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Old 15 Dec 2004, 21:07   #1 (permalink)
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How do you make hinges? I have my hammerhead kit atm and I want to hinge the side doors and the top hatch..

The smallest drill bit i have is a 1mm one but I can't find a pin vice..

But first.. how do you make hinges? Do you just drill through all the material and insert a piece of wire or something?
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Old 16 Dec 2004, 01:58   #2 (permalink)
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There was an article in a white dwarf where he did the hinges with a small piece of wire and drilled out the door and then slid the wire threw and then blued the outer pieces into place but the door was not so it could open and totate on the wire.

In place where the door frame was to small he cut a small piece of bit and drilled and glued that in place.
Sanded it down and mad it look more like it was ment to be ther eonly a little larger.

But ya drill all the way threw the door and into the small tabs on each side of the door.

You could insert 2 small piece of wire into the door and then set in place and then slide them over a little until they hold the door.
Glue very carefully just on side.

That should work for you.
If I explained myself clearly at all?

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Thanks, i might try it out later.. At the moment i've assembled all the hull - without glueing on the side parts yet so i can paint the inside first..
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At the moment I just want to hinge the top hatch of the hammerhead, but the drill bit I have is 1mm and theres only 2mm worth or plastic.. is it possible to hinge that or do i need a smaller drill bit?
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I am like youk and dont have stuff that small but yes you can get like .02 of a mm drill bits some where?

So you cokuld pen that?
But man would wire be weak also at that small of a size.

You may want to think of makeing larger hinges and adding material to the doors and tank?

Thats a tough one coming from me because I have never done it.

Good luck though.

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I have never put together a Tau tank but on the SM landspeeder its doors have two small pin like pieces of plastic at the bottom extending out like they were ment to be hinges. Didnt work to well but they were there. Anything like that for the hammerhead cause if so you could use some pieces of plastic from the sprues and cut themdown to small triangular like blocks and cut out a small area section to act as a track for the door. Wouldent be to obvious and it would work once glued. Just a thought.
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Old 23 Dec 2004, 21:08   #7 (permalink)
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You might also drill throught the outside then after getting your wires in place fill the outer holes with putty, thats how I did mine. I also bent the wire so that when it swung it could rotate the curved part around and clear the opening. It is a little agrevating to line up at times but a few trys and it closes back up.
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heres a little tutorial I found from the Bolter and chainsword forums, full credit to them and brother exodus for this very useful peice of advice, maybe you can apply it to this?

http://www.bolterandchainsword.com/i...howtopic=35817
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wow, thats really useful :P although i'm not quite sure how it applies to hammerheads & devilfishes though, because theres only one piece for the hatches :S
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so you only do it on one hinge? the horisontal stability can be gained by a clip of some sort on the top
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