Manfred Lorenz wrote:
There was a decal manufacturer who made rivets, weld seams, hexWayne Long posted an excellent analysis of the Archer dry transfer
rivets to the Passenger Car list in December 1999, and I posted it to
this list in March 2001. Basically, he found them much too thin for
his purposes. But memories are short, so here's a repost of Wayne's
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I measured the thickness of the items in the sample sheet I purchased
from ARCHER. They are 0.02 mm thick. I think that that is something
like 0.00075", which would be only 0.065" in HO.
The following is what I sent to ARCHER after I examined the samples:
I can't use your rivet detail because they, simply, are to thin. A
Hope this helps. Of course, rivets are of various sizes. Most
often, the ones cast into plastic HO cars/tenders are oversize. If
they were of "correct" size, we would not be as aware of them as we
Wayne R. Long
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Andy "Earnest Modeler" Carlson mentioned the rivets on the
forthcoming (finally!) Branchline passenger cars. When I submitted
the design drawings for those cars to Branchline I had assumed the
rivet head diameter was 2X the shaft diameter. According to Wayne's
formula my 3/8" and 1/2" shaft diameter rivets should have 11/16" and
7/8" head diameters respectively, instead of the 3/4" and 1" heads I
gave them. My bad!
As penance I will burn some incense and place a pair of calipers and
a jewelers loupe at my Byron Rose grotto.
Yes friends, Byron will be incensed.