[WWI] Rivets

Stephen Auslender auslend at snet.net
Mon Apr 23 18:34:47 EDT 2007

Has anyone thought of using common sewing pins for the rivits?
You can set up your drill press with a small diameter drill and clamp a 
guide to the press table and drill the holes for the rivets/pins. Then a dab 
of glue and put the pin in and when the glue has set snip off the sharp 
pointy part on the back.
Since these are small models and usually made of plastic one could get a 
Dremel tool and the Dremel drill press set-up for it. Yes,  it would cost a 
little money but how much do the resin kits cost these days? So one buys one 
less kit and instead invests in a drill press and sits there drilling row 
after row of teeny tiny little holes until one wife gets alarmed and calls 
in the boys with the big net and they take one away to the building with the 
rubber rooms. Modeling is soooo relaxing, isn't it?
Doctors used to prescribe a hobby for the overstressed business man. Now, 
however, the doctors may recommend a business career for the overstressed 
How did that old song from the 1950's used to go? "They're coming to take me 
away, away, away...."
Stephen, the old riveter.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Diego Fernetti" <dfernet0 at rosario.gov.ar>
To: "World War I Modeling Mailing List" <wwi at wwi-models.org>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2007 11:30 AM
Subject: Re: [WWI] mark IV tank book

> Michael!
>> That sounds like an unpleasant experience.
> It is, like all modeling tasks, to some extent. Unless you are building 
> with Eduard Super ZoomSpecial Royal Thong. Then it becomes a pleasure. 
> Curious.
>> I will have to think of a different method.
> A guy-I-know(TM) shaves rivets from another kit with a hobby knife, and 
> then uses it in the tanh he's building. Admittedly, the rivets look as 
> good as from the kit where it's taken from, but it's an unpleasant AND 
> expensive method as well. Grzes swears by pellets taken from water 
> purificators, IIRC.
>>  Not a real issue for me since I seem to be mesmerized by all these 
>> unbuilt WW1 vacs in my storage bin.
> Ohh well! Take that Cramercraft kit out. You know you like punishment.
>> Yes, I am taking pictures as I go. Things are moving slowly because I am 
>> trying not to mess it up. Also,  whenever I have a problem, I can phone 
>> Bob Wheeler for advice but that leads to us wandering around off the 
>> subject and I don't get back to the model very quickly.:) Still, it's 
>> always nice to speak with him.
> That's very convenient! I doubt we can call every kit manufacturer to chat 
> about the product. What if we call Mr. Airfix and tell him what we think 
> about that weird RE8 crewmen?
> D.

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