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75192 UCS Millennium Falcon Display Ideas / Stands / Supports / Etc

Habitant99Habitant99 FloridaMember Posts: 62
So, my UCS Falcon is on it's way (supposed to be arriving on Wednesday this week) and I've started thinking of how & where to display it.  I have a built-in shelf that is big enough, but because of the elevation (it's essentially at eye level) I am trying to think of a way to give the display some angularity.  Looking at Huw's photos, I'm thinking about using some 8x8 plates and adding hinges so that I can adjust the angle of the lift under each landing gear to get an overall tilt of something in the 10 degree / 15 degree range.  Anyone else started on display ideas or plans yet?
Hanzo

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  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 291
    I am going to go the coffee table display route, just need to find the right table and figure the best way to encapsulate the Falcon in glass.
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    Posted the picture above on another thread, not a great photo unfortunately. I have a 7778 Midi MF in the bottom left corner now. I have an unopened microfighter MF and have been meaning to add it in the other corner but may wait until the rumoured new MF microfighter is released or add both.


    Note: This is a bricklinked 10179 with usual substitutions so will be replaced with 75192 once I have built it over Christmas break.
    omnium
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 291
    Is there any US based option for that display case?

    http://www.puredisplay.com/pureshop/pc/viewPrd.asp?idproduct=4558

    I'm not feeling the shipping cost.
  • gunther.schnitzelgunther.schnitzel Member Posts: 92
    edited September 19
    The one I posted is a custom one off case, 5mm acrylic with 10 mm base. I got it here: http://www.widdowsonsltd.co.uk/ you should be able to find a company doing similar more local to you.

    I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw that the new version is basically the same size.

    snowhitie
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,686
    Ouch the price! Mind you, it's clearly a step above the UK one which has been linked to. Even so though...
  • mustang69mustang69 ColoradoMember Posts: 235
    edited September 19
    I plan on making something similar to this when I get mine built (once I get one that is), eventually anyway.

    http://tayloredbypaul.com/falcon-table/

    To help the cost I'll probably just use plexiglas for the sides and only do glass for the top.
  • LegofanscottLegofanscott Member Posts: 622
    edited September 19
    Ouch the price! Mind you, it's clearly a step above the UK one which has been linked to. Even so though...

    That acrylic is gunna scratch so easily though using it as a coffee table,  you got a cat jumping all over it, tv remotes, car keys, putting hot mugs and plates on top of it etc...
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,722
    How tall is the set if you take off the undercarriage? Wondering if I can fit it into my coffee table. I modified it slightly so I can swap out anything that fits into the rectangular space as long as it's no deeper than 20cm.


    Switchfoot55catwranglersnowhitieGothamConstructionCo
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,686
  • paul_mertonpaul_merton UKMember Posts: 2,722
    ^ does it not run?
    Not when the cat's on it! It runs any standard T-gauge rolling stock.
  • steveomclsteveomcl Member Posts: 162
    I have something like this planned, the wooden frame and acrylic sides will be cheap enough it will just involve  a alot of labour. However I am struggling to find a glass top at a reasonable price given its a custom size. 
    chuckp
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 869
    Check out your local $upplier of custom $hower door$.
  • Rainstorm26Rainstorm26 Chicago Burbs USA (and sometimes Ireland)Member Posts: 901
  • Mim45Mim45 BathgateMember Posts: 1
    I've been looking for a display solution for a while, after my wife gave me the look when I suggested displaying this in the living room.

    This looks ideal and I plan to make this once I've finished building. 




    omniumsnowhitiebandit778MynattdbrougeOldmanChudleySeanTheCollector
  • snowhitiesnowhitie BelgiumMember Posts: 1,891
    @paul_merton I love that! Beautifully done.

    @mim45 ; I agree, a good stand but the big sniff the guy does at the end of the video cracks me up, couldn't he have waited 2 seconds? (Or cut it...)

