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Are Rivets Over Done ?
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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2013 04:58 pm
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Mike,  I was able to get some photos last night.



Use a ruler and a pounce wheel on the back of the styrene to 'cut' the rivet holes.  I used 20 tho styrene in the photos.  You can see the rectangular cut in the material.



This photo shows the front of the styrene.  Very little of the impression has transferred to the front.



I used a  short piece of 5mm wire set in a pin vice.  File or sand the wire flat with rounded edges to represent the rivet head.  You can use the non-drill end of a drill bit (I hope that makes sense to all those out there) also.  The rivet head will end up about 1.5 times larger than the wire diameter you use.

Place the styrene front side down on several pieces of paper.  The paper will provide support for the material while you emboss the rivets.  Press the wire into the 'cut' of the styrene.  The thickness of the styrene will determine on how much pressure you will need to create the rivet. 



Here you can see the rivets on the front of the styrene.  The sixth hole down is black because I pressed too hard and punched a hole through the material.



They measure approx. .76 mm



This is a small tank I experimented on.  I used the same size wire (5mm) on 4 tho styrene (the styrene is the backing for fondant sheets used for edible printing on cakes)

I have found that one can produce a lot of rivets in a short period of time.  The tank took me less the an hour to create.  Its funny that the recent posts coincided with my experimenting with creating rivets.  I was looking at the rivet transfers at my local hobby shop, but they only had HO scale in stock, and I didn't feel like ordering the O scale sheets.

Let me know if this helps,  the guys at the hobby shop said I should write and submit this as an article to the mags.  They seem to like the results.

Cheers, Heath.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2013 07:28 pm
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I like those rivets too, Heath. Thanks for the lesson. I think I may give those a try. Here is another thing I've noticed that many times the rivets themselves are rusted even when the material they are holding are not. That gotta be a tough effect to pull off.



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 Posted: Tue Feb 5th, 2013 10:07 pm
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Mike, Light dry brush with rust might work.



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I'm a rivet counter. I cut the rivets off Athearn snow plows, old tank cars,
and others. I use a#11blade to place the rivet, then add a drop of Testors
liquid glue. I like Testors for this application because it evaporates fast and want craze the plastic. I use ACC on brass parts.

Bobby Pitts.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 08:24 am
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Now there is a dedicated man. How do you place those little guys in a uniform manor? I'm afraid I'd end up with them all out of line and poorly spaced.



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I have a fairly good eye.Check out my tank cars and you'll see some examples.
Regards, Bobby

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Reminds me of Bill Clouser,who built models for the Smithsonian, as well as for himself.

He said that one time he tried to make O scale rivets on a model, using the tiny glass beads that reflective highway signs were coated with at the time.

Went back to impressing them one at a time, with a dull pencil in the back of the thin artists board that he always used.

Herb



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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 12:19 pm
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Well, a decomposing body of a rivet counter has been discovered under the Pinos Altos creek bridge on the Mogollon Railway. The sheriff is "investigating", cause could be a chupacabra attack or the ghost of John Allen.
Update at 11:24....

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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 12:34 pm
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I don't mind rivet counters as long as they don't bother counting my rivets and then pointing out the error of my way of modeling.



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 Posted: Sat Feb 9th, 2013 02:35 pm
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mwiz64 wrote:
I don't mind rivet counters as long as they don't bother counting my rivets and then pointing out the error of my way of modeling.

No danger of me doing that. I enjoy looking at everyone's models and keeping my mouth shut except to compliment their work.

Regards, Bobby

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