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GROSSMAN27 Feb 2018 9:52 p.m. PST

I have a bunch of ACW flag bearers with solid fists and have no way to stick a pole through them, what do you do to fix this?

wrgmr127 Feb 2018 9:56 p.m. PST

Dremel drill or a similar type with a very small drill bit. I had to drill holes in over 300 OG Hoplite hands for spears.

GROSSMAN27 Feb 2018 9:58 p.m. PST

The things we do….

idontbelieveit27 Feb 2018 11:15 p.m. PST

I use something like this:

(Not an endorsement, just an example).

Drilling out the holes is a bit of a pain on the front end, but in the long run, there is no better way to mount spears than through a drilled out hand. I wish everyone did hands this way.

advocate27 Feb 2018 11:50 p.m. PST

Be glad it's not a pike army!

Trajanus28 Feb 2018 1:33 a.m. PST

Yeah it's a real pain.

If I had 300 Hoplites (were they Spartans?) to do I would use my Dremel but you have to be careful with that. I find it's a bit Sledgehammer and Walnut, particularly if you are working on an angle or doing two holes on the same miniature like someone holding a flag pole.

Where that's concerned I use a Pin Vise, as shown in the link posted above, where you have far more control.

Cleburne1863 Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2018 2:42 a.m. PST

Yes, pin vice all the way.

Glengarry528 Feb 2018 2:54 a.m. PST

Hand drill

Perris070728 Feb 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

Use a pin to start the hole where you want to drill. Works very well.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2018 6:01 a.m. PST

Pin vice for the best control.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2018 6:04 a.m. PST

Pin vice

laptot28 Feb 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

Foredom flex shaft, but then again I'm a jeweler. Be sure to lubricate the drill and when using power drill, faster is better than slow. Finally, use a scribe point to create a small starter depression in the middle of the fist so the drill won't wonder. A set of reamers is also helpful if the hole is just a bit tight for your music wire.

wrgmr128 Feb 2018 9:07 a.m. PST

Trajanus – they are Athenians. I did these over 10 years ago, not sure if the Pin Vise was around then.
I also had to drill a hole where the shield arm had to glue on. Not the best sculpts from OG but inexpensive.

marshalGreg28 Feb 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

2nd for Dremel drill
I done some 24 10mm Union and conf flag bearer to date.
Starting to do so as repairs with the 15s.

Trajanus28 Feb 2018 11:49 a.m. PST


Pin Vise/Vice have been around forever, as far as I know. IIRC they started out in Clock and Watch making way back

Interesting to hear laptot mention using a power tool as Pin Vise were a Jewlers tool back in the day too, I believe. I recall model railway buffs using them way back.

I just love them for the control they give. Flag bearers are always cast in difficult poses. A whole bunch of spear fists if they are horizontal or vertical – It's Dremel time!

wrgmr128 Feb 2018 2:47 p.m. PST

Trajanus – I'll have to get one!

Trajanus28 Feb 2018 10:37 p.m. PST

Actually, this thread has reminded me that I need to dig mine out to sort the two guys in my new Raven Banner, Union Infantry in Greatcoats!

Ho Hum!

Trajanus01 Mar 2018 5:58 a.m. PST

There we go! One Pin Vice, two Dremel steel quality bits (one for a guide hole, one as a reamer) Job Done!

Thanks for the reminder guys!

Lucius01 Mar 2018 12:07 p.m. PST

Not all pin vises are equal. Spend a little extra for a solid one, an you won't regret it.

wrgmr101 Mar 2018 3:09 p.m. PST

Lucius – Any specific recommendations?

Lucius02 Mar 2018 4:21 a.m. PST

I bought mine 30 years ago from MicroMark. This is a similar one.

If I ever buy a hobby tool, MicroMark is always my first and only stop. Don't forget a set of bits, while you are there.

Trajanus02 Mar 2018 6:14 a.m. PST

I recall model railway buffs using them way back.

And just to prove my point, Lucius link shows someone drilling a hole in a freight car! :o)

wrgmr102 Mar 2018 9:09 a.m. PST

Cheers gentlemen!

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