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radio cables, especially coiled for 1/48, 1/35, 1/32

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radio cables, especially coiled for 1/48, 1/35, 1/32
Posted by Natrius on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 1:15 PM


Does anyone have a good source or material for creating coiled radio and headset wires? I've been searching all over and can't find any good tips. Sometimes I see them in an image here or there, but no mention of how they were created. I have some very fine solder on order but I'm not sure if its thin enough to coil properly.



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    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 1:28 PM

I have not done coiled cable, but i use 34gauge black artistic wire for headset cable.

''I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so''


On the bench: Airfix 1/72nd Phantom FG.1

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 2:54 PM


I have done it in a model once:

1:35 M42A1 Duster by Pawel

What I did was I took a piece of wire from scrap. By wire I actually mean a multi-strand line like the ones used in automotive industry. I took one strand from that line and so I had some very fine copper wire - about 0,1 - 0,2 mm in diameter. Then I have wound this wire around a 0,5mm drill bit shaft. This way I got a nice coil that was leter pulled apart a little, painted black and installed - there's really nothing to it...

Hope it helps - good luck with your builds and have a nice day


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

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    January, 2009
  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Tuesday, January 03, 2017 3:02 PM

I use fine copper wire...sourced from various electrical cords, ranging from speaker wire, old guitar cables and wiring harnesses from the old runway/taxiway lighting at my airport.

I wrap a length around a needle...

As you wrap, you can slide the wire, to get a tight coil. Once you're done, slide to coil off the needle. If you pull the ends just a little, you've got a spring (think auto springs), keep pulling and you've got your coiled cable...

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, January 05, 2017 9:11 AM

I also use fine copper wire- bare, uninsulated stuff, around 28- 32 gauge.  Whenever I throw away a piece of old electronics I look to see if there are any transformers or coils in it.  They usually contain that kind of stuff.  Michaels has some pretty fine wire in their beading area.

I paint it whatever color I need, with flat paint.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    December, 2016
Posted by Natrius on Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:21 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice tips! I wound up using a couple variations of some very fine solder. It's easy on the hands to work with and can be maneuvered around shapes and supports really easily!


Kind regards,




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