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Alright, here's my problem. I just recently magnetized my tyrant and 3 fexes and I'm loving the interchangeable arms and the ease of making everything WYSIWYG. However, I have a problem. The magnets seem to hate my Tyrant because I've had maybe one magnet pop out of the fexes, but each of my Tyrant's arms has lost it's magnet at one point or another, and once even the securing blob of green stuff came out of the socket.
So basically, I was wondering if anyone here has any tips for me as to how to keep the magnets in their proper places so that my Tyrant doesn't have to be a walking torso anymore.
Sorry, but I didn't suffer this problem really. The first magnet I glued to a fex popped out when I did his other arm, but I just glued it back in with superglue and it stuck.
Is the arm popping off when you attach an arm, or just by itself? The only thing I can think of is gluing then greenstuffing each magnet one at a time.
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You might consider applying a thin layer of glue and or paint over the magnets once they are in place. This extra layer may help to secure them and should not interfere with their ability to be magnetic. Though you might want to try a test first with something expendable.
That's a good idea Leech, I'll try that, thanks.
And sorry, I should've specified. The magnets are popping out when I try to pull off a weapon arm that's magnetized on.
Leech's idea is probably best. I only have one extra advice for that, try to "slide" the arm along the socket instead of pulling it out straight. That said, it may/may not work depending on the depth of the socket you left after putting the magnet in (if it's shallow it works, otherwise you simply cannot).
Was the arm socket painted prior to you putting a magnet in there? I had the same problem, but I solved that by taking the paint out with a round carbide bit for my dremel tool. Also took another approch by using J-B weld on the socket. That works great!
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The biggest issue with using magnets is surface contact for your glue. You want your magnet to be as snug as possible before you glue it in. I usually drill thee hole, fill it with green-stuff, push the magnet in and trim it up. I then let it sit and harden for awhile, pull the magnet back out and leave it sit overnight. Once the greenstuff is 100% dry, I glue the magnet in place. I've never had an issue with it popping out after that.
One "trick" when removing the arms is to use the rotational socket to your advantage. The magnets will apply the most magnetic force if you try to pull them straight apart. IE: just lifting the arm out of the socket. However the magnets apply very little resistance if you slide the two surfaces apart. So assuming you left the ball joints pretty much the same, simply roll the arm out of joint. This will slide the two touching surfaces apart and have almost no chance of pulling one magnet out of it's hole.
Last edited by TamCoan; July 8th, 2009 at 15:12.
Try scratching the surface with a knife to make a rough surface.
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There is also over lap with green stuff. When the magnets are glued in place put some green stuff around the edges and smooth it down. If the green stuff overlaps the edges of the magnets it will help to secure them. Though make sure that the magnets can still touch or they may not work.
I must say I have never had a problem with this and my magnetized models. What magnets are you using and what glue?
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