Using Magnets in Model Building
Model building, a popular hobby for those with high levels of patience, or for those who might want more patience, includes making small-scale or shrunken models of objects like cars and trucks, houses, planes, ships and boats, and more!
Most people purchase modeling kits that use materials like paper, wood, and metal where you use either a snap-and-clip system, glue, or nails to keep it together. As you can imagine, these kits are made up of tiny pieces that can be combined to make a small-scale replica of a larger object –– dealing with all those tiny pieces is where the patience comes in. Luckily, tiny neodymium magnets can be an effective and smart replacement for model building, saving you some headaches! Here’s why ––
Why Use Magnets
We’ve always been fans of using magnets for customization, and model building is no different. By swapping out glue for tiny neodymium magnets, you can interchange the model pieces for new designs, or easily repair it as you can separate the pieces when needed. You can also use the repelling magnetic fields of permanent magnets to create a levitating effect, perfect for trains, cars, or plane models. Here’s an example of using magnets to build a levitating model train!
How To Use Magnets
Where you would normally put glue, instead, drill holes big enough to fit the magnets inside. You’ll then glue the magnets in place and let the glue dry. A great tip –– you could also use adhesive magnets here! Repeat for the other side –– then, stack the magnets on top of each other to fit. Something to keep in mind when choosing materials, if you opt for magnetic pieces, you won’t even have to glue the magnets in place as they’ll naturally stick.
And there you have it! Hopefully this tip can give you some much-needed patience to get your models built. For more ways to incorporate magnets to upgrade your every day, check out our fix it with magnets section of the blog!