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Ok, I've just broken the SECOND stem trying to assemble my flying bases for my cron army. Is it me, or are these %^#@$ things VERY poorly built? The stems don't even FIT in the bases, let alone the underside of the carapace. GRR!!!
Had to vent. Thanks for reading.
They are not very good, and whilst they look good with that slanty-sides thing going on they ALWAYS break, especially when carrying heavier models. My advice would be to get a length of brass rod of similar diameter to the stem and cut that up into sections. Use this for a stem instead - much stronger.
EDIT: You could also pin a plastic one. Drill very carefully through the top of the plastic stem to about 1/2 way down its length and drill a corresponding hole in the model then insert wire. I tend to find this is more difficult than using a brass rod, and that it gives inferior results most of the time. Rich
I have to agree with Rich, for years I have persevered with flying bases as the colourless plastic looks better than a piece of black rod IMHO but eventually you get fed up with them breaking, so my latest army used the rod
Everything you have been told is a lie!
Flying bases can work for plastic stuff like jetbikes, as long as you remove the top pin, enlarge the hole, and fit it snugly in.
I never glue mine, either, just keep the bases seperate then pop them together whenever I start a game or put them on display.
Metal will kill it's flying base at some point though, without fail. Metal rod is the only way to go with that.
Can reinforcing the clear plastic rods really work? I'd almost rather try that.
Yeah, it can work quite well, but if you want to leave the plastic rod unpainted you will be able to see the wire quite clearly as it passes through the stem. This seems to defeat the object of trying to keep the stem as discrete as possible.
Scarletsquig's idea of snapping the top plastic lug off the stem and sticking the main part into the hole in the model is a good one - it removes the main weak point of the stem. Perhaps you could try your luck with that; it could be all you need for lighter plastic models. Ultimately though, you will need stronger stems for the bigger, heavies models. Espicially if the stem insert is not quite at their centre of gravity.