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PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 2:31 pm 

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Jim, Thank you so much for this great tutorial, I was able to successfully make the stretch spruce rigging and install it on my 1/200 Arizona after reading this thread.

The one question I have is: do you know of any good ways to tighten the rigging lines without having to hold a model over your head?

I am a little worried if I try to hold my 1/200 Arizona over my head with one hand I may drop it ...

Thanks so much


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:02 am 
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Hello David M--apologies for late response--I have been away and terribly busy at work also....

holding model above you

not much help there 1/200 is pretty big...

i would try and test your marriage and get your wife/partner to hold the model whilst you apply heat/ smoke

Katrin does it for me upon occasions...

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had a huge stainless steel plate attached to the bottom of the case-- and was too heavy for me also..

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:25 am 
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For heat tightening rigging on large models, I have found that the best way to hold it above my head is to drill a hole in the bottom of the model, and hang it off of a screw that is very securely drilled into one of the high shelves in my workshop. The shelf is anchored into the wall of course.

Enlisted men are stupid, but very cunning and deceitful and bear considerable watching." - Marine Corps Officers Manual, 1894 ... index.html

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:21 pm 
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The whole incense thing is really THE perfect solution for tightening rigging. It's dreamy how you can see the smoke stream and selectively tighten things up. Great great contribution to the art.! Thanks!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:21 pm 

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Very helpful.

I have been wondering what to do about rigging.

I have access to very fine surgical threads (used to sew capillaries and tiny veins), which I was thinking of using.

But I have used stretched sprue before on model tanks for aerials/antennae.

This looks like "It" to do the rigging on my 1/700 ships.


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