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boggler08 Jan 2017 4:26 a.m. PST


I've worked out a simple method for basic flight stands for games like Bag the Hun. It's not very sophisticated or complicated but works well and costs next to nothing.


I was asked how they were made, so have posted a 'How to' on the blog. I'm sure it would work for 1/285th or even 1/144th as well, which is what I originally designed them for.

Old Smokie08 Jan 2017 5:24 a.m. PST

Looking good, I did a similar thing using hex bases and hammering a long thin nail into the base, painted the base sky blue added a colored circle with a central number

boggler08 Jan 2017 5:32 a.m. PST

I originally was going to do something similar with 40mm panel pins but they looked a bit too chunky with the 1/600 scale planes. Good idea to label or number the bases. I use those colours sticky dots you can buy in stationery shops to indicate flights e.g. red flight, blue flight etc. These can then be removed and replaced for different scenarios.

Mako11 Inactive Member09 Jan 2017 12:20 a.m. PST

Those do look good.

Thanks for sharing.

Another option, I've used in the past, are stainless steel hex-nuts of various sizes, filled in the center with non-hardening putty, and using spring-steel/piano-wire cut to various lengths.

Those permit the aircraft to climb, dive, or bank a bit as well, if desired.

Haven't painted the nuts, but that would probably be best, if you use the same color mats most of the time.

They're thicker than the wood ones, obviously, which I do like since they are less obtrusive than the hexes.

boggler09 Jan 2017 6:31 a.m. PST

Nice idea. Thanks.

Callsign 2116 Mar 2017 6:59 p.m. PST

I use something similar for my flight stands and use thin steel rod. I did try gluing tiny magnets to the rod but the surface area was too small. In any case, the magnets will stick to the rod naturally. I print out air photos with a hex grid overlaid and glue them together for my play area (it's the area around my old boarding school in Kent and I'm hoping a Heinkel gets lucky one day!) I cut out spare map hexes with a slight overlap and glue them to the bases, gluing the excess down over the sides. It looks very effective on the hex map.

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