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wedge_hammersteel
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:37 am    Post subject: Solder Reply with quote

Does anyone have any thoughts or experience at using solder to weight the bottom of the hex stands? Would it be heavy enough? Would it melt the plastic? I have some stands to experiement with but I wanted to ask as well.
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Scoutdad
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would indeed melt the plastic.

I've just filled all of the hex bases for mine with spackling putty. It's easier and faster... adn none of them have tipped over yet.
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djdood
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you really want the weight of metal in the stand bases, just buy some cheap metal bird shot, pour it into the void, and goop in some epoxy glue.
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mjwest
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or use metal washers. Either glue or epoxy in a couple washers.
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wedge_hammersteel
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. I could try the bird shot and spackling putty together.
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Starfury
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Joined: 03 Nov 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't have bird shot but had some small split shot for fishing. I cut those in half and used them to weight the bases. a thin layer of superglue and a squirt of accelerator and a nice weighted base.
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Monty
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought a bunch metal fender washers at the local Fastenal store, piano wire from a hobby store and slip shot sinkers from Wal Mart.

Matched to the size of the mini. 1.5" for the DN and 1.25" for cruisers and smaller. 1" for 2400 series minis. Whatever looks right.

I hammer a 1/8th inch slip shot sinker used for Carolina rigs through the middle of the washer, then hammer about an inch of piano wire through the middle of the sinker. It's tight. Paint it all flat black and put a sticker on it.

It seems to fit on the deluxe hex maps fairly well and it's bottom heavy for sure. It's not easy to tip over.



Pardon the dirty grills, I'm in the middle of this paint job.
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