For an introduction to the Yesterday's Airlines hobby room / hangar space take a look at the posts under this heading.
So following the installation of the new glass cabinets I had all the non-US aircraft in the collection (that's about 2/3 of them) displayed in 5 metal framed glass cabinets atop the heavy duty workbench as you see below:
This was awesome but the shelf sizes didn't always lend themselves ideally to the models seeing as I had them organised in a geographical layout. It was clear that there was some room for extra shelves as all but one had only 4 glass shelves within it, however the rather bespoke size of the shelves made adding new shelving quite a challenge. Plus the catches holding the shelves were unique and not purchasable anywhere else. Fortunately I managed to find another cabinet seller who had a different style catch that could fit into the rails in the corners to hold new shelves in - at least after a bit of bodging and mucking about. Now I just had to find some shelves.
The new shelves come in three shapes. One is a standard rectangular shelf about 20cm deep and full width. The rest are either convex or concave shelves about 80cm wide and about 25cm deep at their widest parts. Above you can see the convex shelf in the first Chinese cabinet. A single extra shelf has been added to each cabinet that had 4 to begin with. As you can see below the other new shelves provide a shelf for Chinese independents and Dragonair/Cathay Dragon/New CX, Australian overflow and 1980s European models respectively.
They also give me a little bit of wiggle room for expansion! Below are overviews of the 5 cabinets now. Given the weight of the new shelves and the fact they rest on each other I don't think I'll be able to fit anymore in the cabinets.
The US collection hasn't been ignored either. I have replaced one of the smaller glass cabinets with a 6th metal and glass one I had spare and been able to slip in Continental, Northeast, Capital, National and the Supplemental airlines. Unfortunately I only had wooden shelves, which make it a bit dark. Maybe in the future I can do something with glass in here too?
Lastly my ability to gaze at the collection has been enhanced further. Joining the sofa is now an armchair which my wife evicted from our bedroom. I was ok with it - it's a comfortable place from which to view the US portion of the fleet :). For a closer look at some of my fleets go to the fleets area of the website.
I'm Richard Stretton: a fan of 1/400 scale model aircraft and airports. This blog reports work on my model airport dioramas and discussion of the model manufacturers output.