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Technical, Techniques, Hints, and Tips => Detail Work, Rigging, Fittings, Figures Etc. => Topic started by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 04:15:11 PM

Title: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 04:15:11 PM
Can anyone help, any ideas how to fit the tiny circlip onto the end of the linkage stopper. It is so D$&M fiddly.

all suggestions gratefully received


Jimmy
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: Netleyned on March 11, 2015, 04:48:12 PM
Try threading a length of wire through each hole in the clip.
Pull the clip into the groove while pulling the clip open slightly.
The wire stops the clip springing off and disappearing never to
be seen again.

Ned
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 04:58:24 PM
Thanks for the reply Ned,
But the clip is so tiny that there are no holes in it, that's what's so frustrating.

Jimmy
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: Netleyned on March 11, 2015, 05:04:39 PM
Sorry Jimmy, the picture on my phone looked like there were holes.
Must have been reflections.

Ned
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 05:56:58 PM
That's ok Ned
It's not a true copy of what I'm working with it was just to give you an idea,
the attached photo is what they really look like

Jimmy
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: boneash on March 11, 2015, 06:10:13 PM
Needle nose pliers are quite good for this job. Sticking cotton or a sewing needle to the edge, with supaglu, does stop them disappearing over the horizon and with the needle option can hold the circlip in the right position for that first engagement.

Good luck !!

 
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 06:36:04 PM
Thanks boneash,


Will give it a try, my backs sore from bending up and down and searching for the little b&gg&rs.


Jimmy



Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: TailUK on March 11, 2015, 07:09:16 PM
Can't help with getting the clip in place but this might help.  When I was Model railroading, the fiddliest job was fitting tiny, tiny springs to Kadee knuckle couplers.  the slight loss of concentration and "ping" it was gone.  Kadee sell spare springs in packs of 20 and you soon find out why.  My solution was to get a large size sandwich bag and put the whole job inside it.  A little tape on the open side to create 2 hand holes then put your hands in the bag and start the job.  The small parts will only ever go as far as the inside of the bag.
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 07:15:44 PM
Nice one TailUK

Will try that, save my back.

Jimmy
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: david48 on March 11, 2015, 07:52:32 PM
Hi Jimmy
If it is possible put some double sided tape on one side of a pair of snipe nose pliers and see if the clip will stick to the tape then nip the clip on to the shaft ,just a thought , it's the type of thing I would try .
David
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: Hellboy Paul on March 11, 2015, 08:16:28 PM
I have one of these http://www.modelsport.co.uk/fastrax-e-clip-tool/rc-car-products/368325 nothing is better than the right tool for the job..


Paul..
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 11, 2015, 08:55:24 PM
Thanks chaps,
Plenty of ideas will try them all out and will let you know which one works.

Jimmy
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: derekwarner on March 11, 2015, 09:56:26 PM
Jimmy...a pair of angular surgical forceps' may help...serrated teeth & ratchet locking handles

Try & grip the outer opposite side of the shaft and the outer diameter of the E clip........ :-)) ..

The specialist spanner shown by Paul is great if you have many E clips to install and space limitations in the horizontal plane are not an issue.......Derek
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 12, 2015, 07:28:38 AM
Thanks Derek,

will keep your idea in mind if all else fails.

Jimmy
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: essex2visuvesi on March 12, 2015, 10:11:35 AM
Can't help with getting the clip in place but this might help.  When I was Model railroading, the fiddliest job was fitting tiny, tiny springs to Kadee knuckle couplers.  the slight loss of concentration and "ping" it was gone.  Kadee sell spare springs in packs of 20 and you soon find out why.  My solution was to get a large size sandwich bag and put the whole job inside it.  A little tape on the open side to create 2 hand holes then put your hands in the bag and start the job.  The small parts will only ever go as far as the inside of the bag.


Oh yes.... the dreaded kadee springs
I second the plastic bag method.... I use it regularly much to my son's amusement
Title: Re: Linkage Stopper 2.1mm
Post by: jimmy2310 on March 12, 2015, 10:14:54 AM
Thanks E2V,
I'll definitely use the plastic bag to save my poor aching back.

Jimmy