OverviewThis is the third in a series for crafting assets for the VSF genre. In this particular post I will show how I crafted flight stands. These flight stands prop my "aeronef" (flying battleship) proxies above the field of battle to provide an illusion that they are hovering upon the table.
PicturesHere's what you'll need.
- Hot glue gun with hot glue gun sticks. Maybe a dozen or two.
- Zinc washers 1.25-inch
- Zinc washers 0.625-inch
- Neodymium (rare earth) magnets 10mm. You can order a variety from Amazon.com here: https://www.amazon.com/100pcs-Strong-Neodymium-Magnet-Fridge/dp/B01MCU7Y1R/ref=sr_1_29?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1480150925&sr=1-29
- Wood blocks with pre-drilled holes. These can also be beadery blocks. The holes are for the dowels.
- Dowels. These must fit the holes.
- Snap-lock fastener bushings.
- Bird-nose pliers for clipping stuff.
|Here I have about 24 bases for my flight stands. You can see how the block with the dowel shows the loose fit. Let's correct that.|
|To make the dowels fit more snug, just add some hot glue. Create a puddle with the hot glue and dip the dowel and rotate its tip. Here at the top is untreated, and the bottom one is with the glue.|
|Make enough for your needs. These dowels are 3-inches long, but you'll probably want to vary them. The idea is to have the dowels be exchangeable; they'll not be permanently glued into the holes in the blocks.|
|Here's all of the dowels fitted into their blocks. Again, these dowels are removable. My thinking is that maybe in some situations I want things to be higher or lower to the table.|
|Taking my bird-nose pliers, I crop all of the dowels to about 1.5-inches or maybe a little longer. It's not a precision cut because it will be masked later by the snap-lock fasteners.|
|The neodymium magnets are very strong. I have to separate them from all magnetic surfaces or else they'll jump together. Here I use my mat-knife to slice one single disc from that tower of magnets near the top of this image.|
|Here's what the bushing looks like upon the magnet. Notice that the fastener has a hole.|
|Add hot-glue into the inside of the bushing and push the dowel through. Add the magnet to the end. Because these particular magnets have a hole, I just make it flush to the end.|
|You can see here that I have enough for a small squadron. All that remains is to spray paint them.|
|This from later in the week. Time to get painting; I'll be doing some dry-brushing.|
|Pick a nice blue and pick up some paint. Lay it solely at the base using the flat-side of the brush so as to allow some of the lighter blue color between the glued texture to peek through.|
|Here's what they look like with the coat of blue laid down.|
|Here's what everything looks like when finished and against a dark background.|
|And here is my aeronef on its flight stand! Ta Da!|
|Here's the battlefield with all of bases (flight stands and cloud stands) painted with the darker blue. You may notice that I have some of the cloud stands stacked two tall, and that some of the flight stands are taller than the others.|