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captaincold6909 Aug 2019 7:53 a.m. PST

I see Corsec Engineering is out of business.

Are there any other manufactures of flight stands where the plane can bank/dive?

Are there any DIY stands out there? Some tutorials anyone is aware of? Not much came from a Google search :(

Tom Molon Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2019 12:51 p.m. PST

try rkentjr@hotmail.com I got a bunch of them from him a while ago. Tom

miscmini Fezian09 Aug 2019 6:11 p.m. PST

Armaments in Miniature have some.

captaincold6909 Aug 2019 7:45 p.m. PST

Thanks for the responses, but both are a little too pricey for my tastes. Going to try and make them myself and if that fails, then I might go with one of these.

Yellow Admiral09 Aug 2019 10:45 p.m. PST

I made all my own stands, though I ended up using some Corsec parts (no longer available).

My bases are just stacks of 2" washers Gorilla-glued together, with a smaller 1.25" fender washer glued on as a "roof" with a hole in the middle. The can of Krylon to paint them cost almost as much all the washers for a couple dozen stands.

I attach a telescoping rod with a magnet at the tip to the base by threading a screw through the hole into the bottom of the antenna. Voila! Adjustable height stand.

I have Corsec telescoping rods with ball magnets in them, so my planes are installed with these cupped steel adapters so they can be banked and pitched up/down. Now that Corsec is gone, I don't know where to get telescoping antennae with ball magnets.

With enough searching you can find "magnetic pickup tools" with a gimbaling magnet at the tip. Most of my CY6 group uses these.

captaincold6910 Aug 2019 6:16 a.m. PST

Thanks Admiral, but I'm going this route….

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Yellow Admiral10 Aug 2019 8:00 a.m. PST

That's a nice little mod.

One suggestion: buy a few more of the X-Wing stands than you think you'll ever need. Specialty items like this tend to evaporate from the market quickly once they're out of production and/or the game is out of vogue. It sucks when you find you need just two more and you can't buy them anywhere.

- Ix

Lonkka1Actual10 Aug 2019 9:25 a.m. PST
captaincold6911 Aug 2019 12:03 a.m. PST

Anyone know what size hex base would work with 1/200 scale resin?

Buckeye AKA Darryl11 Aug 2019 1:16 p.m. PST

Well duh on me…I suffer from magnet polarity syndrome, whereas no matter how careful I seem to be, I often will get the polarity jacked up between the magnet on my planes vs. the magnet on the stand. However, with a simple steel ball mounted on the top of the stand, I should then have the cure for my MPS, and be able to tilt my aircraft to boot!

Off to K&J I go!

captaincold6911 Aug 2019 2:24 p.m. PST

Me too Buckeye :)

Yellow Admiral14 Aug 2019 7:46 p.m. PST

This is one reason why long ago I started using steel on the airplanes. They stick to any magnet anywhere regardless of polarity. The cupped steel adapters from I-94 (Raiden) are great for this – they can attach to a flat magnet, a ball magnet, a ring magnet, etc.

Another reason is that I've had a lot of problems adhering magnets to plane models, and keeping them adhered. CA glue eventually ages and grows brittle, and neodymium magnets strain the cured glue every time the magnet is attracted to something. After most of 2 decades, most of my magnets had come off my planes, some several times. It helps a lot to have the magnetic bit on the plane stuck into a hole.

I personally went a bit crazy, and decided it would be even better if the hole and the steel bit are threaded. I hunted down steel computer M4 jack screws like these:

I created a cupped end with a 1/4" radius diamond ball bit for a Dremel, and I drill and tap holes in the planes to thread them into. It's extra work, but they work well, and they have a threaded M4 hole in the center so I have yet another method of attachment available if I want to get even more carried away.

- Ix

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