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E-Z Line Rigging Material


Bobe's Hobby House



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Catalogue Number and Description: EZL00 Charcoal .003 EZ Line 6 feet
Contents and Media: Six feet of elastic rigging material
Price: USD$1.99 available from Bobe's Hobby House
(USD$12.50 for 100 ft spool)
Review Type: FirstLook
Advantages: Variable thickness depending on amount of stretching; easy to stretch; will stretch - not break - on a finished model; responds well to super glue; thread sits flat when required (good for late Fw 190 "slack" aerial wires)
Disadvantages: Extra hand would be helpful when stretching, gluing and attaching.
Recommendation: Recommended

Reviewed by Brett Green

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Bobe's Hobby House is marketing a new, elastic rigging material for all sorts of model applications.

E-Z Line comes in thicknesses of either .003" (three thousands of an inch) or .006" (six thousands of an inch), on a card in a length of 6 feet; or on a 100 foot spool.

The elastic thread will reportedly stretch to seven times its slack length. I have tested it myself and can comfortably stretch it to four times without problems.

The really big advantage of this material is that it will stretch, not break, if accidental pressure is applied to the rigging on the completed model.

Applications for this material include aerial wires, rigging biplanes and ships. It will be especially handy for rigging late Focke-Wulf Fw 190s where the aerial wire laid slack on the rear fuselage decking, as this material will lie much flatter than monofilament or stretched sprue.

The three thou thread examined in this review will be fine for 1/48 and 1/32 scale aircraft rigging and aerials. The six thou thread will be more appropriate for larger scales.

I have added an aerial wire on an Academy 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt which I have just finished.



I drilled out locating holes in the fin and in the fuselage before gluing one end of the thread. The thread curled upon application of the glue, but I still managed to get the end into the locating hole in the fin. I then poked the other end into the hole in the fuselage, feeding it through until the thread was stretched, then added a spot of super glue at the point of entry to lock the thread in place. It would have been helpful to have three hands for this exercise, but the result was very satisfactory.

E-Z Line is an interesting new option for rigging and adding aerial wires to your models.


Thanks to Bobe's Hobby House for the review sample

E-Z Line is available online from Bobe's Hobby House's Website

Rreview Text and all Images Copyright 2003 by Brett Green
This Page Created on 22 October, 2003
Last updated 22 October, 2003

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