Circus Diorama

Circus DioramaI was asked to produce an acrylic cover to sit over a diorama of a circus train a while ago and really didn’t think much of it. The customer, Rick Liblong said he made a diorama of a circus train, The Greatest Show on Earth complete with all the animals and people shown. I made the cover to protect his work of art and after a period of time, I received some photos of his work under my display case cover.

Well, just this week I received an email regarding his diorama being featured in the magazine, “Little Circus Wagon” magazine complete with tons of photos and his editorial regarding his work on this. He was gracious enough to give me a mention regarding the display case cover which I truly depend on and really appreciate to get my name out to others needing a quality affordable custom display case for their art and collectibles.

Rick stated he was always interested in the circus but was unable to get near one as a child so he decided to bring the circus to himself. Well, not actually but looking at his work with the diorama, he pretty much achieved his goal. Even the people shown and animals are to scale and the trains are N scale with the longest car being only 8″ long and the people figures only 1/2″ high. He did all the building and painting himself. I hope you like the photos of this work of art as much as I did.

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Other Model Display Cases


Grandpa’s Cabinets has been asked to build custom display cases for a myriad of items including and not limited to model car display cases, diecast model display cases, model railroad display cases, model train display cases, antique pocket watch display cases and even remembrance cases for memorabilia of deceased loved ones.

If it needs protecting, Grandpa’s Cabinets can and will build the custom display case to accommodate your needs. The shapes of these various cases varies as with the model train or railroad display cases are long, narrow and not too high and the model car and diecast cases are short, narrow and again, not too high. The memorabilia case can be just about any shape or size depending on the items being cherished or displayed. Below are a few examples of the various types of model display cases that Grandpa’s Cabinets can build.

Model Car Display Cases


Hi Ron,

I’ve enclosed a photo of the last case you sent me in use. It’s for my 1/8 scale custom model Bugatti. The car (and case) will shortly be on permanent display in the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, CA, which is quite an honor for me. Your case tops it off perfectly ! – Walt

Diecast Model Display Cases

Here are a few of our favorite diecast model displays.

diecast model display case car

another diecast model display case

Benneton car

Order a display case

If you’re interested in any of our custom display cases, please submit a custom order request and we’ll respond with a quote.

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Coffee Pod Holder



Well, as with almost everything ever invented, necessity is the mother of invention and this special cabinet is no exception.

My wife and I just got a new single cup coffee maker and we found that going to the cupboard every time we needed a coffee pod was just inconvenient. So, being the furniture maker, I went about making this item to sit on the counter right near the coffee maker.

It is made from solid red oak throughout with no veneers or inferior products anywhere.

I chose to make it large enough to hold 20 pods and not too large to take up too much space on any kitchen counter or business conference room.

The overall size is 14″ wide x 11″ deep and approximately 4″ high overall. This would be the standard size I am offering, and I will finish it in either the natural finish as shown in these photos, or I can stain the oak to any color you might want or need.

The cost for this beautiful pod case is $95.00 plus $19.00 shipping to anywhere in the continental United States. If you want to be one of the first to have this beautiful hand crafted furniture quality pod case sitting near your coffee maker just click on the “Buy Now” tab below and place your order today.

Coffee Pod Holder Colors

Your coffee pod holder can be made in a variety of stains including:

Red Oak
Colonial Maple
Red Mahogany
Dark Walnut
Golden Oak


Order your Coffee Pod Holder today

$95.00 + $19 Shipping (Anywhere Continental US)


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Another Great Customer Comment

Grandpa’s Cabinets just recevied another glowing customer comment for a custom display case:

I spent much of my spare time last year working on the Revell 1/400 model of the Queen Mary 2.  My wife and I had crossed the Atlantic on the ship and it is a fond part of our shared memory.  As I neared completion I began searching for a display case on the web.   After comparing the options (construction, cost, etc.) I decided to purchase from Grandpa’s Cabinets.  It was one of the best choices I ever made in purchasing over the web.   Ronald Baluch at Grandpa’s Cabinets crafted a fine acrylic and oak case for my model (it got a strong thumbs up in terms  of construction and value from someone who works at a major display case firm).   More importantly, Ron provided extraordinary customer service — great shipping  and answers to all of my questions.  He is a proud (deservedly so) craftsman who values his customers.   I will be building another ship this summer and it will end up in another of Ron’s fine cases.

