Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by belg, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. belg

    belg Member

    Hey guys I'm wondering what to use for piping from an storage tank to a factory?I model in N scale and any tips for working with that product would be greatly appreciated.Thank you:)
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    A few small kits I have (in HO) use wire for piping. I guess it depends on the diameter of your pipe, but you should be able to find wire of appropriate gauge to use for "smallish" pipes.

    I'm sure you'll get a few more suggestions in a minute or two...!

  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    What I use depends on the size, it's pretty technical:

    Itsy-bitsy: small magnet wire

    teeny-weeny: larger magnet wire

    small: small buss wire

    medium: larger bus wire

    large: small brass rod or tubing

    very large: larger brass tubing

    Somewhere in between would be differing gauges of stripped or insulated copper wire, clothes hangers, metal or plastic, and drinking straws and coffee stirs :D :D :D

    Menards has a selection of brass rod and tubing from itsy-bitsy up to huge.
  4. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Plastruct has tubing in many diameters, and gorgeous fittings, 90 and 45 degree elbows, check valves, flanges, really neat stuff. Check www.plastruct.com

  5. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    I've seen plastic sprues that held model parts used effectively as piping. They come in good curved shapes and have varied diameters. A good use for throw away parts!
  6. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    I have also used round toothpicks and various diameters of dowelling for pipes. They look good with a coat of paint .
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    more wires

    There are also stove pipe wire and florist's wire. These are a bit softer than some others and just lie there after you shape them. They seem to come in smaller sizes; I plan to use some florists wire for HO drainpipes.

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