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kcwebb209

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Hi All,

I have heard of people replacing the machinegun barrels with hypodermic needles. I don't know much about the needle part, so I am here for some insight. I am thinking about buying a pack of a hundred needles. They are basically all 1" long, but there are numbers before the length, such as, 20g, 22g, 23g, and so forth. I don't know if the g stands for gauge or something else. My question is what is the size of needle I should get for 1/48th scale aircraft. I thank you in advance for any information that will help me out.

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Ken
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TedUSA

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Ken,
I worked in hospitals, surgery for 30years. The "G" is for gauge, primarily the diameter of the bore of the needle. higher the number, the smaller the bore [just an FYI--if you have ever given blood, they mostly use 14G--whopper]. I have used needles for all kinds of parts. take the machine gun barrel from the kit and match the needle gauge to the styrene part. the size needed can vary due to different size MG calibers, so you never know exactly what will work ahead of time. I try to buy 25 needles in various gauges at a time. I get mine at a farm supply store. they sell them for cattle and other livestock use. I cut mine off with a wheel on my moto tool, and often have to push a tool in the end to get the nice round shape back. the needle metal collapses easily when cutting. metal cutters usually flatten the end and you have to do a lot of work to get it open and perfectly round again.I have put a piece of wire inside the needle bore before to help keep it open while cutting. I keep a good variety of piano wire for all kinds of uses including use with the needles. I use the closest fit of wire inside the needle.

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Ted, that is a great bit of information ! I have been struggling to cut the needles without deforming the shape ! I never thought to put something inside them, my wife works at a Veterinary surgery so I have a good supply of needles syringes and scalpel blades lol

Pete

Ps I would like it noted that I use the above for modelling purposes and not for the dismemberment and experiment of body parts in my cellar lol
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kcwebb209

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Thanks Ted for the info. I'll see if I can't find something like a variety pack with 3 to 4 different sizes. So far I can only find a box of a 100 in single sizes.

Ken
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TedUSA

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you guys are welcome! Pete, I am expecting to eventually see you on the news when the local authorities figure out about what goes on in your cellar!! LOL
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You wont have to wait long ted, the authorities are already knocking on his door this week,And he has asked me if i could temporarily store some parts for him " PARTS ? " 
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Lol !

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TedUSA

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The Gene Wilder Willy Wonka Meme is great!
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