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Colt Ward

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Mech Assembly Line
« on: 22 January 2020, 13:53:32 »


I got one of these to try out.

And it was really solid to start putting minis on bases & together with dynamic poses . . . less frustration of trying to use putty or other stuff to properly position, maybe the part drops a bit.  I am REALLY happy with the dynamic pose I was able to set up for my Ostwar that had been sitting partially assembled (legs & arms put together) for over a month (2?) but . . .

1) Not really wanting to buy GW stuff . . .
2) I would like to be able to set up a assembly line w/o paying 20 a pop as well as better stabilizing

So . . . I would like to find some arms w/clamps like that where I can take a small piece of wood and put something like 3 or 4 positions with arms.  So basically I can start assembling multiple mechs using the arms/clamps to help position the pieces how I want and churn out some mechs.  Having them placed on a piece of wood rather than the handle being tucked away would also keep the toddler from knocking it over while the mini is drying.

Heck, I can also see it being possible to be used to add fiddly bits to home-built terrain.

Anyone know where to get some arms like that?
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #1 on: 22 January 2020, 14:27:49 »
hrm... how big of an assembly line are we talking?

I know them by the name of "Helping Hands" which are frequently used in the soldering world.  You can get that with a magnifying glass for $10, but that is still not cheap enough for assembly IMO.

I can find a "spare part" on amazon for a nylon arm with two grippers for one cent, plus $4 shipping.

Finding something that lets you get those in bulk and save on shipping, then making  your own base plate might be the nice mix between cost, effort, versatility, and scalability.

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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #2 on: 22 January 2020, 14:52:40 »
Nah, I am just looking to put 3 or 4 on a piece of wood.

Looked at it on Amazon, and that works well . . . but charging 1 cent?  Seems weird.  Might order 4 or 5, drill holes in the small board, put them through and find some bolts to secure to the board . . .

Thanks!  I knew someone around here would have a idea.  It will work out cheaper than buying those handles and then to try to anchor them.
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #3 on: 22 January 2020, 18:27:09 »
Are those alligator clips metal? I've had bad experiences with them chewing up surfaces.

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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #4 on: 22 January 2020, 18:32:18 »
The ones on the Citadel are plastic.  The ones Insomniac linked have a plastic or rubber covering over the teeth.
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #5 on: 22 January 2020, 18:38:32 »
an old soderning trick is if you are worried, get some cheap heat shrink tubing and place it over the clips and blow with a hair dryer.
Add layers until you aren't concerned.

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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #6 on: 22 January 2020, 18:47:53 »
s Insainiac said just search "helping hands" on your preferred online retail spot

Tons of them
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #7 on: 22 January 2020, 18:51:42 »
Yeah, tons popped up on Amazon with his link but I was looking under 'Clamp' with Hobby Lobby and other hobby stores- not finding what I wanted which is why I posted.  The group here is great with some easy help.  Going to place a order for them tonight and start figuring out a board to use or maybe some plastic.

 . . . can all those un-assembled minis stored in a drawer march forward into battle?
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #8 on: 22 January 2020, 19:00:45 »
Call for the Sgt Major!

Sargeant Cy Acrylate, assemble the troops!
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #9 on: 22 January 2020, 23:11:49 »
I ordered my 5 tonight- 4 pairs to put on a board and one spare- thanks again for the help Insomniac.  I hope to post a picture in a week or two (timing always depends on toddler) with 4 mechs under construction!

Huh, weird . . . shipping says the first day I might get it would be mid-Feb?  Oh well, still a deal.
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #10 on: 23 January 2020, 00:39:36 »
That explains the price,
Sounds like wish.com or other similar shops,
dirt cheap, a little shipping, but it takes a while because it's coming directly from China
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Re: Mech Assembly Line
« Reply #11 on: 23 January 2020, 00:44:40 »
Not too worried . . . since I got the one I have been able to get two mechs finished in the last 3 days.  I think I have 20-30 still unassembled- some still in baggies and blisters- and it might encourage me to make a run at some of the more difficult ones, like the missing quads.
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