  • willp2003willp2003 Member Posts: 64
    That stand/video is by efferman over at eurobricks. Still not sure where mine is going to live. 
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 5,805
  • 70sLegoFan70sLegoFan A living room floor in the UKMember Posts: 3
    This is becoming an expensive return to Lego building, first an X-Wing, then a MF, as it gains bulk each night as packs are added to the frame I become more concerned that I can no longer safely move it out of harms way before my young children surface in the morning, cue thoughts of:

    1) I don't want to take this apart
    2) perhaps a sufficiently large display cabinet in the living room won't hurt
    3) she who must be obeyed won't mind, will she?" ;)
  • jedijason1138jedijason1138 Member Posts: 86
    I Googled some display solutions for the Falcon. One that stood out was converting an Ikea bookshelf. It has 3 shelves, but you don't insert any of them, strengthen the back of the bookshelf with laminate wood, or something more substantial than Ikea's setup, and purchase the optional glass doors for it. They attached legs underneath and made it into a coffee table. https://imgur.com/gallery/YixBZ
    Hanzo
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 291
    I Googled some display solutions for the Falcon. One that stood out was converting an Ikea bookshelf. It has 3 shelves, but you don't insert any of them, strengthen the back of the bookshelf with laminate wood, or something more substantial than Ikea's setup, and purchase the optional glass doors for it. They attached legs underneath and made it into a coffee table. https://imgur.com/gallery/YixBZ
    I looked at this one as well, my only issue is from this angle.  It just looks terrible and screams "this is a shelf laid down".  I couldn't pass it through my oversight committee (wife).  Looking for something similar, only without a pronounced bottom.


  • MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMAGNINOMINISUMBRA Member Posts: 684
    ^its ineffectiveness is only eclipsed by its unattractiveness...
      I'm yet to see anything at IKEA that provides close to a dust-tight seal and am willing to bet London to a brick that after a while there will be a strange line of goop across the top of the Falcon and the first time something is spilt on that 'tabletop' things are going to end badly.
    gmonkey76Mr_Cross
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 1,724

    ^ As soon as you put a shelving unit on it's side as a display choice you know things are going to end badly...

    Although I must thank @Hanzo for his comment about a 'pronounced bottom'. Yes, I can be fairly childish in my sense of humour.

    gmonkey76Hanzobandit778monstblitzMr_Cross
  • jedijason1138jedijason1138 Member Posts: 86
    At my house, we have a shower door that has a plastic flap, part of the design to seal off water getting out. This very same style flap could be used for keeping dust, other materials out of the book case. I do see the point, though, of this being a cheap looking alternative to something actually design for the correct purpose.

    The room my Falcon is going to be displayed in has a linoleum floor and low foot traffic. Dust really is a small factor in that area. But, I'm still going to look for a way to display it, dust free and visible from several angles.
  • monstblitzmonstblitz Alexandria, VAMember Posts: 532
    Not to mention the fact that it looks like those glass doors are sloping inwards.  Might be the camera angle, but that would send my OCD into overdrive.
    Mr_Cross
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 291
    Does anyone know if the height listed for the new falcon is accounting for the satellite dish?  Trying to work on my dimensions before I start building this table.
  • willp2003willp2003 Member Posts: 64
    edited October 12
    I measured it the other day at approx 23cm with the round dish.
    Hanzo
  • Habitant99Habitant99 FloridaMember Posts: 62
    Fireheart said:
    This is my custom display.. I’m extremely chuffed with it! 






    And with the displays lights on...




    Wow, that's exceptional! 

    I'm working on a stand for mine at the moment, shooting to be more like a 20-30 degree angle vs the more vertical 60ish I've seen (due to space contraints.)
    Mr_Cross
  • jedijason1138jedijason1138 Member Posts: 86
    I bought an Ikea coffee table, big enough to fit the Lego Falcon and the 2010 Hasbro version. As far as keeping dust off, I'll be doing that manually for a while. I have some ideas for a plexi display case, but can't find the time to work on it right now.
  • HanzoHanzo VAMember Posts: 291
    I bought an Ikea coffee table, big enough to fit the Lego Falcon and the 2010 Hasbro version. As far as keeping dust off, I'll be doing that manually for a while. I have some ideas for a plexi display case, but can't find the time to work on it right now.
    Which table out of curiosity?
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 248
    Fireheart said:
    This is my custom display.. I’m extremely chuffed with it! 
    Wow, that's exceptional! 

