Make a DIY model painting turntable

How to make your own model painting turntableHow to make a turntable for model painting.

For painting models a turntable, aka Lazy Susan, that you can rotate to access all sides of a model without touching is the way to go. They’re particularly useful when spray painting so you can cover all angles in a single spray action rather than stopping and starting the air flow and possibly getting different densities as you do.

You can of course buy them, I use this heavy duty one, but if you have an old microwave lying around you can also cook up your own (sorry, couldn’t resist that pun).

This is what the inventive guy behind the Facebook page, Through the loft door, did when he needed to weather his rolling stock.

The turntable from under the dish in his defunct microwave was extracted. It feature outer spokes with wheels on the ends allowing it to turn and which connect to a central hub the centre, a bit like the one seen below.

microwave turntable

A 1 inch bolt was pushed attached through the middle to a wooden plate with washes and nuts separating and holding the two pieces together.

make your own model painting turntable

A spray booth around it was created with some additional wood.

The result is a 16 inch turntable on which he can paint his models, even his largest locos, and cost next to nothing to make.


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