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Primarch's Titan magnetizing Tutorial

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:29 pm 
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The idea has been floating around for ages, but it was Dwarf Supreme, his pictures and advice that final gave me the courage to give it a try. I dedicate this thread to him and hope the information herein proves useful. :)

Part 1

The stuff.

The hardest part is what to use. There is a lot to choose from out there and no all of it is useful for this purpose. This is frequently a persons biggest hurdle. I have listed what I have used with links. These represent what I found most "optimal" after trial and error.

First you'll need some sheets of metal.

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The amount of sizes, gauges and a whole host of information may be confusing. Also, just because its "metal" does not mean a magnet will adhere to it! So principally you want magnets to stick to it and be thin enough to punch holes through it.

I bought this at Lowes, but should be available in any similar hardware store.

http://www.lowes.com/Search=metal+sheet ... al+sheets#!

The size of the sheet is not that important, the THICKNESS is. I would use 26 gauge (about 0.025 of an inch thickness) or thinner. The sheet should be pliable in your hands. If it is too rigid it may be too thick.

I would also suggest to shop for your sheets with the magnets you intend to use and make sure they stick!

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:33 pm 
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Magnets

They now make small very strong magnets. They should be 1/4 of an inch in diameter and 1/32 inch in thickness. Anything larger may look awkward and will be difficult to "conceal" with paint or green stuff.

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The picture shows 200 magnets. I got these for about 60 dollars here:

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/products.asp?cat=10

You want to buy axially magnetized discs (the sticky part at the two flat parts on top and bottom, not the sides).

They are pretty small, but very strong, don't let the size fool you!

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Hole puncher.

You need to have a tool to punch the discs the magnets will adhere too. There are several ones out there but I found this to be cost effective and give you options on hole sizes.

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If you search under metal disc puncher set you will get many links to suitable sets.

http://www.amazon.com/SE-Disc-Cutter-Pu ... B0015SNM42

http://www.ottofrei.com/Disk-Cutter-Set ... d-Box.html

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Part 2

Make components.

Now that we have the right tools lets punch out some metal discs.

The tool set comes with many sizes, but I selected 5/16 of inch because the disc will be slightly larger than the magnets we'll use to give the magnet a good perch to bind on.

The puncher tool comes with multiple sizes so we first remove them all.

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There is a groove on the side of the tool where you insert the sheet of metal...

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Insert the corresponding metal rod of the desired diameter in the correct puncher.

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Use one of these...

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Use the hammer to strike the top of the inserted metal rod at it will punch at the desired metal disc. The rod will be extracted the other side with the disc.

One sheet of metal can yield MANY metal discs....

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You will soon have as many of these as you need.

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Step 3.

Preparing weapons.

Of course, you will need a test subject.

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and of course some weapons.

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Snip the plastic pegs that came on the weapon.

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Make sure you sand them down nice and flat with a hobby file or equivalent. It is useful to leave a flat surface to make it adhere to the magnet once you apply glue.

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Apply one small magnet to each of the sites you sanded.

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You can even use those old plastic arm joints by placing a magnet on one end and a metal disc on the other.

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Very quickly you will have all your weapons done.

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Step 4 preparing titan.

Once you are done with the weapons, use the metal discs you punched out in step 2 an apply glue to one side and fix them to each of the 4 weapon points.

Two on top.

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Two on bottom

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Once they are all dry you ready to mount weapons!!

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Step 5 mount weapons.

The magnets are very strong, so when you remove them I'd slide them out rather than pull them out.

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And they all come off easily. :)

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At this point you can paint the titan and for those with skill I think you can use that "green stuff" to hide the metal discs or eliminate the recess to make it unnoticeable.

I must say that the ability to swap weapons is great and I am so glad I attempted this successfully and will be converting everything this way.

Thanks for listening!

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Hmm magnets are great but for my taste those are way too big and not very good looking on the titan. What I did for my warlord, was that I used 3 mm diameter and 1 mm thick magnets. That size is exactly the size of the titans own weapon holes so they fit perfectly. Also they are easily powerful enough to stay on the titan and movable.

Also they dont show too much outside. I will put some pics on another thread. Good job though! Magnets are cool cuz they give you so much choose to arm your titans.

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Hmm magnets are great but for my taste those are way too big and not very good looking on the titan. What I did for my warlord, was that I used 3 mm diameter and 1 mm thick magnets. That size is exactly the size of the titans own weapon holes so they fit perfectly. Also they are easily powerful enough to stay on the titan and movable.

Also they dont show too much outside. I will put some pics on another thread. Good job though! Magnets are cool cuz they give you so much choose to arm your titans.


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I'd like to see pictures of that. More ideas are always good. :)

I also saw they sell "ring" shaped and "rod" shaped magnets. I can think of some interesting ways to use those as well.

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