table top.
Larger cars can take up beaucoup real estate, they’re
harder to keep clean, and putting them on open shelves
and the tops of televisions is an invitation to dust and
other disasters. Single-car cases? ;ey’re cool for
standalone models, but they’re a heavy financial hit for
If you have the budget, or the talent, you might
consider building your own enclosed cabinets. A better
solution for most is store-bought cases. IKEA’s “Billy”
series is the most flexible wall unit lineup on the planet,
and they’ll ship them to you. Base pieces are fairly
inexpensive, with heights, widths, and depths that
allow for semi-custom installations along walls, around
corners and above or below window and door openings.
Even better, the available glass shelves, glass doors,
custom lighting and special angled shelving (great
for displaying car books among your models) can be
bought and installed in an afternoon with professional
If you aren’t in a rush, keep an eye out for used store
fixtures. When a retailer remodels or relocates, and
tosses their old displays, it can be a major score if you’re
on the scene with the green. Some stores give them
away; others will sell cases at a bargain, especially when
compared to their original price tag. ;e caveat? Wear
and tear from years on the sales floor. Caveat, part II:
moving these heavy glass and steel behemoths can be
a real chore— make sure you have the “carry” part of
“cash and carry” figured out before you make a deal.
Middle: Hot Cases makes this
tough, stackable storage/
display case, and it’ll fit a ton
of loose cars in foam trays, or
carded models without the
trays. ;e covers snap shut for
an almost airtight seal.
Custom Display Cases makes this “multi-mirror” unit for simultaneous
views of all the angles on each model.