Herb, it's only .020 cardboard, carefully bended over an edge ... Cardboard is a more and more interesting material for me. Other than styrene, it can be cutted with a laser and glued to wooden parts with simple white glue.
last weekend I made some pictures while Ralf worked with the tool:
The strip lies between two sheets of stainless steel. The lower has etched dies for the rivets heads, the upper etched holes to guide the needle. On this brass strip the position of the rivets is marked on the backside by etching and can be adjusted through the holes.
A pin vise with a needle is pressed down in every hole, then the strip will be moved for making the next rivets. The last rivet fixes the strip at the right pitch. Needle tip should be a little bit rounded.
my "enhanced version" with clamped guides for plastic strip
Last edited on Sat Dec 11th, 2010 05:52 am by teetrix
Yes, I am impressed also! Here in the US, the Archer rivet decals are available from squadron.com so I will probably be sending off for some also. Sure beats my old nail in the back method since I don't have a nice rivet machine like Herbies. Looks especially great since I could build the tank, etc. and THEN put rivets on it. Mucho easier for sure! Woodie