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Rigging wire and Wingnut Wings instructions

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  • Member since
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  • From: Cincinnati, OH
Rigging wire and Wingnut Wings instructions
Posted by DanR1967 on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 10:06 AM

Biplane guys - what is a good source for rigging wire and, per WW's instructions, is there really a noticeable difference between .5mm and .15 mm line when it comes to wiring a cockpit like the one in the Junkers D.1 kit? I'm having trouble finding different size rigging lines and was wondering if anyone has a good source. Thanks!

Dan

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Posted by gregbale on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 4:44 PM

I mainly do my rigging with Berkshire Junction's EZ Line, which is available in 'fine' (.25 mm) and 'heavy' (.5 mm) diameters...but since it's essentially a type of elastic thread, you can also vary the visible thickness quite a bit by how far you stretch it in a given application. It's incredibly useful stuff, and pretty easy to use (especially with etch turnbuckles and such).

For the 1/32 WW kits the 'heavy' would really be all you need, though you could readily use both for effect.

One caution for using EZ Line for rigging: it's actually a tiny flat in section, rather than round. This is almost unnoticeable in practice...unless the thread gets twisted, in which case, under some lighting conditions, you'll see the 'spiral' all too clearly. Not really a big problem if you work patiently and pay attention. It's still the easiest rigging material I've ever used -- and I've used them all, at one time or another.

Greg

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Posted by DanR1967 on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 4:54 PM

Thank you!

Dan

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 5:03 PM

I like it, but in my experience it reacts poorly to some superglues. But its good for tight spots and forgives clumsy hands.

 

Bill

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 5:39 PM

Hi:

      I have used EZ Line. Good stuff that! Now what I mostly use is Silk thread. It's thin or heavy(Your choice there's lots of sizes.) Or Fly tying line, It too comes in many sizes. I haven't done a W.W. model because of their size, But, I would think one of these can be your answer!

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  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 7:42 AM

Depends on the the type on wire used on 1:1 aircraft.  Late WW1 was a time of change from stranded cable to forged ss wires. For the cable, I use gray cotton thead. I clean the fuzz of by wiping it with thinned white glue.

 

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Posted by UnwaryPaladin on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 6:07 AM

GMorrison

I like it, but in my experience it reacts poorly to some superglues. But its good for tight spots and forgives clumsy hands.

 

Bill

 

 

I've noticed super glue can make it difficult to work with at times. Any brand of glue that seems to be compatible? 

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