Dr. John J. Grabowski

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Model Display Kit – Top Lighting

Shown in the photo here is a display case constructed to display a large model of an aircraft carrier a customer requested. The model was ordered completed and a high quality display case was needed to display this work of art. I explained that my work was of furniture quality and could be proudly displayed in any room of any home in any setting proudly.

model display kit light

This case was determined to be too large to be built in the conventional method, which is to have a solid oak or other hardwood base and an all acrylic cover with no hardwood trim. This happens when because of the overall size, the case would be too large when packed to fit within the guidelines of UPS for size or the danger of damage during shipping because of size becomes an unavoidable problem. So, with that in mind, I suggested this model be housed in a display case kit. I used red oak as the hardwood of choice and finished it in a dark walnut stain by Cabot with two topcoats of a clear satin polyurethane.

model display kit light

My kit cases are unique in that they require no tools, glues or screws to assemble, and just fit together and the case becomes self-supporting when assembled. The kit comes with everything and can be assembled in minutes easily by one person. In this case, the customer surprised me with a unique idea. He wanted light to be shined on the model, and decided to investigate using an aquarium fixture placed on the top of the case. I discussed this idea with him, and we decided to place some spacers between the light and the top acrylic cover to prevent any heat from warping or damaging the acrylic cover.

model display kit light

model display kit light

I think this case and model really proudly shows off a modeler’s art as well as making it a piece that anyone would be proud to display in a living room or den or museum if that’s needed. Hope you agree and if you have a need for a large case and want a price on your project, contact and I’ll get right back to you


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Frank Losquardo USS Wasp

At Grandpa’s Cabinets, we get to see a lot of beautiful ships that have a lot of history.  I recently built a mirror display case for Frank Losquardo – Seaman First class on the USS WASP.  Frank received the model as a gift for his 90th birthday and honors his service to his country.

From a craftsman viewpoint, the mirror display casewas a difficult one to build but it came out great and it was exactly what the customer wanted.

This was a difficult case to build and it means a lot to the customer that it came out exactly as he wanted

USS Wasp


USS Wasp

USS Wasp

USS Wasp

USS Wasp


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David Steckel USS Missouri

The following USS Missouri model is from David Steckel.  The Missouri was ordered by the US Navy in 1940 and was commissioned on June 1944.

It looks great in our custom display case!

USS Missouri

USS Missouri by David Steckel

USS Missouri Close Up


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Bobby Poole Battleship Missouri

We recently received a few photos of our mirror display case from Bobby Poole and one heck of a great testimonial.

mirror display case

Ron, the case arrived today in perfect condition. The workmanship is very well done especially the delicate work of forming the acrylic edges and joining corners. Spectacular!  I inserted the Battleship Missouri and it immediately gave me a sense of what the total presentation will be like. It encourages me to build in even more detail into the model itself.

Thank you for the prompt and professional service. I have a collection of Brass locomotives that I will be asking you to build cases for soon. I look forward to the relationship.

– Bobby Poole

Mirror Display Case

Mirror Display Case

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USS Kirk

We just received a few pictures of the USS KIRK handsomely displayed in a Grandpa’s Cabinet model display case


USS Kirk

USS Kirk

She and her commander, Capt. Paul Jacobs, USN, (Ret) are now featured in a US Navy produced film, (shown on PBS), on their exploits in saving some 30,000 South Vietnamese during the final stages of the Vietnam war.

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Civil War Monitor by David Nanberg

One of our customers, David Nanberg, recently sent us a photo of his Civil War Monitor model.  The model is set in a mirror display case constructed by Grandpa’s Cabinets.


“The members of my ship modeling club were very impressed with the case as well as the model.” – David Nanberg

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