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Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2021 11:26 a.m. PST

Hey all. I am wondering what people use for antennas these days on vehicles. I want something flexible enough that if it is bumped it will give a little and not snap off like a rigid antenna might, but be rigid enough that it stands straight up (up to about 4 inches if needed).

What do you use and find most effective for antennas?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Dec 2021 11:44 a.m. PST

Plastic broom bristles

Night Owl III03 Dec 2021 12:37 p.m. PST

Saber6 is right! A trip to the dollar store for a cheap dust pan & brush set will give you a lifetimes worth!

Striker03 Dec 2021 12:37 p.m. PST

A black paintbrush bristle will work.

Tgerritsen Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2021 1:19 p.m. PST

Hadn't thought of that (was thinking about wire gauges). That's a great idea (and likely cheaper, too!). Thanks, all!

Cardinal Ximenez03 Dec 2021 2:14 p.m. PST

2nd black paint brush bristle

thosmoss03 Dec 2021 2:40 p.m. PST

Fishing line works well, but probably not up to 4".

I also like using sewing needles … let the antenna fend for themselves against heavy handed gamers.

ccmatty Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2021 2:44 p.m. PST

I use black plastic broom bristles.

Personal logo McKinstry Supporting Member of TMP Fezian03 Dec 2021 4:02 p.m. PST

Paint brush bristles

Zephyr103 Dec 2021 8:54 p.m. PST

For smaller scales, black hairbrush bristles (and even ones from that little brush used to clean electric razors…)

Steamingdave204 Dec 2021 9:28 a.m. PST

I have seen models where the modeller has used a cat's whisker. They do shed them from time to time, so no harm done to the cat!

cavcrazy05 Dec 2021 7:21 a.m. PST

Bread tie wire.

VonBlucher05 Dec 2021 7:22 p.m. PST

I tried thin very stiff wire and a mistake to use at it would break the small hole you produce with a small drill bit. I found very thin hair brush bristles ended up being the best option.

SFC Retired14 Dec 2021 7:21 a.m. PST

Cat whiskers… used them for years!!!

WarpSpeed06 Jan 2022 3:10 p.m. PST

Thosmoss-I use sewing needles for my masts-and they do that job nicely.

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