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Stephen Magro
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Like many im looking at rebasing my miniatures to clear acrylic. I want to magnetise the bases for transportation, does anyone have any experience doing this with clear bases? What sort of process did you use?
 
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I have never heard of a material which is magnetic, or which attracts magnets which is also transparent.

Anything you do to magnetize the bases will make then no longer clear.
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Tor Sverre Lund
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you could, of course, have a small magnet embeded in the middle of the clear base... don't think I've seen it done anywhere though
 
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Good suggestion, Gawain
 
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Drill a hole for something like a 3/16 inch rare earth magnet under where the model’s contact point is glued to the base. You won’t see it and the base stays clear.

Personally, my models are on clear bases, painted pretty nicely, and rattling around in a Plano-type box. I sealed them with a few coats of clear varnish (glossy then testors dull oat). They’ve been dropped from a 3 foot table and had no paint chip or pieces break off. I would not recommend investing time and money into magnetizing, but whatever floats your boat.
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Stephen Magro
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Well i was considering either drilling them into the peg or replacing the peg completely and potentially pinning them with longer magnetic rods if the model was large enough. Not really familiar with size vs strengths though
 
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I've glued hundreds of models to clear acrylic bases using #33 acrylic cement, and have them rattling around inside the boxes in compartments, and I've never had them fall off of the base. I don't use the pegs, just cut the bottom of the model flush and glue them on.

I also spray clear laquer before gluing to the base, and I haven't had any issues with paint chipping off.

If you do decide to do clear acrylic with magnets, be careful when drilling them, as the acrylic (at least the stuff from Litko) will crack and break pretty easily when trying to drill.
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markblasco wrote:
I've glued hundreds of models to clear acrylic bases using #33 acrylic cement, and have them rattling around inside the boxes in compartments, and I've never had them fall off of the base. I don't use the pegs, just cut the bottom of the model flush and glue them on.



Do you have a secret for getting them to stay on? I use #33 and Litko clear acrylic, but I usually have to rebase at least one model after traveling (I put them in foam cases) and sometimes they'll pop off the base if dropped. Generally it's thralls, witches, and other stand-on-their-toes types, but I just had to rebase Diana a few minutes ago. XD

It doesn't stop me taking them places, but I tend to bring glue and extra bases with me JIC.
 
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Just to mention that it should be possible to get acrylic bases with holes for magnets. I buy mdf bases from Warbases with holes. The standard acrylic bases they offer do not come with holes, but they offer to do different sizes so they would probably also do them with holes if asked.
 
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