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chain: a small contribution?

John Greenly
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Hi all, I have been frustrated with chain for HO scale models. the smallest I have seen, 40 links per inch, is still way too large for lots of HO stuff, and besides, the links are round, not oval or elongated and don't look right.  So I tried an experiment that seems to work out pretty well.  Here's a photo on my Grandt HO C&S caboose:



It's not really chain, but braided wire.  This pic shows a larger version so you can see:



Take a piece of wire, (.004" copper for the "chain" on the caboose), and fold it in half around something like a nail or pin in a vise, to hold tension.  Then twist the two ends together once or twice.   Hold the middle of a second piece of wire at the twist, and fold both ends of the first piece crosswise to trap it.  Then just alternate folding the second, first, second, first, etc.  Mess with the tension you use, and the angle you pull at when you fold, and you can get longer, shorter, more or less round "links".  It goes pretty fast, maybe takes one minute to make half an inch of chain, so you can practice a few times to get what you want.  With the .004" wire you have to look really microscopically to see that it's not real, separate links.  Larger sizes like the example in the second photo are not as convincing- you can see that the loops are continuous, not separate links.

Hope this might be of use for somebody,

John

John Greenly
Lansing, NY
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Re: chain: a small contribution?

Jeff Young
Cool!  I’ll definitely have to try that out.
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Jim Courtney
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Would look even more delicate in S scale. I'll have to try this too.

How's about sharing a couple of photos for the entire caboose.  You seem to do very clean work for such a small sized model!
Jim Courtney
Poulsbo, WA
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Re: chain: a small contribution?

tonyk375
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Photo etch chain from 1/700 and 1/350 ship works great also.  This is 1/700 scale chain used for snow plow coupler  pulls in HOn3  
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Jim Courtney
Great idea for very small chain.

Can you give us a link to merchants who sell photo etched chain for ship models?
Jim Courtney
Poulsbo, WA
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Re: chain: a small contribution?

Todd A Ferguson
I think if you search Tony Sissons he may sell etched HO scale chain.  I believe I saw it on his list in the past.
I like this weaving idea too.

Best,
Todd Ferguson
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tonyk375
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https://www.tomsmodelworks.com  Tom's has some nice stuff. and Freetime hobbies https://freetimehobbies.com/ carries a few different vendors  Eduard makes nice stuff as well as White Ensign.

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John McCutcheon
Campbell Scale Model use to sell small chain

John McCutcheon
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Re: chain: a small contribution?

John McCutcheon
Chain is available from Campbell as part #256 for $8.02 per their web site