Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Magnets!? How do they work?

Friggin Magnets, How do they work?  If you came here looking for the answer to that age old question, you are in the wrong place.  If you want to harness the magic power that is magnetism to make your plastic miniatures more versatile, I can help.

I started using magnets about a year ago when I was complaining that my gargoyles were a pain to move because they kept falling off the stands.  Todd (Sincain) suggested magnets.  He used them for his marines' backpacks.  I tried it and it was like a friggin miracle.

My goal was to take my Slayer from the Cryx Battle Box and add magnets to make it usable for Slayer and Malice.  Unfortunately,  Malice looks like it will modify it too muck to make it useful but I decided to keep adding magnets. 

   We are looking at magnets.  There are plenty of places to buy magnets but I get mine from K&J Magnets.  I usually get the D201-N52 but will use D501-N52 when a lager size is required.

I am working on the Slayer from the Cryx battle group box set and we will be using that as the example.  First thing you need to do is prep the area. Below are two shots from the shoulder.  One required no prep work and one required some drilling.

Fit perfect without any drilling.

Required the use of a 1/8th inch drill bit in the pin vice.
Here we have two places where we put magnets:

Here is the torso with a magnet where the shoulder will go.

I used the drill to place a magnet in the recess for the head.
The head had a recess but unlike the shoulder recess I drilled it out.  The reason is simple.  I wanted an exact placement.  I couldn't guarantee that with the massive opening and the D501 because it didn't fit correctly and I would have to do more work on the head and it wasn't worth the trouble.

One of the important things to do is test that you drilled everything properly BEFORE you start to glue.  Not that you messed up too bad if you did it and realized it was wrong (I did that with this product twice). 

The image below is a tower of magnets.  I do this to make sure I have the proper polarity.  If you just dropped one magnet, you have a greater chances of screwing things up with it.  It is MUCH easier to pluck the magnet off this or do the reverse and remove the stack from the other piece.   

The image below is hard to make out but I colored the top green with a sharpie.  The marked side goes into the recess of the other piece.  In this case, the shoulder joint. 

Here is the shoulder joint with the magnet in place.  Even though I I originally had a decent fit, I went back and cleaned it up a bit.

This is the back of the head with the magnet to attach it to the body.
That is about it for this.  I probably made it more complicated then it should be but it works for me. 

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