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October 26 2011 at 4:26 AM
Anonymous  (Login gregax)
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... Eduard's Fokker E.III in 1/48.
Lots of wires still waiting to be attached...

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Alex T.
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Nice! What are you using for rigging?

October 26 2011, 7:27 AM 

Lovely paintjob too! happy.gif

 
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Grega
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Thanks

October 26 2011, 7:49 AM 

I'm using clear fishing line. Easy to tighten as well. I use hot scalpel blade to tighten them up.
Paints are Gunze acrylics. And Alclad for engine cowling.

 
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very nice!

October 27 2011, 6:43 AM 

Can you explain this hot scalpel technique please? I have never heard of it before, thank you! happy.gif

 
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Grega
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Hot blade

October 27 2011, 7:47 AM 

Pretty straightforward. First of all, drill small hole where fishing line will be attached. Then insert line into hole one, with small amount of superglue. Wait until it dries (minute or two) Measure the lenght of the line and add, lets say 3-4 mm extra.
Attach the wire into hole number two, again glue it together with sg.

Then heat up the scalpel blade with candle/lighter and just near it close to the line. Line will contract due to a heat. You can repeat this step until you are satisfied.
It takes some practice, but the result is much better than ez-wire.

Some of my modeling friends also use: heated nail, solder gun, or even a hairdryer.
Hope that helps!


 
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Alex T.
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wow, that sounds good :-)

October 27 2011, 11:43 AM 

I will have to experiment a bit! Does this method change the thickness of the wire?

 
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Not that I am aware of.

October 28 2011, 5:54 AM 

Just bee careful with that hot blade(or nail.
Go along the line, don't just hold it on one spot.

 
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Most of the "wires" I have seen on real aircraft are single-strand, maybe

October 27 2011, 3:46 PM 

stainless steel (guess?). If that's the case, will you or did you PAINT The monofilament line? If so, with what type of paint?

I have used stretched sprue in the last two builds, and have had good success, but they have been 1/72 and 1/48 aircraft. The current build, a 1/32 Gee Bee could benefit from the larger diameter, and more uniform thickness of mono-filament line.

--Jon

 
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I did paint the line

October 28 2011, 5:33 AM 

before attaching it to the model. Vallejo acrylic paint. Black-gray i think.

 
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