(Written by Stephen Collins)
I am a long time reader here and today I would also like to contribute a little by showing you my first LEGO do-it-yourself project. It is a display for my ever growing collection of LEGO minifigures. First I built a small bleacher from LEGO for my minifigs, which was okay, but as their numbers grew I had to come up with something else. So I decided to create a bulletin-board style display for them, which allows me to showcase 137 minifigs per board. 🙂
To build the LEO minifig display, I started out with a 35×23 inch bulletin-board. I sanded down the edges to remove the laminate and give the frame a distressed look. Then stained it with Espresso Stain by Minwax, and finished it off by polyurethane coating. I like the dark edge better than the original as it frames the minifigures nicely, but you can also keep the frame whatever color it comes in.
The next step was to add large LEGO baseplates to cover the surface of the bulletin-board. A total of four 48×48 stud X-Large Gray Baseplates were used. Two baseplates were left uncut and used in the upper right and middle of the board. One baseplate was cut and used for the bottom left and bottom middle of the board. The last baseplate was also cut and added to the far right of the board.
The baseplates fit in very snuggly, but since they are rounded at the corners, there is a small gap at the intersection of one of the uncut baseplates and three of the cut pieces. However this was not a big problem as in the next step the baseplates get covered with 137 2×2 angle-plates (item #3956). I added these in 11 columns of 7, and 10 columns of 6. They are 8 studs apart (top and to the right/left).
Here is close-up of the LEGO minifigure display-board with the minifigs added. All 137 of them! As there is enough space between the angle-plates, there is plenty of room for their accessories too. 😀
All in all this was a fun and easy enough project, and if I need room to display more minifigures I can easily make more boards. They don’t take up shelf-space like the bleacher did, and the minifigures are accessible and removable for play at any time.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO bulletin-board display? Any suggestions for improvements? Feel free to share in the comment section below. Also, if you have any questions about building your own LEGO display, you are welcome to ask. 😉
You might also like to check out the Care & Feed of LEGO section for more storage and display ideas or select from the following related posts:
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