Struts and Pipes

Discussion in 'Aircraft & Aviation' started by cdavenport, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. cdavenport

    cdavenport Member

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    I finally found the solution to struts and piping and other tubing issues. I purchased, of all things, paper lollipop sticks. They come in two diameters as far as I can tell.

    I both a couple of bags off EBay and paid a few bucks including shipping. This nice thing is that you can easily roll larger diameters using the stick as a buck. It shouldn't be too difficult to roll hollow pipe, too.
  2. dhanners

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    The local art scraps store I go to sells them in a big zip-lock bag for something like 10 cents a bag. I've found them very useful. Some of the sticks I've found are rolled; if you work carefully, you can peel away the layers to make even thinner sticks.
  3. zakopious

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    I use grass seed stems collected in a vacant lot.
    They are about three feet long, thick at the bottom and very thin on top.
    They are not as strong as lollipop sticks but they work for me.
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    I have some of those too, I bought mine at Wal-Mart of all places. They had them in the craft section right around the wedding stuff if I remember correctly. Havent had the chance to use them yet,but wiil do so in the future.
  5. blueeyedbear

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    If you are not too much of a "paper purist", go to a good hobby shop. They probably stock packages of assorted sizes of plastic tubes and plastic rods. In the model railroad section, you may even find square and rectangular "rods" and I-beams. If you really want to "jazz-up" a model, check out the model railroad lights!

    No luck? Pick up a copy of "Fine Scale Modeler" magazine and go through the adds.

    Bob (a retired p*****c model builder)
  6. SCEtoAux

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    If you soak those lollipop sticks long enough at the point you want to make a bend you can get some nice looking radius bends. Some trimming might help on the inside of the bend. If they split, some tissue soaked in a glue/water mixture makes some good filler. Let it dry then sand it smooth. :)
  7. Fishcarver

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    Floral Wire

    It comes in smooth and paper-wrapped. Check Michaels and Wal Mart.
    JR