In need of some aircraft stands for the indoor Somme game I picked up some 3-foot lengths of 12mm dowel and sank them into holes drilled in squares of remarkable heavy plywood. The bases were then painted the same green I use for figure bases. As they were needed in a rush for the Somme game the aircraft were held on with blobs of blu-tac. More recently though, I decided to adopt a more robust solution. I drilled out the end of each stand and glued a short length of wire (cut from a wire coat hanger) into position.
The models are then drilled and slot on to the stand. No casualties so far!
I'll soon have more news on this old but new to me Bristol Fighter and it's many chums.