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Re: magnet boards
Reply #7 - Mar 16th, 2012 at 7:17am
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In my experience the ceramic magnets have not proved themselves for smaller models .  It seems just where you need to put a magnet, it won't stay because of attraction or repelling to another magnet. 

They also move out of place fairly easy...push a little too hard in one spot, the magnets move and the structure is out of alignment.  I usually have to use more magnets to reinforce. 
I think the are much easier to use on larger models.  I will probably use them a lot on Midkiff's P-51.

If I REALLY need something to stay put, like where wood is going to bend, I still use pins, for small models anyway.

I don't know, maybe I am doing something wrong.
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 29th, 2008 at 5:30pm
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Those little magnets are very strong, I use them for holding the wing on an rc plane, wing is removable for access to the gear but it helps in a crash, the wing will usually come off without much damage.    jeff
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 28th, 2008 at 9:46pm
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I can imagine the strength of those little neodenium cubes! Grin. Probably need a pair of pliers to move them Wink.

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Reply #4 - Aug 28th, 2008 at 9:41pm
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I will probly do like Jeff said. I have a couple of big planes that I want to build so I will need a bigger sheet. Sometimes I have "honeydo" projects that takeup space. Good to know about the cheap magnets. I'm a cheap kind of guy. Wink

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Reply #3 - Aug 28th, 2008 at 5:37pm
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I have been thinking about trying this also.  But what I was going to do is go to home depot or something, getting a nice piece of cheap metal plate, than buying a good flat sturdy piece of plywood and screwing the plate to it. So its nice and flat you can carry it around etc.   And I also heard weaker magnets are easer to use.   But I am a pin man myself , but I'm going to give it a try.   jeff
  
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Re: magnet boards
Reply #2 - Aug 28th, 2008 at 1:18pm
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Hi Eric, recently used a magnetic board when constructing my first Pistachio (really must finish it . . .)
anyway back to the magnetic board - was a big success with these small 'uns although I still prefer pins for the bigger ones, they can be a right pain when your fus is only 4" long Tongue

One thing I did learn was not to bother with the posh molywhatsit magnets - they are just too strong. I bought some 3/16" cubes thinking they would be ideal for keeping ribs upright etc. They were. . .only trouble came when I tried to take the buggers off before removing the part; I'll spare you the gory details, but it's cheepo ones for me Cry

To be fair I think the kits all come with the 'right' types - I was buying everything separately.

Craft shops sell good boards for cross stitch patterns; mine is A3 and  was much cheaper than I expected Smiley

Give 'em a try. . .they're good fun (and there is less danger of lost sharp bits if you work in a front room also inhabited by rug rats)
  

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Reply #1 - Aug 28th, 2008 at 7:54am
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Hi Eric,
A lot of guys are using magnet  boards these days. So they must have their advantages. Pins are OK too Wink
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Aug 28th, 2008 at 4:31am
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http://airfieldmodels.com/information_source/how_to_articles_for_model_builders/...

Heres a few cool ideas for magnets. I havent used them yet but I think I will give them a try.
Anyboby got any suggestions?

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