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Vinyl tubing for brake lines and wires

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    October 2014
Vinyl tubing for brake lines and wires
Posted by sdaniels8 on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 3:01 PM

Does anyone know where you can find the vinyl tubing included with some kits for wires and hoses?  It is included with some Tamiya kits.  I would like to use it for my other models but cannot find a good source.

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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, October 3, 2014 9:23 AM

I have stripped plastic coatings from electrical wire.  However, I now just use the right size wire.  Once you paint it, it can be any material you wish it to be, by the color you paint it.  The thing I like about wire is that you can get it in so many sizes from large diameter to tiny.

I used to get it from electronics supply stores and online vendors, but lately I have been picking it up at a Michaels craft store.  The jewelry section sells a wide variety of sizes, materials, and colors.  The already-colored ones seem to hold paint very well without priming.  By that I mean the ones not in a brass or silver color, but red, blue, purple, etc.  The silver and brass coated stuff needs to be primed before painting.

You have to be careful with vinyl- some paints affect it, and it stays sticky forever after painting.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    October 2014
Posted by sdaniels8 on Sunday, October 5, 2014 5:30 PM

I will check Michaels.  I have never been in the jewelry section!  LOL...  Thanks for the tip.  It amazes me that Tamiya doesn't sell the stuff they use in kits.  There is a Michaels nearby, looks like I will be stopping by.  Thanks again. Shawn in NC..

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