The Cobler and the Elves

Some of you may remember the old fairy-tale about the Cobler and the elves.  For those that don’t remember (spoiler alert) elves come out at night to finish the work of the Cobler while he sleeps.  Lately that is how anything gets done around my house, at least any of the “geek stuff” that I want to do. I have to wait until the family is asleep and then the elves can get to work.  As you can imagine it doesn’t leave much time before they too get tired and have to go to sleep.

In that time however, I have been very active trying to convert my tanks with glued turrets into turrets with magnets.  I’ve detailed this process several times before so I won’t go over it again now. I’ve been converting essentially one company at a time so that on the off chance I actually get to play a game I can field a complete unit.  So far I have converted GHQ M1A2, M1A1, M60A3, M60A2, Leopard 2A6, Leopard 2A4, Leopard 1A4, Chieftain, Challenger, Challenger II, Merkava Mk IV, Merkava, Magach 3, Magach 6b GAL, Magach 7, M48, and M47 tanks. I have converted CinC M48G2 and Leopard 1A1 tanks as well. As you can see from the gallery I have also experimented with LAV and MRAP vehicles to see how small I could reasonably go. I absolutely love what the magnets can do. Unfortunately, now I have to go back and touch up the paint jobs.


I still might try to use magnets on the turrets of my WWII battleships but I haven’t decided yet for sure.

3 responses to “The Cobler and the Elves

  1. Nice work. I recently bought some GHQ ships from a guy who used tiny metal pin bits to make the turrets moveable, it works well and seems easier than magnets, he even made it work down to certain light cruisers, the thing you may not like is they will turn (but only turn) on their own when subjected to unrealistic gravitational and movement forces unlike magnets I assume. I could post his instructions and some pics if my junk phone obliges.

    • Figured I’d put up the (verbose) instructions before I forget, hopefully pictures to follow as they are definitely needed to fill in the gaps, but the plastic rod acts like a washer to prevent the turret from detaching while it swivels on the rod.

      From Ebay seller armorinscale:

      “You need metal rod (thinner than turret base), tiny drill bit, plastic rod (wider than turret base) and crazy glue.
      1. Drill turret base
      2. Glue the rod
      3. Cut plastic rod
      4. Drill plastic rod
      5. Install Turret
      6. Glue plastic rod on metal rod

      – armorinscale”

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