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#1 radial


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:53 PM

For dougn and all those rigging golden age ac.

Have tried the standard rigging methods, sprue, fishing line, etc. with mixed results. I wanted to be able to install rigging at the end of the build to get a cleaner result. In the 30's the ac were rigged with what was called "streamline stainless wire"; essentially flattened stainless cable. To reproduce this in our scale I decided to flatten commonly available .015" round rigid music wire.

To do this 8" lengths of wire are cut and vise grips are attached to each end and simply drawn across a drum sander attachment on a hi speed drill. 3 or 4 passes on each "side" is enough as
These drums are quite aggressive. The wires are smoothed out with 400 sandpaper.

The finished wires are then cut to the lengths required. The fit method is just trial and error. Cut, bend, dry fit and then do it again. I always flatten twice the number of wires needed.

During this fitting process i make a location diagram for all the wires and set it aside till final install. Inevitably, there will adjustments necessary during final assembly. Gluing is done
With thin ca applied with wire. Not an easy method but it does allow for mistakes.

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#2 LSP_Mike


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:04 PM

OK, semi crude, yet oddly very effective. How do you tension the wires? I'd thought of rolling wire through two steel wheels spaced just this :shrug: much apart.

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#3 Peterpools


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

Results look really good. I would guess that as long as the wire is stiff, it will look taught before and after gluing in place.


#4 LSP_Typhoonattack


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Posted 09 March 2012 - 10:10 PM

OK, semi crude, yet oddly very effective.

Much like myself. :)


I was going to procrastinate tonight, but decided to wait.


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 08:03 PM

I'm about to have a crack at building a WW1 plane - not sure which one yet, but probably the SE.5a from WNW - using Radu's various metal wire's, turnbuckles & terminals.

Should be fun. I'll take some photo's.

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