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Hypodermic needles for projects

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Hypodermic needles for projects
Posted by Irish3335 on Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:08 PM

Hi all, 

looking to find some hypo needles to make my barrels and other small scale tubes - anyone know where I can get different sizes and thicknesses?  Have a 1/700 scale ship I want to get some barrels for and they would be the perfect size 

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, September 21, 2014 11:45 AM

Some pharmacies sell them.  There was an ad in FSM for a couple of months for a firm that offered the tiny tubing sizes, but don't see them any more.  Did the company go OOB?

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    May 2003
  • From: Greenville, NC
Posted by jtilley on Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:03 PM

My cat Yehudi is diabetic, so I have to give him insulin shots twice a day. The syringes are cheap (unlike the insulin itself). The vet gave me a prescription for them: I filled it at Target. The needles, I guess, would be small enough to represent 40mm barrels in 1/700, but my 63-year-old eyes can't see the openings in them - and I don't think many other people could either.

The 40mm Bofors barrel, if I remember right, was a straight, untapered tube except right at the muzzle. Every larger naval gun barrel I can think of has a taper that's quite noticeable (to my 63-year-old eyes) at 1/700. Hypo needles are hard steel; tapering them consistantly would be a challenge.

If you do decide to go the hypo route, the best way to get hold of a bunch of needles probably is to get on friendly terms with a doctor or vet. If that doesn't work, several products come in bottles with fine steel tubes. Check out the black squeeze bottles of Tests r's liquid cement. Or, if you have a decent hobby shop, see what it has in the way of applicators for model railroad lubricants.

Good luck.

Youth, talent, hard work, and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.

  • Member since
    September 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Sunday, September 21, 2014 9:44 PM

There are many medical supply sites on the internet that will sell to you.

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