Tiny Magnets

Discussion in 'Tips, Tutorials & Tools' started by Fishcarver, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Awhile back, there was a thread about a helicopter model in which the modeler was looking for a method to keep the working cargo doors shut. Magnets were suggested.

    I tried this technique for the rear and top troop doors on my BMP.

    I was able to get 10 tiny (1/8" x 1/8" or 3mm x 3mm) rare-earth magnets from Lee Valley tools (www.leevalley.com) for $Cdn 2.50. I embedded the magnet in the model, and attached a small strip of thin steel (a large steel staple, beaten flat) to the door catch. The result was a set of troop doors that stay tightly closed.

    I hope that this is useful to somebody!

    Jim

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  2. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    here's another view, illustrating the size of the magnets.

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  3. milenio3

    milenio3 Active Member

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    Yes indeed a very good idea.
    I was thinking on those flexible magnets, like the ones used for refrigerator souvenirs.
    But you just gave the startup idea. Doors, windows, hatches... Thanks!
  4. SteveG

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    Thinking " outside the box" could you position magnets on a model and its base so they oppose each other and thus create a hover effect ?
    I am sure one of the plastic model companies produced something similar in one of its kits

    Steve G
  5. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Steve: Sounds like an interesting idea. Believe me, those Lee Valley rare-earth magnets are some POWERFUL!
    Jim
  6. SteveG

    SteveG Member

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    Don't complain to me if you put them in the wrong way and cannot get the model of the bench ;-)

    Steve
  7. lizzienewell

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    That is so cool. I suggested the idea as one possible way to keep doors close. It's great to see that the idea working.

    --Lizzie
  8. Fishcarver

    Fishcarver Active Member

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    Lizzie: And good on you for the idea!! Many thanks!!

    Jim