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FROM THE October 2008 ISSUE

Tip of the Month: Riveting technique

You probably get tired of us harping on the benefits of looking to other forms of modeling (sci-fi, trains, military, action figures, etc.) for inspiration and new ideas, but here's a perfect example. We learned this technique while on a T&T Field Trip to a local show that focused on Military Modeling.

The builder admitted that he learned the technique from another modeler, who got it from somewhere else, so it looks like the inventor of this terrific idea shall remain uncredited. But if it's any consolation, we appreciate that person's willingness to share an idea in the first place.

The technique involves making individual rivets in a simple (albeit time-consuming) fashion. All you need is some scrap sprue, a heat source, and a metal coffee-filter tray from an old percolator.

Carefully heat the sprue over a flame or the tip of a soldering gun, then push the soft plastic through the holes in the perforated tray. When the plastic hardens, slice the rivets off with a single-edge razor blade or hobby knife, and stockpile them for later use.

Variations of his technique open up a lot of other possibilities. Altering the size of the holes and using colored plastic may result in some nifty taillight lenses, dash knobs, or who knows? Experiment, and pass along your results to another modeler ... just like the Anonymous Craftsman who supplied this issue's Tip of the Month.


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