hi there how about this one - old as the hills this - an old alarm clock cog mounted in an old file handle - it makes the perfect tool for simulating rivets in thin plasticard. I know I often go round at the old flea markets etc and look for pieces for old clocks - I look in the boxes for old bits of letterbox flaps etc., cos sometimes the flaps are made from brass. Its marvellous the stuff you can find/reuse in modelling.
Don't be such a shrinking violet John. Your wealth of experience and tips an' tricks, not to mention tracking down useful tools, bits and pieces etc, has surely helped many over the years. Stick around, the journey is not over yet👍 Cheers, Doug 😮
Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 Cheers Doug
Welcome I too have been modelling since about '55 making simple lateen 👎sail yachts. Celluloid sails a round lolly stick a block of wood and a bit of steel for a keel. Dad cut the steel with a hackie and made the slot for it. They sailed surprisingly well. I've not made much contribution here as I'm not active just now but I add the odd comment or idea into the mix. Ha Ha I don't know if I've helped anyone but no one has complained. YET LOL. We are all le⚡🚤arning so stick with us and enjoy.
Martin , forgot to ask if you were using it on plates or direct to hull. If litho, plastic, or thin card plates you can use a dressmakers wheel from the back - I have two of different size wheels for different spacing - they are pretty cheap so I would not advise trying to borrow you know who's , That would be much quicker to do.
Agree with Dodgy - Chinese pins are much softer - trying to use so called office pins from China found they bent easily
Hi Guys, Thank you for your suggestions much appreciated. I must admit when I cut the pins I did do it in a plastic bag as I knew they would shoot of like a bullet and it saved me from treading on the off cuts.