Making perspex display stands

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At my work, they occasionally get get tank adaptor kits with the pre-made assays from some company. I suppose it’s so they can be run in a different type of gel tank. However my work doesn’t have that kind of gel tank, so they just chuck them away. I thought they must have some useful purpose, so started to keep them.

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Anyway, each pack contains two square pieces, and the perspex is really thick, clear and high quality. Having looked at people’s figure collections on Danny Choo, I wondered if I could make display stands with it. I decided to use 3 pieces and make a simple structure, not anything with fancy angles…

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With sweaty steam-ups. Well if I put them on the floor to take a photo, you can’t see them

The edges are “milled” and so are able to ‘take’ glue without any preparation. I stuck the edges to the smooth sides of the adjacent piece, though to be honest it’d probably work better if you sanded them a little.

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I thought about using Airfix glue, but I heard Revell Contacta glue is clearer and stronger. Though in the actual making of Airfix models (well, model, very slowly… I’ll post a full build sequence when I’m finally finished) I’ve been using a mixture of both.

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After that, I used the corner in a piece of furniture to hold the parts in place. They need to be left many hours to set, I gave them each about 6-12. Overnight didn’t work once, because the heating was off and so it was too cold and damp for the glue to set. I moved the piece by accident early in the morning, but put it back in place and left for work. When I came home I found it had set solid anyway, so didn’t need re-gluing XD.

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The end result is fairly sturdy, though I wouldn’t like to overload it. Good for Corgi Mini’s, though!

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