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Old 04-15-2009, 07:21 PM
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Tiny,tiny chains

I am sure this is a very silly question.Let me explain first.I have several nice models of German armor.I am working on a Tamiya Panther ausf g at this moment.Sadly I just don't have the funds to plop down on AM photoetch and the like,plus I get a strange satifaction from doing it myself.Now, here goes the silly question.Does anyway know of a way to duplicate the tiny chains used in various places on most armor?I seem to have this affliction, that it drives me crazy not to be able to model even the tiniest detail. So is there a way? I am new to this site and german armor so I am still learning.Go easy bros.Chris F.

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Old 04-16-2009, 01:20 AM
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a cheap and simple way to make tiny chains
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take 2 strands of your chosen wire ( i use stuff stripped from old electrical cables )

clip or clamp both strands at one end.

twist the length into a nice spiral ( experiment on this and you can get different looks )

the clever bit!

gently tap the braided wires with a hammer! ( i do it onto the back of a vice )

chain!

i did this with 15 amp wire in about 2 mins to show you.....



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Old 04-16-2009, 09:59 PM
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Ahh Ha!I have been playing around with wire lately trying to make a suitable piece of chain, but left out the part about tapping with a hammer.I believe with some practice,this will work for me.It is alot more 3-D than photo etch, and dirt cheap! And that is good,BECAUSE I AM ABOUT AS BROKE AS CRACKED GLASS! But, I won't let that stop me from modelling. Interesting day and age we live in.Thanks for the tip.I really do appreciate it, and the time you took for the demo.Thanks again, Chris F.
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Old 04-17-2009, 02:49 PM
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Hey G G,
I have now tried out the technique you suggested , and it works great.The light tapping with a hammer makes the difference.I used a small ball peen hammer and used the smaller rounded side for the tapping, and it really works out great.Thanks alot again, for sharing this. Chris F.
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Old 04-18-2009, 02:58 AM
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no probs Chris ...... enjoy

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Old 04-15-2011, 05:45 PM
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a cheap and simple way to make tiny chains
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take 2 strands of your chosen wire ( i use stuff stripped from old electrical cables )

clip or clamp both strands at one end.

twist the length into a nice spiral ( experiment on this and you can get different looks )

the clever bit!

gently tap the braided wires with a hammer! ( i do it onto the back of a vice )

chain!

i did this with 15 amp wire in about 2 mins to show you.....



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Great tip on making scratch chain. I would of never thought of that.
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Old 04-15-2011, 06:10 PM
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:45 PM
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You've forgotten a step. After braiding, clamp it down with pliers to flatten it. Much better results.
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there's many stuff you can do with it... you can bend each other link to one side and so on to make it even more realistic... =)
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another tip : once you've used the hammer your chain, just like PE chains, sort of looks "flat" when real chains are not because of the way the various links are connected so you just have to gently twist each link at 90°, one after the other. Time consuming a bit but the result can be worth the pain.
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