Thursday, January 3, 2013
For the las-cannon itself, I start with the las-cannon that comes with the Valkyrie kit, cut off the upper sensor spine and add one of the las-cannon barrels from the Baneblade kit with a little filing for a nice fit. This assembly gets a 1/8" magnet set into it (remember to make sure it's properly polarized for the fuselage magnet!)
For the wing las-cannon, I use 4 of the las-cannon from the IG heavy weapons kit. To create the pairs I first drill a 1/16" hole through the gun using the socket for the power cable as a reference. I use a piece of plasticard rod or tubing through the holes to align the guns and set the spacing. Once, that joint is set, I cut a length of sprue and file it to a 'aerodynamic' shape to create the mounting pylon.
To put the magnet into the gun assembly, I drill a 1/16" pilot hole into the desired spot on the 'sprue-pylon' followed by a 1/8" hole for the magnet, I usually start with the smaller bit as it has less tendency to wander off the desired spot. Then after checking the polarity about 3 times, I put a bit of green stuff into the hole followed by the magnet. Since a single magnet like this would allow the gun to pivot, something I don't won't, I add an alignment rod to the back of the 'sprue pylon that engages the slot in the bottom of the kit weapons pylon. This alignment rod is just a bit of 1/16" plastic rod filed to a half round shape and glued into place.