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Hey! Ive been considering lately to try and make one of those Hive Tyrants that you can switch out arms on, the only problem is I don't know how to do it or what to use! Can you please help me?
Rare Earth Magnets. I have my tyrant arms magnetized and it works great. (Same for my carnifex.) Just get some small round magnets from ebay and put one in the arm sockets and one in each of the arms ou want to use. Make sure you get a strong magnet so it doesn't fall off. The only issue I had was with arms that were long and haevy towards the tip. It would cause the arm to rotate down. I solved this by always putting pairs on each side and using a small metal pin to link the two together.
here's some shots of my magnitized MCs to give you a an idea of what it looks like in the end. (You can see the small metal pin supporting the arms weight in the first fex picture.)
Check my blog (click here), I did this for an old Hive Tyrant (2 ed., first model they did for the hive tyrant, yeah I'm that old). I just glued the magnet to socket and used green stuff for modelling.
Now you can also use a drill and put the magnet inside the hole you just did (hole inside the arm socket). Thats is what TamCoan did I guess (I also did it for my carnifex).
The problem you will have is if you are trying to do that with metal add-ons (the wings I used in my blogs for instance). In this cased magnets were not an option and I had to pin them permanently.
If you live in Canada, I can give you a website address where you can get rare earth magnets (easy to get wherever you live).