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Weighted 2,75" pieces with leather

I was searching for weighted pieces with leather underside that would fit nicely on the Angel board. I didn't want to spend too much, to not cause huge damage when destroying a piece while fitting the RFID chips. I found a set from Philos, the 2184: https://www.philosshop.de/artus-kh-70-mm-schachfiguren.html. The color goes along nicely with the Acacia Boxwood/Acacia Brown-Marrone that I've chosen for the Angel. The drawback for this set is that it only comes with one queen for each color. But as I did find an offer with rebate at Thalia, one set was 24,79 EUR. So I did order two sets.

First I did use a hobby knife to separate the leather from the base. I've removed any adhesive residue from the leather with scissors. The pieces had some kind of plaster/cement in the base to cover the weight. This can easily be removed with a chisel or flat screwdriver. The only downside with this set is that some pawns had the weight glued in in a way, where it was nearly flush with the base of the piece. The weight is made from some hard alloy, so a rotary tool is needed to make space for the chip. I just skipped those pawns as I had two sets anyway.

This 2,75" set is too small for the regular chips. The chip diameter exactly matches the base from a pawn. So I got some "naked" chips from Certabo. They're a bit fragile, so I did glue them in with epoxy resin. That will protect them. Of course you do want to test the chips before gluing them in. After the epoxy did cure, I've re-applied the leather to the base with contact adhesive.

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The final result looks pretty good, indistinguishable from the piece set before modification. Weight comparison with the Certabo 2,5" pieces:

2,5" pawn: 3,8g
2,75" weighted pawn: 8,6g

2,5" king: 11,4g
2,75" weighted king: 26,6g

 

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Hello Harald

Many thanks for sharing this. It has been really great job! Also very detailed explanation i think will be useful instruction for everybody who want to make it.

Pietro