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PostSubject: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeFri Feb 13, 2015 10:43 pm

I was thinking about the flag discussion that has been ongoing and have another idea.

I found a bunch of cheapppp disk magnets on Deal Extreme MAGNETS , the idea being that we buy a bunch and have everyone glue a magnet onto the inside of their turret or hull, wherever it's convenient.

We then just make a bunch of flags and epoxy them to another magnet. Bingo, easily attachable team flags that are both durable and paint-friendly. 

If anyone thinks this is a good idea I can order hundreds.. we can even install them in the field.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeSat Feb 14, 2015 11:02 am

Seems simple enough.  Good idea.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeSun Feb 15, 2015 7:52 am

Works for me too! This will make things much easier on the battlefield for sure. Since I already have a bunch of these I will start doing it on my tanks immediately. Now, who has the flags???

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeMon Feb 16, 2015 12:25 pm

I've got some coloured tape and wooden sticks but we would have to add magnets to them and that would be best done at a meet where we can orientate the magnets properly
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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeMon Feb 16, 2015 2:02 pm

How about we use epoxy to secure a antena wire to the magnet. This way the flag would be somewhat flexible.I'll make up a sample and report back .
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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeMon Feb 16, 2015 6:42 pm

I remember we had a bunch of flags made which were fine but I think the colours were earth brown and earth green and sorta blended together at a distance.. Razz

We can make them however we want, the orientation matters when you install them in the hull. I'll order a bunch, but really all anyone needs is 3 magnets and to make two flags.. lets just say red or blue.


I'll be simply epoxying some wire and going with that.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeWed Feb 18, 2015 7:49 pm

I like the idea of flags, but it's kind of tricky finding the right ones to use.  

If they are too visible, then it makes it hard to hide behind buildings/trees and sneaking around. But if they are not visible enough then it won't make difference.
Might have to experiment to find the best solution.

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeThu Feb 19, 2015 2:33 pm

Here are the results of my flag test . I took Strato50's magnet idea ,topher1266 's tape and made up a sample. I used the medium size rod magnet ,wound the antenna around and secured it with a small amount of epoxy.To Stince's point the flag height is low enough to " hide" and still visible to see across the battle field .
Many of my tanks have a wire antenna so the use of coloured electrical tape works great.Plus you can simply tape the " flag" at a set height for all tanks .

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeThu Feb 19, 2015 5:19 pm

I like it. Easy enough to make and most of us have old antennas lying around. For anyone showing up on battleday that needs a magnet put in the hull we can do that on site no issue. I have lots of magnets and I'm sure other guys do too.

Should we have a vote to go with this plan and set a standard flag height? I am thinking 6" would work pretty good. We can do the flags on site as we will want them to be all the same for battles. I like the yellow and maybe if they have a blue? Anyone in the group colour blind? This would preclude red and green usually...

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeThu Feb 19, 2015 7:02 pm

The flag idea would solve the problem of not having an even split of Allied/Axis when choosing teams for a battle, and would make it much easier to get set for a battle.

I haven't checked, would a 6" high flag on the rear deck be high enough not to block the various types of receivers?

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PostSubject: Re: Team Flags   Team Flags Icon_minitimeFri Feb 20, 2015 12:12 am

Good point Glen. I think if the flag is reasonably sized it's not going to make a big difference in signal blocking. A small piece of paper flapping around in the wind / with the motion of the tank isn't, in my opinion, going to block a 1-second long IR burst. But it might! Razz

I'll whip up some prototypes here too. 6-8" will be fine and be visible even on the taller tanks. 

Again these can go anywhere there is a suitable flat spot inside & outside the tank. Stick a slice of duct tape under the flag magnet too to protect your paint Smile

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