So last night (or rather, stupid o'clock this morning) I was browsing through Thingiverse when I stumbled upon this: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2140897
I've come across miniature holders before (indeed, I'm expecting delivery of some wooden ones that I backed as a Kickstarter any day now) but it was the shape of this one that caught my eye.
As I read on, I learned that it was a remix of someone else's design, a common experience on Thingiverse and something that is encouraged (I do like the community's "pick it up and run with it" attitude to sharing designs) but what really grabbed my attention was the fact that the designer incorporated magnets. These not only allow for a solid grip between the base and the holder but they also mean that you can rotate the base to help reach all of the model without any painful hand contortions or wrist gymnastics.
It took all of two hours to print the parts on the CR-10, superglue the handle to the base and then the two magnets - one in the base, the other in the holder.
Here's my printed version in action and I can attest to the fact that the handle is surprisingly comfortable to grip and does the job exceedingly well.
A saltbeard Grognard who's glad he never grew up enough to lose his imagination.