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MICHAEL1WARD

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Could you prepare a tutorial on how to string radio antenna's using thread? Most notably on WWII aircraft.

Cheers mate!

Watching from the USA
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I think Bob did an antennae wire on the Corsair build? He uses a product that is very thin and stretches. Makes the job easier? It is called EZ line thread.
Here is a link to one seller:
http://www.modelsrgo.co.uk/ez-line-rigging-thread-charcoal-100-feet-fine-0.12mm.html

Here is a sample video using the elastic thread for an antennae wire.


you can also use stretched sprue. just google: stretching sprue for antennae wires.

I'm sure you could use regular thread--finest you can find--with similar technique shown in video for elastic thread. Be aware that over time, a cotton thread may adsorb moisture from the air and sag. Thats one reason the elastic thread is a great idea. Always holds tension.

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Thanks for the advice and references!

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Originally Posted by MICHAEL1WARD
Could you prepare a tutorial on how to string radio antenna's using thread? Most notably on WWII aircraft. Cheers mate! Watching from the USA


Hi Michael. Taken a lot of knocks trying to sort this out over the years.

Not of fan of EZ line as it tends to fray. Also I think that it only comes in 1 size.

I have found Crysta Line works well. Available on Ebay in a variety of sizes and
is dirt cheap. Another reason for not liking EZ line.

Crysta line is used by craft people who design and build necklaces. It has a nice
stretch quality. You can buy all the different thicknesses up to one millimeter for
much less than a reel of EZ line.

I use quick C/A thin. Found the trick which works well is to use a "Cyberbond
Conditioning Primer Pen. It is a little container with a cap which when removed
reveals a felt tip. On one surface rub over with the felt tip. This cleans and primes
the surface.

Add small touch of C/A to the line then stretch  the line and connect. It should
cure enough in a few secs if not immediately. Only stretch the line fractionally
say 5%.

Only put a touch of C/A on the line. It is tempting to put a blob on the line. C/A
cures by having moisture in contact with the C/A. A big blob will take a log time
to cure as most of the blob is not in contact with moisture.

I have found it a good idea, if practical depends on the scale, to drill a tight fit
hole for the rigging to be threaded into.

Laurie

An example of Crysta Line.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2-x-7mm-Reels-Jewellery-Making-Elastic-Clear-Thread-Crysta-Line-0-8-/322325148888?hash=item4b0c1374d8:g[biggrin]qUAAOxyQj9RVISZ

Cyberbond Pen. http://www.cyberbondukonline.co.uk/shop/search.php?q=conditioning+pen&searchbutton=Go%21







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this was posted 3 years ago and for whatever reason I never saw Laurie's post. Just a few days ago I was in Walmart in the craft section and saw the product he was talking about above! now I have to get some! Thanks Laurie!
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Originally Posted by TedUSA
this was posted 3 years ago and for whatever reason I never saw Laurie's post. Just a few days ago I was in Walmart in the craft section and saw the product he was talking about above! now I have to get some! Thanks Laurie!


You are very welcome Ted

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