Non-TF: Dual Detolf mod

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  1. TigerBlade

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    Hiya gang. I've been asked this many times over the last year or so and I've been meaning to do a guide for what seems like ages as I took pics as I was doing it. I've finally gotten around to doing it :) 

    This essentially takes two Ikea Detolf display cabinets and doubles them in size so you have a longer shelf for a more dynamic display range.....useful if you plan on getting all the Fanstoys Dinobots!

    So line up the roof panels like so:

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    and what you are wanting to do is remove the inner partition of glass so the shelf space sits together so the red line is where you are wanting to cut, essentially the inner groove of where the inside glass partition would sit, use that pre-existing seam as a cutting line and don't go any further in:

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    When done it'll look like this:

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    Now you need to flip it over and use some strong metal struts/brackets, line up the glass grooves so they run together and then screw the struts in place keeping them secure and stiff together. You could do it on both sides to really reinforce it but I was ok with one:

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    Once you're are done with the roof section do the same cut to the floor section and line it up:

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    Again put the brackets in place to secure and strengthen:

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    Once that is secure and the feet are on comes the building process, start putting the inner skeleton in place in exactly the same way you do to a normal Detolf, that skeleton helps hold up the middle section of the roof and keep it lined up for the doors:

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    Add the doors, magnets etc and you should be left with a gap between the doors that is similar to the edges. Welcome to the extra display room:

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    And it looks even better in multiples!

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    The wooden blocks under were due to the uneven floor in my attic space, I've since screwed them to the wall behind and they are solid and not needed anymore.

    I've tried to keep it simple and straightforward but being my first guide I'm probably missing something so if there are any questions or any other pics of the finished article required let me know. I have thought about trying a triple mod.....maybe one day I'll have a crack at it.

    I will finish off that I take no responsibility for any errors, I'd only do this if you are confident in your ability. They aren't super expensive units but you don't want to be turning it into a wasted pile of shit! Take your time and make sure you have all the bits necessary before starting.
     

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  2. gericault

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    Great idea! Thanks for the instructions, this is a great way to build an affordable, yet BIG, display case...
    Also, love the pic of your display room; so good to see fellow geeks proud of their toys!
     
  3. MrFurious

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    Thanks man! This looks amazing!

    And yeah.. having 3 of 5 Dinobots on one shelf in the standard Detolf leaves about enough room for.. well, for not much of anything ;) 
     
  4. stprime

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    that poor motuc collection. so small it makes me sad. :( 
     
  5. TigerBlade

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    Cheers guys :) 

    Regards MOTUC it's quality over quantity! I only wanted the main Filmation cast, still need Teela to complete it and I might pick up Buzz Off and Mechaneck if I ever see them at decent prices. Maybe Stratos, Tri-klops and Filmation accurate Hordak too. But that's about it.

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    Reminds me that I really need to finish off the Stridor custom.
     
  6. MetalicGrunt

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    What if anything did you use to seal the back pieces of glass to each other?
     
  7. TigerBlade

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    I don't use anything, the gap is just over 1cm at a guess and with it pretty much flat against the wall I saw no need. If you wanted it closed I'm sure there'd be some kind of clear silicone strips you could use to fill it at your local DIY store.
     
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    Thanks. Amazing guide to making this stupid easy! (As I realize I need to go to my father's house for the saw and space to cut.)
     
  9. TigerBlade

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    Cheers bud, I hope it helps in some way :) 
     
  10. djmajin

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    I did the EXACT same thing only main filmation cast plus Granamyr
    I only wanted the main 5 henchmen for Skeletor
    plus added Startos Man-E-Faces and LizardMan
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  11. TigerBlade

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    Awesome pic! I'm biding my time with Teela. Prices are ridiculous and I read rumours of a v2 being possible.
     
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    Looks great !!

    Done a triple already its the one on the left, it's a bit wobbley though, buy fine cause its aginst the wall

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  13. TigerBlade

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    That is awesome. Need pics of it when it at least has one full shelf!
     
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    I managed to fit all 4 in mine, but theres literally NO room for anything else. I might have to do this to a couple of mine.
     
  16. TigerBlade

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    Still plenty of room for Sludge :D 
     
  17. terintamel

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    Just got my first Detolfs for my Transformers. One single and then I built one double detolf using TigerBlade's instructions.
     

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    The Dinobots look stellar displayed like that. Sludge is gonna fit in perfectly, well done!
     
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  20. TigerBlade

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    Dude that looks awesome, glad it turned out ok :) 
     

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