Join Date: Apr 2011
For the sheetmetal movements trays, I just went to my local DIY to pick up some 0.6mm thick sheets. You don't want them to be too flimsy, but also not too thick, because they'll be a nightmare to cut.
I then measured the needed size of the movement tray (keeping a few milimeters spare per model) and gave each edge a 3mm overreach. I picked up some plastic square rods at my local hobbytrain merchant to make the sides. They are easily cut to the right size and then glued on with superglue and some PVA around the edges. Sand is then applied to the sides and the whole thing gets painted.
The tricky thing is cutting the sheetmetal. I used my dremel for that using a diamond coated steel cutting disc. You could use those orangy type curtting discs, but sparks will be flying everywhere and you'll constantly break them. It may be worth checking if you DIY can cut them to the right size however... should be easier and you won't need a dremel for it.
As for the bases, they just have 1 or 2 rare earth magnets glued on them (first some superglue, then a big blob of PVA to cement them down). I believe I used 5mm diameter ones with 2mm thickness. That doesn't make them actually touch the sheetmetal, but the bond is more then enough. In fact, I have 1 regement that has the magnets touching the movement tray, and getting the troops off it is actually borderline annoying because the bond is so strong.
*EDIT* I'll try and make a few WIP shots when I do my next movement tray...