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Tip Of The Day – 82

Modelling Tip Of The Day – 82

This Modelling Tip Of The Day is an ongoing series, in which we’ll be posting a modelling tip that may be of use to the newbie right up to the seasoned modeller. Today’s tip is:


When building & assembling kits, it’s sometimes handy to use clamps to hold kit parts & subassemblies together. Either whilst the glue is setting or whilst soldering brass kit parts together. One cheap way of doing clamps is to use a wooden spring type clothesline/washing line peg. These are ideal for saving burnt fingers & make great heatproof clamps. With them being made of wood, they don’t draw heat out of brass parts that are being soldered together. They are also great for holding parts whilst painting too!

Take the pegs apart & reassemble the other way around as shown in the photo below. This makes them even handier as a pair of tweezers type clamp.

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  1. Tellem_Noot

    Also useful for centralising a seep motor pin when locating a point bar, may need a small amount of the body of the peg removing to fit between the coils.

    • Iain

      Good point tip that Tellem 🙂

  2. roybag57

    What a great tip. The tweezers type clamp could easily be modified to give a finer point if required, indeed these pegs are so cheap that a selection of tips and widths could be made.

    • Iain

      Excellent thinking Roybag57 🙂

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