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#1 blunc


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Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:07 PM

I posted this in a Workbench thread and realized it would fit real good here for detailing engine compartments and any other place on your models that would look better with wires attached.

Old motors/armatures from slot cars and/or dead cd/dvd/floppy drives use wires of similar gauge and if you have any dead electronics or have access to scrap electronics or motorized toys then you have a great source of free wires in various sizes and colors.

Just disassemble the motor and find the outermost armature winding and start unwinding it, there are literally tens of feet of wire on some of those.

Regular multi-strand car or speaker wire can be pulled from it's cover/sleeve and separated down to individual strands then painted to your preference.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 01:36 PM

Go to Staples and buy the Sharpies in different colors an you can color the wires any color you need.(as long as you have the right color Sharpie!) :D ;)

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:05 AM

You forgot to mention twist ties. The kind that is used on garbage bags or in electronics packaging to keep cords neatly bound in the box. They are usually free and a good size for makinig scaled ignition wire when you remove the outter casing.

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 08:42 AM

I found that old Ethernet cables have good size wires for plug wires in a few colors. Posted Image

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 10:07 AM

beautiful engine man, now im gunna start pulling my scrap cat5 apart for that lol

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 06:55 AM

also the clear twist ties they use to secure new toys into the packaging, makes great oil lines. I get to stock up every xmas.
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also great vent/fuel line
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also pcv/ crankcase evac line/tube.
flexible, paintable
I love this stuff. almost wish i could get it by the spool.
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Edited by envious8420, 01 November 2012 - 07:19 AM.

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Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

Envious 8420. The twist ties you spoke about on the spool should be available from any gardening shop. Its used to stake plants up. Well it is here in Aus anyway and pretty sure I have seen it in clear although a lot is green in colour.