reworking the base/stand, worked.
pleased that I've had the opportunity to redo this model as I've proved to myself that with use, speed on the software is coming...this will help in future projects and when I'm working with cad over Xmas at jewellers.
I'm really enjoying using the software, this is important to me! because it was an aspect of the degree I was looking forward to mastering, I can see the benefits in conjunction with quick modelling.
if I had had these skills at the start of the project I can see how the project could have been better, and gone more smoothly and worked through problems of build much more smoothly and with fewer material resources.