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Title: Tiny copper nails
Post by: don galfur on November 19, 2009, 05:45:56 PM


   Hello
   I have been searching for small copper nails to adorn the mahogany planking of a steam launch I am building;  I have not had much luck in the usual hobby sources here in the States. Small Parts has small rivets but head is 1/18 of an inch. I am looking for something around 1/16" head diameter and 1/14 " long but length is not critical. I would prefer/need solid copper. Thanks for any suggestions.
Dave
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: DickyD on November 19, 2009, 05:58:48 PM
Are you sure you mean a fourteenth of an inch long ?
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: DickyD on November 19, 2009, 06:15:17 PM
Is this any help ?

http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/cgi-bin/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk%2facatalog%2ftimber.html&WD=nails%20copper&PN=corel-nails.html%23aECC154#aECC154

Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: DickyD on November 19, 2009, 06:26:33 PM
Brass pins ?

http://quantrum.co.uk/redbankmodels/bboat-accessories-brass-fixings-c-61_69_284.html
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: don galfur on November 19, 2009, 09:10:28 PM
      Thanks so much Richard. The link will do the trick. They have just what I need. ( yeah 1/4")
       Dave
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: tigertiger on November 20, 2009, 12:00:03 AM
Pins is the magic word here, as DD poiints out.
I think copper may be too soft and brass is the way to go.

The head size can be an issue.
I bought some nice (but expensive) pins from the model dockyard, the head is tiny and can be pushed below the surface of the wood easily.
I bought some nice (but half the price) pins from expotools (I think) they have  roundheads that sit proud of the timber.
This may be worth thinking about.
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: JohnReid on December 08, 2009, 12:34:34 PM
What I did on my 1/72 Victory was make my own out of copper wire.Cut the wire in short lengths,sand the head flat,drill a slightly smaller hole and hammer them in. :-))
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: JohnReid on December 08, 2009, 12:37:42 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/JohnReid/HMS%20Victory%20diorama/Victory16.jpg)
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: davidm1945 on December 08, 2009, 05:41:07 PM
What I did on my 1/72 Victory was make my own out of copper wire.Cut the wire in short lengths,sand the head flat,drill a slightly smaller hole and hammer them in. :-))

Er....exactly how many did you just "hammer in"?

Dave.
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: JohnReid on December 08, 2009, 11:34:22 PM
About 15 per plate! ;)
Title: Re: Tiny copper nails
Post by: truman06 on June 30, 2011, 05:05:53 PM
Would wire work without heads?