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what should i use?
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 13, 2003 10:15 PM
i've seen a few pics in FSM where there was tie downs as extra detail on the tank. what could i use as rope thread is to thin and plain string is really fuzzy. i don't think it would look like rope.

any suggestions?
please.
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Posted by jcarlberg on Friday, February 14, 2003 9:02 AM
There are wires, chains, etc. available at model railroad shops. Sometimes, thread or string can be painted and the fuzz controlled that way, or it can be coated with watered-down white glue. There are also picture-hanging wires which are multi-stranded in various sizes.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 14, 2003 11:13 AM
Thread is the best thing to use for tie-downs. Using White glue to control the fuzz is a good way to do that, but it tends to stiffen the thread. Bees wax works well for this. Just run the thread over the wax block.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 14, 2003 11:26 AM
thanks for the input . i never thought about using things for model trains.
i did think about using wax from a regular candle but ididn't like how the wax made the string look. little pieces of wax kept falling off.
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Posted by jcarlberg on Sunday, February 16, 2003 12:39 PM
This is an area ship modelers can help us with. I think Model Expo and MicroMark both sell prewaxed black thread for ship rigging, and they also have hemp-color rope substitute.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 16, 2003 1:02 PM
Try button thread, this is normaly thicker than ordinary thread and looks more like rope. You will still have to wax or whatever method you choose to de-hairfy it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 16, 2003 1:08 PM
Canning wax (parafin) will de-fuzz and seal the thread from moisture which is important to prevent sag on a ships rigging.
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 17, 2003 3:15 PM
i went to the hobby shop today and yes they had rigging line for wooden ship models it works very good.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 22, 2003 2:22 PM
I like strands of copper wire. Get some speaker wire and unravel it. It holds it's shape better than string
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