Any suggestions for Flexable/Armoured Cable

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Any suggestions for Flexable/Armoured Cable

Joined: January 10th, 2012, 5:56 pm

June 18th, 2012, 7:34 pm #1

I'm having trouble coming up with something to represent the corrigated type of flexable or armoured cable.

If it's a straight run guitar string works ok, but it's to difficult to bend smoothly for anything more complicated.

Does anybody have any suggestions? (or know an aftermarket supplier of a dedicated replica?)
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June 18th, 2012, 8:13 pm #2

In one of the latest issues of MMiR there kit build up where the builder used solder
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Joined: January 30th, 2008, 12:38 am

June 18th, 2012, 8:31 pm #3

I'm having trouble coming up with something to represent the corrigated type of flexable or armoured cable.

If it's a straight run guitar string works ok, but it's to difficult to bend smoothly for anything more complicated.

Does anybody have any suggestions? (or know an aftermarket supplier of a dedicated replica?)
Springs and the outer cover of the gitfiddle string comes in many sizes might do ya
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Joined: January 10th, 2012, 5:56 pm

June 18th, 2012, 8:36 pm #4

What I'm trying to replicate is the armoured cable shown of this Katyusha picture

(borrowed from the Prime Portal set by Yuri Pasholock for discussion purposes only I'll delete it after the quetion has been answered)

http://www.primeportal.net/artillery/yu ... hp?Page=11 )

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In plain wire terms it's probably about 1mm, but it't profile I'm after. As I say ridged guitar strings give this but don't bend easily as they have a steel core that I can't remove

But I havn't tried guitfiddle strings... Have to see if I can get to a music shop and have a look there
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Joined: April 19th, 2005, 4:32 am

June 18th, 2012, 9:12 pm #5

I'm having trouble coming up with something to represent the corrigated type of flexable or armoured cable.

If it's a straight run guitar string works ok, but it's to difficult to bend smoothly for anything more complicated.

Does anybody have any suggestions? (or know an aftermarket supplier of a dedicated replica?)
They can be made by the simple expedient of wrapping a light gauge copper wire, say 5 amp fuse wire, around a slightly thicker copper core and then soldering the two together.

Regards Dave

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Joined: January 30th, 2008, 12:38 am

June 18th, 2012, 11:54 pm #6

I'm having trouble coming up with something to represent the corrigated type of flexable or armoured cable.

If it's a straight run guitar string works ok, but it's to difficult to bend smoothly for anything more complicated.

Does anybody have any suggestions? (or know an aftermarket supplier of a dedicated replica?)
In plain wire terms it's probably about 1mm, but it't profile I'm after. As I say ridged guitar strings give this but don't bend easily as they have a steel core that I can't remove

Sure you can its easy, just unwrap an inch or so of the outer wrap and then grab it with a set of pliers (call them #1) and then put some needle nose pliers (call it #2)on the still wrapped side of the pliers (#1)you are holding the wire with ,then slide your #2 pliers away from the #1 set along the wire ,it will slide off and you then have the hollow wrap for your Flexable cable and a wire to use for somthing else you can do it with all sizes of guitar strings also some wheel bearing seals have very small springs which are hollow I use them all the time
Try it cant hurt
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Joined: April 20th, 2005, 11:22 am

June 19th, 2012, 3:07 am #7

Hi Anthony,
How about the tow cable that Tamiya supply in their 1:48 tank kits?
I have found it has a really good pattern to replicate the woven type cable.

regards David
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June 19th, 2012, 9:21 am #8

Thanks everybody
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June 19th, 2012, 12:09 pm #9

I'm having trouble coming up with something to represent the corrigated type of flexable or armoured cable.

If it's a straight run guitar string works ok, but it's to difficult to bend smoothly for anything more complicated.

Does anybody have any suggestions? (or know an aftermarket supplier of a dedicated replica?)
Tony

I did the valentine article in MMiR mentioned above. For the headlight cabling I wrapped fine solder around a strand of copper wire. I liked the results but think in hindsight maybe it was a tiny bit out of scale. For a future article on the Bronco Bishop, I've replaced the solder with fine brass wire (still wrapped around copper wire) the results are much more to scale. The process is tedious, but the copper "core" makes positioning the cable pretty easy, and the brass wire wrap looks "right" in scale Good luck.



Tom Jett
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Joined: January 31st, 2009, 1:06 am

June 19th, 2012, 6:51 pm #10

I'm having trouble coming up with something to represent the corrigated type of flexable or armoured cable.

If it's a straight run guitar string works ok, but it's to difficult to bend smoothly for anything more complicated.

Does anybody have any suggestions? (or know an aftermarket supplier of a dedicated replica?)
I've had pretty good success using silver metallic sewing thread:

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It comes in several different diameters and colors - silver, gold, and black. It's made of a metallic colored mylar-like material wound around a core of thread. It's very flexible, but will not hold a bend by itself like wire or lead solder.

However, once painted it looks very good - a little dry-brushing will bring out the texture.

You can find this stuff in the sewing notions sections of large crafts stores and places that sell fabrics, etc.

HTH,
Mike
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