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Raised Rivets on 1/72 KV

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  • Member since
    December 2019
  • From: Florida, USA
Raised Rivets on 1/72 KV
Posted by Niko on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 12:38 PM


I have sanded off several raised rivets on my 1/72 KV-2 tank. I have read a thread here earlier that one can use White Gesso to make rivets but I don't have access to that since I am in quarantine. Does anybody know of any other solutions? I do not have a punch and die either. I might just 3D print the rivets and try to glue them on.

KV Rivets

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  • Member since
    May 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:40 PM


I believe y take would be to drill small holes where the rivets should be and then glue some stretched sprue of the right diameter in. After the glue dries well you can trim the "studs" to the right length. Other people might have other methods - once I've read about glueing poppy seed as rivet heads...

Whatever you use - good luck with that tanks and have a nice day


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

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 7:03 PM

Here's another way to make very consistent rivets without a punch and die kit.

Take a piece of plastic card of the required thickness and drill a hole of the required diameter through it.

Place it on a hard, flat surface.

Push a piece of plastic rod/stretched sprue (of the same diameter) into the hole and cut level with the plastic card with a pair of flush cutters. If your cutter pinches the cut, smooth with fine sandpaper before pressing it out of the hole.


  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 2:04 PM

Unthinned white glue works.  I put a layer down on some plastic, then dip the end of a sharp double-ended toothpick in it, picking up a little gob on end of toothpick. I touch that end down on the model surface.  The only problem is you cannot sand it, so put it down on the penultimate paint coat,  with one last coat over the rivets.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    August 2013
Posted by Putsie on Thursday, March 26, 2020 7:40 PM

Hi guys !

Micromart carries raised rivit decals in HO scale which while smaller, you might get away with these in 1/72 scale.

Have fun


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