I couldn’t paint anything on Red 5 yesterday, so I decried to push ahead on some early Blue Leader /Blue 1 progress.
A fellow builder and good friend pointed me to some stands and inserts that he uses on his X-Wing builds.
These video camera stands can be found on Amazon for around $10.
The 1/4″-20 threaded insert can be found at Amazon as well. The only problem I had with purchasing the inserts on Amazon is that they come in quantities of 50 or 100. I only needed two. I went to a local hardware store (Lowe’s) and found what I needed in the hardware department in the specialty furniture hardware drawers. They had a bag of four for $4.00.
I drilled a 5/16″ hole in the belly of the fuselage. The was hole was a little undersized, which was okay. This allowed me to get the opening to the right size to install it as flush as possible.
I glued the insert to the inside of the fuselage with a generous supply of super glue reinforced with baking soda. Apply the baking soda while the super glue is still liquid.
Since there is a curve in the belly of the fuselage, I sanded the edges of the insert until the entire insert was contoured to the fuselage shape.
Once dry, you can screw the stand to the model.
Once I was satisfied with the overall install and strength of the insert. I removed the stand and attached it to a 12×12 base.
This seems to be the accepted method for displaying Star Wars models. The stand swivels allowing the builder to position the model in any attitude.