Friday, October 4, 2013

X-Wing! Now with more angles!

I've wanted for a long time to make my X-Wing fighters able to have a more dynamic look. There's a company that makes special magnetic engineered flight stands to do this but they are ridiculously cost prohibitive. After searching the interwebs I found this blog:
This guy gives a really nice tutorial on how to make the fighters look like they're in a dog fight by using BB's and Neodymium magnets to modify the X-wing flight stands. Below are my results. I'm pretty happy with it. 

 The TIE Advanced and the Y-Wings I've found are the fighters whose weight is a little more off balance than the others. The regular TIE fighter is a little top heavy as well. 
 The magnets I bought are a little larger diameter than the ones on the blog, and I found that I needed to stick two of them together to get the magnetic pull I needed to keep the ships a little more stable. 
 I clipped off the pin and drilled out a little hole in the post to allow the BB something to sit on. I roughed up the contact surfaces of the BB and the magnets with a file to give a little more friction to the contact. 
 I actually bought ring magnets for this project as was suggested in one of the posts on the blog. This gave a lot more grip between the ship and the magnets and prevents slipping. 
Regular old BB's, make sure they are steel so the magnets will stick. 


  1. Awesome stuff as always Brother!

    PEW! PEW! PEW!

  2. I'm glad you found my post for inspiration! Also, yes, my technique required some trial and error until others suggested what you found it. I'm glad it works so well!