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  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Questions , with Wiring as the answer .
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:52 AM

 Okay folks :

 There are many who ask how to do hoses and things and the answer inevitably comes down to wire . Or fly fishing line . The funny thing is this . Most of you have had a neighbor throw out a T.V. , Microwave or other electronic device . Do you know how many modeling goodies reside within these throw-aways ? Especially for you scratch - Builders.

 Yup , I have the fine wire from old Cathode ray tubes as well as the old style transformers . I just drop them in a can of lacquer for a day and the wire peels off like a ribbon . Now insulated wire , as we all know , comes in various sizes and they can be found in old electronics  and old cars too !  I got some fine wire once that had the woven insulation on it , Boy , it made great radiator hoses !

 An old wiring harness holds at least four different sizes of wire and it is all useful . Need hard rails But , can't handle brass rod ? Then the proper sized copper wire , clean and polished will work fine and allow you to get great bends at curved areas .

 Also the stiffer large wire is drillable , so you can get a hollow end  ( this is for the heavier wire with no insulation .) . Well , If you can think of anything to add , I am listening .T.B.


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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 10:09 AM

I'm thinking this. When will you please start posting photos? The only photos we've ever seen of you or your work/ shop are in the newspaper.

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.


  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:52 PM

He admits to not figuring out posting pics.  I have offered to put them up if he would email them to me.

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 4:09 PM
PC boards have a lot of neat goodies (capacitators, resistors, transistors etc.) that can be removed and used somewhere


Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 9:09 AM

Do you mean lacquer thinner?  If not, why lacquer?

Actually, I try to unwrap the wire without soaking in anything- I can usually remove it okay.  Most of the bare wire in transformers and coils is coated with a form of varnish (I think they called it Formvar or something like that).  The reason I want to leave the varnish on is that paint sticks to it and you don't need to prime it- just spray or brush on the color paint.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 5:44 PM

Those electrolytic capacitors - they look a bit like barrels, sometimes aluminium in colour, sometimes coated in shrink-wrap - if you cut them apart, they would give you nice aluminium tubing in many different sizes. Once I have made air cleaners out of one of those capacitors. Hope it helps and remember - there will be enough time to throw it away some day, so in doubt keep it!


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    June 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:42 AM

Hey Goldhammer ;

  Do You have an I phone ? If so , we can try to send a picture or two that way . Doc - T.B.

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, August 31, 2017 7:49 AM

Hi Don ;

 No , I guess I could use thinner ( lacquer ) but I have been using lacquer since I don't remember when . Of Course it's lacquer thinner ! Did I say lacquer ? Oh My , My brain must be fried from the fumes . T.B.


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