Our pylon kit is a multi-part laser-cut kit in marine-grade plywood and dowel. Designed to be easily assembled and fixed with thin superglue for a 280mm tall (15m at 1/55 scale) scenic element suited for any number of post-war and near future wargame settings.
Check all parts are complete - 3 sheets of 0.8mm thick ply and 1 piece cut from 3mm thick material.
Cut parts from sheet as needed with a sharp craft knife where tabs are partially removed.
File or sand any remaining excess tag to leave flush surfaces.
Begin assembly with four main lattice structures. Note that there are two types - 1 pair with support tags approx. 3/4 from the base, and 1 thinner pair. These are designed to sit opposite one another. Select one of each pair, dry assemble at right angles and apply superglue. We recommend Zap Superthin for ease & speed of assembly.
Use liquid cyano accelerator, applied with a dropper, to speed up setting. Superthin zap glue runs along fine joints with capillary action and requires far less glue than thicker adhesives.
Use a small engineer's square or block as required to help keep lattice sitting true during assembly.
With first two sides assembled, take 3rd lattice and fix into place opposite its twin (ie. so that support tags are opposite one another).
Fit fourth, final side of the main lattice following previous steps. Glue bottom corner first.
Move to upper corner, dry fit square with the other pieces, and apply glue from top corner.
Ensure all four sides are glued securely, apply additional superthin zap as required.
Dry fit footplates to each corner of the lattice. Do not glue at this stage UNLESS you are planning not to use the supplied baseplate.
With all four feet in place, fit tower to base plate, ensuring central positioning, and glue into position. Tower can be assembled without the baseplate, but it will be far stronger when fixed in place.
Cut largest crosspiece from sheet and drop into place. It should sit onto the four support tags at approx. 3/4 height.
Apply a drop of glue at each corner junction to fix first crosspiece in place.
Assemble upper lattice following the same procedure as the main legs, again, keeping pairs opposite one another.
With all four pieces assembled, check for square and fit - sides with additional crosspiece should face in the same direction as the crosspiece arms.
Dry fit upper lattice, making sure of fit and alignment before fitting second crosspiece. Note that rounded tags are uppermost, squared tags fit into notches at the top of the main leg structure.
Dry fit second (longest) crosspiece.
With crosspiece in place, fit and cement upper lattice in place.
Fit and glue top crosspiece into place.
Assemble and glue crown lattice pyramid following previous procedure. Again, keep matching pairs opposite.
Fit and glue pyramid crown into position. Ensure sides with crossbar face in the same direction as the crosspiece.
Take supplied dowels (standard toothpicks are the same diameter if you need more) and cut ends square using a craft knife held perpendicular and at right angles to the grain. Cut with a rolling pressure rather than attempting a straight cut.
Cut 6 x 15mm lengths of dowel for insulator coil cores.
Fit slotted disc to one end of a dowel. Do not glue until next stage.
Fit tabs of cable holder into slot, apply glue to whole assembly and set aside to dry. Assemble 6 of these (there are spares on the sheet in case of breakage or mistakes).
Each coil has 7 ring elements, alternating small and large.
Slide rings in turn onto dowel. These are a snug fit intentionally to maintain the overall shape of the finished coil.
One assembled coil with alternating rings. Apply a small amount of glue at the top of the coil and allow to penetrate by capillary action. Set aside and complete all six.
Dry fit coils into holes at the ends of the crosspieces, leaving approx 1-1.5mm standing proud.
Fit remaining large disc over protruding dowel, ensure cable holder is aligned at right angles to the tower, and glue into place. Repeat for all 6 coils.
Fit support bars to crosspieces - one different sized pair per crosspiece. Glue into position.
Allow kit to dry thoroughly, then prime and paint as normal. Ours was spray-painted in less than five minutes using Halfords car paints (black primer followed by gunmetal silver in patches) with Army Painter washes applied to the coils once the spray paint was dry. Base was wet-brushed with lighter colours and then flock and static grass tufts were applied. Total assembly time including painting - approximately half an hour.