Making better aerials

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Making better aerials

Post by LUW » Tue May 01, 2018 5:41 pm

I think most people think that guitar strings are ideal to make good aerials, but I never used that technique. What I used back in my 1:18 days was acupuncture needles, and they always worked fine for me, and can also be used for 1:43rds. My recent Le Mans winning Mac had a bad aerial, that was a tad too thick and worse, was crooked. So I thought of making it look better using a needle.

Acupuncture needles come in different sizes and thickness, from hair thin to about 0.5 mm ø. And best of all, they come with a handle that is perfect as the base for the aerial.

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You will need a pair of tweezers, a good cutting pliers and obviously glue.

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So I cut a section of the shaft of the needle and a small piece of the handle, and than it was just a matter of removing the ugly plastic one and stabbing the new one in the hole on the roof, with an itsy-bitsy drop of glue.

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A 5 minute job and now it looks much closer to the real thing.
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I'm sure you will agree that that looks MUCH better than how it looked before.
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Re: Making better aerials

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Tue May 01, 2018 7:05 pm

Great job, looks easy enough to do and the car looks much better now ;)
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Re: Making better aerials

Post by LUW » Tue May 01, 2018 9:55 pm

Stupid easy, in fact. I think the hardest part is to find the needles, but they're usually available in medical supply stores. And a couple are good enough for quite a few cars.
Just be careful with the pointy end :D
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Re: Making better aerials

Post by Jager » Wed May 02, 2018 1:35 am

That's a great tip Luc.

I thought the needles might be difficult to find, but there are 2,000 on eBay.
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Acupuncture needles come in different sizes and thickness, from hair thin to about 0.5 mm ø. And best of all, they come with a handle that is perfect as the base for the aerial.
What size did you use ?
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Re: Making better aerials

Post by johann.nunweiller » Wed May 02, 2018 3:02 am

Good idea!

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Re: Making better aerials

Post by JSB33 » Wed May 02, 2018 5:54 am

I thought this post was called making better areolas, never mind.....
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Re: Making better aerials

Post by LUW » Wed May 02, 2018 6:53 am

JSB33 wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 5:54 am
I thought this post was called making better areolas, never mind.....
No, for that you use a pump.
johann.nunweiller wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 3:02 am
Good idea!
Thanks Johann!
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What size did you use ?
The shaft was from the big one, that is 0.25×75 mm, and for the base I used the small one, that unfortunately I can't understand what's written on the package (Chinese :roll:) - but I think it's something around 0.15×25 mm. In my eyes the small one would look too thin as a "main" aerial but would be perfect for those smaller secondary ones on more modern cars.
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Re: Making better aerials

Post by MadMike » Fri May 04, 2018 9:23 am

Hmmmm looks good Luc.

But for me im staying away from them, as I girl I sort of met was all about pressure points and them silly needles, she stuck a bunch into my back. Well I fell asleep and rolled over, yep ouch to say the least. (Yes more to that story but this is a car forum so, nup)

Good write up and details buddy.
Have to say tho it would do great for the General Lee from the Duke of Hazard.

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Re: Making better aerials

Post by LUW » Fri May 04, 2018 9:26 am

:lol: WARNING: Only to be used with parental guidance!

The General would benefit a LOT from a needle.
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