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      PhotoBucket are no longer permitting 3rd party hosting   01/07/17

      As most of you are now painfully aware, Photobucket (PB) are stopping/have stopped allowing their members to link their accumulated years of photos into forums and the like, which they call 3rd party linking.  You can give them a non-refundable $399 a year to allow links, but I doubt that many will be rushing to take them up on that offer.  If you've previously paid them for the Pro account, it looks like you've got until your renewal to find another place to host your files, but you too will be subject to this ban unless you fork over a lot of cash.   PB seem to be making a concerted move to another type of customer, having been the butt of much displeasure over the years of a constantly worsening user interface, sloth and advertising pop-ups, with the result that they clearly don't give a hoot about the free members anymore.  If you don't have web space included in your internet package, you need to start looking for another photo host, but choose carefully, as some may follow suit and ditch their "free" members at some point.  The lesson there is keep local backups on your hard drive of everything you upload, so you can walk away if the same thing happens.   There's a thread on the subject here, so please use that to curse them, look for solutions or generall grouse about their mental capacity.   Not a nice situation for the forum users that hosted all their photos there, and there will now be a host of useless threads that relied heavily on photos from PB, but as there's not much we can do other than petition for a more equitable solution, I suggest we make the best of what we have and move on.  One thing is for certain.  It won't win them any friends, but they may not care at this point.    Mike.
Smiffy

Make your own metal rod

This is a really quick and simple tip, that I picked up years and years ago, but one that I use quite regularly.

All you need is a couple of pairs of tweezer type tools (I like using the sprung loaded soldering clamps) and some form of wire. I'll use some fuse wire for this demo, but it works just as well with individual strands from electrical cable, as well. I'm not too sure how well it will work with lead wire though, as that is very brittle.

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Select the appropriate gauge of wire and cut a length off (making sure it's longer than you need for the required job). I'm using the thin 5a stuff here. Clamp the ends of the strand into your tweezers and twist it around the jaws a couple of times, for good measure.

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Taking a pair of tweezers in each hand, take up the slack and then slowly, but firmly pull the wire taught. In essence, all you are doing is stretching the wire straight. You will feel it as it begins to stretch and the trick is to know how far it will go before it snaps. It's not a big issue though, as if it does snap, it will usually be a clean break, so it will still be perfectly usable. After a couple of tries, you should be able to gauge just how far to stretch it, without breaking.

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Then, you simply cut the twisted ends off with some sharp scissors or a hobby knife and there you have it. A nice straight length of metal rod. Just perfect for additional detailing, or to replace overly thick plastic mouldings on things like radial engines or undercarriage parts and much more economical than buying lengths of brass rod.

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The other way to do this is to roll the wire on a flat surface. My modelling table has a glass top which makes a really nice surface for this task. I roll it using a steel rule - makes for nice straight fuse wire in seconds.

Just as an alternative to Smiffy's great idea above...

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I went to a couple of florists shops some years ago & bought bundles of florists wire.

The more shops you ask at, The more variety you will get in terms of diameter/texture.

A small bundle cost about 50p (It's odd as they don't know what to charge).

This stuff is used for wreaths etc and is easy to bend/coil or it can add strength to a tube.

Pete

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Old guitar strings - 1st, 2nd & 3rd are (usually plain wire) 4th, 5th & 6th are wound - excellent for braided wire, hose etc.
Even a new cheapie set for non-guitarists can be had for around £4 - enough for loads of wire.

Some good ideas here - I like the stretched fuse wire.

The pic below shows guitar string braided hose and brake pipes etc on my 1/24 XKSS.

Roy.

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Great little tips . Thanks guys. :thumbsup:

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copper wire has its uses too, i find the earth wire from 2.5 mm twin and earth ( domestic power cable ) is ideal for 1/24th scale roll cages. to use it, first heat it up to red hot on your cooker/hob, then immerse in water to anneal ( soften ) it. to straighten, put one end in a vice, grab the other with pliers, pull sharply. the result is soft and straight wire. don't forget to ask mummy if it's ok to use the cooker. :fuhrer: .

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For braided wiring and pipes you can find 'braided leader' in fishing tackle shops. One end is thick enough for 1/24 scale radiator and oil pipes while the other end steps down thin enough for brake lines. A thinned wash of silver penetrates the braid looking like stainless steel Goodridge/Aeroquip/Hel pipes! :-)

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Old rotor coils and miniature solenoids provide some great aerial wire for ships and aircraft. Obviously if you are tinning/soldering or even gluing them, you'll have to remove the coating.

