Up front, I will apologize for the quality of the pictures. My new smartphone apparently has camera that picks up the scan lines from my bench light. And since a number of photos was taken before I realized this, I was not going to go back and re-shoot them.
Frigate Assembly and Magnetizing
|The first batch of Scourge Frigates, with a pile of bits for all the options|
In any case, magnetizing the frigates really is not that bad with a couple of tricks and practice. The left and right wings are just ball-n-socket joints. Drilling and putting a magnet into the socket is pretty straight forward. You just have to be careful of two things:
- Do not drill to far. Drill a little, check to see if the magnet will sit flush. Drill a little more, check again. So on. These pieces are not that thick and you will break through the other side fairly quickly.
- ALWAYS check the polarity of magnets even before you do a dry fit check! They have a habit of getting stuck, even when just doing a dry fitting, so you want to make sure if that happens you haven't totally screwed yourself.
For the ball side of the ball-n-socket (ie, the main fuselage), you are going to need a very expensive tool to get the drill started on a curved surface properly:
|Yes, a thumbtack. Just sand the half sphere down a little bit and then use|
the thumbtack "scar" a hole to start your drill bit in. Great
to use on any drilling project.
|You can hopefully spot the magnets here.|
|A wing option.|
|Different wing option.|
Now, I will say that I wish the magnetic attachment was stronger. The wings are not likely to fall off or anything, at least with reasonably gentle handling. But due to the ball-n-socket situation, they will rotate a fair amount. That being said, I am justifying living with this defect by believing they would be articulated in reality and you can't convince me otherwise. LOL
|The magnets used, herein referred to as the "small magnets." |
Also, these are about as big and strong as I think you can get for the joints.
|These almost look the same...|
In the next post, I will cover my attempts to magnetize the cruiser options. That was significantly more tricky.