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Posted: 10/1/2023 2:32:11 PM EST
Got a a couple 1:48 models (a SBD Dauntless and a Mk II Spitfire) and a 1:72 Hurricane coming through the pipeline.

How do y'all do the HF antennas (also known as a wire antenna)?

I have enough trouble sometimes with a 1:1 scale wire ham antenna, so I am guessing this can be a tough detail on a model.

Link Posted: 10/1/2023 2:50:17 PM EST
[#1]
Some folks like to use a strand from 30ga or smaller copper wire.  Some use stretched sprue.  I also think fishing line would also work.
Link Posted: 10/1/2023 6:02:25 PM EST
[#2]
EZ Line is a flexible product used by model railroad folks to simulate telephone lines. Available in fine, medium, and large but the fine is just about perfect for 1/48 aerials.

Tip: use a CA glue (superglue) with an accelerant which turns it into a contact cement. Put a dab of CA blue on the upright, dip the EZ Line in the accelerant, and attach.

EZ Line is available at most online hobby shops and even Amazon.
Link Posted: 10/1/2023 10:37:57 PM EST
[#3]
Thanks for the ideas. Watched a couple videos on stretching sprue, and that EZ Line looks easy to use.

I have lots of CA around and accelerator (baking soda works in a pinch too) from my RC planes.

The destructions for the Dauntless say to use thread, but that wasn't going to look quite right and be a dust magnet.
Link Posted: 10/2/2023 1:53:08 PM EST
[#4]
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Thanks for the ideas. Watched a couple videos on stretching sprue, and that EZ Line looks easy to use.

I have lots of CA around and accelerator (baking soda works in a pinch too) from my RC planes.

The destructions for the Dauntless say to use thread, but that wasn't going to look quite right and be a dust magnet.
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If you want to use thread you can dip it into diluted PVA glue to get rid of the fuzziness.  Beeswax/surfboard wax works too.
Link Posted: 10/2/2023 6:31:41 PM EST
[#5]
I've used dental floss that you can seperate into thin strands too. You can get a really thin piece that is still  strong.
Link Posted: 10/3/2023 5:22:22 PM EST
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EZ Line is a flexible product used by model railroad folks to simulate telephone lines. Available in fine, medium, and large but the fine is just about perfect for 1/48 aerials.

Tip: use a CA glue (superglue) with an accelerant which turns it into a contact cement. Put a dab of CA blue on the upright, dip the EZ Line in the accelerant, and attach.

EZ Line is available at most online hobby shops and even Amazon.
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I use EZ line on 1/350 ship rigging.  It's good stuff.
Link Posted: 10/4/2023 6:31:00 PM EST
[#7]
I’ve read about EZ Line, but what they suggested was using some of the UV activated glue. A little more controllable.
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