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What is model thread like? Can I use any?

There are several options, but the most recommended ones are cotton and brass. Model ship thread is used to represent ropes, cables, and other similar elements in the model. It provides a lot of realism and detail. As for cotton thread, it is one of the most popular materials. First because it gives a very realistic look. Additionally, it is very easy to manipulate as it can be cut, knotted, and shaped with ease, which is very helpful in certain parts of the process. It can even be dyed, but you have several options available such as brown or natural color, and then this thread for ship models comes in different thicknesses that successfully fit different model scales; from the most detailed to the largest models.

Another recurrent model railway thread is brass. Basically because it has strength properties and can better withstand tensions and loads. Despite this component, it is relatively malleable and can be bent to the desired shape. Additionally, it has a natural metallic appearance that gives it a more robust and metallic look. It can be used to simulate heavier metal elements in railroad and ship models.

What is the eye bolt used for in modeling?

The eye bolt is a small spiral hook that is screwed into wood, and it is used in modeling for several purposes:

  • Holding moving parts such as rudders, hatches, railings, or any element that needs to be secured, but also allows for some degree of movement.
  • Securing rigging, which is the set of ropes, sails, masts, and other elements used to control and adjust the sails on a ship. Eye bolts help to secure and guide the ropes.
  • Mooring points for cables, ropes, or decorative details in the case of railway models
  • Realism. In addition to fulfilling a structural mission, eye bolts add realism to the model by imitating the fastening elements typical of the original models.

In short, the eye bolt, within model accessories, is a versatile element designed to fix, tie, decorate, and enhance the realism of our reproductions.

How to place accessories in models?

Placing accessories for models requires care and attention to achieve a realistic and well-integrated look. Before you begin, carefully examine the model instructions, where you will have everything explained perfectly and you can even watch the relevant tutorial video on Youtube. Also, make sure the accessories are clean and free of burrs or imperfections.

Use precise tools, such as precision tweezers or small pliers, to handle the accessories carefully. If necessary, use InstaFix quick-drying glue. Apply a moderate amount to the contact areas of the accessories. Place them carefully and make final adjustments while the glue is still wet to ensure precise placement. Clean up any excess glue with a cotton swab or a small brush. Let the glue dry completely before handling the model.

If you need naval modeling tips, we recommend this tutorial video. Additionally, you may find very useful this other audiovisual piece on how to properly use tools and what each one is used for, and another video, focused on how to place an accessory such as a LED light kit.

Remember that each model may have specific requirements, so follow the instructions provided in the kit, which you also have available on the OcCre website, and adapt to what they ask of you. Patience and precision are key to achieving a satisfactory end result. Get started now with your reproduction and add the accessories to achieve a superlative impact.