Monday, 27 November 2017

Flight Stands

Saw these little magnets being used somewhere or other and thought they'd be ideal for flight stands, saves all the messing about.

 The model is 1/72 so gets the larger 10mm magnets, the smaller 5mm ones are good for 1/44 and 1/200.  The magnets are surprisingly strong but don't pose a risk in separating the model from the stand.  Magnets are superglued and the joints sealed with PVA. Care has to be exercised in not sticking them on the wrong way round; I managed this nine out of twelve times, DOH!

The entire air fleet magnetized.  The P40 was a bit troublesome as practicality meant a 5mm magnet on the model.  This was not convincingly secure due to it's pr0portions and weight.  More or less sorted by adding another 10mm magnet.  A little more care will be needed in handling with this one however.


  1. My challenge was with the aeronef fleet, that the magnet's attraction to the other magnet was greater than the superglue bond to the stand! Taking models off stands seemed to often mean detaching the magnet from the stand as well...

  2. I can certainly see that could be a problem. These little beggars can attract several inches from one another. So far the few I've played with are sticking OK, I used combinations of superglue, PVA and BluTack with a seal of PVA around the edge of the magnet and the model's surface. Sliding the model off rather than trying to pull it off seems OK too. Having said all that, I could well be back on here in the future wishing I hadn't bothered. Hmmmm, how about incorporating the magnet into the model interior?