Yep as the title suggests this post is about the silliness that is the Black Plastic Fight Stand fiasco!
As anyone that reads my blog posts on a regular basis will know I have a few spaceships in my collection, some would say too many.
I have often said you can’t have too many spaceships.
This does raise an issue though that has been with us for a while now ( well at the very least been with me ) the issue is a shortage of those little black plastic hex flight stands, I have about twenty left that I can use to mount my ships on, but the problem is trying to get more.
There are none!!!!
I, like I guess many other people, have spent a while on the internet trying to source these little pieces of useful plastic to no avail 😢
You can’t find them anywhere.
Apparently the stockists in this country all get their flight stands form one supplier and that supplier has been having some trouble with producing these stands, I think they must have sat on the mould and broke it 😁
Seriously what is the problem, make another mould!!!!
Sorry but I don’t get it, it seems completely silly to me, people buy these flight stands, companies that sell spaceships buy these flight stands, it’s not as if they don’t sell, I have brought a ridiculous number over the years and would still keep buying them if I could get them, I have another thirty spaceships sitting here with only the twenty stands I mentioned before.
I am also printing more spaceships as I type this…
Ok there are a few other manufacturers that make their own, see-through plastic, square bases etc. etc. or even some weird and wonderful ones that someone thought would make a good flight stands ( what drugs are they taking!! ) but none of them really do it for me.
I do have a few of the old Spartan clear plastic square fight stands which were with some Fire Storm Armada ships that I got hold of and as these are some chunky ships the stands work ok, although I have been swapping them out as they don’t match the flight stands on all my other fleets.
I have also been looking around on the 3D STL sites seeing what they have around and seeing if my printer could produce a basic flight stand that I could use, but so far I haven’t found anything that I like or my printer can print.
I have even put a few bits together on a 3D design program and will see what they look like when printed, the first couple of attempts failed badly, not sure why but they looked really bad.
I know that I add a square base to the bottom of my stands as I think it makes it easier to work out fire arcs and it also makes them sturdier, but I still use the plastic hex stand on top so I need loads, but I hear you say “then why bother with the hex stands at all” well I am not sure, I guess it is because most of my fleets already have them and I can’t be bothered with changing all those stands to something else.
Maybe the company is not bothering to make them because they think that they are old and there are plenty of other stands out there for spaceships, well maybe they are right.
Am I being silly? should I just give up with these old black plastic flight stands? should I just bite the bullet and go online and buy any of the strange flight stands and stop my whingeing?
No, I don’t think so, most are a little expensive for me ( I am a cheap skate!! ) and I really don’t like most of them.
I think that companies are selling spaceships with flight stands although most of these seem to be metal cast ones, but again I don’t really like these either.
So I say again please make a new mould and get producing these flight stands, I at least want to buy some!
Ok I will shut up now…