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X-Wing Ship Magnetising Tutorial

Magnetised ships not only looks great on the playing field (space?) but can make the process of taking them off the peg easier when collisions occur. Also, you don't have the problem of the top of the peg snapping off inside the ship (one of the reasons I decided to magnetise my ships in the first place!). He's a tutorial that can be used by anyone however it is slightly tailored towards UK players in regards to sourcing of the items.

Things you will need:

  • The ship and peg you want magnetised
  • Scalpel/X-ACTO knife (Can be bought online/hobby stores)
  • Metal File (Not particularly necessary but helpful, can be bought online/hobby stores)
  • Sand paper (Online/B&Q/Homebase etc.)
  • Aldrite epoxy glue- (Amazon-£5.49 w/prime) 
  • 6mm ring magnet (10)- (First4magnets-£5.45 inc. delivery)
  • 3/16 inch Steel ball bearings (10)- (eBay- £2.75 inc. delivery)

Total for consumables (10)-

£8.20 (82p per ship) 

1. Prepare the ship 

Remove the peg slot from the ship, I use a pair of (rather rusty) pliers and it easily just snaps off. You can use a file/hobby knife to clean it up a little.

    

             

                    

2. Prepare the peg/ball bearing  

Again, using the pliers clip the end of the peg and clean up using a file/hobby knife. Once smooth, use the knife to core out the top so the ball bearing can fit snuggly in (this also creates greater surface area to glue it in place). The ball bearing is very smooth and the ship tends to flip flop about. To fix this, use sandpaper or a file (I find sandpaper works best) and rough it up a little. If you find it hard to grasp the ball (the are quite small) you can wait until it is glued.

                  

3. Glue the parts together

Mix together the epoxy. I used baking paper and put a small blob of each tube in to separate spots then mixed together using a straw. Make sure you put it into two separate spots as you don't want to risk getting the glue onto the other tube this stuff dries very hard! I leave it for a minute just so it gets a little tacky but the rapid Araldite does what it says on the tin and dries quite quick. Place a small amount of glue in the little groove that was created on top of the peg and place the ball bearing on top.

                              

Now for the fun fiddly bit, I put a little bit of glue on the magnet (doesn't really matter what side) AND a little bit on the ship (where the peg slot was) and spread it around a little. Place the magnet onto the ship and allow to dry.

Pro-tip: Place the peg into a base and allow it to dry  

4. Finishing up

If you had problems roughening up the ball before it was glued you can try when it has been glued on. Be sure that the glue is dry however (at least 20 minutes) as the ball may fall off! You can also file the magnet a little. Lastly, place the tiniest amount of blu tack in the middle of the ring magnet, this also helps with the flip flopping about. 

                              

Congratulations you've magnetised your first ship! The epoxy should be rock solid after around 80 minutes and Iv'e never had any problems with discolouration or bits falling off. With practice you can typically magnetise a ship in around 10 minutes and is easier if you do them in batches (just not too big of a batch as the glue may dry out before you get to the last ship!).

Other Resources

Green Stuff World- A Spanish company that sells X-Wing magnetising kits which works out slightly cheaper but delivery is typically around a week.

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