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    • February 24, 2018 1:37 AM EST
    • Shade tree mechanics, without the shade.  VMF 214, Espiritu Santo. 

       

    • February 24, 2018 1:34 AM EST
    • VMF 214 at Turtle Bay airfield, Espiritu Santo.   No date given.  US Humming photo, no copyright.

       

    • February 24, 2018 1:14 AM EST
    • Entrance to Espiritu Santo Navy/USMC base, WW II.

       

       

      Lots of palm trees.

    • February 23, 2018 9:18 PM EST
    • Thanks for the pic John.  I wasn't using routed channels for the brass like you are. That may have been my problem. I was trying to bend accurately to fit over the top of the bunk and couldn't get it spaced correctly and square on the same piece. By dropping the strap in the channel it both improves the mechanical integrity and hide the bend a little making it not as critical.  I should try that.

    • February 23, 2018 7:29 PM EST
    • If you need to Anneal the brass heat it until it turns black or even glows re a little then let it cool or chill it in water.  Don't bend it hot, it will break.

    • February 23, 2018 7:04 PM EST
    • By the way, those log cars look fantastic!

    • February 23, 2018 6:41 PM EST
    • John Bouck said:

      Joe, 

      I don't anneal brass. Since it holds its shape after you bend it, I just use those flat pliers. No problem.

      Years ago, I worked in a sheet metal shop, where we used hydraulic brakes on all kind of material: aluminum, brass, tin etc.

      We just shaped it.

      Yeah but... your man ordering specified dead soft from the supplier.

       

      Some Chinese brass will fracture before bending... if it is brass.

      Most brass from US suppliers has been annealed and cleaned for sale.

      edit ... returned a run away r

    • February 23, 2018 5:54 PM EST
    • Joe, 

      I don't anneal brass. Since it holds its shape after you bend it, I just use those flat pliers. No problem.

      Years ago, I worked in a sheet metal shop, where we used hydraulic brakes on all kind of material: aluminum, brass, tin etc.

      We just shaped it.

    • February 23, 2018 5:33 PM EST
    • I’ve got a question about annealing brass. Do you let it cool before you bend it or do you bend it while it’s hot?

    • February 22, 2018 10:33 PM EST
    • I tried their Ultra Restore on some plastic models I had left out years ago when the layout was around the pond. Made the painted surfaces glow like they had just been painted, and cleared up the yellowed windshields, and lasts longer than toothpaste. If left outside re-application is down to once every 3-4 months instead of every couple weeks. I bring them in for the cold months now.

       

      Let us know how that fence works for you.

       

    • February 22, 2018 10:26 PM EST
    • Todd Brody said:

      Personally I never use chain link fencinag for dinosaurs,...

       

       

    • February 22, 2018 10:02 PM EST
    • Thanks Mike W.    That ultra fence looks like it would do the job..  Now to get it ordered..

       

      Thanks Guys..

       

    • February 22, 2018 8:20 PM EST
    • Eric Reuter said:

      The squares would be 2.5 mm.

      Correct as common (residential) chain link is 2" aperture.  2.5mm is 8 mesh. https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Unpolished-Finish-E2016-06-Diameter/dp/B005H2UX5I

      Commercial/Industrial chain link is 3.5" or 4.4mm in 1:20.3 - closest would be 5 mesh (4.5mm aperature) 

      The tricky part would be finding big enough pieces so you could cut diagonally without too much waste.

      That said, I have found this at the local Michael's craft store.  It's already cut on the diag and for $6.50 you get about 6' of fence.

    • February 22, 2018 8:03 PM EST
    • Dave,

       

      Try out these folks. You may be able to get exactly what you need, just not sure about quantity.

       

      http://www.mcnichols.com/products/wire-mesh/

       

      Bob C.

    • February 22, 2018 7:59 PM EST
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    • February 22, 2018 6:06 PM EST
    • The squares would be 2.5 mm.

    • February 22, 2018 4:38 PM EST
    • the only thing, i can think of - i have not done it, but seen often - is moscito screen for doors or windows.

      just cut it diagonally and glue it, where you want it.