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PostSubject: Braided Model T Sparkplug Insulation   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 2:01 am

I'm working on a Model T in 1/16 scale and I need to simulate the cotton braid that they used for insulation at that time. I need to be able to have the conductor exit the braid and hook to the sparkplug. I've been looking and so far I have only come up with thread, but can't figure out how to get the wire to appear to come out of the insulation. Pro-tech has metal braid that I can paint, but it has a center piece in it and I have no idea what that is nor if I could make it work. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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PostSubject: Re: Braided Model T Sparkplug Insulation   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 3:53 am

How about poor mans metal braid, elastic thread. It comes in many sizes and colors, including metallic silver and gold. I've found it at wally world. Try sewing stores like JoAnn Fabric, don't forget the discount coupon.
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PostSubject: Re: Braided Model T Sparkplug Insulation   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 10:13 am

Here's an idea Dave.

Use suitable sized insulated wire with single core wire.

Cut leads to length, then roll under a coarse metal (as in not for wood) file. That should give a texture that will at least reasonably represent the braid.

Worth a try at least.

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PostSubject: Re: Braided Model T Sparkplug Insulation   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 10:18 am

Shirring elastic might work Dave.

I've managed to use a needle pushed up the end to create a space large enough to get some 5amp wire stuck in.
Pva sealed it in OK.

Comes in most colous

don't know how much of a rush youre in but if you can't find any over there I can post a meter each of grey, sand and brown colours over no problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Braided Model T Sparkplug Insulation   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 2:33 pm

I checked google images and the texture of the wire isn't really obvious. Painting it would reduce the texture, so elastic "thread", which comes in different sizes, would work. Originally, if memory serves, in old car mags the real original stuff was flat bare metal strips going to the plugs (depending on year of the T). To be honest, even in large scale, regular plastic insulated copper wire would look good enuf. the exposed ends at the plugs could be flattened for a realistic look too.
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PostSubject: Re: Braided Model T Sparkplug Insulation   Sat 20 Dec 2014, 5:24 pm

Don and Colin - I think elastic thread and shirring elastic are the same (different English, different name). I'll look at a fabric store and see if I can jam a wire into the end and get it to stick.

Al - I'll give it a try. I've got wire so I've got nothing to lose.

Harmon - That's my fall back. Use insulated wire.

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