Magnetizing UCM Frigates (5/15/17)
Magnetization of the UCM frigates was relatively straightforward. Because there are two different bridge configurations, you cannot glue the bridges to the hull. The solution was to use magnets to hold them together. Here, I used a 1/16 x 1/32 cylinder magnet on the hull while I used a 1mm x 1mm cylinder magnet on the bridge. The result was solid attachment of the bridge to the hull that will not readily fall off, yet allow for easy interchange.
|UCM bridge section with 1mm x 1mm magnet inserted.|
|UCM frigate hull with magnet to hold bridge section in place.|
|Magnets installed in UCM frigate. Note asymmetrical placement of magnets.|
|Magnetization of the turret|
|Turret location in hull magnetized.|
|Magnetic tape added to the wing recesses.|
|Finished magnetized frigate.|
Magnetizing Scourge Frigates (5/1/17)
After the experience of magnetizing the PHR, the Scourge were relatively easy. I cut the ball joints off the main hull and replaced them with spherical magnets. I placed 1x1mm cylindrical magnets in the recesses in the "wings".
|Magnetized Scourge frigates|
Magnetizing PHR Frigates (3/14/17)
In researching how to magnetize the PHR, there are several blogs and videos on how to magnetize the cruisers (like here). However, I could not find any resource on how to magnetize the frigates. Looking at the assembly instructions, it looks like very little modifications are required to allow for assembly of all the frigate variants. The sole exception is the Medea strike carrier. That ship does not use the ventral wing. In fact, the component covers the inset for the flight stand. My options were to 1) permanently build several Medeas and allow the rest to be configurable, or 2) figure out a way to allow configuration of all the variants.
My solution was to magnetize the flight stand, ventral wing and hole for the flight stand. As you can see from the following picture, magnets (2mm x 1mm) are inserted in the recesses for the flight stand and ventral wing. In drilling the holes for the magnets, I used a sharp awl to poke a small recess where the drilling is to start. Magnets were then inserted using a friction fit or with a small drop of superglue gel. The trickiest part was the area for the ventral fin. That area is very thin and you have to be careful when installing the magnet or it will fall through the hull and into the model, where it is impossible to remove.
|PHR frigate with magnets installed|
|Ventral wing with wire inserted|
|Flight stand widget with magnet installed.|
|Completely assembled and magnetized PHR frigate sprue.|
|Frigates configured as (L. to R.) Pandora, Calypso, Europa, and Medea/|