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Unread January 26th, 2014, 02:10 AM
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Default WWII prop wire antennas - how the hell?

Since I seem to have built quite a little stack of WWII aircraft of late, many of them have the long wire antenna that go from a antenna lead on the fuselage, to a spot on the tail, wing, multiple locations, etc...Is there a trick to this, because my only attempt was so poor, I can't believe it, and I see so many that look like they belong on the real deal. Thanks, any pointers are appreciated!

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Unread January 26th, 2014, 04:41 AM
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Stretched sprue? There is also a product called E-Z line that will stretch slightly . If you get the sprue slack, then you can tighten it with holding a hot match or a heated screwdriver held under it.

Make sure that you can anchor the line in a hole if you can and use superglue to stick it in place - plastic cement may melt the thin wire or have no effect - depending on the material.

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E-Z line with superglue works very well. Drill small holes at each end
Very small touch of superglue at one end and glue. then cut to ~3/4's the necessary length and glue the other end.
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Unread January 27th, 2014, 05:48 AM
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Is EZ line like fishing line? Gorgeous Spit BTW....

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It's a thin elastic line. I got a roll of the charcoal colour from here some years ago, and it will last me forever.
http://bobes-hobby-house.myshopify.c...ctions/ez-line
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Well I'll be...!

So that stuff looks pretty amazing. But the sample pics also look a bit thick. I'm guessing it'd be over scale for 1/72 applications? In fact, it almost looks over scale for the 1/48 avenger (at least it looks like a 1/48 sale avenger..).

What size did you use on your Spitfire? It does not look over scale.
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Unread January 27th, 2014, 07:15 AM
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I just checked my roll and there's no size on it. Maybe there was only 1 size when I got it, I mainly got it for rigging biplanes. I assume it's .003.
Also, you can thin it by pulling it a little tighter when you attach it (within reason).
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Aeroclub used to sell "invisible" elastic thread that worked really well for small scales. You can leave it uncolored and it looks thinner than it really is. I think the same thing is available from sewing supply stores.
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The EZ line is available i now bunch of colours and thick or fine where I have seen it advertised.
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A 'free' alternative I like to use is hair (from female as it's longer). Really thin, slightly elastic and responds well to CA glues. You can also make the insulators (typical on 190's and 109's) from a little PVA glue.
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I use Berkley Fireline fishing line. There is no stretch but because it is a braided style of line it attaches easily with CA glues. Comes in charcoal and clear. 4lbs test is .005" (.12mm) and 6lbs test is .006 (.15mm). Since I mostly build 1/48 scale, the 6lbs test works great.
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For 1/72 and 1/48 WWII models I use smoke-colored 'invisible' sewing thread, available at any craft or sewing supply store, which is a fine nylon monofilament about .004" in diameter. I leave it unpainted but I may spray a light coat of flat clear over it to kill the shine. Usually I just leave it as is.

Here it is on a 1/48 P-40E where it goes from both wing tips to the tail as well as to the fuselage spine.





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Nice!
Model looks kick ass too. (:
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That is a beautiful P-40B
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