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Offline Johann Q Peasant

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What do you use for magnets?
« on: July 21, 2010, 05:02:15 AM »
Dear Forum,

I recently decided to magnetize my model bases, as I am sick of them falling over. However, the magnetic sheets I bought just did not have enough power to hold them at all.  So what do you guys use?  I would like to put a magnet under the base, and use magnetic sheets as cheap & effective unit trays.  I live in the US, so keep that in mind.  All help is greatly appreciated!

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Offline jullevi

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2010, 11:59:08 AM »
I bought rare earth magnets from Gaussboys and wandered off to a local metal workshop to pick up some sheet metal. Then I simply glued the magnets on the bottoms of bases and sheet metal on my existing movement trays. They have enough strength to carry even metal models such as Teutogen Guard upside down without problems.
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Offline Obi

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2010, 12:18:00 AM »
ZD1 from K&J magnetics. Cheap (500 for $20) and effective. They're US based, so no shipping troubles. Stick two under metal models and one under plastic. Get some (ferro!)metal sheeting at a local metal working place.

More info is in the workshop, there's a really good article in there.
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Offline ZeroTwentythree

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 03:18:14 AM »
Don't use magnet to magnet. Use magnet on one item (base or move tray) and metal on the other. That way you don't have problems with polarity.


Offline Obi

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2010, 03:47:33 PM »
Well, yeah. Who would use two magnets anyway?
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Offline Johann Q Peasant

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2010, 07:39:46 PM »
Well, yeah. Who would use two magnets anyway?

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Offline Timbor

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2010, 07:41:59 PM »
Just a question about the rare earth magnets - how much of a gap is left between the magnet and the sheet of metal?  Or did you get magnets that are the same height as the base?
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Offline Traumaron

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2010, 08:49:28 PM »
I uses magnets from KJ magnetics that are 1/16th inch thick (type D31).  These fit nicely under the base.  Also, I use movement trays and Rubber Steel inserts from Gale Force 9 for the trays.  http://www.gf9.com/store/product_info.php?cPath=38&products_id=206

Offline Obi

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #8 on: July 22, 2010, 10:20:55 PM »
Just a question about the rare earth magnets - how much of a gap is left between the magnet and the sheet of metal?  Or did you get magnets that are the same height as the base?
I guess about a millimeter, but that's close enough.
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Offline peterhof

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2010, 05:57:41 AM »
The space underneath the plastic models isn't a real prob as those are very light models, what I did with my metal models though is glue a small piece of cardboard (the one from blister packs is perfect :p ) between the base and the magnet.
This way the magnet really touches the sheat which makes for a higher "attraction" (or whatever it is in english)

Still be carefull with metal models as even with this they are able to fall over if you start swinging the movement tray around.

A handy thing about this is: depending on the metal model size (GS for example) I've experienced you only need 1 magnet instead of 2 to keep them stable on the tray.
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Offline Cannonofdoom

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2010, 12:03:43 PM »
I use magnets.
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Offline obitustrand

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2010, 02:55:23 PM »
I use https://www.amazingmagnets.com/default.aspx?

I use them for the bases and I used them to attach arms that have options like gun vs crossbow. they are fantastic! I just completely magnetized a lizardmen stegadon for a friend to where it can change out every single option available in the kit.

Offline Johann Q Peasant

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Re: What do you use for magnets?
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2010, 07:13:53 PM »
You guys rock! Thanks for the tips.


I use magnets.

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