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Old 03-27-2019, 06:47 AM
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Flexible paper pipes

Hello all,

While making some details for my Hadley's Hope dio, I started experimenting with creating paper pipes for various sections of exposed details. Early efforts used small diameter solder, but I needed larger diameter stuff, so hence the experiments.





This was achieved with wrapping some paper round a core of soft solder.

How-to to follow.

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Old 03-27-2019, 06:50 AM
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This is a valuable technique, Bernie!

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have you tried using paper lollipop sticks?
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Clever technique Bernie.

Lollipop sticks sound good as well.

Can you buy these off the lollipop? Does anyone know? Otherwise, I will have to force the family to eat lollipops.
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Here in the US you can get them at craft stores such as Michaels. Don't know if you have an equivalent in SA, but a cookery or bakery supply should carry them.
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Thanks Don and Rick,

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have you tried using paper lollipop sticks?
Indeed I have! In fact, I have used paper lolly sticks here.

The main ingredients for the pipes. Lolly sticks and soft solder.



The paper stick is cut down the center and unrolled.





The core is removed, this can be used for small diameter rods etc. The solder is then used as the core and the paper wrapped around it. Wrap as much as you need for the required diameter. In this case, the solder is 1.5mm and is wrapped to 3mm. I have secured the solder in place with a small amount of UHU glue to stop it moving around and then fixed the outer wrap with a dilute mix of PVA applied by brush.



After a minute or two, the rod can be bent into the required shape. You may get kinks in the paper if it hasn't been rolled tightly enough, but these can be cured by applying a small amount of PVA and massaging into shape.



The resultant pipe can then be coloured using your preferred method. The left-over core has been use to make a hydraulic ram, which will be used on a few of the vehicles from Haddley's Hope.

This technique could also utilize single-core electrical wire, the multi-core does not retain its shape.

Hope this has been of help folks, now back to the diorama.

All the best and happy modelling.

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Any store that carries candy-making supplies should have them. Jim Nunn has been using paper lollipop sticks for quite some time, carefully unrolling them to the desired thinness. You can achieve very small diameters this way. Here in the States, "Q-Tips" cotton swabs can also be used after removing the ends.

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Old 03-27-2019, 10:32 AM
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David, Wayne - thank you.

Your suggestion Wayne of a cookery/bakery store is a good one - we do have craft stores but I am not certain if they would stock them. Will have a look anyway - we have both types of in the area.

What's the betting they only sell plastic ones here?

Bernie - thanks also for the "unrolling" tutorial as well. Now understand how to use them.
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Pukka gen, Bernie!

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This is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

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