Creative Displays aircraft display stand




Scott Van Aken




If you recall from the previous review of Creative Displays' auto stand, I was pretty impressed. Well, their aircraft display stand (called a 'Flexi-Display') is equally impressive. Actually, it is really pretty innovative from a 'one size fits all' outlook. The parts are, as on the car stand, mostly Plexiglas with metal fittings and rubber on the bottom of the base, and also on the top of the arms as well. It is this rubber that makes the stand so useful.

As you can see from the image, there are three adjustable arms. These are adjustable, not in height, but in the other axes around a center section. By manipulating these arms, you can display any aircraft model that is around. Now I'm not really sure how well it will do with really big aircraft like a 1/32 Phantom II or perhaps 1/48 C-130, but I have no reason to believe that it couldn't handle such aircraft.


The really nice thing about the adjustable arms is that you can do several poses other than strictly straight and level flight. I placed a 1/72 C-47 on the stand at a rather radical bank and it seemed to hold just fine. Even after sitting a day, there was no movement. Of course, it is much better to have the arms resting up against something solid to prevent slippage, but it seems that unless you live next to a railroad track, that the rubber is enough to hold the model in place.

I tried the stand with several different models of various sizes and weights and found that it was able to compensate for all of them quite well. Specifically, I tried it on a small model, the Williams Bros 1/72 Northrop Gamma, then I went to a rather heavy model, the FM 1/48 Mystere IV, and finally to a rather large model, the Mach 2 1/72 Ju-352. No problems. There is a stand designed just for die-cast aircraft that has stainless steel ball joints instead of the plastic ones so that it can handle the extra weight. The standard display is good for up to 2 lbs.

Thanks to Creative Displays for providing the review item.

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