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I have a box of Assault Terminators that I would like to use in my army for a progression league and I figured it would be a good opportunity to try magnetizing the arms.
I looked through a ton of guides and pretty much got it figured out but my question is...
Which size of magnets (dimensions in inches plz!) would be good/ideal?
Any other advice in doing this?
Many thanks in advance!
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Telion's got some good ones there, but I'll recommend something more like THESE. Same magnets, just thicker. These two are good options, too.
Any of them are good, I just prefer the deeper ones because they anchor more securely into a part. I've had thin little ones pop out on me before.
A quick tip: take your pair of magnets, stick them together, and mark the outside ends with paint or a sharpie or something. That way you know exactly which ends go where - there's nothing more frustrating than accidentally installing magnets backwards, only to have them repel instead of attract!
Ive just bough a box with assualt terminators and some 1/8" dia. x 3/32" thick magnets. Ill let you know how it went =D
Family got me a variety pack of sizes of magnets so i'll see which ones work best.
If they turned out this well:
Then you did a great job.. Those are actually the size magnets I use.
What I recommend for polarity though is to first drill the magnet holes in the body.. Place a magnet in one hole making sure it is secured in place. Then place another magnet on top of that magnet and insert it into the hole you drilled in the arm.
Now you have a master for placing all your other magnets.. Use the arm with the magnet to get the other magnet into the other side of the body. Then repeat the step for the first arm with the second. Now you can use the one body to magnetize all the arms, and the arms can be used to magnetize all the troops. No polarity issues.
I use the round 3mm magnets in conjunction with carpet tacks, which coincidentally have a 3mm head. Magnet in the body with tacks in weapon options saves on cost and solve polarity concerns. The problem is centering the surfaces so it doesn't look lopsided. Here's how I do it.
1) Drill a small hole in the weapon arm using a pin vise.
2) Insert a sewing pin into the hole, cut down so the point is only slighly protruding (a paperclip also works but a pin is better )
3) Position the arm on the body then press firmly to produce a centrepunch.
4) Use the pin vise again to drill guide holes.
5) Use a hand drill with a 3mm bit and drill countersink holes
6) Glue in magnet/tack. You may need to clip off some of the tack's shaft.
Of course you can get away with doing this by eye but precision counts.
Further to comments by MarxusTharin, use a texta to dot the magnetic poles after the first test fit.