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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Detail Work, Rigging, Fittings, Figures Etc. => Topic started by: BossMark on September 27, 2014, 08:03:14 PM

Title: Mast antenna wires
Post by: BossMark on September 27, 2014, 08:03:14 PM
To make the warships look more realistic what is the best thing to use as antenna wire, I have looked at a few model shops but cant seen to find none at all.
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: Tug-Kenny on September 27, 2014, 09:22:24 PM

Have you tried electrical multi-strand wire.  There must be a size suitable.

Cheers

ken
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: Umi_Ryuzuki on September 28, 2014, 01:43:25 AM
Depending on scale, black thread, bee's waxed, to keep down the fuzz.
Fishing line in medium or light cord...


 :-))
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: davidm1945 on September 28, 2014, 10:11:23 AM
Go to your local haberdashery shop and ask for beading elastic. They will sell it in different thicknesses by the metre and in dark brown or black.. I have used it on my Vosper RTTL and it looks very realistic. It can also be glued with ordinary super glue. Fishing line is affected by daylight and will deteriorate over time - beading elastic wont.

Dave.
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: BossMark on September 28, 2014, 01:41:06 PM
Ok thanks for the ideas, all my models are 1/350 and 1/200,  so would black thread be my best option?
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: longshanks on September 28, 2014, 05:31:59 PM
Don't use black thread at that scale it will stand out . .
Use grey, make sure you seal the wispy threads.
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: BossMark on September 28, 2014, 07:13:26 PM
OK thanks longshanks grey thread it is then  :-)
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: deadbeat on September 28, 2014, 07:36:22 PM
I've used the thread used by anglers to tie flies, various thicknesses and colours available.
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: BossMark on September 29, 2014, 09:42:17 AM
So much advice  :-)) thanks everyone
Title: Re: Mast antenna wires
Post by: TailUK on September 29, 2014, 09:52:45 AM
Lycra thread is good as it doesn't sag with age.  Unlike me!