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nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:23 pm
by squandt
I am looking for scale nuts and bolts,all the place's in the past I got them from seem to be gone. Any one out there have a special place to get them?

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:33 pm
by Harlock
Anyone know what's up with Wayne Godshall's acquisition of AME? They have/had a selection of model screws:
http://www.americanmodeleng.com/id41.html

I used to buy assortments of stainless and brass model screws from Real Trains, but they are gone too. Not sure if either of the purchasers of that business intend on carrying on the screw inventory. I have only what I have left from that time and eventually I'm going to need some more as well.

There's some money to be made for someone with a screw machine...the problem is it requires a good amount of up-front capital to get going. Volumes are small in this hobby but you could sell to people who make models of all kinds, not just live steam stuff.

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:52 pm
by NP317
Godshalls is continuing to supply the products from American Model Engineering.
I have successfully purchased products from AME since the transition last year.
~RN

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:58 pm
by Fender
I bought some 10-32 and 5-40 nuts and bolts from Wayne in Florida in February. Go to the link you posted, then choose Home, and it gives his phone number (in blue).

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:12 pm
by Harlock
NP317 wrote:
Fri Jun 01, 2018 7:52 pm
Godshalls is continuing to supply the products from American Model Engineering.
I have successfully purchased products from AME since the transition last year.
~RN
That's great news. The site hasn't been updated much since then so I wasn't sure where it was at.

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:28 pm
by 765nkp
I just ordered from them the week before last and the order showed in 2 days! Great service. They in Pa and I'm in Missouri.
Tim

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:03 am
by FLtenwheeler
Wayne has the old screw machine running 5 days a week making parts. Except great service for years to come.

Tim

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:10 am
by RONALD
I have bought from this company for a long time.
They advertise in Live Steam & Outdoor RR.
Tho they may not be exactly to RR scale, their stuff will do fine in most modeling.

http://www.microfasteners.com/

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:19 am
by Fred_V
I make my own.

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:36 am
by makinsmoke
It’s been a while but I bought some 2/56 screws and nuts from McMaster Carr.

The nuts were an option where they offer two sizes. One the humongous jobs we’re used to seeing, and the others smaller. They look very good on my stock car.

I believe the nuts were steel, not brass. And you can buy them in large quantities. Since the nuts on many stock cars go on the outside of the side boards the head size and shape of the screws don’t matter.

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:02 am
by JohnHudak
You can set up to make your own bolts quite easily if you'd like to..
A turret attachment for your lathe, and a small geometric die head can knock out just about any size bolt in probably less than 25 seconds.. Once you get it dialed in, maybe even faster than that..
It's far less money than buying a screw machine, and most of us have a lathe anyway... Yes it's nowhere as fast as a SM, but most of us don't need thousands of bolts anyway..
That being said, if I only need a handful, I usually buy from Wayne..

Re: nuts and bolts in scale

Posted: Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:45 am
by Greg_Lewis
In those places where close is good enough, there are what's known as "radio nuts," or small pattern nuts, that are good enough when in the shadows and covered with black paint. They are cheap and I use them frequently. Here's a link: https://www.mcmaster.com/#hex-nuts/=1d3ys19

I haven't tried this but some builders find that metric hex heads look good in the smaller sizes too.