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ZM-7 Making Realistic N-Scale Chain

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 4:52 pm    Post subject: ZM-7 Making Realistic N-Scale Chain Reply with quote

Making Realistic N-Scale Chain -Zen Master Tip #1



Actually, to make realistic looking chain is really quite easy. You just have to “think out of the box.” You need two things; soft brass wire and a hemostat.

The only place I know where you can get the proper soft brass wire is at a bead store or craft store that sells beading supplies. It usually comes on a spool like thread.

Hemostats are now commonly sold as craftsmen tools. Micro Mark, I believe, sells a range of them. Today most come from Pakistan and are quite cheap.

To make chain, pinch the soft wire in the hemostat’s jaws. It gives a small wavy, perfectly uniform set of bumps in the wire that resemble chain links. The finer the teeth on the hemostat jaws the smaller the chain links you can create. These pieces of chain are perfect for many uses such as tie-downs for flat car loads, hanging on hooks under tenders, or in the many uses in the logging industry.



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2009 9:56 am    Post subject: Thanks Reply with quote

What a GREAT idea!!!! I've needed chain for several projects and have never been able to find real chain that didnt look huge in nscale. Now I have a detail that will add to and not detract from my models. Thanks GHQ!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I know this is a very old thread,but I'm a busy guy and just found it !When I saw this I said "MMMMM,let's look in the parts box" and I found some chain, and this is what I came up with,I think I did a fair job of getting the chain even ??





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PostPosted: Sat May 14, 2011 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! I really like the tip. Now to find an appropriate hemastat.

Thanks
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