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Nick Watson 209/04/2018 10:42:10
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ashley needham10/04/2018 08:49:57
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Nick. I would not use copper wire, as copper is horrible stuff for oxidising and corroding. Besides which it is difficult to get a nice smooth curve with it.

​Brass wire is the usual stuff, or if using stanchions with holes in, galvanised garden wire.


Eddie Lancaster10/04/2018 09:03:31
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What about stainless steel gas welding rods? I get mine from the local welding supplies, 1.5, 2 and 3mm dia. £1 for 8 pieces.


John W E10/04/2018 16:56:01
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hi there

If you have a look at the Virgin Atlantic which I built - look at the railings - they are made from copper wire. In actual fact the wire is 15 amp twin core & earth grey wire with all the insulation stripped off. Each copper strand was cut into several lengths approximately 2 foot long and then one end of each piece of wire was secured in a vice, and I gripped the other end of the copper wire with a pair of pliers and then pulled taut to stretch the copper wire and also straighten it. At the same time I wrapped a piece of wire wool around the wire and pulled it along the wire to abrade it. This helps the adhesion of the paint when you paint it. The thinner rails are made from 5 amp bell wire - stretched out in the same way and treated with the same method with the wire wool I have used this method of about 45 years on each model that required railings of all scales and it works for me. The only time I have had harassment of corrosion is when I have been 'too lazy' to clean the flux off the solder joints which then - in turn - in a couple of weeks time leaves a green gunge around the joint. just some food for thought.


Edited By John W E on 10/04/2018 17:06:24

Nick Watson 219/06/2018 09:34:41
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Thanks everyone for your help.not been well for a while but back on vc2 now.paints dry so time to reinstall the drives an get on the water.need to make handrails an get the decals made! Have made a start on another project.a 58 inch petrol to fast electric conversion and paint.first pics in albums. Nick

Edited By Nick Watson 2 on 19/06/2018 09:39:50

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