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"Wire" for handle replacement?
Shalta
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 12:48 AM UTC
Another 'new person question', what are the types of 'wire' used to replace grab handles? I'm tired of dealing with broken parts / frustrating cleanup / etc. And it seems to just look nicer.
Also, I assume non-plastic parts always require primer? I've yet to paint anything with PE, and I havent tried any primer so far.
Thanks
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 01:59 AM UTC
I use old copper wire find at home or from broken electric/electronic equipment and stuff like that,you can find inside many different size,is also good for same work the guitar strings...look around in the House or at work many stuff you use everyday can be handy in the hobby
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 02:29 AM UTC

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I use old copper wire find at home or from broken electric/electronic equipment and stuff like that,you can find inside many different size,is also good for same work the guitar strings...look around in the House or at work many stuff you use everyday can be handy in the hobby


Fair enough, thanks. I'll take a look, Not too much spare stuff laying around due to having moved to a new house, but I know I had a few scrap radios a while ago... Probably threw them out in the move though.
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 04:11 AM UTC
I use beading wire cheap and easy to find in different sizes.

Cheers Rob.
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Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 06:25 AM UTC

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I use beading wire cheap and easy to find in different sizes.

Cheers Rob.


Sounds interesting, where would you find that?
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Posted: Sunday, November 06, 2016 - 04:31 PM UTC
Staple bullets are excellent choice too.
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 01:47 AM UTC

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Also, I assume non-plastic parts always require primer? I've yet to paint anything with PE, and I havent tried any primer so far.
Thanks



In theory: Yes,
in practice: No
I have painted a flat piece of brass with Humbrol enamel (after thorough cleaning with acetone or some other strong solvent).
The paint adhered very well, it could be scratched off by scraping with the fingernail.
BUT why would anyone want to use that kind of violence on their finished models ???
Some modeling paints will come off plastic under the same conditions.

If you use copper wire from transformers or electric motors you will get wire that is already primed since they are laquered for insulation purposes (otherwise the motor or transformer wouldn't work ...).

Handles: A handle made of 1/2 inch stock in 1/1 scale would be 1/70th of an inch in 1/35 .... Just a rough indication of what kind of wire you are looking for.
The plastic parts are usually waaayyyy oversize due to manufacturing reasons.

/ Robin
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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2016 - 08:10 AM UTC
You should be able to find beading wire in any craft store.

Cheers Rob.
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