E-11 Magnetic Stand

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Son of a Pear

New Member
I've been after a nice looking stand for both my E-11 and D-44 for a while now, but I'm not a huge fan of the simple acrylic or wood stands that can be bought. So I've been on a mission the last few months (this is very much a side project to changing 3 month old nappies/diapers) to make a nice looking blaster stand with as little fabrication and work as possible.

The biggest problem I came across was the "U" shaped saddles at the top of the poles that hold the blaster. I tried loads of different things from industrial pipe saddles to scaffolding clamps, nothing seemed to look right. I had a couple of small strong magnets around, tried them out and they did a grand job :) I put two into my blaster (The front magnet went into the stock and as a bonus I put another magnet into the muzzle and now the stock rotates and locks into the closed position) and two magnets on the top of the poles.

It's not fully completed, I still need to smooth over the magnets in the blaster, redo the pole magnet pole tops in silver making them flush and a complete general clean-up, but you get the idea. The magnets hold the blaster really well, a lot better than I imagined they would, you can even try and tilt the blaster and it will correct itself.



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Here's a list of the items that were used in case anyone is interested in making their own.

Top Mesh - Slotted Grill
http://www.customcargrills.com/proddetail.asp?prod=Perf_SS

Under Mesh
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stainless-Steel-304-Mesh-30-012-Wire-Cloth-Screen-12-x24-/121749818152?

Wood Base - Artist wood Easel - 6" x 24"
http://www.utrechtart.com/American-Easel-Gessoed-Wood-Painting-Panels--Flat-Panel--7-8-in-MP-13672-001-i1031941.utrecht

Pole End Caps - For M12 Thread
http://www.amazon.com/SmallRig-Thread-Prevent-Accidental-Sliding/dp/B00MLXN4FM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1443542928&sr=8-2&keywords=Rod+Cap+M12+Thread

Poles - M12 Thread
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EWGZRNS?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00

Magnets - 3/8" x 1/4"
http://www.magnet4sale.com/n52-neodymium-magnet-dia-3-8x1-4-rare-earth-disc-magnet/



Everything else including the rubber grommets, countersunk washers and screw, I had already.
 
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jkno

Master Member
Very cool stand, great job! I'm not a big fan of mirrored acrylic stands, so a metal stand for an Imperial E-11 is the best choice IMO.
 

Son of a Pear

New Member
Thanks jkno, It was actually a picture of your e-11 stand that gave me the idea for the mesh base. It was the best stand I could find on google images, cheers

Very cool stand, great job! I'm not a big fan of mirrored acrylic stands, so a metal stand for an Imperial E-11 is the best choice IMO.
 

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Tom1971

Sr Member
I've been after a nice looking stand for both my E-11 and D-44 for a while now, but I'm not a huge fan of the simple acrylic or wood stands that can be bought. So I've been on a mission the last few months (this is very much a side project to changing 3 month old nappies/diapers) to make a nice looking blaster stand with as little fabrication and work as possible.

The biggest problem I came across was the "U" shaped saddles at the top of the poles that hold the blaster. I tried loads of different things from industrial pipe saddles to scaffolding clamps, nothing seemed to look right. I had a couple of small strong magnets around, tried them out and they did a grand job :) I put two into my blaster (The front magnet went into the stock and as a bonus I put another magnet into the muzzle and now the stock rotates and locks into the closed position) and two magnets on the top of the poles.

It's not fully completed, I still need to smooth over the magnets in the blaster, redo the pole magnet pole tops in silver making them flush and a complete general clean-up, but you get the idea. The magnets hold the blaster really well, a lot better than I imagined they would, you can even try and tilt the blaster and it will correct itself.



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This is awesome!!!!!!!!

Can I ask what did you use for the grill base material??

Thanks

Tom
 

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Son of a Pear

New Member
This is awesome!!!!!!!!

Can I ask what did you use for the grill base material??

Thanks

Tom

Thanks very much.

Do you mean the mesh under the grill? that's was some "Stainless Steel 304 Mesh #30 .012 Wire Cloth Screen" got it off Ebay for about $20 for 1' x 2'
 

Tom1971

Sr Member
Thanks very much.

Do you mean the mesh under the grill? that's was some "Stainless Steel 304 Mesh #30 .012 Wire Cloth Screen" got it off Ebay for about $20 for 1' x 2'
Excellent. That was going to be by next question but I was actually was asking about the grill??

Thanks

Tom
 

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gyoung2993

Sr Member
I have to say , Son of a Pear , that's a really nice display , especially for Star Wars blasters....great to see the grill look for other props looking sooooo good , Bravo Sir !!!
 

Tom1971

Sr Member
I have to say , Son of a Pear , that's a really nice display , especially for Star Wars blasters....great to see the grill look for other props looking sooooo good , Bravo Sir !!!
Word !!

I'm gonna copy your stand for my Stormy if you don't mind.???

It looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe do a small one for my Biker Scout blaster as well if I ever get the one I want again.

Tom
 

gyoung2993

Sr Member
Word !!

I'm gonna copy your stand for my Stormy if you don't mind.???

It looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Maybe do a small one for my Biker Scout blaster as well if I ever get the one I want again.

Tom
I don't have any lightsabers , which I do want a graflex V2 version ,but if I did have one , I would use this same grill with red lighting under the grill , like in Empire strikes back floor look , that's my idea , in the future anyway.....hehe...I love this truck grill....possibilities are endless with this version grill , anything star wars works !!! Something I plan to do one day , if I can ever get a Luke ROTJ saber
 

Son of a Pear

New Member
I have to say , Son of a Pear , that's a really nice display , especially for Star Wars blasters....great to see the grill look for other props looking sooooo good , Bravo Sir !!!
Good of you to say, cheers.

I am thinking I should have put something around the grill edges to cover them, like your silver edging. I might steal that idea next time :)
 

Tom1971

Sr Member
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