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    1. Kit: , by (VIP/Sponsor) Daytonatim is offline
      Builder Last Online: Aug 2013 Show Printable Version Email this Page
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      Started: 05-14-11 Build Revisions: Never  
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      Hey everybody!!

      It has been quite a while since I have posted anything up here. Working out all the details for the new TDR Making Custom Pre-bent Rubber hoses 427 Roadster is really taking up all my time. In working out some of these details I worked up a process of making custom rubber hoses for your model that worked so well I wanted to share this with you.

      Forgive me if I am re-hashing an old technique that any any 10 year old modeler knows. I am fairly new to modeling and may have just missed the 100 tutorial that show this process.

      Anyway, I wanted to make a hose that looked like rubber, was easy to shape, and had a close to scale thickness to it.

      The thickness was the driving requirement for the process. It would be easy to go down to the auto parts store and find a rubber hose that was close to the correct outside diameter for the scale hose. The problem is the hole in the center is just too small, so the wall thickness would be way too thick to look in scale. So I had to come up with a way to make a thin walled tube that would not kink or colapse.........

      Well I think I figured it out!!!!

      My background is more rooted in industial design so I tend to draw my basic parts from that area.

      I needed to simulate a rubber I thought O-ring cord stock......that should do it. But then I thought "how do I attach it to the car". A butt joint just would not look right and it would be very weak and come apart what to do.......

      Well, I came up with the idea of slipping a piece of Heat Shrink Tubing over the O-ring cord stock. Not only did the heat shrink tubing provide the ability to slip the hose over the model car part and form a strong also allowed me to bend the hose and make it take a permanent cold set!!!!

      Well, here are a few pics to help explain how to do this.

      It has been a while since I posted here, so I am going to post the pics up in some separate posts.......

      Making Custom Pre-bent Rubber hoses

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  1. Roger Zimmermann's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    May 2012
    Good tutorial! I now just have to find that O-ring cord!

  2. tricknology's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    Oct 2015
    For the flex hose, to get a good pitch and spacing, try wrapping two wires side by side in a tight wrap, and then removing one of them.

  3. Roger Zimmermann's Avatar Yearly Subscriber
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    May 2012
    Almost by accident, I found in the next town a store selling round rubber cord in various diameter. Sometimes, things are available, you just have to know were to search!

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