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EZL00 Charcoal .003 EZ
Line 6 feet
||Six feet of elastic rigging
USD$1.99 available from
Bobe's Hobby House
(USD$12.50 for 100 ft spool)
||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)
||Extra hand would be helpful
when stretching, gluing and attaching.
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.
Bobe's Hobby House for the review sample
E-Z Line is available
online from Bobe's Hobby
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