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I do all my rigging using this method for straightening copper wire, but I just use two small pairs of pliers, as I find they are better to give a controlled stretch to the wire.

Bob

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years ago I had an eye bolt screwed through the workbench in an isolated location. I'd slip my needle nose pliers through the eye an take hold of one end of a wire. then I could tug and otherwise harangue the wire until it complied with my wishes. harder I pulled the tighter the pliers on the other end held on. of course this only works with serrated jaws.

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In the years i collect an assortment of copper wire with a diameter from 2mm down to 0.10mm; you will found it mainly dismantling old electric appliance and electronic. In old electronics you also found electric coils made from tinned wire in different traslucent colours (red, green, blu and yellow) very useful for internal wiring.

Here in Italy the home telefon cables had inside a 0.5mm copper wire tinned and it have the same appareance of a steel wire, but more easy to use.

To strecht the wires i use two pliers of self-lockig type.

r.

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Good tips there.

In addition, if you want something a little thicker and strong, I have a large stash of old wire coat hangers. They seem to vary a bit in thickness from about 2.2mm to 2.5mm. They come in handy for all sorts of things, spars, stands for holding while spraying etc. and come with bends already incorporated and long straight pieces at the bottom.

Get some while you can because they seem to have been almost completely superseded by the awful plastic jobbies. My Ma-in-law got me loads when she worked in Oxfam.

Nige B

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I do all my rigging using this method for straightening copper wire, but I just use two small pairs of pliers, as I find they are better to give a controlled stretch to the wire.

Bob

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If I was making rigging for ships, I'd want something that had a ropey texture to it rather than smooth like wire. May I suggest a visit to a fishing tackle shop or a word with an angling friend? There are many brands of braided fishing line on the market which would do the job. Braids are made from woven fibres which are soft, limp and very very thin considering their immense tensile strength. Were talking as thin as cotton thread here.... I think the lowest breaking strains are around 4lb and they will go up and up well into double figures. Not only are they textured more like rope, but their limpness means that they will hang naturally if required and won't require bending to shape! You can buy the stuff in 10m lengths for a few quid, or 100m lengths for around 10 quid... or just get some old stuff from an angler. Anglers like to change their braid main lines at least once a year and will let you have their old line for free.

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I went to a couple of florists shops some years ago & bought bundles of florists wire.

The more shops you ask at, The more variety you will get in terms of diameter/texture.

A small bundle cost about 50p (It's odd as they don't know what to charge).

This stuff is used for wreaths etc and is easy to bend/coil or it can add strength to a tube.

Pete

Following on from Pete's florists idea, Hobbycraft stores in the UK sell florists' wire in a variety of not only diameters but colours too. They also stock rolls of fine wire in their bead-making section and probably some other departments I may have missed.

Phil

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Just to add my penn'orth to this great <ahem> thread...If you have an old VGA cable from a PC and cut it open there are a whole host of very thin wires that can be salvaged, many of them finely-braided and ready to use as cables, ropes etc at different scales. There's also plenty of very fine (thinner that kitchen foil) foil that might well be usable as canvas, fabrics etc. You find a lot of these cables thrown out of office clearances and the like as newer PCs use DVI cables nowadays. (Haven't cut one of these up yet..)

All the best,

Tony

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A simple and effective way to produce fine straight wire is to roll it with a motor tool. Just attach one of its ends to a bench vice (or hold it firmly with pliers) and then chuck the other end into a low-speed Dremel or similar tool. Too much speed or rotation time may break the wire, though.

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If I was making rigging for ships, I'd want something that had a ropey texture to it rather than smooth like wire. May I suggest a visit to a fishing tackle shop or a word with an angling friend? There are many brands of braided fishing line on the market which would do the job. Braids are made from woven fibres which are soft, limp and very very thin considering their immense tensile strength. Were talking as thin as cotton thread here.... I think the lowest breaking strains are around 4lb and they will go up and up well into double figures. Not only are they textured more like rope, but their limpness means that they will hang naturally if required and won't require bending to shape! You can buy the stuff in 10m lengths for a few quid, or 100m lengths for around 10 quid... or just get some old stuff from an angler. Anglers like to change their braid main lines at least once a year and will let you have their old line for free.

If

Fly tying threads are good for this too!

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Thats a handy tip,Thanks for sharing.

Richard

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