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Where can I get photoetched bolt heads? I found protech on ebay and it is just way to high for me to consider. I also am curious to what size I need for 1/12 scale. It's going to "bolt" on a body part.

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You can make your own with plastruct hex rod. Just cut the rod into slices of needed thickness. It takes a few to get ones with parallel sides, but you can get a lot of bolts from one package of rod.

Model Car Garage here, but I don't like PE for larger scale bolts, they are too flat.

Scale Hardeware also has small metal bolts, but they aren't really that cheap.

Check model railroad shops or sites, Grandt (sp?) and some other compaines make sprues of plastic bolt heads in different sizes and styles.

As for size, figure what size bolt you are replicating and scale it down here.

Edited by Erik Smith

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Check out Archer Transfers (www.archertransfers.com); they make resin surface details on clear water slide decal material like louvers, weld beads, rivets and bolt heads. I've recently used their louvers with very good results.

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Sorry to say though that if you order from Al at Ma's your in for a looooooooong wait. His stuff is top shelf but his turn around time is extremely long. My last order was 1 year wait and my current order probably isn't going to be any different. Just saying in case your in a hurry.

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There are other sources. Define way to high. Price is all relative to your disposable income.

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High as in I don't want to spend $10 or more right now because I'm not sure if I will ever use them again. I've got more to buy for this build as in carbon fiber decal, wheels and brakes, and other little goodies. I like that archer transfer, but it's going over another decal is this possible to do? I know adding glue I am taking a chance as well.

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Personally, I can't comment on this as I have no idea of your skill level. The archer transfer IS a decal. You apply it as a decal and use decal solvent to help the film dissolve. All that's left is the resin detail.

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Right, but here is what I'm planning on. I've got the questions answered to where I can find. I am making scoops overlaid in carbon fiber. Which I'm planning on making it look like its bolted on. Along with the gas cap and some other things if I can think of any.

So the first layer will be carbon fiber decal, second layer will be resin bolts, real metal or hex rod.

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Wow Good stuff !

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Definitely. Just too small lol. 2mm equals .06 in 1/12 scale. I will keep the. In mind because that is what I am looking for.

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Model railroad supplies, I use them all the time .....

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Look @ Ozark Miniatures white metal alloy bolt heads. They are primarily an aftermarket maker of model RR parts (1/24-1/20.3 scale), and cater mostly to older steam locomotive and RR car kit-bashers & scratch-builders, plus offer an extensive line of logging tools & equipment - many are useful for building vehicles, too, esp vintage trucks.

Ozark offers more than several sizes of bolt castings, - hex head, square head, and most have cast in place washers & nuts (both hex & square). The ones w/ exposed thread poking thru the nut's side of the casting are excellent for replicating wheel studs. Since they offer a decent range of sizes, there should be some useful pieces for modeling vehicles in 1/25/1/24, 1/16. 1/12, & 1/8th scales,

And, they are quite reasonably priced, too. Well stocked model train shops - esp those catering to G gauge/large scale RR type model trains - may stock Ozark Miniature's parts.

Google: Ozark Miniatures for more info (for some reason, I'm unable to paste a link to their web address on this post??)

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Thank you everyone for the feedback, I will be scrolling through these website now and contacting these companies.

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