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Nov 08, 2003, 01:57 PM
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Tiny Turnbuckles?????????

Anyone have a source for turnbuckles around 1/2 inch or smaller in size? Hobby Lobby has some at 5/8 but they do not look too good in the pic....
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Nov 08, 2003, 09:30 PM
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When all else fails, turn to the model ship suppliers. I have an old catalog from The Dromedary Ship Modeler's Center, El Paso, Texas, phone # 915-584-2445. In the catalog they list brass working turnbuckles in various sizes - mm and inches. They show some at 5,7 and 9/16". About $2 @ but that has most likely changed. Since it's an old catalog I can't tell you if they are still in business.
Nov 08, 2003, 11:32 PM
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I make them out of nylon mini-clevises, a screw and a tiny washer soldered into the screw head slot. You can paint the nylon part silver for better realism.
Nov 08, 2003, 11:40 PM
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Thanks for the suggestion....but the reason I want to use some small turnbuckles is to avoid clevises....
Nov 09, 2003, 01:46 AM
Proctor model company, based just outside Portland (OK, Charbonneau) Oregon.

They have the large WW II models, and have turnbuckles, wire for rigging, pulleys, all very scale.

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Nov 09, 2003, 05:46 AM
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next time your at wallymart go look in the fishing tackle section!! small fishing swivels work great and actualy look the part!!+ you can tighten and loosen without taking off due to the swivel action!! i made a total of 12 for a sopwith camel i did a few fears back, they have them in many sizes, good luck,john
Nov 09, 2003, 08:08 PM
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Proctor are about the only ones I've ever heard of. Used to have some, but am temporarily unsure of their precise location, thus can't measure them.

The Proctors are miniatures of the real thing - Tower Hobbies actually list the lot - try this:


These are the ones they sell with their Antic kits and their ilk - designed for real working rigging on pretty big models.

Nov 10, 2003, 08:15 PM
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A solution I have used recently is to use the fishing swivels but attach one end with a thin strand of copper wire to the anchor point, leaving enough copper to allow for later adjustment. A little paint to knock the shine off the copper and it looks good.
Nov 11, 2003, 03:39 PM
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try micromark.com they used to stock really tiny scale stuff.

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