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  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Nuts, bolts and fasteners
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:43 AM

Needed a fine thread 1/4 inch machine screw for a tool I am making.  Went to three stores in the area- a building supply firm, an Ace hardware and an auto parts store.  No luck at any place.  No one seems to carry fine thread stuff anymore. One said to look online, which I did and found them at Amazon!  Since I have prime membership ordered them and got free shipping.  But still, I think do-it-yourself has become a thing of the past in this country.

Also, needed some of those dummy plastic "bolts" for some very small bolts in a scratchbuilding project.  Went online to several model RR online suppliers and could not find them!  Anyone know if any place still sells them?  I do seem to notice fewer scratchbuilt models showing up at meetings and contests these days.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:56 AM

Based on my own limited observations many of our younger generations inhabitants don't know which end of a screw driver to hold and don't care. When it breaks just throw it out and get another one.

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    July 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Saturday, November 9, 2019 10:47 AM

Don Stauffer
Also, needed some of those dummy plastic "bolts" for some very small bolts in a scratchbuilding project.

https://www.grandtline.com/products/miscellaneous-hardware/

They recently got bought - out by San Juan model co. in Colorado, so you could also try their website    .doug@sanjuanmodelco.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage"

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Saturday, November 9, 2019 5:04 PM

Last year, my kids gave me a set of flexible silicone molds to cast my own bolt heads and rivets in resin. It's essentially an 8x10 piece of rubber that has lines of cavities of pre-determined sizes ranging from 0.25mm up to 2.5mm in diameter. Whenever I cast pieces, I always seem to have a little extra resin mixed up in the cup and I hate to waste it, so I keep the mold close at hand. Essentially, you just sort of drizzle the spare resin over it, trowel things off to level it, and flex the mold to release the pieces once the resin has set. 

I don't have the literature that came with it, but I think that the manufacturer was Greenstuff World. They do a lot of similar molds to let you do bricks and masonry, as well as structural bits and greeblies for sci-fi builders.

  • Member since
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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, November 9, 2019 9:39 PM

Another possible option for bolt heads is Plastruct hex rod. Just slice off as required.

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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, November 10, 2019 9:58 AM

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 10, 2019 12:04 PM

KnightTemplar5150

Last year, my kids gave me a set of flexible silicone molds to cast my own bolt heads and rivets in resin. It's essentially an 8x10 piece of rubber that has lines of cavities of pre-determined sizes ranging from 0.25mm up to 2.5mm in diameter. Whenever I cast pieces, I always seem to have a little extra resin mixed up in the cup and I hate to waste it, so I keep the mold close at hand. Essentially, you just sort of drizzle the spare resin over it, trowel things off to level it, and flex the mold to release the pieces once the resin has set. 

I don't have the literature that came with it, but I think that the manufacturer was Greenstuff World. They do a lot of similar molds to let you do bricks and masonry, as well as structural bits and greeblies for sci-fi builders.

 

Thanks, I will look into that.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, November 10, 2019 12:06 PM

Phil_H

Another possible option for bolt heads is Plastruct hex rod. Just slice off as required.

 

 

I need 050 bolt heads (I have only three left in stock), and the smallest hex rod I have seen is 080 mil.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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