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02 Oct 2018 09:35 #17912 by Phillip Ford
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The smallest piano wire I can find is K&S .015 x 36" which is 0. 381mm but model shops appear to only go down to 0.025 inch. I think a visit to the Guitar shop might be the best option, E string (plain) which is 0.254.;) Then wind it up with hook ends. - will it work? No idea.

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02 Oct 2018 12:04 #17918 by Brian Jackson
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Try "Flight Hook" for wire. Their smallest diameter is 0.015". They are suppliers of all sorts of modelling stuff and are based in Totton.
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02 Oct 2018 12:27 - 02 Oct 2018 12:31 #17920 by John Ireland
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Phil, please re-measure your wire diameter !!!
I don't believe it is as thin as you think, unless its on a micro-plane of some sort !
If it really is only 2 and a bit thou' diameter then I am surprised you can even see it!
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02 Oct 2018 12:56 #17921 by Phillip Ford
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Brain Fart I think. :huh: Take off a nought. Try Spring Wire gauge = 0.62mm

Met Kevin today and he came up with an alternative idea and gave me a couple of springs to have a play with. Springs are 25mm long, 6mm dia with loops at each end. Create links to tiller arm, etc, using heavy duty trace wire with a clevis at one end to adjust tension. The springs appear to have the same amount of tension as the originals. Will give it a go at least.

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02 Oct 2018 13:35 #17922 by Chris Hughes
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Have never tried it myself, but lots of people have thrown away the springs and are just using fuel tubing and cable ties
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02 Oct 2018 13:48 - 02 Oct 2018 13:51 #17923 by Phillip Ford
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Well here is my trial of the earlier idea. Works perfectly! Although if we can get a supply of OEM copies of springs all the better. I think my original spring end probably snapped after a couple of bends when fitting it.


Maybe now I can get back to other maintenance jobs and the Phase 6.
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