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Hello everyone,       my question is about those who install a glass or plexiglass box over their project to protect from dust ... I would like to know what thickness you use and what do you take to glue the joints ... I am mainly interested in those who have a large box ... say 1 meter long by 1/2 meter wide ,,, I know it can be heavy and it should not fall on the project.   But even if you have a smaller one...I want to get yours advice.              Thank you all.MAQUETTE DE VOILIER TROIS  MATS SOUS VERRE OBJET DECORATION

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This is just temporary and not for display?

Home building supply = 4 mil clear plastic sheeting (PE)  less than $20 US  for more than enough with enough left to make a cold frame next winter or this fall to extend the season for lettuce and such.

PE film does not last when exposed to UV from the sun, but neither will your ship.  Cold frame = new film q year.

Solid 1/2" plastic water pipe makes a light but rigid support.  Three dowel segments that fit inside the pipe can be mitered and glued for the corners.  Or a block of Pine with holes with holes the OD of the pipe with no dowels or 1/2" holes with dowel plugs.  

A lot less expensive acrylic or glass.

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I have my cases made by a local acrylic workshop - the kind of place that makes advertising display stands and the like.  I get a case with no framing, so it's much easier to view the model.


Acrylic is much lighter than glass and also stronger.  If you've ever seen a model in a glass case on which something has been dropped, you'll never use glass for your cases.



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I used ⅛ acrylic for my case which is quite large for the AL HMS Surprise. Acrylic is lighter so moving and displaying elsewhere is possible and easy. Also I made the bookcase base to be removable so the top unit can be displayed with out the book shelf. The front is removable to be able to work on the ship as I finished the case before the model.  The frame is Douglas fir stained with golden oak. The bookcase section is a combination of Cedar and fir.  The top is a frosted ceiling tile lighting lens cut to fit. Cheap LED lights from eBay with remote control. Now to finish the ship.





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