Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

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Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

Post by Bruce » Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:08 am

I have been looking for brass rod Half Round for the "beading" trim on an english engine cab in 3/4" scale. In the original plan, which is some 60 or more years old, "German Silver Wire" is specified. K&S, the most known (to me at least) hobby brass stock supplier has it in 3/16" only. Does anyone know of a source for Half round stock in 1/8" diameter? Thanks.



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Post by Kevin_S » Tue Dec 25, 2007 12:46 pm

Bruce, I had a hard time finding halfround brass in 5/16". I ended up ordering 5/16" round and removing half on a horizontal mill.
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Post by Bruce » Tue Dec 25, 2007 1:00 pm

Kevin, thanks for the reply. I guess I'm going to end up cutting a groove in a piece of aluminum or steel, super gluing 1/8" round wire in it and grinding or milling it down. Oh Oh.

Kevin, I might be wrong about the 3/16" dimension on the K&S stock. Now that you mention it, it might be 5/16".

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Post by GaryHart » Tue Dec 25, 2007 2:07 pm

Another method of making the half round is to wrap the 1/8" rod around a hunk of pipe or other round stock and clamp or braze ends in place then turn down to half diameter in lathe. Anneal and straighten. gary
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Post by alanstepney » Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:39 pm

There was a time when we could stroll into Bonds o' Euston Road, or Basset Lowke, or Kennions and pick up half-round in almost every size and material.

Now, we have a few sizes that we can get off the shelf in brass, if we are lucky, but that is all.

Usually though we have to make it.
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1/8 Inch Half Round Brass Wire

Post by Howard Gorin » Tue Dec 25, 2007 4:47 pm

How much do you need. I have lots of it

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Brass 1/8" Half Round...

Post by Bruce » Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:16 pm

Well Howard, that's amazing. I'm guessing about 3 feet. Let me know how much it would cost. Thanks!

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Post by Steven E. Kuhn » Wed Dec 26, 2007 1:18 am

Did you try Coles Power Models? Thats where I got mine, but it was about ten years ago.

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Post by gwrdriver » Wed Dec 26, 2007 5:04 pm

You might check on-line jewelry or metalcraft suppliers and suppliers of metal "findings" for the NS wire, however 5/16" is going to be big stuff for them. AJ Reeves in the UK will have it (1/8") in brass.
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1/2 round

Post by Bill Shields » Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:37 pm

Howard's supply not withstanding, you can make the stuff very easily with a milling fixture - a drawing of which I posted a year or 2 ago before the board crashed...don't know if it is still here or not....

You start the stuff slowly, clamp down over the flat spot, grab it with a pair of vise grips and pull it through faster than I can type this...

if you need a drawing, I can send one...don't exactly remember how to post it here....

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Re: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

Post by DaveD » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:38 pm

Howard's supply not withstanding, you can make the stuff very easily with a milling fixture - a drawing of which I posted a year or 2 ago before the board crashed...don't know if it is still here or not....
Bill, that drawing you posted way back when is no longer there. According to a post in another thread it was posted on October 5, 2006 and titled HALF-ROUND BRASS SUPPLIER. Would it be possible to describe it again? I need to make a bunch of half-round out of 1/8 round for my cab and tender.
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Re: Brass rod half round 1/8" or German Silver Wire

Post by Howard Gorin » Tue Feb 06, 2018 5:26 pm

I still have the wire. It is not a pure half round, the edges are slightly broken at what could be called the diameter.
I also have 3/16" half round and I could probably obtain other sizes as well.

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