CaptainSteve

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Slug Tape

 For simulating copper sheathing.

Cut to size and make a press to simulate nailing.

Search "slug tape copper repellent tape" on Amazon.

Currently, a  20mm x 4m roll costs £2,45

 

Self-adhesive paper

 

Also for simulating cooper sheating

 

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And after march of 4000 pieces, playing with thin acrylic and mat lacquer looking for color of Muntz metal

 

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The downside of solder is the lead.  It will deteriorate with time.

 

Yea, I can attest to that.  I have a AL Morgan Whale boat that I built some 20-25 years ago. All the harpoons, cutting knives, oar locks are made from some type of soft white metal (probably lead based bismuth or something) - all have become brittle, cracked and broke under their own weight. I've tried gluing them together with CA but another section will break off in time.

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I guess I'll need to keep an eye on it. I'll let you know in 25 years. The solder is 60 / 40 Tin / Lead. I'm no chemist, but that may lengthen its' lifespan. Finding a lead free solder with a rosin core may work just as well as the core makes it more malleable and easier to flatten. I just hate using brass flat stock due to its' brittleness. One bend is all you get on that thin stuff.

 

I'll just need to post a note in front saying ' Please don't suck on the boat ' :)

 

I do clean the rollers with a paper towel when done rolling.

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A good source of fine absolutely straight wire (if rather short pieces will work) is a wire brush.  The wire is stiff but not so stiff as music wire and can be bent with needle nose pliers to a rather sharp bend. Good for railings, some jackstays, and other small fixtures.

 

To get the wire out of the brush, you'll probably have to cut the brush; the wires are usually anchored in their holes with staples.

 

Another source of straight wire, but softer and somewhat larger in diameter, is Christmas tree ornament hangers.  They come in several diameters and colors.

 

 

Chazz

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One of our members needed whip antennas for a destroyer model.  His son had left his drum set behind when he moved out.  The wire brushes from the drums provided long straight wire that wouldn't bend easily.

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