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"1:285th Vehicles With Antennae" Topic

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian19 Mar 2018 6:45 p.m. PST

How do you handle antennae on 1:285 or 1:300 or 6mm scale vehicles?

Raynman Inactive Member19 Mar 2018 7:02 p.m. PST

Black nylon paint brush bristles, cut to length.

advocate20 Mar 2018 2:52 a.m. PST

I wouldn't put them on, myself.
And if somebody else did, I wouldn't handle them.

deephorse20 Mar 2018 3:45 a.m. PST

Could you even see a correctly scaled tank antenna in 1/300th? You'd need something that was less than 0.1mm in thickness in general.

jekinder620 Mar 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

Staff or command vehicles only. Currently using the paint brush method.

Durban Gamer20 Mar 2018 4:29 a.m. PST

I use a small bit of straightened staple – smallest size flat staple metal. Drill hole in vehicle and glue in. A little overscale, but makes the models sporting it easier and quicker to move. Make sure the narrow end is viewed from front and back. These are very strong and so won't break easily.

stephen m20 Mar 2018 4:44 a.m. PST

When I was a kid in the '70s I used my hair. Crazy glue and a swipe of silver paint. Still have those tanks, almost all antennae are still on but a few are bent.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 7:19 a.m. PST

As Raynman and jekinder6, I also use black paint brush bristles, the thinnest I can find.

This post shows some of my British and German command vehicles with antennae. link


John Secker Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 8:18 a.m. PST

When you buy clothes there are usually labels or tags attached with thin plastic loops. I collect those (my wife passes them to me in practice, I don't buy many clothes myself). They are mostly black or clear, suitable to be painted any colour, and you can cut out sections which are straight, or with varying degrees of curve. I glue them into tiny holes drilled in the vehicles – usually command only, where they act as an indicator of the commander's vehicle.

LeonAdler Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 11:57 a.m. PST

Invisible mending thread works nicely, its the thinest of nylon fillaments. Very tough, bends rather then kinking or breaking.

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

Or use various thicknesses of monofilament fishing line (even thinner than Mr. Secker's wife's plastic loops).

Stephen M. …have they turned grey yet?

Fred Cartwright20 Mar 2018 12:45 p.m. PST

Stephen M. …have they turned grey yet?

Or bald from pulling out your hair for antennae! :-)

mckrok20 Mar 2018 5:19 p.m. PST

I've used toothbrush bristles and light fishing line.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2018 9:44 p.m. PST

I'm with Raynman.

freerangeegg24 Mar 2018 11:26 a.m. PST

Thin fishing line

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