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GJGerr07 Oct 2019 5:18 a.m. PST

Last weekend I have made some new bases for my 1/600 planes. The basic concept is a mdf 25mm base. Textured with printed photos from google earth and a magnet glued in the middle.

With thin long round magnets, I can show the different altitude levels.
Hope this helps for some inspiration or concept ideas.

For detailed building steps please see my blog.
Blog post on stands

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 5:41 a.m. PST

Excellent ideas there! Thanks for posting.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP07 Oct 2019 6:31 a.m. PST

Where did you get the long round magnets?

BillyNM07 Oct 2019 9:37 a.m. PST

Great idea – how firm are they if knocked?

GJGerr07 Oct 2019 11:24 p.m. PST

Thank you

The magnets I have bought at
Also available in English
It is a German based shop, but does supply throughout whole Europe.

I have used the 2mm diameter 1mm height magnets for the planes. For heavier bombers I use the 3mm diameter 2mm height ones. And the long height markers are 3mm diameter 10mm high.

The bases are sturdy enough, you don't knock the planes of. If you put the bases on a metal plate, you can hold them upside down, without falling. (only when using 5 height markers, then the base will fall off due to the weight)
I haven't had them falling over. Only the plane might turn on its pole. Therefore I am always using the base for orientation.

But there is a risk. If they are close together, and you knock them over, they might attract each other, as the magnets are really strong. So them things might shift out of place.

I still have to play some games, to see if that provides much of a problem.

Fish08 Oct 2019 2:10 a.m. PST

Awesome idea to use google map prints on the bases!

And using cylinderical magnets as heights bands is great too.

Great store link, thank you!

Hmmm, adding a spherical magnet on top would enable you to put the plane on different banking/turning/climbing/diving positions, something I've wanted to do for quite a white…

jeffbird25 May 2020 4:44 a.m. PST

What height/elevation did you use on Google Earth? Given me some great ideas for my South African Border War games.



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