Pinning Primaris Inceptors to Flight Stands

When talking about Primaris Inceptors, I often hear the words, ‘They were a right pain to stick to the flight stands.’ Usually with more swearing.  There’s always a way, however, and pinning is a time-honoured approach. It’s cheap and simple, and just needs a touch of patience. Here’s how.

What You Need

  • Drill (I use the linked Army Painter version but the Citadel one is excellent)
  • 1mm drill bit (usually comes with the drill)
  • Superglue (pretty much any will do but I prefer Gorilla Glue)
  • Paper Clips (standard stationery variety)
  • Clippers (the same things you use to cut components from sprues)

Step 1: Preparation

First, line up where the flight stand attaches to the Inceptor. This will give you an idea of where the pin is going to go. We see here that the stand attaches between two components under the jump pack.

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Step 2: Drill into the Flight Stand

Drill into the flight stand as close to the centre as possible, just above the lip. You should only need to go in about 2-3mm, enough to keep the pin steady.

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Step 3: Drill the Backpack

This area is curved so be extra careful, otherwise the drill will slip. Drill upwards into the backpack. Once you get through the outer shell, it’s hollow, so take it slow. Drill until there’s no more resistance.

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Step 4: Cut the Paper Clip

Using your clippers, cut about 5-6mm off the straight part of a paper clip and place it in the hole in the flight stand. It should be fairly secure.

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Step 5: Glue it all Together

To secure it, put a dab of superglue along the pin. This should grip on both the flight stand and the backpack. Superglue should work better than plastic glue in this situation as it’s sticking to the metal of the paper clip. The pictured version below has not been glued yet since I keep the flight stands off when priming and painting, so it’s being held together by just the pin.

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That’s all there is to it. Happy pinning.

 

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