Customs: Anyone know where to buy pins?

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  1. yourreflection

    yourreflection Well-Known Member

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    I'm looking to buy mass quantities of the pins that are commonly used to keep certain transformer parts together.

    I'm looking for the pins that are used to keep the wheel tires in place and the ones that keep swinging parts in place. I hope these descriptions make sense.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    mx-01 archon Well-Known Member

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    I think they're more of a factory thing, produced to spec for a given figure. They're not something you can easily find. For personal use, I think people tend to use piano wire, or cut down nails.
     
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    I use the latter method. Anytime I want to make my own pin, I just take a hanging nail of the desired size, cut the length to fit, and file down the end. I don't do this often enough to need a mass quantity, though.
     
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    Larger brass paper clips work well, too. They're rounded, where plain silver ones are usually flattened a bit. I've been working with them for a long time, and all you really need to do is cut it to length, then scuff the ends with a file so glue grabs to it.
     
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    I'll look into the larger paperclips - that sounds like a pretty simple solution.

    I'm going to look into the various sizes for hanging nails this weekend.

    I'm going to try the cut down nail approach along with the brass paperclips. Seems like the two easiest solutions.

    Thanks again for the advice guys. Appreciate it.
     

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