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Show off your spaceship miniatures, or as a unique gift to a Star Wars fan.
The idea is to show off your collection in the same was as a classic butterfly collection.
 
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Step 1: The material

- "Ribba", a frame sold by IKEA
- Two miniatures
- Black paper, scissor
- Distance and screws

Step 2: The mounting

I found that spacers used to mount a motherboard in a computer case was perfect. The diameter fits perfectly in the hole under the miniature.
Cut the black paper to size, use the back of the frame as a guide.

Step 3: Finishing

Drill 3mm holes through the paper and the back of the frame. Use your good judgement to decide where to place the holes. In my case I placed the miniatures slightly high up to leave room for labels.

Step 4: Finishing

Two Star Wars spaceship was perfect for this frame. You could use other Hasbro miniatures, and/or build a larger frame to show of you entire collection.
In the future I will add labels below the spaceships.
clrobertson2 years ago
Nice! To add to the "butterfly collection" authenticity, I would put pins in them on the "wings." Now, perhaps not actually pin through them, but a dab of crazy glue and a pin cut in half.

It would make it look like you caught them in the wild, and "pinned" them like a butterfly.
That's a great idea. Very creative!
arwen8 years ago
This is great! It reminds me of an amazing series of photographs that conceptual artists Max Becher and Andrea Robbins did back in 2002. They paired an original Star Wars figurine with a recent one in a double portrait of each character from the films. They're funny and beautiful and really highlight the cultural changes between 1979 and now.

You can see them here (unfortunately they're small, but you get the idea):
http://robbecher.www4.50megs.com/Figures.html
rickets arwen3 years ago
went to link....unable to find what you were talking about
dalangalma6 years ago
Nice! That might be something good to do with my extras - I ended up mounting all mine to an angled board: http://flickr.com/photos/dalangalma/sets/961686/
A good shadow box and maybe a good plague to tell observers what they are looking at would really look nice. Remember when we were kids, some of us had to collect butterfly's and put them into shadow boxes with labels? This project is a great idea and looks terrific. Maybe we'll see a darth vader in the cupboard later?
Mekkaniak (author)  Aerospaceman7 years ago
The inspiration for this box was in fact butterfly collection. I have intended to add some retro-looking plaque under each. For instance "Fighterus Ywingus" or something similar :-)
Helives7 years ago
Very kewl! I love it and so will my paper modeling group. Clik on my name and it will take you to the link. Thousands of free models to download. All skill levels. I think this can be made from that 1/4 in office board and transparent sheets. And would be lighter than wood!
this just screams GEEK im sorry i woundt put this anywhere in my house even though i own a few of these
thats why you don't have a house... I'd do it. but I also have motherboards as art so... its a little bias
Very Keri7 years ago
That type of picture frame is called a shadow box. You can find them everywhere, not just Ikea. I do like how you took something cheap and plastic and made it look kinda classy by mounting it like a "butterfly" collection.
ChipUser8 years ago
Good tutorial with simple steps. I think the word you are looking for is "Spacers" not distances.
omni968 years ago
Awesome ! Probably my next room deco !
maffiou8 years ago
Linke the idea... I'm not myself a starwar fan but could find something nice to put in instead... Cool !