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yeah.. I bet that got your attention..
Its ugly, as most POC (proof of concepts) are, but it does prove the concept: it does work. 'Proof Of Concept' means basically this is a prototype, and is not the final version of the design in any way, shape or form. Its a test to see if I want to bother exploring this any further, therefore it was just slapped together.
So, It works! I can say honestly that I have a piranha model hovering a full 1/2" over anything that could support it.... theres just one catch: the tube is needed to keep the freefloating magnet from free floatingly pole swap violently, and slam down onto the magnets below (with enough force to break superglue bonds on anything attached, btw), and the base magnets have to be stacked up pretty high, yet also need to be kept from forcibly spinning around. SO the tripod-base and the tube are necessary.
The more I stacked the batteries, the farther apart they would hover in the tube (magnetic fields combine, so they all add up to make one big strong field), so it was 7 and 7 on each side to give me a god strong lift. These magnets are so strong that I physically CANT force them together inside this tube (which keeps them from slipping to one side or the other). So, the way the magnets are set up is: the base 7 is 6 beneath the styrene sheet, 1 above, pinning them in place.. with a styrene tube enclosing the one on top. Then, as you see: the flying base for the piranha simply had 7 magnets glued on in the right direction.
And theres the hover! the tube is backlit so you can see the actual gap. I know its not awe inspiring as it stands, but it truly is hovering a good 1/2" off the rest of the base, and only leaning on the tube as it tries to flip over. The tube is in NO way a support! TO make it look more awe-inspiring, I would have to find a fast food place that has jumbo clear straws that are big enough to be loose around the magnets.
So its hovering, big whoop. If Imodify a base to make all the base stuff dissapear, and even have a clear straw... its still kindof.... uninsipiring. Ah! but what if, as you move it about, and poke at it.. it bounces and moves in such a way that its obviously floating on a cushion of.. something? well, then things get interesting all of a sudden:
[edited to show final setup, lost somewhere in pg4]
Pretty cool, huh?? well, I think so!
My 'phase 2' plans are a bit of a different setup: same base, no tube.. but there are going to be 3 'captive pins' brass rods coming off the piranha at 45 degree angle in a triangle, each threaded through a narrow ring of that large tube material, which more or less keep the rod captive in a very loose ring. These rings will be stylisticly attached to the base.. and the 3 captice rods will be the 'dont flip over!' mechanism. The upper magnetswould be (gulp!) recessed into the belly of the piranha, so that in the end of the whole contraption: there will be nothing but air between the piranha and the top of the base, with only 3 rods angled into 3 rings to mess the illusion up. (hmm maybe clear plastic rods, but Id have to find those)
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This is, by far, one of the best conversions I've even seen (and if you actually get a fully floating piranha, it will be THE best).
I'd love to try this out on my piranhas, as well as all my skimmers. THanks you so much for showing me this.
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Oh my god!
That's an awesome idea!
Although transporting it would be a bitch...
in essence you could make one float even without the rods, but the materials needed are a bit hard to use. Namely Superconductors and magnets and liquid nitrogen.
the catch is you need liquid nitrogen to use it properly.
add one magnet of sizeable proportions inside the hull of the ship, exactly centered over the center of gravity or add several so you support the ship equally.
cool the superconductor and it will no longer allow the magnetic forcelines to penetrate the superconductor causing the magnet and the ship to float.
If they manage to find a material that works in even hotter temperature it can be done without the liquid nitrogen.
I read the title horribly wrong. I thought it said "Magical floating piniata"
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it'll give more freedom of movement, and you just need to keep the lines *just* taut enough the they prevent total pole-shift. Seen it done with BFG ships and it was utterly amazing.
Also helps if the base is all one large Rare-Earth magnet, and the bottom of your skimmer has a flat surface of rare-earths. DO NOT put any magnets further from the base than other magnets. It is possible, but the math involved is so ridiculously hard that your brain will explode like an orc psycher's.
I like the idea, but i prefer to have the model on a normal flying base, that way, when you come to a hill or incline the model doens't slide bachwards against the tethers, you can ensure that it won't slip out of cover while your back's turned, and you can measure from the stem of the base.
Cool too see another mad scientist though :party2:
Its a good idea but its too darn complex. The base is extremely bulky and very unorthodox in comparison to standard 40k bases. This will be an amazingly good idea if you find some way to stabilize it, simplify it, and overall make it smaller and less bulky. But hey, its a good idea and good ideas are meant to be furtherly enchanced.
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