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#1 jdcar32


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Posted 02 June 2012 - 03:19 AM

Radio shack can be a source of scratch building odds and ends, wire, solder, etc. But they also have the small ( about an inch long ) elecrtrical alligator clips that are great for fixturing parts or painting parts. They come several in a pack and they are a cheap, useful, tool. The tips are easily bent to conform to round or flat parts, or to pinch .

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 04:09 AM

Excellent tip. I tape or epoxy these to lengths of sprue that are clipped off the tree with a hook at the other end for hanging as the paint dries.

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 08:45 PM

Got a bunch of cheapies crimped onto bamboo skewers. Work great for holding parts while painting.

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 10:40 AM

alligator clips are great,I get mine from michaels and you get bunch for the price...

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:19 AM

Got a bunch of cheapies crimped onto bamboo skewers. Work great for holding parts while painting.

Skip, that's exactly I do mine. They work very well indeed.

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Posted 13 June 2012 - 11:44 PM

Alligator Clips are one of the items all Modelers begin using early on in their Hobby.
My DieCast Paint Stands began with the simple Alligator Clip but quickly morphed into a variety of ways to hold DieCast of all scales.

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#7 Steven Zimmerman

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:44 AM

Won't restrain an alligator well, tho.....

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:51 AM

I have a bunch of these crimped onto 12 AWG solid wire, which is then coiled into a stand. It means they are freestanding, and I can just bend them up or down to balance whatever I'm working with. I also have slipped small pieces of plastic tubing (aquarium airline tubing) over the ends to keep the teeth from digging in.