Ho superdetailing questions

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  1. Tap

    Tap Member

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    Hey guys, i was wondering how you shape the grab irons to put on your trains. I just purchased some 0.020 or 0.20 brass wire and i'm wondering how you shape it to look like drop grab irons.

    anyonw have detailed plans on building a jig? ive sen osme on the net but they weren't that detailed.
    thanks
    tap
  2. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Tap, I make mine from .020" brass wire, it's closest to old Athearn stock. For more scale appearance I use .010" or .015" wire. First I bend a short piece to 90 degress on either side of my jeweler's pliers. They're just about the right width. Take a pair of regular needlenose pliers and notch them at the width you'd want if that's all you have.

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    shaygetz Active Member

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    Then I grab them on the side of the jaws, about the width of the wire, then bend downward 90 degrees.

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  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Snip off the excess and there you are:thumb: Use wire that's a bit longer than you need---the little boogers'll pierce you like a hornet if you're not careful.announce1:oops:

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  5. jim currie

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    sign1 thought i was the only one who did that Bob .:) exultant tutorial.
  6. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Gee...And I was just buying a packs of grab irons from Detail Asscociates.........
    Nice work Bob!!
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Thanks, guys. Came up with this when I found myself short some for a project years ago. Can't claim originality though as I modified it from tips in the book, "764 Helpful Hints for Model Railroaders".
  8. Tap

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    nice! any other tips con cerning superdetailing... a web site perhaps?
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    Great tutorial. Does anyone do uncoupling levers? I am at the point of possibly adding them but I don't have a clue nor do I have any pictures.
  10. shaygetz

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    On their way...:D
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    Getting the "drop" in drop grabs uniform is difficult so I made this modified set of pliers with a piece of stryene glued to the face to act as a stop. Bend to the U-shape as mentioned and insert into the pliers with the bottom of the U against the stop and bend over the legs.

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