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tow cables
opsguy
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Pennsylvania, United States
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 09:36 AM UTC
A mechanic friend of mine who is also a car modeler, found some cable and gave me a few lengths of it:

tow-cable

That's a straight pin in the background for size comparaison.

It looks as if it is the correct diameter for 35th scale tow cables, but I am not sure if the double braid was/is actually used for tow cable...

Would this work on WWII Axis or US vehicles? How about modern stuff?

Thanks

Rich
Paul-H
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United Kingdom
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 06:30 PM UTC
Hi

I wonder if the braded wire used to control Control-Line Model aeroplanes would be any good.

Mind you I have not seen any since the early 70's so my memory may be letting me down and they are probably to thin.

Paul
cheswickthecat
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Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 08:11 PM UTC
lt looks to me like it would make excellent scale cable. How flexible/bendable is it? it's always a pain in the rear when real wire doesn't easily conform to scale armor.
Terry
opsguy
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Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 12:48 AM UTC

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How flexible/bendable is it?



It's flexible, but not as flexible as other options, because it is metal. I was contemplating trying ways of getting it to form by either heat annealing it, or forming it over something and hitting it with thin CA and accellerant.
retiredyank
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Posted: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 10:39 PM UTC
Try to find some braided copper wire that is the correct diameter. You can find this almost anywhere cheap. When you find the correct size, strip off the insulation. Paint and add end hoops.
Biggles2
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Posted: Friday, February 04, 2011 - 09:09 AM UTC
I've used picture hanging cabled wire for heavy (Panthers, Tigers, etc.) tow cable. It's cheap, doesn't need painting, and is much more flexible than the aftermarket stainless steel offerings.
Deadball
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Illinois, United States
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Posted: Monday, February 07, 2011 - 02:25 AM UTC
I used to work as a framer and I use the framing wire, as well. It comes in all different sizes depending on the weight of what you want to hang, so it also works wonderfully for our purposes, too.
xraytech
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Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 08:50 AM UTC
I found some stainless steel fishing leader that is twisted and is about 0.030 inches in diameter. Looks good for 1/35 tow cables. Hard to make a loop in, though. Find some tow cable ends and glue them on.