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Re: Magna-Board Building Board Project
Reply #17 - Dec 11th, 2018 at 9:10pm
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I have a question regarding plans made by Pres Bruning. I like his work but am unable to find plans for things like ribs and formers. Did he publish a separate sheet for items like this and if so, where can I find it. I am considering his plan for the Northrop Gamma.
  
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Reply #16 - Dec 6th, 2018 at 4:50pm
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Tom, thanks for the info. I will start building again as soon as I get the board. It has been long enough.

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Reply #15 - Dec 6th, 2018 at 3:47pm
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Bob...Home Depot/Lowes has a number of smaller magnets used to close cabnet doors etc.  You get several in a small package. 

Unless you're gonna build a fuselage longer than 32" you should be in good shape with that size board. Wings can be built in sections so even a 6ft wing could be built on that board but the fuselage length is the limiting factor!!! Grin Cheesy Wink Smiley
  

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Reply #14 - Dec 6th, 2018 at 12:57pm
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I thought that I would give the magna board a try now that Ive cleaned up the room and no more hospital visits until January.

I remember someone found some small magnets to use instead of the large. I cannot remember where those small magnets were purchased.

Last question: is the 13.5" x 32" board big enough for most build projects?

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Reply #13 - Jul 17th, 2018 at 5:35pm
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I have used both methods. Since i can get sheet metal for free (when i remove old steam boilers) Amazon ordered magnets.
It is a learning curve. Since my wrist and thumb fusion i put the board up and went back to pins but once i gain strength back i will use the magnet system on my bigger builds.
Its all what you get use to and like. I did make some jigs for the magnets which were a big help but the same for my pins to.
In the end we just keep building Smiley
  
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Reply #12 - Jun 8th, 2018 at 6:10pm
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Sky9pilot wrote on Jun 8th, 2018 at 5:45pm:
There is a learning curve for those of us used to the pins and ceiling tile building boards.  There are a lot of pluses as well, when it comes to building those box fuselage structures.  The magnets do help in keeping things vertical. Tom


That was my initial impression. Useful to hold things in place and potential to keep formers and box fuselages true. The model that I was trying these out on was relatively small and consequently, the formers were relatively close together. So close as it turned out that the magnets reacted to each other.

If I had kept to using the magnets, then I would have had to slow the building down to avoid "fratricide" between the formers. I didn't want to do that and so went back to pins and building board.
  
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Reply #11 - Jun 8th, 2018 at 5:45pm
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There is a learning curve for those of us used to the pins and ceiling tile building boards.  There are a lot of pluses as well, when it comes to building those box fuselage structures.  The magnets do help in keeping things vertical.  Just a hint, if you go to one of the big box home supply stores they have an assortment of smaller  and various shaped cabinet magnets for holding the doors closed.  I bought a bunch of long narrow ones and their ability to hold things in tight places and not so attracted to the other magnets.  You might want to give them a try!
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Reply #10 - Jun 8th, 2018 at 12:32pm
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When I saw this idea a few months ago, I went right out and got the board and magnets. I was surprised at the strength of the magnets, and I didn't appreciate how that would affect my build.

Word to the wise. Be very careful about how close you get these things to each other. When they are close enough to attract, they do it with a vengeance and woe be unto anything in their way Cheesy

Maybe there is a learning curve here but I was too put off to give it a try. I went back to my pins and building board.
  
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Reply #9 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:39pm
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Now, I can move the free flight building board around my workshop and bring it back to my large, motorized building board with other, larger projects pinned to the homasote surface.

  

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Reply #8 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:34pm
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Here's a close up showing the magnet is about 1/32" off the shelf board - thanks to the thickness of the Scotch clear mounting tape - allowing you to pull the magnet away more easily before you use it. [Those magnets supplied with the Magna-Board are very strong! Smiley]
  

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Reply #7 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:30pm
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I'd ordered the Little Richard kit from Easy Built and started my use of the board. I found that the melamine coated board has the advantage of resisting damage from spilled glue and dope. The Scotch mounting tape raises the edge of the sheet metal enough to allow easier grabbing of the magnets before using them to hold down parts. I keep them handy around the edge of the board.
  

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Reply #6 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:13pm
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Easy Built recommends waxing the sheet metal. And this was the final step.
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:11pm
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I found this mounting tape to be ideal. Alas, I needed two rolls of it to tape to the shelf and created equally-spaced "lanes." This tape is aggressively tacky and once mounted you will find the sheet metal is pretty much permanently mounted. The good news is that the sheet metal is evenly supported and there are absolutely no "dips" or "valleys" anywhere.
  

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Reply #4 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:06pm
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With a robust handle bolted to each end in the border area, it is now time to mount the sheet metal surface.
  

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Reply #3 - Jun 2nd, 2018 at 12:04pm
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I decided to keep the bolt heads flush with the bottom by drilling with a 3/8" forstner bit and getting the depth just right with my drill press. It's nice when things come together.  Wink
  

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