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Offline hrcoleman66

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Strut press - expressions of interest.
« on: April 24, 2021, 08:58:40 PM »
Iím thinking of making up some strut presses similar to the Albion Alloys Strutter.
Not sure yet how much they will cost to make, but Iíll work up a prototype and work it all out.

Watch this space.

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Hugh

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2021, 12:54:49 AM »
Do you know the strutter by Bo Monroe (member here)?
https://www.shapeways.com/product/N6N2WG6JA/1-32-fokker-d-vii-quot-strut-smasher-quot-tool

He has a virtual shop on shapeways.com, which is a 3D print service.

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2021, 05:33:52 AM »
Very interested Hugh, would what you have in mind be suitable for a variety of scales?

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2021, 05:36:29 AM »
Very interested Hugh, would what you have in mind be suitable for a variety of scales?

Richie

If it is like the Albion Alloys one, it will be

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2021, 07:42:33 AM »
I responded in the other thread but figured I better do so here. Yes I am interested. By the way, I think Bo's tool is limited to Fokker struts although I could be wrong.
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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2021, 12:43:18 PM »
Hugh,
    Same for me, please add me to your list!
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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2021, 04:48:16 PM »
Me too, please
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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2021, 11:21:59 PM »
Interested, though wondering if there is anyway it could do a more streamlined cross-section strut vs. oval section (which is how I understand the Albion press was)
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Offline Stuart Malone

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2021, 03:18:49 AM »
I'm in for one.  I haven't seen the Albion tool, so I'd be interested for 1/72 and 1/32 scales.

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2021, 10:19:35 PM »
I'm in if it allows for streamlined struts.
I purchased BO's press strutter and it works pretty well on copper tubes , but something that allows for more length of the struts would be better.
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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2021, 10:23:56 PM »
Interested, though wondering if there is anyway it could do a more streamlined cross-section strut vs. oval section (which is how I understand the Albion press was)

I don't have the Albion press, I do use the same method using a small vice I have fitted with smooth jaws.

It does make oval section tubes, which I tend to just use - the section isn't obvious. On the occasions that I did worry about the section, I filed one side to be more pointed

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2021, 10:52:07 PM »
 Another possibility is to use a 38% oval jeweler's steel drawplate available in many different sizes. This has a cross section like a double pointed Marquis diamond. You  would have the option of reshaping soft round brass wire or transforming round soft brass tubing with a wire rod core. Videos on YouTube on how to use a draw plate. Bees' wax is used as a lubricant. Brass work hardens as it is drawn. Sometimes necessary to quickly pass the brass through a candle flame for annealing. Basically, soft wire or tubing reduced by 40% in cross section area will become hard brass.

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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2021, 12:35:30 AM »
Another possibility is to use a 38% oval jeweler's steel drawplate available in many different sizes. This has a cross section like a double pointed Marquis diamond. You  would have the option of reshaping soft round brass wire or transforming round soft brass tubing with a wire rod core. Videos on YouTube on how to use a draw plate. Bees' wax is used as a lubricant. Brass work hardens as it is drawn. Sometimes necessary to quickly pass the brass through a candle flame for annealing. Basically, soft wire or tubing reduced by 40% in cross section area will become hard brass.

That drawplate is an interesting idea - im thinking the old brass "strutz" product must have been produced using a tool like that?
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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2021, 02:17:25 AM »
 A Google search revealed there are 38% oval draw plates available with a size range from 1mm x .38mm to 3mm x 1.14mm. Total of twenty sizes on one draw plate. Larger size 38% oval draw plates also.
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Re: Strut press - expressions of interest.
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2021, 11:01:57 PM »
I'd be interested in one if it is small enough to do 1/72nd.

WD