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faom wire cutter, how to make?

Postby Jeffrey J » Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:09 pm

Anyone ever make a basic foam hot wire cutter? Can you give a brief rundown on what you need? I have used saws , sanding blocks in the past but on the larger projects wanted to try a hot wire cutter. Thanks in advance for any info on a home built cutter. Jeff Jones
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Postby DavieTait » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:22 pm

Try the Terragenesis website. Its a wargames terrain site but they have several articles on making hot wire cutters etc

http://www.terragenesis.co.uk/infopages/page2.html

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Postby Jeffrey J » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:17 pm

PERFECT, thanks alot. Jeff J
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Postby Slugejudge » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:49 pm

Davie,

Great site, got so engrossed that I spent over 30 minutes there just looking around.

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Postby TMSmalley » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:54 pm

When I was working on my Hunley hull, I made one with some light ga. stainless wire and a 12 volt transformer. I used an old coping saw as a frame to hold the wire. It took a little experimenting to find the right transformer in my box of old ones from computer speakers etc.

I insulated the coping saw where the wire was fastened with electrical tape so it wouldn't short out. I cut the power output plug off the transformer, stripped the wire and twisted it onto each end of the stainless wire. I just plugged in the transfomer to turn it on. Worked like a champ!
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Postby DavieTait » Thu Jan 04, 2007 8:14 am

Just goes to show that there are cross overs between the general modelling world ( using foam for hulls , etc ) and the wargames community ( making terrain , etc ) just lucky I run a wargames club lol.

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Postby Jeffrey J » Thu Jan 04, 2007 6:39 pm

Thanks Tim for the added idea, I think I have everything here to make one after all the input and the info on the site Dave posted.
I remember your build on the Hunley, did realize you used a foam wire cutter on it. Still can't get over the rudder set up on it...
thanks agian. Jeff Jones
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Postby Pirate » Wed Jan 10, 2007 1:24 am

Jeff,

I found one a few years ago like the one Steve Neill is using on his U212 build over on SubPirates. I got it at a local art and education store. Only cost me $5-$7 and it runs on 2D batteries. Works great.

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