At the last model meeting someone mentioned using Lycra thread to rig
models. Obviously, being elastic, it has an advantage in staying taunt
and not snapping. I've found a few online build articles that mention
it, but no source. Anyone know where to find some? How thin is it?
Greg Reynolds, IPMS
About a month ago, while my wife was looking for some fabric to upholster
a hope chest, I wandered over to the thread display and found a couple of
spools of sewing nylon thread. This thread is a mono filament (only one
thread makes up the strand) and it is great for rigging because of the
stretching capability. I got one spool in transparent and the other is a
smoky gray color great for rigging A/C and small ships. The transparent
will be used to hang some A/C from the ceiling in our crafts room, the
gray is for some 1/72 scale two wing A/C. The spool has about 300 yards
and the diameter is .004. This type of thread is used for hemming pants
and skirts and where you want to sew something and don't want the thread
Hope this helps.
Rigging for what kind of models?
I've had excellent results with tippet line. It comes in some very fine
gauges and it's very stretchy material. I use it on any aircraft that
need it, whether WWI rigging lines or WWII antennae etc. Usually it's
green or brown and sort of transparent. It's probably invisible under
water, which makes it so good for fly fishing. So I drag the line under
a Sharpie (permanent ink marker) using either black or silver.
As for sizes, the finest I've seen is .001" (it resembles human hair)
which I have used in 1/72 WWI biplanes. Usually I use .003" stuff for
1/48 biplanes and any airplane antennae. With 1930's aircraft rigging,
you have to be careful since tippet line has a round cross-section;
those planes used airfoil shaped wire. It's flattened. There's another
product which I have, but haven't used yet, called EZ-line which I
ordered from bobes hobby house. It's rubber and had a flat profile. That
will work great for those 1/48 1930's biplanes.
Sewing monofilament is not nearly the quality that tippet line is, and I
can't comment on EZ-line until I've actually tried it. It has an
accurate cross-section that is difficult to find in any wires or lines