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I'm sure everyone agrees that the GW supplied skimmer bases are junk. I was thinking of options to improve them. My idea is to replace the plastic stem with something like 1/8-3/16" inch brass rod in the same height. On the skimmer, I was thinking about a part similar to what's circled in the attachment recessed into the hull. The problem is, I don't know what the technical or common name for that part is or where I could find it. Anyone have any ideas of where I could find something like this? Again, 1/8-3/16" inner diameter with a collar, capped on the other side so the rod stops when inserted, and I guess something like 1/2" long/deep.
....or if anyone knows a better way to base a skimmer I'd appreciate any suggestions.
If I wanted to be sure that it wouldn't bend I'd fill the gap in the skimmer base, than find a thick piece of rodding like you said and drill the base and model to fit it. The base goes in the bottom of the model so making the hole bigger won't affect how it looks.
Might be kind of a pain but it wouldn't break. :]
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OK, here's what I do. It won't suit everyone and it doesn't exactly look 'elegant', but it works like a charm, is perfectly balanced and is easily detachable for transportation. It involves getting a black Dreadnought-sized base and a long nut and bolts. Drill a hole in the bottom of the base large enough to fit the nut through and the same with the bottom of the skimmer (I know it'll destroy your model if you make a mistake, so you might want to practice a little first before attacking your favourite skimmer) then put the nut through the base, one bolt relatively near the top that your skimmer can 'sit' on, then put the skimmer on and either leave it like that or put another bolt inside the skimmer to fasten it, if you can. It doesn't look as bad as it sounds, but it won't work on all skimmers - I've only tried it with Eldar ones, I doubt it'd work on Landspeeders or anything. Basically, you bolt the skimmer to its base and fasten it if you can. Like I say, it won't suit everyone, but it certainly works for me and it makes the skimmer perfectly balanced and easy to transport. As long as the nut isn't too thick, it doesn't look ugly either.