    I'm working on a stand for mine at the moment, shooting to be more like a 20-30 degree angle vs the more vertical 60ish I've seen (due to space contraints.)
    Thanks.. 

    the angle this is at is about the maximum you can get for a built model, and not glued. As the weight needs to be on the technic main structure..
    I went for a carbon fibre effect base as well, which looks good in the daytime, and when lit up looks mirrored.
    Also the LED lights can be front and back, or just front. With both front and back its a bit much.. and with just front on it looks like the MF is flying past the planet.

    I’ve found myself in the office just staring at it and then saying where did that last 30 mins go :)
    bandit778
  • omniumomnium Brickenham, UKMember Posts: 272
    Fireheart said:
    This is my custom display.. I’m extremely chuffed with it! 

    And rightly so!

    Sorry if I missed it earlier in the thread, but did you make his yourself or buy it somewhere? If you bought it, where and how much, it looks perfect to me.
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 1,724
    @Fireheart - really like that display - and the writing on the base in that font (is font the right word, I'm wondering if typeface is more apt) looks really authentic. Those display lights are very subtle as well - although I wonder if they were slightly less bright and could hit the top of the Falcon more it might show off the detail a bit better in low light conditions? I know it depends on how and where you want to display it of course! I second omnium's questions about where you got it from (or the parts for it)?
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 248
    @omnium
    @MaffyD

    I didn’t make it, it was a custom build. I spent quite a bit of time speaking to professional display manufactures asking if they can do a custom build, and explained what I wanted. The answer kept coming back, no sorry.

    Then I spoke to a company called luminati in Devon, and explained what I wanted, sent images from the side of the MF box of the dimensions, and images of the Lego store display to explain the angle I would like. I wanted two options, desk mounted, and wall mounted. Which they gave. But I’m glad I went for the desk mounted option, more expensive but it would not look right on the wall given it needs 500mm depth.

    The text font, colour, and size was chosen after quite a bit of time experimenting online with a font generator. The chosen is: BankGothic LtBT, and 10mm height.

    As for lighting, my first choice would have been Hue Lightstrip’s, then I could have controlled the lighting exactly. But I didn’t dare mention this to the only company that said they could build what I wanted (I think the Hue part was too much for the others to incorporate). So I went with their LED lighting and asked for the back LED light to be on/off independently. (I might look at Hue lights again soon, as I have a lot running with IFTTT, so I can get the Hue lights to flash on email delivery etc. ) 


    You then get the artwork to sign off, and a 4 week wait..

    As for cost; if you budget for 3 x RRP 75192, then you might have enough left over for a nice bottle of vino and a meal at a local restaurant, with the other half to explain what you have just ordered..
    MAGNINOMINISUMBRAMuftak1MaffyDomniumbandit778Legoboynwr122
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 1,724
    Thanks @Fireheart - that's a ton of great info and I admire your dedication to getting it looking just right. I agree that a wall mount is a compromise which is better to avoid if you can. A custom built case costing that much though - wow. Well done! Hope your SO enjoyed the meal and wine!
    Fireheartomnium
  • omniumomnium Brickenham, UKMember Posts: 272
    Fireheart said:
    @omnium
    @MaffyD

    ...

    As for cost; if you budget for 3 x RRP 75192, then you might have enough left over for a nice bottle of vino and a meal at a local restaurant, with the other half to explain what you have just ordered..
    Gulp! That's me out :-O

    Though, I wonder if they'd make another cheaper now that they have the plans, i.e., after you've paid for the expensive development work.
    Fireheart
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 248
    omnium said:
    Fireheart said:
    @omnium
    @MaffyD

    ...

