100 days to paint : Throwing Stones

 

After seeing Mercykiller’s flying Enigma Foundry, and him mentioning mounting it on a flying base, I figured this would be a good article to write next. I would advise against mounting super heavy models on PP’s flying stands (Editor’s Note: Yeah, it didn’t work out too well), but most small and medium-based metal models are okay.  My camera freaked out a little while I was  working on this, so I’m missing a couple of the real life photos that go along with the diagrams.

Step 1: select the surface you’ll be mounting in.

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Step 2:  Drill a 1/8″ hole into the surface. It doesn’t have to be too deep, just deep enough to  fit the ball socket into.

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Step 3:  Fill the hole with a ball of QuikSteel. QuikSteel is a 2-part epoxy that I found at Home Depot. It dries much harder and faster than greenstuff. This is important as you are going to have a pin stabilizing most of the weight of the model, and I don’t trust the durability of greenstuff to have that kind of weight on it. I tried greenstuff in the past, and it had a lot of “sagging” on the model under it’s own weight. The second part here is that you want to dip the ball at the end of the flight stand into a lubricant. I used olive oil. This will keep the 2 parts form adhering in step 4.

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Step 4: Press the flight stand into the hole. This will squeeze out excess QuikSteel and leave you with an indentation that maximizes surface area between the flight stand and the model.

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Step 5: Trim off excess QuikSteel with a hobby knife. Then clean up all of the olive oil with some dish soap.

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Step 6: Drill out  an area for pinning. Be careful not to drill all the way through the center of the ball on the flight stand. 3/4ths of the way should be more than enough.

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Step 7: Paint and Glue. You’re all done.

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  1. Ogre said:

    Thats pretty slick, I may just have to try that on my next set of stones.

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