5 years ago
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
Building the 1/96th scale railings has been made a lot easier using my home brew build
ing jig described here with enough information for others to use. incidentally this started off with a small prototype mentioned on these pages a few days ago.
I started off with a length of hard wood around 20" x 4" 3/4" thick and marked out the guidelines for the railings. The actual length can be of your choice. I used hard wood because it will be a more tolerant in handling the heat. incidentally the pictures show some soft wood the length of the mid section which once wasted can be replace. This is used solely for guides.
I purchased some guitar head screws x6 for around £5 on eBay which are used to tighten the very thin 0.5mm wire when soldering
to the posts. The pictures show how I have set this up at the turnbuckle end. There are 3 copper pins to guide the wire and there are some shelf pin supports just to direct the wire in the correct path to the two outside turnbuckles.
It may be worthwhile mentioning at this stage that I incorporated a small block across the wires at each end of the board with M6 bolts and wing nuts to ensure the the wire was pushed nice and flush with the alloy heat plate, and, to help the posts remain still too.
The alloy heat plate requires groves for the post pins to sit in. I used a 'V' file this. This removable part can be constructed for different scale railings too.
The other end (see picture) uses three shelf support pins guided by three copper pins and the wood block explained above which keeps the wire flush on the board. This end is the starting point when laying the thin wire. Just feed one at a time to the guitar screw and tighten (NOT TOO MUCH).
Once you have them all in place you can position the pins. I made a thin slider which I used to lifted up the wire off the alloy heat plate enough to slide the posts to the stopper. it can take a while to position everything, but at least nothing moves once you have it all tight!
The pictures should be enough to make one of these. Not very expensive and certainly a nice simple tool to construct and have available in the workshop.
The next blog contains a very simple little too to cut the 1mm copper wire post all exactly the same length along with some completed railings using this jig.
I hope this is useful.