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Custom display cases enhance and protect your model art | custom display cases

Enhance and Protect Your Model Art

These custom display cases are made of a an optical grade acrylic that is crystal clear and of the highest quality. I only use solid oak for the display bases, trim, and never use veneers or laminates. The customer benefits from fast production as I only need 5 to 7 workdays to produce any custom case order. The full acrylic display cases are custom built and can be ordered with or without a beautiful oak base. Every display case is built custom made to the exact size the customer desires and needs.

You’ve worked hard on your model and want to protect it from accidential bumps or scratches.  Custom display cases protect your model art from curious fingers seeking to touch your model while providing an artistic look worthy of a museum piece.

The clear top and sides are a minimum of 1/8″ optical grade acrylic that are placed and formed to attain a very precise finished interior dimension. Customers use these acrylic display covers to “exactly” fit over an existing base.

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The benefits of a custom display case for your model car, model ship, model plane or other collectable include:

  • Ordering with confidence knowing your model art is protected and handsomely displayed with a Grandpas Cabinets custom display case
  • Display case can be customized to your exact specifications.  We pride our selves on being able to satisfy our customer unique requests.  Your model art is a unique representation of your hard work, diligence and talent.  Our custom display cases are built to compliment the artwork as well as protect it.
  • A display case protects your model art from curious hands as well as the bumps and scrapes found in a home.

Check out our craftsmanship

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I design every custom display case with a look that provides smoother viewing and an overall better looking model display.  For custom display cases under 40”, I use my bent edge style to add strength and rigidity while protecting the model art piece. If your display case is over 40”, then I use my constructed edge design which provides an equal amount of protection while enhancing the model art.

In the photo’s above, you can get a sense of what the construction process entails. The long upper edges are actually bent and acrylic is affixed to the outside ends to complete a case. This involves heating the acrylic and using forms and jigs, creating the three sides of a display case top. This works well with the routed edge oak bases used for mounting your models, as you can see. I will always try to get as close to your specs as possible, but there will always be a little variation in the finished size of the inside of your case. However, the acrylic upper display case will always perfectly match the base no matter which option you choose.

Acrylic Display Kit with Oak Trim and Base

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The acrylic oak base and trimmed display cases are often offered to customers who need a custom case that exceed shipping size limitations. The design is sold as a customer assembly kit, and the kit provides everything the customer needs to assemble their own custom display case as shown above. The acrylic is optical grade throughout and the wood is solid oak – no laminates or plywood!

Custom Display Kits

When a customer requires a display case for a very large model, Grandpa’s Cabinets has the answer. Shipping costs to send a case are already overwhelming, and when the box exceeds 130″ in length + girth, they soar!

So, now I have designed a case that the customer receives in parts, and with some very easy assembly, they produce a beautiful, furniture quality, display case for those REALLY BIG builds. You receive everything you need, completely cut to size and finished in the stain color of your choice.

All oak pieces are also top coated with a clear gloss polyurathane and no tools or glues are required to assemble this fine case. The acrylic is sent with the protective paper coatings attached to protect it from damage during shipping. When you have a large model that needs protection from everything, consider this option.

You won’t be dissapointed with your choice. 


The case in the picture needed to be no taller than 48″, and a minimum of 36″ wide and 14″ deep to fit this customer’s sailboat . I was able to fit the 46 1/2″ tall boat into the case kit, and it ended up measuring 47 7/8″ tall overall. As you can see, it was literally 1/8″ short of touching the ceiling. We can build custom to fit any circumstances.

Customer Satisfaction

Just had my niece and her husband come by and helped put the cabinet together.
LOOKS GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
– George Dunn