Magnetic building system - RCCanada - Canada Radio Controlled Hobby Forum
RCCanada - Canada's Radio Control Hobby Forum
Construction Ideas, Hints and Tips For all the builders out there. Ask questions, make suggestions, trade tips.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-14-2016, 03:58 PM   #1
akabek
RCC Expert Contributor
 
akabek's Avatar
 
I am: Rick B
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Keswick, ON
Radio of choice:
Graupner MZ-24

Feedback: 30 / 100%
Posts: 762
Total Props: 0
Magnetic building system


       Remove this ad - become a site supporter!
I have some kits I will be building this winter and I like the idea of putting together a magnetic building board. I know you can buy kits in the US but once you add shipping, duty and the exchange rate it gets ridiculous.

My current work table has a plastic top so it is far from flat. On top of the table I will use two glass sheets for a flat surface. When building I would put the metal sheet on top of the glass to keep it flat

The kits I will be building are in the .40-.60 size so nothing huge. This is what I am thinking of piecing together:

Most of the hardware stores sell sheet metal. My glass pieces are 24 x 36 so I will stick to that size. Canadian Tire sells a 22 gauge 24x36 coated metal sheet for $36.99. The trick will be to find one in the rack perfectly flat without damage in the corners.

I ordered 2 sets (100) of these magents for $50.91 shipped.

http://kidder.ca/ceramic-magnets.html

The downside with the magnets I ordered is if you drop one it will probably shatter.

The ceramic magnets you can buy in the US is sandwiched between two metal sheets but I cannot seem to find them in Canada.

http://www.magnetsource.com/airfieldmodels/

To brace pieces at a 90 degree (like the fuselage) I can buy some of these and hold them in place with the magnets.

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.4...000773668.html

Or I can buy a sheet of plywood and made some fixtures like these.
http://www.airfieldmodels.com/galler...aper/17782.jpg

Another thought is to buy some welding magnets like these.
http://www.princessauto.com/en/detai...et/A-p8089351e

Princess Auto will have these one sale next week at up to 70% off.

What do you think?
akabek is online now   Quick reply to this message.

Sponsored Links - Subscribe to remove this ad.
Old 10-19-2016, 04:43 PM   #2
TheBirdman
RCC Contributor
 
TheBirdman's Avatar
 
I am: Randy s
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: brampton ontario
Radio of choice:
VCONTROL
# of RCs: 14+

Feedback: 15 / 100%
Posts: 285
Total Props: 1
Re: Magnetic building system

I made my own, yes you will have to bite the dust and order from magnet source in the US $55 for 100 pieces. wood I used the 36" popular pieces from lowes/homley-depot, their straight and true, available in different widths. Just take the time to make proper jigs, and cut/drill/cut/drill/cut/drill took me the weekend to make 16 pieces, as for the metal base find a metal shop and have a piece cut, you can find a cut-off for a fraction of the cost
__________________
AGILE 7.2, 600N, jr450x3
SAB 700 500
Gaui X7 X5 X5V2 GX4 X4II X4IINF X3 X3L
Fly safe! Drive safe! Be Safe!
TheBirdman is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 10-19-2016, 05:04 PM   #3
TheBirdman
RCC Contributor
 
TheBirdman's Avatar
 
I am: Randy s
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: brampton ontario
Radio of choice:
VCONTROL
# of RCs: 14+

Feedback: 15 / 100%
Posts: 285
Total Props: 1
Re: Magnetic building system

here are some good reading sites

http://www.airfieldmodels.com/inform...d/fixtures.htm

http://www.airfieldmodels.com/inform...uilding_board/
__________________
AGILE 7.2, 600N, jr450x3
SAB 700 500
Gaui X7 X5 X5V2 GX4 X4II X4IINF X3 X3L
Fly safe! Drive safe! Be Safe!
TheBirdman is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 10-19-2016, 06:42 PM   #4
Cricklewood
RCC Senior Contributor
 
Cricklewood's Avatar
 
I am: Chris K.
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Caledon, Ontario

Feedback: 21 / 100%
Posts: 687
Total Props: 3
Re: Magnetic building system

The magnets with the metal on each side are MUCH stronger than those without and well worth the additional cost. My system wouldn't work nearly as well without the metal plates. I used 1/4" baltic birch ply for my pieces and built a jig for cutting the various upright pieces.

My system is built mainly based on information from the Airfields website noted above which I found very helpful.
Cricklewood is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 10-19-2016, 07:19 PM   #5
TheBirdman
RCC Contributor
 
TheBirdman's Avatar
 
I am: Randy s
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: brampton ontario
Radio of choice:
VCONTROL
# of RCs: 14+

Feedback: 15 / 100%
Posts: 285
Total Props: 1
Re: Magnetic building system

Here is a pic of the finished jigs
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1419.jpg
Views:	37
Size:	649.7 KB
ID:	1077594   Click image for larger version

Name:	DSCN1418.jpg
Views:	35
Size:	715.1 KB
ID:	1077602  
__________________
AGILE 7.2, 600N, jr450x3
SAB 700 500
Gaui X7 X5 X5V2 GX4 X4II X4IINF X3 X3L
Fly safe! Drive safe! Be Safe!
TheBirdman is offline   Quick reply to this message.
Old 10-19-2016, 08:12 PM   #6
akabek
RCC Expert Contributor
 
akabek's Avatar
 
I am: Rick B
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Keswick, ON
Radio of choice:
Graupner MZ-24

Feedback: 30 / 100%
Posts: 762
Total Props: 0
Re: Magnetic building system

I tried to buy a sheet of metal from the metal supermarket last Saturday but their shear was broken. I ended up buying a 24x36" sheet from Canadian Tire. For magnets I bought 12 medium welding angle magnets for $2.99 each and 100 of the small ceramic magnets. I will tinker with it for a bit so see what works best. If need be I will add metal plates to sandwich the smaller magnets.
akabek is online now   Quick reply to this message.
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the RCCanada - Canada Radio Controlled Hobby Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Member names may only be composed of alpha-numeric characters. (A-Z and 0-9)

!!ATTENTION ADVERTISERS!! If you intend on advertising anything on this forum, whatsoever, you are required to first contact us here . Additionally, we do NOT allow BUSINESS NAMES unless you are an Authorized Vendor. If you own a business, and want to do sales on this site via posting or private message, you will need to follow the rules. Shops, Stores, Distributors, Group Buys without being authorized will see your account terminated.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Your Name
Your first name and last initial is required if you plan on using the forum.
Location
Which city & province you live in. This is mandatory for classified listings.
Radio of choice?
Which radio is your current favorite to use?
Number of RC Vehicles?
How many boats, cars, planes do you own?

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
vBulletin Message

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:33 AM.


vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.