Märklin globe in cabinet with twinkling stars

On April 12th, 2009, the Easter-bunny brought me a present …

Actually, today I drove about 312 kilometers to get my Easter-present 🙂 (156 KM in one direction) A trip from Ekeren, to somewhere above Utrecht, (with a bag full of money), resulted in this beauty ! In september I did build a dedicated cabinet for it, to give this baby the attention it deserves. (I even flipped a wall for it, lol, please don’t call me “nuts”)

On september 28, 2009, we finally started with the building of a new cabinet, exclusively for my Marklin globe. Initially, the modelrailroad was planned to take shape “above” our desks. This is why at the right and left side of our desks, we have “hollow blocks”, with an outer measurement of 110 cm x 110 cm, reaching from the floor, all the way up, 2m70 high. Those “blocks” where forseen for my “rail-spirals” at both sides of the modelrailroad. Because I did find some other space to create my modelrailroad, those “blocks” have no purpose at all, so we decided to make cabinets inside these blocks.

Some extra info:

  •  The 3 inside walls, are all 2m40 high. They all have a few hundred holes drilled in them. The holes are “filled” with “fiber optics”.
  •  When lit, the “stars” do “twinkle”.
  •  The floor of the cabinet is raised. This is done for 2 reasons:
  • 1. To make the foot of the globe look “thinner”.
  • 2. To preserve the maximum of “empty space”, above the globe.(e.g. Without a raised floor, I loose 15 cm in available height above the globe)
  •  Above the globe, I will have room left for 3 glass plates, with 50 cm empty space between them.
  •  These glass plates will be used to put some diorama’s on them …
  • The internals of the cabinet will is lit by (hidden) RGB LED-strips !

Our “old” 6-digit clock got “embedded” into this cabinet. (It does NOT sit ON the wall, but it fits IN the wall !)

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