Keepy here with the next instalment of the Istvaan III table project. Last time I discussed some of the inspiration and criteria that lead to going with a modular tile table, and today we look at the construction process of the tiles themselves before any terrain goes down. So lets dive straight in!
All the tiles come in flat pack and need to be glued together with wood glue (PVA). As I mentioned in the last post all the tiles are magnetic and the magnets need to be glued into their recess with super glue. Once glued together They need to be fixed in place with masking tape for 12hrs to set. I built two tiles and let them set for 24hrs and I have to say I am very impressed. The panels are all laser cut and fit very snug together, they can only be put together one way so it is a bit hard to mess up assembly.
|Two tiles down and the daunting task of assembling a massive amount of tiles becomes all too real|
The real challenge is double checking you have the correct polarity on your magnets so that they are all compatible with each other. This turned out to be pretty easy - if you are doing the left side, make sure the stack of magnets attract to the left. If doing the right, they have to attract to the right. Simples! Just in case you don't understand, here is a video:
So to make things a bit easier I did everything in a production line style of construction. I started with gluing the backing strip that supports the magnets onto the tiles then glued in magnets. I did an entire type of tile like this then did the rest of the assembly.
|150mm tiles getting backing strips and magnets|
|All the tiles are clearly marked for magnet placement|
|Wadey "helping out"|
|A heap of 150mm x 90mm sides all done, ready to build into full tiles|
|The production line of magnetising sides continues|
|300mm x 90mm sides ready for backing strips and magnets|
|All onto the last two types of tile, the 300mm x 90mm ramps and the 150mm x 16mm tiles|
|The production line continues|
|Backing strips done for the 150mm x 16mm tiles|
So now all the backing strips and magnets had been completed, we moved on to assembling tiles as wholes. All this required was to grab four of the assembled sides and a top, and glue them together with wood glue. As always, Back 2 Base-ix has a tutorial for this too:
|Extra beads of glue for that extra strenuous gaming session|
|The building of 300mm x 90mm tiles begins|
|Looks like not much left to do, I assure you that was not the case|
|Keeping the late night build going with the old faithful full of tea|
|150mm x 90mm tiles nearly all done|
|Why did I buy so many of these?|
|Ramps all glued and taped up|
|Having a play with a Pegasus Hobbies bridge and the 90mm to 16mm ramp tiles|
|More bridge play and 150mm x 16mm tiles complete|
Well it took two full days to assemble a pile of these tiles. If you just got a board full of 300mm tiles it would have taken half as long, but because I wanted so much flexibility and height change I had to quadruple the amount of tiles. You take out one 300mm x 300mm, and it needs to be replaced by four 150mm x 150mm tiles.
After building all the tiles, I discovered that the sides for the ramp sections had not been sent. A quick email to Aaron from Back 2 Base-ix and it was sorted that afternoon. I have to say that the customer service was excellent. If there was an issue with any of the product I bought, I would get a response back in 24hrs.
So was it all worth the hassle and effort? Most certainly! In the next post you get to see the bare tiles assembled in all their glory, and hopefully all my ramblings on three dimensional boards and modular flexibility become a bit clearer.
Next post coming soon!
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