Foldable stadium

Making of the foldable stadium

All the years I was thinking about a pitch which can be folded and can contain also the handbook and the miniatures. After long time of searching and thinking about it, I decided to make a test and the result was very satisfying. The disadvantage is the big effort.

The important thing is to set the 2 Piano hinges (Stangenscharniere) exactly between the squares on the pitch and to sink the hinges into the thin wood. To do this I bought a “Router”.

The first 2 foldable stadiums were made of 6,5mm Multiplex wood. Unfortunately the MPX wood tends to twist, so I tried the 3rd one with 8mm poplar (Pappel) wood, which is softer, but with 8mm it is easier to fix the small screws of the hinges and the lock. After building 3 foldable pitches, I recommend the 8mm poplar wood.

The material list using 8mm poplar:
2x 550x380 mm
1x 535x60 mm
2x 1000x36 mm (will be manually cutted into pieces in Step 4, 5, 6)
2x 600mm Piano hinges (Stangenscharniere) - (because my minis have a small magnet in the base and my ball inside, I prefer non-magnetic material as Aluminium)

For the Scoretable we need:
2x 200x90 mm 4mm wood (MPX or poplar)
2x 200x90 mm thin iron metal sheet
1x 1000x200 mm 18mm MPX (you need only a small part of it, but for using the router and the circular saw you need more material for fixing)
2x 200x90mm laminated printouts of the scoretable including score, turn and rerolls. Can be made with CorelDraw.
6x 20x20mm square Bases with small magnetics inside

 

Step 1: Using the router:

 

Step 2: Fixing the hinges:

As you can see above I used a two part resin epoxy (“UHU plus schnellfest”) to fix the hinges. Be careful not to apply epoxy to the hinge mechanism. I cut screws and additionally fixed the hinges with these screws.

 

Step 3: Painting the inside and outside:

All my stadiums get a green color on the pitch side. If you loose flock, the pitch will still look green.
For the outside I use Parquet Lacquer (Parkettlack) and at this point it is easy to paint the outside.

 

Step 4: Mounting the inner walls

After the hinges are fixed you can calculate the width of the inner walls. Keep in mind that you need some space for the flock.

After this is done, you can measure the exact needed dimensions of the walls around the pitch. You can see on the pics below that mine are too wide (I used 40mm) and I have to sand down the material later.

Step 5: Mounting the walls on the side of the endzones

 

I use 3 screws (3x20mm) and PVA Glue (Ponal) to fix the walls.

Step 6: Mounting the walls on the sidelines

 

After this is done I have to sand the complete box and paint the complete box (except the green pitch inside) with several layers Parquet Lacquer (Parkettlack).

 

Step 7: Designing the Dugouts, Scatter Template and Referee’s podium.

I love Hirstarts and can strongly recommend these fantastic moulds. I found a cast resin, which doesn’t damage the moulds. In Germany you can order the Cast Resin (Order No.: 03-036A) at Rai-Ro. If you want to make your own moulds I recommend the two component silicone (Order No.: 03-001A). I also use Slater's Plastikard Moulded Plastic Alphabets.

 

Step 8: Let the grass grow

This is the most tricky part, because the flock must not cover the mechanic of the hinges. I tried to build 2 “walls” of foam and double-sided tape. Then with PVA glue (thinned with a little bit water) I cover the pitch with a thick layer of the flock (Noch No 08411).

 

 

The result was not so good as I hoped. PVA glue flow into the hinges and I had to remove it with a sharp knife. Afterwards I had to hide the hinges by painting the area green and brown.

 

Step 9: Painting the lines

It’s possible to paint the lines with a brush, but I prefer a perfect layout. With CorelDRAW you can design the pitch and a graphic studio print it using a cutting plotter. First you have to remove the lines and crosses from the template:

 

The template is pressed to the grass with a lino roller and the lines are painted with an airbrush.

 

Step 10: Fixing a lock for the box

Unfortunately our local dealer “Obi” has only one type.

Step 11: Building the score tables

Now I take the 1000x200mm 18mm MPX and with the help of a router I mill a 8mm slit on the long side. Afterwards I use the circular saw to get a 45° on the top.

 

The next thing we need is a 200x90mm thin iron metal plate, which will be fixed with “Pattex”.

 

The laminated printouts will be fixed later with doublesided tape

As Score markers you can use 20mm square bases with a small magnet.

Step 12: Building a box for the minis

I used the foam of an army box and build with thick paper a box. I used a size which permit to put also my ring binder with the Living Rulebook into the box.

Finish

Finally I have my foldable stadium, with everything in it: Pitch, Scoretables, Dugouts, Rulebook, Minis, Dices,...