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    I have a project where I could really use some magnetic gimbal mounts - ring and spherical magnets. Can anyone suggest a suitable supplier in the UK?

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    Don't know if this helps, but I've used these people before. They have a .co.uk web address, but they may actually be in Germany.

    https://www.magnosphere.co.uk/strong-neodymium-magnets/
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    ebay

    Search "Magnets" and Shape "Countersunk" under "UK only" and you get 147 listings!

    There are even more listings for steel ball-bearings.

    For spherical magnets, there are currently 30 listings.


    Two of the sellers are

    magnetsmagnetsmagnets

    first4magnets

    I have used both sellers, and had great service from both of them.
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    Thanks for the tips - another question for those with magnetic gimbal mounts, what diameters do you use for the ring magnet and the ball bearing?

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    Tim could you please share a link to the ones that you use for either one of those UK suppliers of gimbals and mountings? As I am interested in getting some for my plane's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Manley View Post
    Thanks for the tips - another question for those with magnetic gimbal mounts, what diameters do you use for the ring magnet and the ball bearing?
    Dave my original balls were 5mm as here, but they didn't hold the bigger planes, I roughed them up a bit but that didn't help. Dave (Flash) suggested I coat them with super glue which brought tears to my eyes but improved things a bit.
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    But now I am the proud possessor of 7mm balls and they are much much better.

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    The ring magnets have a concave hole rather than being a true ring, which might or might not help. I've not tried a ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron Rolf View Post
    Tim could you please share a link to the ones that you use for either one of those UK suppliers of gimbals and mountings? As I am interested in getting some for my plane's.
    Hi Mark
    Sorry, none of the current ebay listings match the ones I bought - it was at least 5 years ago, and I managed to get more than a dozen packs of Gimbal Mounts from Keith; these are the ones I use for "Wings", and I still have unopened packs ready to use.
    The ebay magnets have gone into other projects, and I now have very small magnets and ball bearings for adapting my Battlestar Galactica range.
    I've looked for my ebay magnets, but can't find them just yet.
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    The best match I can find so far is on Amazon - 6mm diameter magnets with a 3mm inner diameter, matched with 4mm ball bearings. Does that sound OK?

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    An update. I ordered the 6mm magnets and 4mm ball bearings and they work fine. I double-stacked the magnets to get a bit of extra depth which has also helped the attraction so my "special" planes have worked out nicely. Hopefully getting a run out at DonnieCon next year when I get all the other bits and pieces for the game sorted out

    Here's the magnets I bought:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    and the ball bearings:
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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