    As for cost; if you budget for 3 x RRP 75192, then you might have enough left over for a nice bottle of vino and a meal at a local restaurant, with the other half to explain what you have just ordered..
    Gulp! That's me out :-O

    Though, I wonder if they'd make another cheaper now that they have the plans, i.e., after you've paid for the expensive development work.
    :) 

    if anything I’ll be asking them for commission on the orders when they flood in...

    I knew roughly what the price will be, enclosed Perspex cases (i.e. no screws holding the seperate sheets together) are expensive, especially when you have one of the height this one is.

    I told my wife it’s a piece of art, and sometimes the art you like can be expensive...

    also note that I didn’t add the model number on the display, reusable for the next model in 10 years time ;)
    omniumMaffyDbandit778
  • MaffyDMaffyD West YorkshireMember Posts: 1,724
    ^ I noticed that, and now realise what a cunning plan it is. Now all you have to do is tell us if your other half notices the model change when you replace it with the next one! We'll wait. :-)
    Fireheartbandit778
  • Habitant99Habitant99 FloridaMember Posts: 62
    Finally had some time where I could attempt a Proof Of Concept for my stand idea.  The goal is for about 15-25 degree "in flight" angle without removal of the landing assemblies.  I had to frankenbuild it, so in the end I would expect to give it more polish and a more uniform color treatment, as well as stuff like not having to piece together technic elements to get the right length and angles when I realized I was short a few... 

    Would love any feedback or suggestions, I don't quite have the spacing exact, but this is what was in my head. 

    FowlerBricksMaffyD
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 2,686
    I would try to connect the higher supports to the lower ones. Failing that, I'd try to move the higher supports outwards by at least two studs, and also try to move the lower supports at least one stud inwards. The higher supports look like they're taking a lot of strain - mainly because both of them are leaning to one side.

    They'll probably hold the full weight, but I'd personally want to be rather more sure than probably.

    Other than that, good job!
  • FireheartFireheart Suffolk, UKMember Posts: 248
    @Habitant99 I would complete the build first, as the weight of the model increases quite a bit from the stage your at.
    You will see what the designer means by “this is pushing what they can do to the limits”, when you pick up the model once complete from underneath.
    Check that the landing gear can cope with holding that weight at that angle. It might be wise to see if you can also hide some support around the technic base area which can hold the weight.
    My display holds the weight around the Technic area, and I still have the landing gear on. I can  post images of this if it helps.
  • Habitant99Habitant99 FloridaMember Posts: 62
    I would try to connect the higher supports to the lower ones. Failing that, I'd try to move the higher supports outwards by at least two studs, and also try to move the lower supports at least one stud inwards. The higher supports look like they're taking a lot of strain - mainly because both of them are leaning to one side.

    They'll probably hold the full weight, but I'd personally want to be rather more sure than probably.

    Other than that, good job!
    Definitely.  I was having a hard time measuring the stud distances, but with the pictures I plan to adjust them.  The other thing that's hard to discern from the photo is that the higher platforms are not contructed with the same elements as I was short two adequately sized beams, so I'm going to be bricklinking them before I finalize anything.

    I hear you on "probably."  I let it sit there for about 8 minutes before I pulled it off...
  • Habitant99Habitant99 FloridaMember Posts: 62
    Fireheart said:
    @Habitant99 I would complete the build first, as the weight of the model increases quite a bit from the stage your at.
    You will see what the designer means by “this is pushing what they can do to the limits”, when you pick up the model once complete from underneath.
    Check that the landing gear can cope with holding that weight at that angle. It might be wise to see if you can also hide some support around the technic base area which can hold the weight.
    My display holds the weight around the Technic area, and I still have the landing gear on. I can  post images of this if it helps.
    True, I'm only about 60% of the way through.  I was curious to see if I could even get something to the angle I wanted, but I am concerned about the structural strength of the landing gear, and after looking at it a bit more I may be rethinking the concept here.  It think I'm likely going to have to directly attach to the inner technic frame, and eschew the "include the landing gear" concept I was trying to adhere to.  Would love any pictures you want to share!
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