Friday, 2 April 2010
Five Pence Flight Stands
I started thinking about the Wings At War flight stands again this afternoon. If the Litko acrylic flight stands were too expensive how could I produce my own bases at a fraction of the cost using stuff I already had lying around?
I'd spotted some nails in Homebase the other day that could be used for flight stands for the club participation game. With this in mind I had a look in the garage to see if I could find some finer gauge nails to use with 1/600th scale planes. I had a pack a 40mm panel pins that looked like they might work so cut the tip off one and stuck into into a 30mm square mdf base that I pre-drilled in the centre. A bit of superglue to fix it in place and the job's done.
As the panel pins are steel I only need one magnet to attach to the plane, in this case a MiG29, so the cost per flight stand is even lower. There's also no trouble with polarity to deal with. I reckon the stand costs about 5p including the base, panel pin and superglue. It looks a bit basic but with some texturing and painting I'm sure it would be well up to scratch.
The only problem is that I don't think I'll be able to find pins that are longer than 40mm, although I'm going to have a look tomorrow to see what's available. I think the best bet would be lost head nails which are usually available in longer lengths.