Now that I'm cranking out some of my backlog of vintage model kits, the display cabinet I got for the workshop when we moved in 13 years ago was getting a little crowded, and not fitting the models I needed it to. I couldn't put the Saturn V LUT that I've been working on for the last year in it, and it didn't have shelf space for the 1/72 bombers I've started building (the Memphis Belle will be followed by a 1/72 scale Avro Lancaster).
The first step was to get the workshop (the photo below is the "before" picture) cleaned out , and then the display cabinet emptied.
So I cleaned it out, boxed up all the obsolete or unfinished 1989-92 models, and got brackets for five new glass shelves which were half the depth of the old ones so that (1) the LUT would fit; and (2) I had room for the small 1/72 aircraft so the bigger planes could share a shelf.
As the new pictures show, I can now display all the oversized Saturn V hardware together, which looks even better than I had thought. The 1/72 kits are also all together, with the bombers on the full depth shelves and the single engine planes on the smaller ones above.
One thing I did learn was that to maximize light to the lower shelves I can't use the large solid diorama-type bases I had been using for my ships. Solid bases have to stay to the back, and either high up or down low. That means that the three big carriers from 1992 – Hornet, Wasp and the second Lexington have to stay up high on the top shelf. Future models may not get bases at all – or if they do they may be narrower and thinner (current plan is to shrink them from three inches wide and 3/4" thick to 3" and a quarter inch thick, respectively). Preserving the light makes all the difference to being able to enjoy them in the case.