A new copy of my favorite modeling tool

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A new copy of my favorite modeling tool

Post  grots life on Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:06 pm

I was going to post this in building tips, but that forum is closed to everyone except the moderators (*cough, cough*), but I digress. I stopped at Harbor Freight Tools on Pass Road today and picked up a new copy of my favorite plastic model tool. The diagonal cutters are great because they can get into tiny spaces and despite the fact they are from Harbor Freight, they are quite sharp, and a bargain at just $2.50. While I was there, I also grabbed three packages of rare earth magnets (5/16" diameter, 1/8" thick) for a total of 18 magnets for $4.50. I have never magnetized anything but now I'll give it a go.

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Re: A new copy of my favorite modeling tool

Post  EmeraldWolf on Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:43 pm

If u don't mind would you take pics as you go, & post them? I've always wanted to magnetize but I never knew how Smile
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Post  grots life on Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:03 am

I imagine it involves hollowing out the plastic and sticking a magnet in the hole with gobs of epoxy.
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Post  andyvan on Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:56 pm

there is a tool called a "pin vice" they sell them at the hobby shop in gulfport on 49. i could make a video on how do to it but id have to find something to magnatize first. maybe ill bring it over tomorow and show you how it works.

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Re: A new copy of my favorite modeling tool

Post  Uktena on Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:47 pm

Here is some advice for magnetizing your models: It is easier than you think.

I started magnetizing after watching just a couple of videos on youtube and before I knew it I had magnetized my entire wolf guard terminator pack like a pro!

Look at how easy it is:

Get magnets (I find 1/8 by 1/16 rare earth magnets work best for terminators. You can get 200 for $12 on ebay.)
Get drill bit. (regular old drill bit like the kind you find at a hardware store, costs like 2-3 bucks)
You don't need a pen drill if you are drilling into plastic but I recommend it. (I'm cheap and didn't buy one and use my fingers.)
Get to drilling! Takes a little practice to get a good method down. Try not to breathe to close to the shavings.
Super glue in the magnets and presto!

The hardest part is to MAKE SURE YOU GET THE CORRECT MAGNET ALIGNMENTS before you glue. The videos should give you some handy tips on how to make sure you do that as it is harder than it sounds as the magnets tend to want to flip when putting them into the holes.

It is not hard, don't be afraid to try. Its fun to be able to switch out weapons in a pinch.
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Post  grots life on Sun Oct 23, 2011 1:26 am

I'd recommend marking them with a marker before gluing so you don't get the poles crossed. You don't want that auto-cannon refusing to attach to your terminator.
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