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(Login barra733) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 188.8.131.52
Any hints on what to use for flexible hoses for hydraulics that will remain flexible (and not split) after the model is built. I've got a recovery vehicle with a crane that's going into a (yet to be built) diorama so need the crane to remain movable. I used Verlinden rubber hoses many years ago on an M113 fitter that have now disintegrated!
Craft stores such as the Michael's franchises located in North America offer a wide variety of flexible plastic tubing in a small diameter and a variety of colors that can look very convincing as hydraulic lines and hose for 1/35th-1/32nd-1/24th scale models. It is very similar in size and composition to what you find in the large scale motorcycle models originally offered by Revell and Tamiya a few years ago. The tubing is shiny and smooth, it can be stretched or left unstressed and it is available in different colors besides the usual shiny black. It may be a PVC plastic.
Michael's and related craft stores also carry a variety of colored wire that is somce kind of an anodized metal not sure if it is aluminum or a soft metal alloy but it is plentiful and cheap when compared to similar products offered by some companies as scale model building accessories. This colored wire is also available in a variety of colors and thicknesses and in length-quantities that can provide enough material for many modeling projects.
(Login ShaneGowan) Missing-Lynx members 184.108.40.206
I have had success with
July 11 2012, 9:41 PM
Try O'ring rubber, any where that sells hydraulic components has it, and some engineering supply shops too, in a variety of sizes, sold by the metre or in ring form.
While you are there, ask to look at a rotary oil seal, behind the sealing lip is a spring.....makes the perfect armoured hose for fuel lines, or simulate the wrapping on hydraulic hoses to prevent them chafing through.
Just enough knowledge to be dangerous, but not enough to help anyone.
Close to the idea of headphone leads, I use the insulation on wire.
Depending on the wire gage, the outside can be various sizes. I've opened up cheap USB cables, mic wire from the Shack, etc.
It is usually some kind of PVC (don't use expensive stuff it is often Teflon) that will take an enamel primer coat - or just get black wire.
Strip the insulation for the length you want - the stripped insulation becomes your hose. A quick twirl of a #10 in the opening and it will fit most "nibs" or use a small piece of solid wire and drill a hole for it.