I'm working in O scale and want to make a pipe railing using 2" pipe with T's and elbows. I plan to use plastic tubing (or rod) .042" to represent 2" pipe. I've seen scale fittings for 6" pipe but nothing as small as 2". Does anyone here have a good source or know of a technique to represent T's and elbows for pipe this small?
Some subscribe to the two-foot or three-foot principal; if you can't see it from two, or three, feet away then don't worry about it.
Probably a better idea than trying and ending with something that will look grossly overscale.
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Howdy Tom, have you checked the PLASTRUCT catalog? They may have what you need, their line has many parts for "industrial" models like oil derricks, etc. Most hobby shops carry the line but their catalog has way more items listed.
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Thanks Woodie. I'm looking at their website now and they do have pipe fittings galore but nothing in the size I want. I think I'll hafta try some homegrown ideas or just skip it. I appreciate the input.
a better bet might be to use brass wire and some "blobby" solder joints for the T-pieces. This will give a far more durable handrails . Even a judicious blob of thick paint could do for the T-pieces.
Here's my attempt with 1/16" brass wire
It looked far less dodgy after a coat of thick acrylic paint. Look at lower right below,
In O scale 2" works out at just over 1 mm or 0.050". Evergreen makes styrene rod down to 1/16". This stuff can be glued but is still very fragile.
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There is a liquid vinyl insulating dip that you can get at Home Depot that you might be able to paint on to represent fittings. Model airplane builders use to use dope on the tissue wings. That might also work since it's on the thick side. Seems like I had a jar of it somewhere if I could just find it.
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"a better bet might be to use brass wire and some "blobby" solder joints for the T-pieces. This will give a far more durable handrails . Even a judicious blob of thick paint could do for the T-pieces. Here's my attempt with 1/16" brass wire"
John - I suspect you're right about using wire instead of plastic. I like the way your railing turned out. I'll try that.