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1/2" — 3/4" brass ship pedestal needed

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  • Member since
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  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
1/2" — 3/4" brass ship pedestal needed
Posted by Bobstamp on Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:34 PM

I'm looking for a small brass display pedestal for a 1/500-scale ship model. It needs to be between 1/2" — 3/4" (12.5mm — 2 mm) high. I've found a one on eBay, but it comes from China and might not arrive before January, if at all (I once waited for 6 months for a wax pencil from China, and when it arrived it proved to be worthless, and my wife has never received something she ordered from China for a crotchet project.) Any suggestions for a North American supplier?

Bob 

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

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Posted by goldhammer88 on Saturday, October 16, 2021 10:46 PM

Take a look at brass finials at a lighting department, and at some brass pipe couplers in the plumbing department.  Might find something that will work for you

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, October 17, 2021 11:39 AM

So Bob, it's always tough to mount the model after it's built.

Next time you can either glue some nuts inside the hull or a block of wood at each pedestal, or drop a bolt down at each.

Here, I would use a wood screw from underneath, countersunk in the bottom of the wood base. The model is pretty small, so you can rely on the threads gripping the plastic. Iirc the hull is one piece, not split down the middle.

Then for pedestals you can use anything you like, including a spent .45 casing if you drill out the primer!

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Sunday, October 17, 2021 1:08 PM

GMorrison

So Bob, it's always tough to mount the model after it's built.

Next time you can either glue some nuts inside the hull or a block of wood at each pedestal, or drop a bolt down at each.

.... 

Bill

Way ahead of you, Bill! In fact, I think it was you who taught me the nut & bolt trick, about a year and a half ago IIRC. A great tip! And proof that I am the world's slowest model builder!

Bob

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, October 17, 2021 5:18 PM

Hi.

       Go to your local Lighting Supply store. They would be a likely source. If you have already finished the ship. Then do this.You can use four as feet and Put pins in a hole drilled in the top of each leg. Then Set the ship on them enough pressure used to mark it. Drill holes in the ship. Coat the pins with Epoxy and you'll be good to go. 

  • Member since
    June 2021
Posted by rocketman2000 on Monday, October 18, 2021 7:46 AM

goldhammer88

Take a look at brass finials at a lighting department, and at some brass pipe couplers in the plumbing department.  Might find something that will work for you

 

Ditto

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Posted by Bobstamp on Monday, October 18, 2021 5:30 PM

Goldhammer88 had the right idea. This morning I bought couple of copper pipe end stops at Home Depot, like this one:

They measure  1.5 cm X 1.5 cm (1.2" X 1.2"), and are lot less expensive and more suitable than the purpose-made pedestals I found, all of which are too high for such a small model, which is about 12.5 inches (31.75 cm) long. The shortest purpose-made pedestal I could find measures 2.2 cm (.87"). Using steel washers, I built mock-up pedestals 2.2 cm tall and mounted the ship on them. It looked like a hospital ship on stilts!

Thanks to everyone for their suggestions.

Bob

On the bench: 1/500 Revell S.S. Hope, being built as the hospital ship U.S.S. Repose; Academy 1/72 F-86F Sabre, and a diorama to illustrate the crash of a Beech T-34B Mentor which I survived in 1962 (I'm using Minicraft's 1/48 model of the Mentor). 

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, October 18, 2021 6:36 PM

That's the spirit! Now you can get fancy and stack  a 3/4" brass washer on top of each.

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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