April 09, 2011

Pylon progress

So yes, it's been a while, but at long last I've been making progress. The thing with pylons is, they're big. If you want to take them with you, you pretty much have to go flat-packed. Like so:

So what I've done is cut the tip of the pylon with a hacksaw, drilled some holes, and glued magnets in (in this case they're 3x2mm, ensuring a nice powerful fit).

On the pylon side, I drilled 3 roughly equidistant holes, glued the magnets in, waited for everything to dry, and then added a spot of paint on top of the magnets. I pressed the other part while the paint was wet, which gave me the place to drill…

 … I then drilled where the paint was, put on more magnets (taking care I got the polarity right), and here we are:

Here is the result, on one of my older pylons (I've managed a tighter fit this time around):



 While I was at it, I assembled the centre of the pylon: glued the 3 parts together, then added 1mm brass rod in 4 places. The rod is not flush, the idea is to fill the hole with a bit of green stuff. It was quick to do, and ensures the thing will not break apart. The joint in the middle will be filled with green stuff as well - easier than spending time trying to get the two parts fit exactly.


  1. That's cool great job with the magnets. Do you think I would be able to do the same on my Thunderbolt with the new GW flying base they supplied with it? I only ask as I am a bit stuck on how I can put it on a base but still have the ability to move it around.

  2. You'd need some seriously big ones I reckon. Ask Stephane @ monstrouscreatures, he's been playing with that kind of stuff for his titans. Failing that, pinning should do the trick.

  3. Mmmm.. Thanks for the recommendation but not sure on that one. For the Titan I used real thick brass rod but in the case of the Thunderbold that would not be the best. Same problem I have with the Vampire Hunter. Not simple, I agree.