For years, I have been using the tinned
wire leads from electronic components
like large capacitors as wrap wire for
soldering together my model landing gear. I
bought a box full of electronic parts at a tag sale for
$1, and I have enough components to solder a dozen
landing gear. Because they’re pretinned, the leads are easy
to solder in place as long as you make sure to clean them and the landing
gear with fine sandpaper and then use some solder flux.
Walter Roberts, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Neodymium magnets can be used as clamping tools for gluing
two sheets together when clothespins don’t reach far enough.
Available at home-improvement stores, these magnets are
strong and inexpensive.
Levent Suberk, Osmangazi, Turkey
To add a little extra scale appearance to my models, I take the regular
wheel collars that hold my wheels in place on the axles and grind them
with my Moto-Tool so that they look like hex-shaped nuts, similar to
the castle nuts used on full-size airplanes. Be sure to hold the collar
securely when you grind it.
Mike Gray, Seattle, Washington
ATHLETIC RIB TAPE
Available almost everywhere, self-adhesive athletic cloth tape
is great for making scale rib tapes for fabric-covered airplanes. It
comes in various widths from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches, and its edges
are pinked. ;e tape is flexible and goes around curves and
rounded edges easily. It will also go over simulated rib stitching
so that it shows through. Just roll it out and press it into place. Be
sure to use sealer over the tape to secure it before painting.
Mark Howard, Provincetown, Massachusetts
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