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captaincold6925 Jan 2019 8:14 a.m. PST

Can anyone recommend where to buy tiny magnets (and what size) for my 15mm armor and where do put them? I'm assuming the bottom of the tank tracks, but how do you do it? Small dremel perhaps?

Appreciate any tips/tricks

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 12:06 p.m. PST

Can you clarify what exactly you want? It seems that you're after a way to stick your 15mm to a base or storage container? It's pretty easy to pick up rare earth magnets/craft magnets (example): link

I usually use them to hold 28mm tank turrets on, so I Dremel a hole in each part, and glue the magnet in with Cyanoacrylate. Occasionally the magnets are stronger than the glue and pop out!

captaincold6925 Jan 2019 12:48 p.m. PST

I have all my infantry on magnetic bases and I'm using metal sheets inside my carrying case. Just wanted to see if it was possible to drill tiny magnets under the tank tracks so I can safely put the tanks on the metal sheets.

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 12:59 p.m. PST

In that case, I might get some sticky-back magnetic strip and cut it so it goes under the tracks. Then Krazy glue it on. link

captaincold6925 Jan 2019 1:06 p.m. PST

Thanks Jeff

22ndFoot25 Jan 2019 1:33 p.m. PST

If you're placing the vehicles on steel sheet, do you need to drill anything? Can you not just hide a magnet behind/inside the running gear? The magnet doesn't have to be horizontal.

captaincold6925 Jan 2019 1:36 p.m. PST

Will the magnet be strong enough to allow the tank to not slide around? Guess it wouldn't hurt to try. I just need to find the right size magnet. Need really small ones.

Appreciate all the tips

paulgenna25 Jan 2019 3:07 p.m. PST

Order some earth magnets. They are small and powerful. You can get all sizes.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP25 Jan 2019 3:14 p.m. PST

Another good reason to line with magnet. Then you can glue small steel bases to the treads so they don't show.

I suppose you could do the same with sheet magnet, just cut and glue to the treads?

captaincold6925 Jan 2019 4:11 p.m. PST

Any idea what size would work on those tiny 15mm track? :)
I've never used magnets before

Sigwald25 Jan 2019 6:52 p.m. PST

I get magnets from K&J magnetics. D201 disc 1/8"x1/32 are really small. I don't think they get too much smaller whatever you want to use them for.


TSD10127 Jan 2019 4:30 p.m. PST

You want Neodymium magnets. Can be very tiny and yet very strong depending on what you buy. I have some strong enough that I can pick up a Battlefront King Tiger by the turret with no danger of the body falling off.

As for how to mount them, that would vary greatly depending on the manufacturer. Some models like BF and PSC you could mount a magnet under the body and it would be close enough to your metal sheet to hold it in place. If not, a thin piece of dowel carefully cut and glued to the magnet and then glued to the tank so that it makes contact with the metal but doesn't stick out further than the tracks could work.

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