- (Set TB1 is for 1:48 and 1:72 scale models)
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WW1 and biplane modelling is ever on the increase these days – not least because of some superb scale models by manufacturers like: Wingnut Wings, Eduard and Silver Wings – to mention just three. All this means that as modellers we need to be able to rig our models satisfactorily in a way that makes us happy enough. Whatever your skill level there are now several options available and we have reviewed other products that deal with the ‘turnbuckle-challenge’!
You may of course already know this but turnbuckles are widely used in aircraft. Biplanes may use turnbuckles to adjust the tension on structural wires bracing their wings. Turnbuckles are also widely used on flexible cables in flight control systems. In both cases they are secured with lock-wire or specifically designed wire clips to prevent them from turning and losing tension.
Albion Alloys are working hard to come up with useful and innovative accessories and products to help solve our modelling problems and challenges and have created some new turnbuckles.
Set TB2 is specifically designed for 1:32 aircraft and consists of small pre-cut lengths of very fine Nickel Silver tube. Size is: 0.5 mm outer dia. x 0.33 mm inner dia. x 4 mm length and the pack consists of 100 pieces.
Although AA suggest that the turnbuckles don’t need painting I think they are a little bright as is and on a recent project where I used them in conjunction with fishing line for the bracing wires I painted them using Mr Hobby Colour Iron to tone them down a bit.
Here are a couple of images of my completed Silver Wings Siskin IIIA in 1:32 where I used these AA turnbuckles in conjunction with Bob’s Buckles. The items are a simplistic solution that can look fine but other products exist that you may want to look at too.