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Ray_W

Folding PE - HVAR rocket bracket jig

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While building my current 1/48 F4U with its 8 aftermarket resin rockets and in the process of folding 16 multiple bend tiny PE mounting brackets, I thought others may find it useful on how I go about it. 

 

This is the starting point, in this case some Eduard PE.

 

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If I can build a quick and dirty jig to do the folding job I will. Definitely when there are multiples of the same - simplifies, speeds and ensures they're all the same.

 

So I knocked up this little jig from polysytrene by drilling a hole in some card and gluing in a post of the rocket diameter, glued a square shape equivalent to the top form of the bracket and a slot to take the PE piece.  

 

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Load up your prepared strip.

 

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Using tweezers and a toothpick form your bracket.

 

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And it's done. Quick and easy. Also less likely to spring off into the nether regions. Ready to adjust and glue in place.

 

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Let me know if you have other techniques. 

 

Ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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