When I decided to move into the world of Fleet scale I opted for a hex mat so i could use Hex flight stands for all my ships.
It was all going well until my ships started to get bigger. It started to get difficult finding the centre of gravity for the mounting post, however, the slightest of breezes would knock down the ship, more often than not breaking the post and requiring hole to be drilled out again.
After doing this several times I knew it couldn’t go on. Something had to be done.
The solution popped up when I was at a party where there were disposable wine glasses, the ones with the removable base! I collected up as many as I could (kitbash scavanger mode!) and thought about how I might use the part.
The plastic wine glass base was transparent, but the stem location point would need a bit of filling so that it could take the mounting post of the flight stand.
I used grey pro create, but Green stuff would work well enough, whilst in an unset state i pushed in the mounting post to get a good locating lug hole.
Sitting there looking at the base it was good, did the job but no hex.
I had some clear plastic hex bases and decided there must be a way of getting them in the space under the wine glass base.
There was! Sadly the hex required drilling out to just over 8mm every attempt to do this with a drill resulted in the destruction of the hex! it took several attempts with a craft knife and a file and a fair amount of time, but eventually i managed to create a hole in the hex base that would allow it to slip onto the underside of the wine glass (stem lug) without the need for glue (if you are careful)
The result is a totally stable platform for big ships with an outline of a hex for easy movement on the mat. Job done!