Flight Stands

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acctingman
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Flight Stands

Post by acctingman » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:00 pm

Are there any decent reasonable priced flight stands out there for 1/300 gaming where you can have the plane bank/dive? Any DIY tutorials out there to make your own?

donglewwe
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Re: Flight Stands

Post by donglewwe » Fri Aug 09, 2019 8:46 pm

DIY
I use a ring magnet (on model) and a ball bearing (on stand) that works well enough on 1/600 stuff...dunno how it would hold up with bigger (I assume metal?) models, though.
https://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss1 ... erside.jpg

For my 1/300 WW1 stuff I made bent-wire gimbals that friction-fit into tubing - fiddly, for sure, but they work.
https://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss1 ... 1hee0z.jpg

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Re: Flight Stands

Post by acctingman » Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:06 pm

What did you use for the stand itself? What material was the base?

Thanks for sharing

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Re: Flight Stands

Post by donglewwe » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:40 pm

https://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss1 ... twkv7j.jpg

The base is a plumber's nut (1.25") which has a recess in the bottom that nicely fits the base of an elevator bolt onto which is threaded a tee nut into which an antenna is pressed - can you guess I spend too much time loitering in a hardware store? ; )

A magnet on the bottom holds the thing together as well as provide stability since my boards have a thin sheet of metal on them.

The base serves as a 0-9 speedometer (with a washer-pointer) or other scale (0-6 overlay shown) as rules require. I use the fixed base of the antenna as another scale (with color-coded clips), and the use of magnetic markers to indicate various game conditions/stats. Bookkeeping is a drag on play, imo, and the more that can be tracked with the model itself the better - especially for solo play, which I do a lot of.

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Re: Flight Stands

Post by SteveBurt » Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:39 pm

I made my own. Block of MDF with a wire pin. Wire pin in plane. Thin aluminium tube of varying lengths between them; the pins go in the end of the tube. The backs of the MDF blocks have steel paper to stick on veteran/rookie/ace pilot names on magnetic labels. The tops are colour coded by section and have numbers for each plane
https://i.imgur.com/PW4V8ds.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/MG6EFWZ.jpg

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