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  • #183889
    Avatar photoWhirlwind
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    The project for this week is to finally get my metal 1/300 and 1/600 aircraft put on flight stands (my plastic ones from PSC come with clear plastic bases and stands already, thank goodness).  So what is the easiest way of doing this?  They don’t need to do anything clever like adjustable heights or anything, the 1/300 aircraft just need to be mounted at a fixed height to be compatible with the PSC stuff.  Anything goes with the 1/600 aircraft.  Cheaper is obviously better than not, but I will spend a bit of cash to make things go from ‘quite fiddly’ to ‘very easy’.

    #183890
    Avatar photominiaturemen
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    Games Workshop do a pack of 5 clear  bases with stems for £3.15 which would be the easy option if the models have a hole on the underside or you could drill into them.

    #183907
    Avatar photoLogain
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    Well for your 1/600 transparent thumbs tacks are cheap and very easy. I just snip the point off so that you just have the grip.

    #183908
    Avatar photoSteven Francis
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    A quick Google found a few options… TT combat seem to do 15 old school transparent hex bases for about £3 which may do you well…

    IOtherwise I think that Brigade Models sell these type of bases…

    https://www.brigademodels.co.uk/Accessories/Items/ACC-001.html

    https://www.brigademodels.co.uk/Accessories/Items/ACC-025.html

     

    #183913
    Avatar photomadman
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    First item out of stock. Same pretty much everywhere else since covid.

    #183952
    Avatar photoWhirlwind
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    Thanks for the suggestions so far

    #183961
    Avatar photomadman
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    I found some a couple months back. They were not clear but resin. Can’t for the life of me remember but check some 1/300 aircraft suppliers as that is where I think I found them.

    #183966
    Avatar photoAndrew Beasley
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    Tumbling Dice have their range here and Litko have a large range here. Neither are ‘cheap’ though.

    There is a Spanish seller on eBay that look good – £1 to £1.70 + P&P. I searched ‘acrylic flight stands‘.

    (Edited to say £1.70 not £170 – blush)

    #183968
    Avatar photoLogain
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    Here is an example of transparent tacks/pushpins. These ones are 20mm tall after clipping the metal off and were 50 for $5 USD. The flat surface make it really easy to attach mini’s well. I’ve used them as 3mm aircraft bases and as 6mm anti-grav tank bases. All sorts of sizes out there, if you decide to go this route. Including ones that are large enough to mount squadrons on.

    #184021
    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games
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    Do the stands need to be clear or plastic?  For 1/600 nonadjustable stands I am a fan of just using square wood bases that are textured/flocked/painted with a piano wire or tall pin drilled into the base a plane, sometimes painted “sky blue”.  Works best if the bases end up matching the matt you are playing on.  Have even painted the whole shebang like sky, or space.  Bigger base and thicker wire is needed for the big bombers though, like B-17s, etc.  Going this route allows you to add a boxed or recessed area of tiny dice if your rules system requires tracking energy or whatnot.

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #189034
    Avatar photosean lone
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    I use these. On holiday until 11th August but a bit of a discount to make up for having to wait.

    Clear flying bases – pack of 12

     

    #193012
    Avatar photoAdmiralHawke
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    I hope nobody, particularly Whirlwind, will mind me reviving this thread. I have read and re-read it because I have much the same question and wondered whether anyone had stumbled upon any other options.

    I’m looking for flight stands for 1/700 aircraft. Like Whirlwind, I’m not looking for anything particularly fancy.  But as I want them for naval games, I am ideally looking for stands with different heights for dive bombers (high) versus torpedo bombers (low), which few of the plastic options seem to offer.

    Oddly enough, the stands that come in a couple of 1/700 ship kits (such as these: https://www.tamiyausa.com/shop/1700-waterline-series/battle-of-malaya-set-2/) are pretty much what I’m looking for, but not for sale separately.

    The closest thing I have found are these: https://www.cc-craft.co.uk/metal-stand-h-15-cm-5-cm-1-pc.

    I think I might have to go down the path suggested by Darkest Star Games, but was hoping to avoid the palaver of making my own.

    Maybe Litko is my best option, as Andrew suggested?

    #193015
    Avatar photomadman
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    Here is a source of the files for printing flight stands of different lengths.

    https://www.wargamevault.com/product/437945/Hex-Flight-Stand-Set-for-3D-Printing?term=flight+stand

    Price is free for the files. Just need to find someone who can print them for you. I found a handful of “near local” companies who print files for me and lately a fellow in my other hobby (RC planes) is also very much into 3D printing. I suggest getting the files while they are available and looking or asking around for a person or company doing the printing. Unless of course you do it yourself. I found the company who I have used a few times costs less for the files I bought plus the printing charge than getting the same miniatures cast in resin from a supplier.

    #193017
    Avatar photoMike Headden
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    For my 1/600th scale aircraft for Cruel Seas I just used a length of brass rod, snipped to the appropriate length and slotted into a hole I drilled in an MDF base.

    I think it looks OK.

    Arado Floatplane 1/600 scale

    Not the best picture but you can see what I’ve done.

    There are 100 types of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who can work from incomplete data

    #193034
    Avatar photoDarkest Star Games
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    I played a pair of games of “Check Your 6!” the other week and we used clear Lego cones with a transparent blue one every 5th to denote different altitudes.  Each model had a small rod sticking down that fit right into the top of the topmost Lego.  Super easy to add or subtract the cones.  Worked a treat for both 1/300 and 1/144 planes.  (it’s probably not that cheap though…)

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #193052
    Avatar photoGaz045
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    For my 1/600 planes  I use wire with a bend simply hot glued onto pennies……enough weight for them to survive a shaky table and very economical.

    "Even dry tree bark is not bitter to the hungry squirrel"

    #193550
    Avatar photoAdmiralHawke
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    Madman, Mike, Darkest Star and Gaz045,
    Thank you for all the new replies. You have given me a series of new options to think about. Much appreciated. 🙂
    Sorry for being slow to reply. Various things (e.g. work) got in the way.

    #197514
    Avatar photoAdmiralHawke
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    Thank you again for all the suggestions and recommendations.

    I thought hard about making my own bases using brass rod and MDF bases, or wire and pennies, but decided that even something that basic might be beyond my limited modelling skills.

    So I’ve gone for some Litko bases (which are available from Pendraken in the UK).

    1/700 US naval aircraft
    My 1/700 Fujimi US carrier aircraft on Litko bases.

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