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zrunelord01 Nov 2016 11:23 a.m. PST

These are my latest creations.
I tried something new, loads of magnets to allow different setups according to need.
An IFV & AFV with inter changeable tracks & wheels . A heavy tank turret & Command vehicle.


Mattw338501 Nov 2016 11:54 a.m. PST

Those are pretty cool. You did a great job.

Kropotkin303 Supporting Member of TMP01 Nov 2016 1:23 p.m. PST

Really imaginative using the magnets to allow multiple vehicle types. Makes you wonder what AFVs of the future will look like. Bravo.

AVAMANGO01 Nov 2016 1:59 p.m. PST

Very creative indeed they both look fantastic, i wish i had some of your imaginative tinkering skills…

Oberlindes Sol LIC01 Nov 2016 2:54 p.m. PST

Nice work.

Darkest Star Games Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2016 6:33 a.m. PST

Pretty nifty!

zrunelord02 Nov 2016 7:01 a.m. PST

Thanks all for the kind words .
Still have to find names for them.

Anything that can be shaped is your friend. MDF, Plaster of Paris, PVC etc.

That's a thought Kropotkin,imagine refitting / building vehicles /robots according the the mission. Like pods in DeltaVEE ( an ancient ( 1981) SPI space combat game )

Gaming wise , magnets give you the ability to dismantle vehicles when destroyed. Unfortunately 3mm ones are only strong enough for turrets. 5mm or upwards are needed for tracks etc.

They are really not too hard to build.Just decide on the general shape, saw or cut then stick card cutouts.
See also some of my earlier posts

Look up my ork stuff also on that blog.

Btw forgot to say the tracks are from a toy.

May you be inspired

commanderroj Inactive Member02 Nov 2016 9:15 a.m. PST

I am!

zrunelord03 Nov 2016 10:08 a.m. PST

That's the spirit …please share what you create.
Another mod , grav engines.
Just remembered I had those for ages in the bottomless pit of a bits box.Most probably they're bits from a toy.


BigNickR05 Nov 2016 9:32 a.m. PST

Very nice looking!

zrunelord05 Nov 2016 10:44 a.m. PST

Thanks BigNick,

I will do a "how to create / build your own vehicles" someday showing from start to finish the process.


zrunelord26 Feb 2017 5:13 a.m. PST

Here they are finally all painted up … added an AA turret also.




zrunelord01 Mar 2017 11:36 p.m. PST

I forgot to add that the use of magnets depends on the size or overhang of the part used.
For eg. the grav engines( pic 1 ), being short require only 1 x 5mm dia whilst the tracks ( pic 2 ) being longer & heavier require 2 and 2 washers side by side. Unfortunately magnets act as a fulcrum on the longer pieces.

Still with experimentation you can have a good setup.



Another thing, wood drills are the best type of drill I found for seating magnets as they leave a flat hole rather than a chamfered one as in normal twist drills.

Always mark the bottom side of a magnet with a sharpie ( ie. the part you will apply glue to , as magnets have a mind of their own) . It is not the first time I had to dismantle them because of reversed poles ( ie. they push instead of pull ) and removing them is a pain , sometimes you have to drill a another small hole to the side of it & pry it loose. On small parts this is not always possible.


Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2017 6:02 a.m. PST

I've used some of those treads.




zrunelord03 Mar 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

Good job Andy,
Those tracks are very versatile
That's a Star wars vehicle, right?


Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP04 Mar 2017 3:27 p.m. PST

Yes, Jawa sandcrawler.

Those tracks just beg you to make something. I believe they were part of a set for constructing vehicles. Have you used any of the other parts of the set?

Sorry to distract from the magnets, which is a good idea.


zrunelord05 Mar 2017 9:15 a.m. PST

Hello Andy,
Thought so. Looks good with the Quar.

I think I used the dozer arms for a WH40K Chaos conversion, not sure what happened to it , though :). Didn't come out good & got lost in the heap somewhere most probably.I'll have to dig them up…..

No worries, you should try magnets as they're very versatile.


Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP05 Mar 2017 1:05 p.m. PST

I did a magnetized Epic Warlord Titan once, but changed my mind more recently and glued it.


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