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09/11/2006 at 8:48 pm #40517
How does anyone form a coil in a 1/8″ wire skid? All my attempts endanger many parts of me and look/function terribly.09/12/2006 at 12:38 am #43520DENNIS PHELANParticipant
Music wire can be easily bent by heating. Bringing it back to a spring, a little more fun, but doable. A good fixture is a big help.09/12/2006 at 9:20 am #43521
You will need a good strong vice with an old long bolt about 1/2in or so diameter standing upright in it. Wind the vice up very tight so the bolt cannot move.
Take a decent length of the 1/8th wire in each hand and pull it very hard around the bolt. The longer your wire, the easier it is to get it all the way round the bolt. Bend it slowly and cold.
You can choose the diameter of the bolt so you can choose what diameter you would like the coil diameter to be.
Too easy, eh? Let’s know how you make out.
09/12/2006 at 12:50 pm #43522
That’s pretty much the aforementioned procedure, as in endangering things. My first priority is “Don’t hurt Dan”.
09/15/2006 at 4:15 am #43523JLorbieckiParticipant
Cabinet maker worried about hurting himself???
I used ot do it sort like was stated above. I did it without effecting the heat treating. The trick is to use a much longer piece and grab it with a pair of vice grips. There are some fixtures that can be bought (don’t ask me where tho) that have a center post and a handle that rotates around the post. I made one and it sorta works. But, I have pretty much gone to skids that have no loops, but they are tapered from about 5/32 to 1/16 at the end. Works on FAI models….
But again, probably only works with a model that has autosurfaces and bunt…..09/15/2006 at 11:46 am #43524Dean McGinnesParticipant
How in the world do you taper round spring steel???? 😕 😕 😕 😕09/15/2006 at 1:30 pm #43525
I have that there are 5/32 landing gears with one coil for sale. That would be easier than spearing myself with a big chunk of wire.
Tapering—chuck it in something that spins it and apply a sansing block.
I’m going to get my ball bat and practice bunting. Election season is coming, so I guess there’ll be a LOT of bunting in the next few months.09/21/2006 at 1:05 am #43526
I found out how to do it!
The owner of the local hobby shop has a coils bender that screws to the bench. Bending a BEAUTIFUL coil in 1/8″ takes about 3 seconds. I made 3 skids, and have wire left over. Also have 2 eyes and all the blood that I went there with.09/21/2006 at 8:08 am #43527
Sounds good. Make plenty and sell them. 😀09/21/2006 at 1:39 pm #43528
Oh yeah, my new retirement plan!09/22/2006 at 8:54 am #43529
Let me be your agent in OZ. This should be HUGE. 😆
10/29/2006 at 2:20 am #43530JLorbieckiParticipant
Yup, Dan told ya the secret!! To cut the taper, I just grab on to it with a hole shooter (hand drill) and hold it against a bench grinder. Turn it in the opposite direction of the wheel and hold it lightly against the wheel. Makes cool sparks….
BTW, did you know that you can tell the carbon content of a steel by looking at the sparks it makes on a grinder? The more intense the sparks and the more secondary sparks there are, the higher the carbon content…Old machinist trick…
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