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Need your ideas on how to make a wall display case for thomas mini trains Answered

Hi, after buying these little trains for my son, I decided to collect them in order to complete the collection, so they need a home on the wall, if not on the wall in some kind of cabinet where they can be easily displayed.

I am not very crafty when it comes to these things but if I spend enough time I think I can build something, but I need some ideas to get started.

They take up 2" x 1.5" space, and fit perfectly in 32 slot (30 of them) bead storage cases: https://www.michaels.com/10468278.html

Thanks in advance.

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

I think "shadow box" is the word. Google images. Maybe search instrictables projects.

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tees_deneyToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

That's a great idea, instead of making a grid with thin boards, maybe I can make a foam insert with cutouts.

Do you know where I can score a large shadow box or something like that and foam inserts which I can easily cut and place the small trains? That's an awesome idea, thanks.

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caitlinsdadtees_deney

Reply 2 years ago

For model train display and storage, they look best on a section of track placed on the shelf. Maybe you can find a medicine cabinet or something thin with a glass see through front to convert into a display case. If you are handy with tools, or know someone that is, slicing a premade cabinet or bookshelf in half is not that complicated. Good luck.

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tees_deneycaitlinsdad

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks, since these trains do not have tracks, and they are too small to stand on other type of tracks, I figured just a grid made out of slotted wooden sticks might be another option, and I am thinking of getting a small back-plate or something with pictures of the trains showing through or stuck on the back so we know where each train goes, or what's missing.

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caitlinsdadtees_deney

Reply 2 years ago

I see those mini trains go on something like a monorail track, an inverted T. You can find some square wood stock that fits between the wheels and glue the strip to a base board to make your own "track". I would cut sections to lay at an angle side by side on each shelf to create a nice multiple display rack.

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Toga_Dantees_deney

Reply 2 years ago

craft stores? Foam is sold for insulation at home centers. I've seen shadow boxes made of yardsticks. Foamcore board is another easily worked option.

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tees_deneyToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

Hi, thanks, I checked two stores, but they sell those white or blue foams, sponge type. I am looking for black foam/sponge type, sorry I don't know what they are called. Something like this, but thicker https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-FUN-FOAM-THICK-PACK/dp/B003EN7K80