The revolution will be magnetized

Imperial Knight Conversion: Pt. 6 — Magnetized weapons.

Buckle in for a very pic heavy tutorial on getting the 100% correct representation of both weapons in the new Imperial Knight kit. Of course, the amount of time this took might make an eBay purchase for a second arm seem worth it.

I’ve used three different sizes of magnets on this, plus some magnetic strips (they come with a sticky back, purchased at Wal-Mart for very cheap, and are not terribly strong). Unfortunately, I don’t know the actual size of the magnets as they’ve been collected over time and as gifts.

Let’s start with a look around where the magnets have been placed in the main gun body.

Okay, let’s look at putting together the melta bits, piece by piece.

Now for the battle cannon.

So, that’s that. A lot of work, but I think it’s worth it. The thing is all sprue bits and too much glue, but better safe than sorry. As always when working with magnets, be careful to get the polarity right BEFORE you glue it. Also, since most of your tools are probably metal, keep some toothpicks (cocktail sticks) or plastic tweezers around to fudge with the position of magnets while the glue sets. If they flip up and attach to your tweezers, take the time to check the polarity again. It’s not a fun mistake to discover.

Also, there were many times where I could have fudged the spacing. Magnets this strong work pretty well even when they’re not actually touching, but as the main gun body wasn’t glued or even magnetized, the ones on the back cap and front of the gun had to be as strong as I could make them. I spent a lot of time cutting, filing and glueing the sprue spacers to get them just right. I also spent quite a bit of time with the drill to get the magnets sunken in the way I like. I usually like to leave them sticking out just a tiny bit, but most people like them flush. I’m sure if you’re reading this you have your own preference. As long as they’re invisible once it’s painted, you’re fine.

Hit me up with any questions you have.