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(Login mgard) Missing-Lynx members from IP address 22.214.171.124
I stumbled upon a technique for making more realistic rivets that may be old news for some, but thought I'd share. For years I used the tried and true method of punching out small discs with my trusty old Waldron Sub-Miniature Punch and Die set and cementing them in place. I then read about modellers using Beading tools to punch out domed rivets instead. Always willing to try out a new technique, I went out and bought a beading tool set and tried it out. I must have been doing something wrong as it was punching out disks much like the Punch and die set. Not to be deterred I tried out this technique and found the results very satisfying, albeit time consuming:
I start out by punching out the disks with the Waldron set and cementing them in place allowing to dry overnight. Once the disks are secure, I take a slightly larger diameter beading tool and press down firmly over the disk and I can get nicely rounded rivets, which I find to be more realistic looking that just the discs alone.
Cpt. C. Sosebee, USA (Ret) (Login csosus) Missing-Lynx members 126.96.36.199
What does this "besding" tool...
August 18 2012, 11:48 PM
look like? Is there a manufacturer or brand name? are there different sizes? What's best for the different scales?
I have to admit, I've been out of the "loop" the past 30 years and I'm clueless about beading tools. I build 1/35 armor and rounded rivets would come in very handy. I'm tired of scraping old kits or buying tivets that I have to scrape, so I'm pretty interested in this technique.
Any ideas about making bolt heads would be just as handy too.
(Login tedpaone) Missing-Lynx members 188.8.131.52
August 26 2012, 10:48 PM
A beading tool (one letter over from a besding tool) is a jeweler's tool used to create rounded shapes in gold and other precious metals. It is very useful for creating rivets. Use some thin plastic (.010") or thin metal and press the chosen size into some cardboard such as that from a cereal box. You can then glue them on, makes a nice rounded rivet.
There are several sources for nuts. Grandt Line or Tichey make them for train scales. You can spend a lot of money on the Historex or Roll Model hex punches or you can get some Plastruct hex rod and salami slice them to create the nuts. Add a short rod and you have a bolt.