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Old Apr 17, 2009, 12:58 PM
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Need to build windshield wipers...need hints

I really should get around to building 3 windshield wipers for my boat that I haven't got around to doing yet. Any hints or insights on materials or process? They need to be 1/12 scale. And no, I don't plan on them moving across the glass...they will be for looks only.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 01:10 PM
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I wouldn't mind buying the wipers if they look realistic, I just haven't found 1/12 scale model cars/trucks to be very popular in this area...
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Big wipers in 1:16 scale for rc trucks, might be ok as smaller blades in 1:12?


http://www.gardentrucking.com/produc...p1datarq=wiper

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 02:37 PM
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Al else make out of brass strips/rod or styrene. Look at the basic shapes you want recreate and put them together.
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 03:58 PM
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Al else make out of brass strips/rod or styrene. Look at the basic shapes you want recreate and put them together.
That's what I would do. 15 minutes of work and you can call it yours.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 04:15 PM
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Big wipers in 1:16 scale for rc trucks, might be ok as smaller blades in 1:12?


http://www.gardentrucking.com/produc...p1datarq=wiper


Thanks for the link Pat...that is some really cool model truck stuff. 55mm for the length of the wipers is about 20mm longer than they should be. I'm guessing my the time I reworked those down to the proper size I could build them from scratch like Vince and Keith mentioned.
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 06:54 PM
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I'm surprised that they are too big, as 1:16 scale is actually smaller than 1:12 scale. (3/4" to the foot vs. 1" to the foot.) But trucks probably have bigger wipers.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 07:28 PM
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Here are the ones I made for STRUMPET. Basic parts from styrene and brass. I googled marine wipers and found what I was looking for, printed off the size from their specs and scanned to size. Hope this helps. Like Patmat it is fun most of the time working with details like this, you just need some patience. My model is 1 1/2" - 1'-0" scale. Jerryj98501
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 07:40 PM
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Great job, Jerry! Thanks for showing the sequence of drilling and cutting the parts.

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Old Apr 17, 2009, 07:56 PM
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Thanks Jerry, that is really nice work you have done there. My boat is scratch built and pretty much everything on it has been built from whatever wild idea I come up with. No time to lazy now I guess....
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Old Apr 17, 2009, 08:33 PM
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Nice wipers jerry.
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Old Apr 18, 2009, 10:51 AM
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Brilliant idea Jerry I will keep your pictures in my special folder containing interesting finds

Great work

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