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Todd Boyce writes:

Hi guys,

Ninja Magic is still on hiatus – a longer hiatus than initially anticipated, but it is still intended to be a temporary halt.

The problem is that I've had to relocate twice in the last two years. The first relocation from LA to Dallas was pretty rough – I tried to keep Ninja Magic going in that first year there but things were such a disorganized mess after the move it proved too difficult and my response time to filling orders was unacceptable.

Once I decided to go on hiatus and stopped selling products, I was getting things back together and even started making great progress on finishing off With Hostile Intent. Then I got unexpectedly laid off in the first part of this year which once again threw a wrench into everything.

So, a few months ago we relocated yet again, this time to Orlando Florida. We just closed on our new house yesterday and all of our stuff is boxed up and waiting to be delivered from a moving company's warehouse.

Needless to say, NM is going to stay on hiatus for a while longer as we once again have to unpack and get settled (which is a lot of work). It should be a little easier this time around but it'll still be another year probably before I can get to the point where I can restart Ninja Magic.

I still have a bunch on inventory, and am making plans for continuing product development as well as finishing off the WHI rules so things aren't completely stagnant, but the hiatus is giving me a chance to get my ducks in a row and move forward from a better starting point.

Sorry for the extended delay, had I not been laid off I might have been really close to restarting by this point.


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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian writes:

Years ago at a convention, I saw something that really sickened me – painted starship models dumped in a heap in a box, knocking into each other and scratching the paintjobs. The horror!

Over the years, I have struggled to find the best way to store, transport, and organize my painted star fleets. I've tried simply lining the bottoms of the bases with magnetic material. I've built complicated storage boxes designed to "lock" each ship into place. Nothing has reliably kept my models safe in storage and transport.

My latest "experiment" has built upon the fact that I'm using the magnetic adapters from Ninja Magic. Here are two ships I finished a while ago:

Sentries

The adapter allows the ship and base to be separate pieces, held together by magnets:

Ship and base

Since the ship models are separate, I decided to try making some bases to use just for storage. I decided I wanted:

  • something low, so the ships won't topple over if jostled
  • something with a lot of surface area, so I can use flexsteel bases to secure them in magnet-lined storage boxes

Here is what I came up with:

Ships and storage bases

I started with one of Litko's thick wooden bases, and some wooden dowels I picked up from a craft store. I used a mini-mitre box so that I could cut the dowel straight across. I drilled a hole in the wooden piece and glued the dowel in place. Then I glued an adapter piece to the dowel, painted the storage base black, and stuck flexsteel on the bottom.

Ship and storage base

The magnetic adapter should keep the model in place, and prevent it from swinging around. The base is large enough to provide a safety margin in the storage box, and the flexsteel holds well on the magnet-lined box bottom.

Ship and storage base

This seemed easy enough, so I will make more storage bases for my other models...