I was thinking about adding brass pedestal to my collection of parts for Italeri 1/35 Elco 80. I hope to start her soon. However, I never used or purchase brass pedestals. So, beside the height clearance for the propellers…what else do you guys take into consideration when adding such accessories to your ship model?
I am thinking about ordering these as they are the tallest I have found.
The height and base are 2+ inches. However, I like to hear your opinion, or experience, or anything…pros and cons. Thanks in advance!
Many modelers use these: Lamp Necks | Grand Brass Lamp Parts, LLC. or these: Risers And Lamp Shade Rests | Grand Brass Lamp Parts, LLC.
Just choose a style and size that works. They’re a lot cheaper than the purpose-made stands.
Mike, when selecting pedestals for a ship model display I consider such things as the shape (complex and fancy for a sailing ship, maybe simpler for a modern subject), material (brass? wood?), whether they are the right size for the model (they don’t disappear or overwhelm), etc., but basically my criteria are aesthetic and subjective - “do the pedestals look good on the model?”
There are many good options available such brass rods:
pedestals adapted from drawer pulls:
…light switch chain pulls:
the ever-popular brass lampshade risers:
or dedicated pedestals for ship models like this one from Aber:
or these from Model Shipways:
In short, whatever makes you happy is the right choice. For what it is worth, I think the pedestals you’ve chosen for your Elco are quite attractive!
@Biggles50 Leo, thanks for the links. Funny thing, I went to Home Depot to see what I could see in kitchen section regarding brass for drawers but didn’t find much. But, I had not looked on line as in store inventory can vary from online even with HD or Lowes. Your links open up a whole new option and a lot cheaper. The ones I posted will cost $33 a pair for a set. And that’s the cheap Chinese brass.
@TimReynaga Tim, wow those are some wonder builds and examples of pedestal examples. As I mentioned to Leo, I was thinking online with brass handles for kitchen drawers but I was not thinking light or lamps accessories… that’s a whole new area to look into
Modeling forums, you have to live it. The wealth of knowledge floating around is incredible. Thanks guys!
Just happened to remember that some modelers have used expended rifle shells. Drill out the bottom end to pass a bolt, or screw through, and you stand the shell on it’s bottom end. Of course, you have to have access to a rifle range and collect a few high-powered discarded shells, polish them, then varnish. High-powered large caliber shouldered shells look best!
@Biggles50, Leo… now there’s a thought