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Model-mod to make ships rotatable

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Just note the YT-1300 will not hold very strong, test it first before giving it the magnet love. That will make sure it holds to your expectation.

I really like the solution you have for the Defender, brilliant!

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Heh, I live in the Netherlands... I'll buy you a few beers once you do come over to show it though :D

 

I have no clue what you meant with your second sentence, is that a saying specific to the Ohio-region?

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Well I magnetized the YT-1300 and Lambda-class Shuttle, and both initially were unstable (when tilted too far they would slide all the way to the bottom of the ballbearing). But after sanding the nickel ball, they now stay in every position I tilt them in.

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What tool did you use to cut away part of the Firespray? I'm afraid I'll injure myself badly :(

 

Also, the HWK-290 turret just screamed "make me rotatable!":

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As you can see, I did not glue the ringmagnet on the spot where the peg originally was, but instead further back towards the center of gravity of the model. This leaves room for the rotating turret.

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I heated up an X-Acto Knife. this way it melted it's way through. The plastic is fairly thick in that section and very difficult to cut. you just need to be careful to not touch the model with the hot knife as it will melt very quickly where you don't intend to cut it.

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What tool did you use to cut away part of the Firespray? I'm afraid I'll injure myself badly :(

 

Also, the HWK-290 turret just screamed "make me rotatable!":

pic2080116_lg.jpg

 

As you can see, I did not glue the ringmagnet on the spot where the peg originally was, but instead further back towards the center of gravity of the model. This leaves room for the rotating turret.

pic2080125_lg.jpg

 

That turned out great man!

:)

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Not sure if anyone mentioned this already (please excuse me if I missed it) but there's a very very easy way to avoid doing anything to the ship itself while achieving the exact same effect the OP describes.

 

Instead of cutting the ships's stand thingie and glueing the metal washer there, you can simply get small nuts of the exact gauge as the stand and wlightly screw it on there - I found some pretty standard nuts that fit neatly with just a little rotation and they stay there securely without damaging the base itself, so if you decide go back to the stock stands, you got that as an option too.

 

The downside is of course that those nuts and the magent ball are more visible but it's something you can live with. You can minimise this by spraying all the nuts, magents and the stand stems black.

 

I'll post photos tomorrow - all my X-Wing stuff is at the office!

 

Cheers

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Not sure if anyone mentioned this already (please excuse me if I missed it) but there's a very very easy way to avoid doing anything to the ship itself while achieving the exact same effect the OP describes.

 

Instead of cutting the ships's stand thingie and glueing the metal washer there, you can simply get small nuts of the exact gauge as the stand and wlightly screw it on there - I found some pretty standard nuts that fit neatly with just a little rotation and they stay there securely without damaging the base itself, so if you decide go back to the stock stands, you got that as an option too.

 

The downside is of course that those nuts and the magent ball are more visible but it's something you can live with. You can minimise this by spraying all the nuts, magents and the stand stems black.

 

I'll post photos tomorrow - all my X-Wing stuff is at the office!

 

Cheers

Am eagerly anticipating your photos! :]

 

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After a slight delay - this is how my mods look like. Note that I haven't sprayed all my rods yet and the rare earth magents I use are green - getting a set of black ones soon!

 

Also the ones here use two nuts - one on the ships base and another on the rod. The second can be replaced by glueing the magnet to the rod itself (which I'll do once I get the black magnets)

 

 

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After a slight delay - this is how my mods look like. Note that I haven't sprayed all my rods yet and the rare earth magents I use are green - getting a set of black ones soon!

 

Also the ones here use two nuts - one on the ships base and another on the rod. The second can be replaced by glueing the magnet to the rod itself (which I'll do once I get the black magnets)

 

 

IMG_2930.JPG

 

Wowzers!

:lol:

 

You went all out huh?

;)

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Dang! That looks great, I've been wanting to do this upgrade too, but I've not had the opportunities to play as much as I'd like, and I've been spending time in other hobbies over the summer. Maybe Fall/Winter will change my X-Wing time, either way: Great mod and great pics guys! I really want to do this.

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