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Good morning, a problem I have always had is bending plastic rod to tightly follow contours of building when installing drain downpipes. Could anyone please help with suggestions, Thanks David



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The slaters plasticard rod is quite pliable fine for downpipes  in differant sizes plus an assorted pack.

buy direct or search on google.

https://slatersplastikard.com/plastikard/plasticRod.php


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Thanks for getting back Brian, could you advice what to use to bend it. When I do it I always get a crease or it " squares of", I can't get small tight curves in it. Thanks David



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Hi David,

Sounds like the styrene rod is too big. Use styrene tube (comes in various sizes), not rod. Insert a length of soft metal rod inside, bend to S-shape. Jewellery or craft metal rod is soft enough to bend easily and keeps its shape, although you can use brass or even phosphor bronze rod. The metal rod inside stops kinking. Tube looks more realistic at the spout end. That said, you can just use the metal rod! I use round tapered ended smooth blade pliers to bend rod to shape.

Other way is to place styrene rod in hot water for a few minutes (80-90°C) and bend to shape using a bending jig.  Hair dryer on hot or a heat gun works as well. Allow to cool and set. Keep away from naked flames as the fumes are quite  noxious.

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Thanks Nigel for all your suggestions. If none of those work for me, nothing will, once again thanks and to all who looked, David



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another cheap way of doing it for downpipes is get some old twin and earth wire strip it and the solid copper wire is easy to manipulate.

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Great idea. All the years I have been modelling, you learn things all the time. Thanks again Brian



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You beat me to it Brian - lots of modellers use solid core electric cable for these things - stranded wires won't work !!



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Why don't you use brass rod instead of styrene, 3d printed downpipe brackets are available from modelu https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/product/2901/

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Some great suggestions there. Which i will immediately purloin :-)

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Thanks David, I knew Modelu did figures, but not all the other stuff, Thanks 



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I did the 3D artwork for Modelu and he added them to his range there are 3 and 4 inch versions in both round and square versions.

I now have my own 3D printer so can do my own now.

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We might have to start asking you 



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