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Re: [OT] more rivets...

From: Brian Burger <yh728@v...>
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 1999 11:25:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [OT] more rivets...

I sent this to John off-list, but given the continued interest on-list,
thought I'd send it back to the list...

More rivet-making ideas - frankly, a lot less labour-intensive than some
of the proposals.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 1 Aug 1999 10:11:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [OT] Ironclads and Tanks and Such

On Sun, 1 Aug 1999, John Crimmins wrote:

> At 10:38 PM 7/31/99 -0700, you wrote:
> >You need to get yourself over to "Major General Tremorden Rederring's
> >Colonial Wargames Page" at <http://zeitcom/majgen/>
> >
> >Lots and lots of really cool landsteamers & similar Colonial-era
> >pseudo-tech.
> >
> >The reason I'm replying to the list is because it also has a very
> >scenery section - loads of 'how we do it' articles, and great photos.
> >first-class resource even for those of us who aren't into
> >gaming.
> >
> >Besides, everyone loves landsteamers, right? :)
> The Major General's page is directly responsible for this madness, and
> recommend it wholeheartedly to one and all.  The terrain pages are
> particularly useful.	I'm working in 15mm, and I'm pretty sure I know
> I want to do here...if I can only figure out a way to add rivets of
> proper size to styrene sheet without going mad, I'll be mostly set.


For rivets, there are a couple of options. The fastest is with a little
gadget sometimes called a 'dressmaker's wheel' or a 'rivet wheel',
depending on whether you buy it in a fabric store or a hobby/model train
store - it's the same gizmo, a small wheel that's got sharp teeth all
around the edge; on a handle. You just roll it along sheet styrene or
light card, pressing firmly, and then flip the sheet over - instant
rivet/bolt head bulges on the sheet. Roll it along a steel ruler for
straight rows, or do it freehand for looser, more hand-made looks.

I think X-Acto (the knife people) make one of these - ask at your local
model train store. If they don't have one, ask to see the Walther's
Distrubutors catalog, and check the Tools section, then get one ordered
in. (or go around to some of the bigger fabric/sewing stores in town.)

The other way to do it - esp. for bigger rivets - is one at a time,
a blunted nail or some other type of 'punch' to impress the rivets one
a time.

Oh, and one other cool page, that I spent a long time surfing thru last
night: "By Jingo!", another Colonial wargames page. See my website's
page for that URL - I don't have it handy. It's got a large 25/25mm
miniatures section which is good for gawking and inspiration, and lots
historical photos and links. No landsteamers yet, tho...

There's also a fair number of lavishly-illustrated US Civil War naval
websites out there - do an Infoseek or Altavista search for 'ironclads'
'Civil War navy' or similar.

Take lots of photos of your landsteamers when they're done! (If you want
web-space, I've got loads...) Good luck with your modelling, and hope

Brian (			      
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> John X Crimmins
>   " one of the secret masters of the world: a librarian.
> They control information.  Don't ever piss one off."
>   --Spider Robinson, The Callahan Touch.

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