[WWI] Invisible thread: nylon vs. polyester

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Sat Oct 5 22:06:38 EDT 2013

I second that, the nylon monofilament I use has been in use on my models for close to 20 years, and no problems yet. 


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From: "Thomas Solinski" <dr-i.417.17 at cox.net> 
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Subject: Re: [WWI] Invisible thread: nylon vs. polyester 

My two cents, the stuff I’ve been using for over a decade now is Nylon.  It hasn’t yellowed faded, unraveled or sagged. 




From: WWI [mailto:wwi-bounces at wwi-models.org] On Behalf Of Kuk Emus 
Sent: Saturday, October 05, 2013 3:07 PM 
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Subject: [WWI] Invisible thread: nylon vs. polyester 


I am considering using invisible thread for rigging and I've found out there are two types: nylon and polyester. The latter seems to have better reputation among sewers. According the the article below, "polyester thread holds up well to UV light and higher temperatures than nylon, and some believe it to be more pliable. It also does not become brittle or discolor with age". 


On the other hand, Fernando Torre in his article advises against polyester. He says: "The line I use is a thin thread made of vinyl called invisible thread you can buy this at anyplace where sewing supplies are sold ...do not use polyester because in time it will unravel and look hairy and dusty!" 
I am not sure, though, whether he means polyester monofilament (which I wouldn't expect to unravel), or some kind of braided PE thread. 


Considering the importance of the stuff for scale modelling, I found surprisingly little information on the subject. Which of the two materials is better for rigging, considering their appearance, durability and reaction to superglue? 

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