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How to model cables deployed on ships??

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    November 2005
How to model cables deployed on ships??
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 26, 2003 9:16 AM
A ship normally has many cables deployed on it.
Does anybody knows what excellent materials can
be used to model the cables??

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, June 26, 2003 11:56 AM
Welcome to the FSM forums.
I use various sizes of string and thread.
  • Member since
    January 2003
Posted by Jeff Herne on Thursday, June 26, 2003 12:38 PM
It depends on what you want to portray, and the thicknesses required.

For 1/350 rigging lines, I use nylon quilting thread. There's 2 variaties, clear and smoked. Both take paint and glue well, and you can tension the lines and not worry about sag like you would from sprue.

The other item I use is surgical silk...the stuff they sutures with. I ranges in diameter from .003 to .010, and comes in a variety of colors. In the smaller diameters, it's usually monofilament.

You can also use fly-tying tippet, and 1lb. test fishing line.


Jeff Herne
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 7, 2003 11:33 AM
You just need to plastic bars cut from the frame where de different parts of your model are attached, set fire to the extremes of both bars. When there ir a ball of plastic and fire, just put out the fire while joining both extremes on fire. Immediately you shouls start pulling out both bars. A fine line will develope while pulling apart both bars. Try different speeds. Then you just have to paint the cable got. I use this way to get different thicknesses. Becareful when glueing, it is rather fragile, but very thin lines can be obtained.
Good Luck


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