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how do you make spark plug wires
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 02:56 AM UTC
hi guys I would to kwow the best way to make plug wires.all help will be great ,thanks .
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 03:08 AM UTC
Low amp fuse wire works in some scales.
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 03:12 AM UTC
You need fine solder, or lead, wire.
http://www.internetmodeler.com/artman/uploads/1/umm_rw-1.jpg

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It comes in various sizes (diameter) for different cabling.
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 03:52 AM UTC
I use .010 lead wire which is available from fly fishing shops. Comes on a decent size spool which lasts for ages. Much cheaper than buying a small amount from a modelling supplies store.

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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 04:04 AM UTC
Haven't made spark plug wires just yet, but I've been considering ’UTC Ultra Wire’ for the job. I think the ‘Brassie’ gauge could work well, as it holds a coil very nicely. I’ve included an image of ‘Medium’ gauge for size comparison only.


Available sizes:
Large (26 gauge) (0.0180")
Medium (28 gauge) (0.0126")
Brassie (32 gauge) (0.0080")
Small (34 gauge) (0.0063")
Extra-small (38 gauge) (0.0040")


Cheers!🍺
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 04:21 AM UTC
Get a piece of the clear insulated speaker wire with the copper strands. Use individual strands for your finer scales/details
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 04:34 AM UTC
Find a musician friend and have him save you his broken guitar strings. lots of uses and different sizes. Wayne
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 01:59 PM UTC
free sources of wire...... CAT 5 cable..... when someone cuts out CAT 5 to install CAT 6, grab it all up.... 5 strands within just need unsheathing
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 02:22 PM UTC
I used fine wire I scavenged from the phone company dumpster. It had very thin insulation which worked for the 2nd step of making plug wires. I stripped most of the the insulation off leaving the bare wire as the plug wire. I left on or replaced 2 small pieces of insulation on the ends of the plug wire to simulate the boots on the plug end and the distributor/coil end.
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 05:52 PM UTC
You have to keep scale in mind. Some model car builders have a tendency to use wire which might look good but is way out of scale. The wires sometimes scale out to the equivalent of a heater hose, or larger, in 1:1. .012" wire is the right size for most 1/24-1/25 engine wiring though still too big for 1/35.

Don't make the mistake of using unstripped wire to simulate ignition wires in 1/35. It would be grossly out of scale. Even .015" solder is too large for wiring in this scale. You'll need to use single strands of wire from stripped multi-strand pieces in order to achieve the proper scale effect.
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Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 - 06:51 PM UTC
One source of very fine wire strands is the cords of busted earbuds or headphones. There are several strands each hair fine or finer.
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Posted: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 08:49 AM UTC
thanks guys for all your ideas,i was going to make the wires for the jeep I'm doing ,but this kit is so far of scale its not funny .I whent to do the drive shafts one is too long the other too short so I will have to fix those .by the way this kit is from Round 2 .llc and that is part of MPC so I will finish this kit and never get one of these kits again. thanks guys.