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Making Grab Handles
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 06:19 AM UTC
Mike shares his easy economical method for making grab handles.

This feature is one of the gems that can hit all modeling genres. I hope a lot of members who are new to detailing their kits see this, as it is an easy way to spruce up any kit.
It revolves around a Tank, but I know Sci-Fi, Ships, some autos, even a figure vignette can all benefit from this technique.


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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
Tarok
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 06:53 AM UTC
Nice SBS. You make it look easy
Thanks
Rudi
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 12:37 PM UTC
Nice little write up Mike
Thanks for taking to time to share your techniques.
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 02:12 PM UTC
Nice write-up. My question is, what type of wire do you use? Copper? Solder? Steel?

Jim
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 10:31 PM UTC
From my experience: I've used steel and copper wire. Both are effective.
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Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 11:43 PM UTC
Thanks Scott for putting this up; I hope it'll help some modeler's out there.

As far as the "types" of wire go, I use brass and copper mostly (and I've used .030 non-fluxed welding wire [steel?]). Right now I have wire in about five different diameters/thickness...one of which will get me real close to the size I need to do turret or hull lifting hooks, the "normal" grab handles, and smaller accessory handles.



I think a key aspect to doing your own grab handles is having a variety of different wire sizes. As far as what the wire is made of is up to you; what's readily available?

Mike
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Posted: Friday, October 26, 2007 - 02:09 AM UTC
ha ha ha, now I have 70 reasons WHY NOT to get the grabhandler. Thanks for the cost effective method, our wallets only know how much we fund our hobby as it is.
milvehfan
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 01:24 PM UTC
Thanks guys, this is good to know info.. I going to try it.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 10:21 PM UTC
This is a great article to have thanks Mike.

It is always a bear to make 15 grab handles all the same ,or on the T/34 the little ones on the lower hull.
SSGToms
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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 03:03 PM UTC
Great article Mike, nice to see some good old fashioned hand made modeling!
Check out the Griffon Model Workable Hinges & Handles Folding Tool - http://www.luckymodel.com/scale.aspx?item_no=GRM-GT001 . I got one this week and its a work of genius! I crank out consistant and perfect handles and hinges with it and it's rediculously easy. The best thing - for $3.29, with free shipping to boot, it does everything the $70 Grabhandler does!!!!!!!! I swear!!!!!