Great post, thanks! I have been debating what method to use for attaching my plates, and magnets were up there on the list (no offense but I think you talked me into Velcro/snaps). Nice plates btw, where'd you get em and what are they made of? Fiberglass?
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Thanks RKD. I took your advice and picked up a set of N50 Disc Neodymium Magnet Dia 1 x 1/8" NdFeB Rare Earth 6-Count from Amazon for the shoulder armor. They're ridiculously strong (12.7 lbs Holding Power), but will work well for the shoulders.
amazing idea going to try this method
This is a great idea. I've seen this work before. I will be doing this with my armor also.
Another small point to consider when using magnets to attach the armour is weathering.
I've been using ground up pastels (and flat black paint) to weather my armour and I attached my magnets before I finished painting. I discovered that the ground up pastels were attracted to the magnets on the other side of the armour and made perfect circles of "dirt", which wasn't quite the look that was a I was going for .
I had to apply a light coat of dullcote and then use a makeup brush to distribute the ground pastels more evenly, before applying more dullcote. I'm working on BM V3 amour. I'm not sure if all pastels are attracted to magnets, as I've never worked with them before, but mine were and I wanted to pass that along.
Great idea! Any concerns for someone who has a pacemaker? I don't have one, but it just kinda crossed my mind.
Dude this is so awesome!! I thought I was gonna have to break out a sewing machine or something lol, thanks for the tip man definately doing this.... Do you know what they did for his costume in the original movie?
How did you attach the magnets to the vest? Is there more than one suggested method?
I gorilla glued some to the plates...others jb weld...even others hot glue. Then I had the magnets on the inside of the vest on attached permanently at all while I got alignment right. Once I was for sure they were correctly placed (and not by just my eyes), I used a pencil to outline the plates. Then I took the vest off carefully and ensured the alignment did not shift, flip the vest roughly inside out and hot glued over the magnets to keep them in place. I have had a couple of magnets on the inside come off but it's easy to see where the magnet goes, plus you have the others keeping your alignment correct. I am almost at 150 troops and this method has been solid for me.
Just keep in mind making little pockets over the magnets, sewing them down other ways and even putting an iron on patch over top of the magnet will not work due to the metal tools you will be using. I tired all those slick ideas and hot glue was easier, faster and worked aces.
Im going to do Velcro, I think the next build will be magnets.
The great thing about this method is that you don't have to attach the magnets permanently to the vest. You can if you want, of course, but I just glued the magnets to the armour and placed the other magnet on the other side of the vest. I adjust as needed until I'm happy with placement. They're strong enough to stay in place and you don't have to attach them to the vest if you don't want to.
I also just tried magnets with my knee armour and I'm happy with the result. I don't need to sew velcro to my jumpsuit and the armor to hold them up. I still have the elastic straps in the back, but the magnets are what holds them up now.
What I have done which works really well and keeps the cost down it to just use the disc magnets on the armor and then I use those metal washers(not sure if they are really washers) to attach the magnets to. So I don't have to buy as many magnets and it isn't too strong where magnets are grabbing the other ones. Not sure if anyone has discussed this before but it works great. I use those magnets you can get at Ace Hardware that have the hole in the middle like a doughnut.
Is there a recommended type of magnets to use for this method of attachment? I am using 18 gauge steel armor and I was thinking of using 1"x1" rare earth magnets to secure my armor.
Nope, none of those issues with those magnets
The ones I linked are only 5.5lbs, you won't have any issues. The ones I used in the first post pulled the armor over itself and were way too strong. Those ones were 12lbs
I was looking at some that were 10 pound version. Is there an optimal placement you would recommend for the magnets? Also, have you considered sewing one set of magnets into pouches on either the vest or flight suit?
I would NOT use 10lb magnets, you're going to have trouble with them. 5-6 is the most you're going to need and it's strong enough to hold the armor to the fabric.
I put them in the corners of the armor like shown in the first post of this thread
You don't need to sew any magnets into pouches because they are strong enough to hold the armor through the material.... it's kind of pointless actually because you want to be able to move the armor around and adjust it. Having them in pouches will limit your ability to do that. Not to mention that's a ton of work
Hmm,that is a good point about the pockets. I didn't even think about needing to move them around. One more reason why I am grateful that I found this thread.
Im having trouble deciding on square or round.Does Apex sell the square 1inch magnets?
I am looking at doing this with my armor, but I was wondering what to do with the center most chest armor piece? Did you use magnets on this or velcro?