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Larry R.
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« on: August 06, 2019, 08:52:16 AM »

Greetings

I'm looking for a better wheel retainer for peanut scale models.  Currently, I wrap a few winds of silver or black thread around the axle wire then carefully fix with thin CA.  Perhaps there are other, better methods of keeping wheels on?

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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2019, 10:41:55 AM »

I find a piece of insulated wire the same or slightly smaller in dia than the axle, strip off a small piece of insulation and push that onto the axle and trim excess with a knife. Dang near invisible!
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2019, 11:50:12 AM »

I use insulation off electrical wire slightly smaller than the axle diameter, similar to Dan above.  Put in in cellulose thinners for 5 - 10 minutes.  It swells and can be easily slid onto the axle.  Allow it to dry and it shrinks itself onto the axle, goes hard again and holds very well.  Very light - fit and forget.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2019, 12:17:15 PM »

Shrink about 10mm of heat-shrink tube onto wire (or carbon fibre) of the intended axle diameter. Remove and slice into narrow (1mm long) tubes and fit onto axle. I use this method on 1mm CF with no problems.
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2019, 06:07:28 PM »

Thanks, guys.  I think the wire insulation, or heat shrink tubing, sound like just the thing.

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