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VPS001 Model Stand
||Particleboard parts - 23.5cm
x 22cm base; eight additional pieces for mounts and stand; screws,
washers and wing nuts.
shipping from Victory Models' Website
||Very useful accessory as a
stand for three roles - minimizing handling, as a jig or as a
transport method; simple assembly; solid construction; simple
adjustment; felt pads on mounts will be gentle on plastic and
paint; permits rubber bands to be used to "tie down" models.
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With its separate wooden parts, bag of hardware and a
single page of instructions, Victory Productions' Model Stand looked
suspiciously like self-assembly furniture. Fortunately, there was not
an Allen key to be seen, and the instructions were in plain, simple
Victory Productions comprises a 23.5cm x 22cm
base and eight additional pieces for the individual mounts (these
pieces are supplied in compressed particleboard); screws, washers and
Assembly was dead easy. A Phillips head screwdriver is
the only tool required. Construction took no longer than 10 minutes
from opening the bag to adjusting the mounts for a specific model.
Once assembled, the Model Stand features four vertical
posts, each equipped with a separate mount in the shape of an inverted
bell. The posts are adjustable for width along a straight rail, while
the tilt and height of the mounts can be adjusted by loosening of a
wing nut. The mounts are topped by a strip of red felt to prevent
scratching of plastic or damage to paint on the mounted model. The
mounts also have a slight hook under each side which permit a rubber
band to be slung from one side of the mount, across the top of a
model's fuselage or wing, and hooked back onto the other side of the
The instructions suggest that the Stand will fit most
1/48 scale models and larger 1/72 scale kits, but it will be
appropriate for some 1/32 scale fighter aircraft too.
The Model Stand is tailored very nicely to a number of
The most obvious role is a stand for your models
during construction. The model may either simply rest on the felt pads
or be strapped securely to the mounts with rubber bands. That way, the
model can be moved around or suspended at angles that would otherwise
be difficult to access (eg, the model suspended upside down for access
to undercarriage etc). The other advantage in this mode is that you do
not have to handle the model to change is position, minimizing the
risk of glue marks and oily residue on your in-progress masterpiece.
The stand can also be used as an alignment jig to set
the correct dihedral on a model aircraft.
Finally, the Model Stand will be ideal for securely
transporting completed models. Rubber bands will hold the model firmly
in place on the four mounts, and the kit can travel in safety (make
sure the stand is immobilized while being transported though!)
I checked the carrying capacity of the Model Stand
with my almost-complete 1/32 scale Hasegawa Messerschmitt Bf 109G-6. I
wanted to make sure that the mounts for the wings were outboard of the
dropped flaps. This big kit fitted comfortably on the stand, and
showed no signs of movement once the rubber bands were slipped over
the wings and the fuselage.
Victory Productions' Model Stand will be a helpful accessory for
working on a model while minimizing handling, as an alignment jig and
as a transport medium. However, I get the feeling that it is one of
those tools that will find more roles for itself in my workshop as
time goes by.
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