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I'm currently working on some minis for Infinity.  They're motorcycles (with riders) that come with fairly standard 40mm thin plastic bases.

 

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I'm pretty certain that they're not going to remain put on the bases as is, so I'm intending to pin them through the back tire and then attach that rod to the base.

 

The base though is just a very thin piece of plastic.  Something like this in cross-section:

 

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Does anyone have experience or recommendations with what you should fill in the underside of the base with to give the pin something to grab onto?  Greenstuff maybe?

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You could use a jeweler's head pin. Drill a small hole (#62 or 64 drill bit would work) through the base, push the pin through from the bottom, & glue the head to the bottom of the base. If the base is solid you could countersink the pin head.

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If there's a hollow part underneath, just putty or a blob of greenstuff to give it some heft and keep it in place usually works for me.

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Yeah, fill it with putty and drill on it. 

 

From experience, try to pull the putty off after it cures and before doing the pinning. The underside is quite smooth and the putty has adhesion problems sometime. But after cured, you can superglue it back in place and then it would be fine.

 

BTW, love those bikes! You know new rules are putting them onto new, bigger bases right?

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If the base is styrene, glue a block scrap styrene under each pinning hole with plastic weld cement, clamp it with a clothespin, and let dry. It will become an integral part of the base.

 

I like the jeweler's head pin idea -- I hadn't thought of that before, though I have once or twice used micro screws I found and saved.(Hint: take apart old electronics you're going to throw out -- they're a treasure trove of tiny screws and junk heap parts.) You can also create a makeshift washer to prevent the pin from pulling through the plastic base, by drilling a hole the same diameter as the pin in a thin piece of brass or aluminum and running the pin through it and the base into the model.

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I like the jewellers pin idea, too. Usually, though, I just use the same pinning wire I usually do (guitar string), and put a 90-degree bend in it for the same effect. In either case, the pin has to go through the base first, rather than into the mini first which should be obvious, but I've tried to put a bend in a pin that's already in place...it isn't easy.

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Poke through the base then bend the wire(pin) and glue AND GS it.

Fixed. Also, if they're a bit wobbly, adding flash tabs and scrap metal to the base will add a touch of stability.

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I was very close to filling out the bottom of the base with GS, but then I found some 40mm secret weapon bases in my tub-o-stuff that I think will work and also be more honest about the time I have to make awesome bases.  I'll keep these tips in mind.

 

Regarding the base size changes, last I heard that was to better accommodate the mini, but the rules weren't requiring basing changes.  I'm really looking forwards to 3rd edition rules too.

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The base though is just a very thin piece of plastic.  Something like this in cross-section:

 

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/                                    \

 

Does anyone have experience or recommendations with what you should fill in the underside of the base with to give the pin something to grab onto?  Greenstuff maybe?

 Bend a paperclip / wire into a WWW shape then twist the ends to be pin-able into the bike at 2 locations if possible. Glue the wire to the base. cover it up with the basing style of your choice. Glue the pins into the bike.

 

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You could also have the wire be on the underside of the base with only the pins poking through for a flatter base surface, but that will make rebasing harder down the road.

 

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