I was so pleased with how well the rare earth magnets worked with the flight stands for 1/285 scale aircraft that I wanted to take a look at smaller applications. Could they be made to work with 1/2400 scale aircraft?
Well… Um… Ah… In a word, no.
The problem isn’t with the magnets really. I found some 2mm x 1mm magnets which aren’t too obtrusive even considering the diminutive size of 1/2400 scale aircraft. The problem is the stands themselves. I couldn’t find a reliable combination of base and post that works with the magnets and provides acceptable stability without looking too chunky drawing attention away from the models. The search will continue.
In the meantime I have decided to mount some of my 1/2400 scale aircraft on more traditional stands.
I used sheet styrene and my Dupli-cutter, from North West Short Line (NWSL), to make a handful of roughly 1/4″ strips.
Once that task was complete I used my Chopper, also from NWSL, to cut the strips into roughly 1/4″ x 1/4″ squares. Obviously, I could have skipped some of this work if I had strip styrene of the appropriate size on hand. I didn’t have anything acceptable on hand on my desired time line so I did it the old-fashioned way.
After cutting the rough bases I drilled a hole in the center of each one for the steel pin which would become the stand.
To prevent the model from teeter-tottering on the game table I counter-sunk the hole on the underside of the base that would conceal the pinhead.
Before gluing the pins to their bases I cut them down to scale lengths appropriate for hovering helicopters, aircraft flying Nap Of the Earth (NOE), aircraft flying low level bombing runs, and maritime patrol aircraft. With the current bases size pins longer than 2 inches would probably be unstable. At scale that is about 400 ft, a reasonable representation of routine operating altitudes for ASW aircraft.
Making these flight stands was pretty fun and I’m looking forward to making more. After I get these stands painted it will also be much easier to photoshop them out of pictures with my fleet. I hope you enjoyed the mini tutorial.