The magnets on the pickup tool is probably strong enough to hold the light plastic model kits I'm using, but I've got some much stronger magnets that I'll stick on the end of them. I'll also add a small piece of fabric/felt on the magnet so it doesn't scratch up the bottom of the aircraft.
Anyway, here are the items necessary to build the stand:
- Magnetic Pickup Tool
- Large heavy washers
- 1/8" hardboard (or other appropriate base)
- Liquid Nails (not pictured)
- Sculptalmod (not picutred)
You'll also need a caulking gun for the Liquid Nails and a jig/scroll saw to shape the base.
Another great feature of this particular magnetic pickup tool is that the bottom unscrews to allow you to remove the shirt clip AND to allow for gluing down of the little screw. The telescoping part can now be removed from the heavy base for ease of storage and transport. You can see the little screw stuck in the center of the Liquid Nails.
Next, I'll cover the base in Sculptamold and build it up a bit around the telescoping pickup tool to give it a little more stability. With some paint and ground cover, it should work well!