I need some rivets for a tank I (mostly) 3d printed, I've tried searching online and haven't found much of anything on a how to. The way that comes to mind is to cut a thin dowel into the required thickness, and hand glue every one of them. Frankly this sounds really tedious. Is there a better way? Thanks.
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rivets for tanks
Posted 21 November 2017 - 06:07 PM
The Codex Astartes no doubt has guidance that covers that kind of situation - long, detailed advice that would essentially boil down to "shoot the choppy ones, chop the shooty ones".
Posted 21 November 2017 - 07:43 PM
I used that technique for the rivets on the shoulder pads here :
Album link, Thread on the BT subforum
Posted 21 November 2017 - 08:23 PM
Go to a model train store and look for Grandt Line products (or get them online). Yes, gluing them on one by one is tedious, but if you're doing rivets you're going to need to do that either way.
I used to model historical armor, and the rivets I used looked like styrene straight pins. You drill the hole, put a little bit of cement in it, push the rivet in and pull it snug with tweezers from the back. When it's dry, you clip off the back. It's a little time consuming, but it looks fantastic when it is done, and very authentic.
Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:04 PM
The best solution I've found for adding rivets to a project come from Tichy Train Group. Naturally, going by the name they're intended for model railroad builders, but they're excellent for any modeling project. If you're working with styrene, simply drill a tiny hole, clip off the rivet, drop the post in the hole, and use a tiny bit of solvent glue (Such as Tamiya Extra Thin) to lock the rivet in place.
Coming in a wide range of sizes, you can find rivets appropriate for basically any project. Compared to virtually any other method to add rivets by hand (trust me, I've done thousands of rivets by hand, before finding/using these) Tichy rivets are just superior; still time consuming and mind numbing to do (see below) but the results are totally worth it.
Here's an image of me adding the rivets to a studio model that is used as a prototype for casting. There are a few hundred rivets in this project alone, and each one turned out perfectly thanks to Tichy's product.
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Posted 21 November 2017 - 11:33 PM
Perfect. That's exactly the sort of thing I was thinking of!
Posted 02 June 2018 - 04:17 PM
Posted 12 June 2018 - 08:25 PM
The punch came from china via eBay and cost 3.5€ - most likely the cheapest way to make rivets.
Edited by Nostromo, 12 June 2018 - 08:50 PM.
Posted 13 June 2018 - 09:34 AM
go to the dollar store, the pound shop, or the 100 yen daiso store, look for real cheap Nail Art stuff, look for the small circular silver studs... done
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