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Source for ribbed tubing?

Post by MillenniumFalsehood » Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:40 pm

I'm not talking about just wire wrapped with solder, btw.

I'd like to find a source for tubing or rod that has defined ribs on them, sort of like what vacuum cleaner or sump pump hose, with little ribs on them that are separated by a groove. I could use the control cables from Anakin's podracer, but they aren't thick enough for what I need. Any ideas?
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Post by gsb5w » Mon Jul 04, 2016 7:35 pm

I've seen guys use guitar strings before.

Never mind, that won't be thick enough. You may try threaded rod lengths from the hardware store.
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Re: Source for ribbed tubing?

Post by Joseph C. Brown » Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:13 am

MillenniumFalsehood wrote:I'm not talking about just wire wrapped with solder, btw.

I'd like to find a source for tubing or rod that has defined ribs on them, sort of like what vacuum cleaner or sump pump hose, with little ribs on them that are separated by a groove. I could use the control cables from Anakin's podracer, but they aren't thick enough for what I need. Any ideas?
C'mon, man - you ain't a noob. :8)

Length?

Width?

Size?

Diameter?

Spacing of ribs/raised areas?

Link to a visual example on The Web so some of us ye olde pharts have a clue to what *precisely* is the look that you are going for?
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Post by naoto » Tue Jul 05, 2016 12:32 pm

Are you looking for something like these?
http://hlj.com/scripts/hljlist?Word=det ... oType2=mat
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Post by Rogviler » Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:23 pm

^ Springs are a great way to go. Although once you reach a certain size you can more easily see the gaps that form between the wire around tighter bends.
gsb5w wrote:I've seen guys use guitar strings before.

Never mind, that won't be thick enough.
Bass guitar strings come much thicker, for someone looking for the same look.

But yes, we need details. I've got plastic wire loom and Lego hoses sitting here, but they are very different in size.

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Post by Andrew Gorman » Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:45 pm

And piano strings are thicker yet.

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Post by TazMan2000 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:19 am

Split loom tubing comes in several sizes. However depending on the display, the split may be seen from different angles.

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Post by TazMan2000 » Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:24 pm

It could be useful, but I find the round shoelaces can replicate that look too. The cost is roughly the same, but with shoelaces you get a whole lot more length.

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Post by jim w » Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:44 am

Heat shrink tubing over a spring.

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Post by gsb5w » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:24 pm

jim w wrote:Heat shrink tubing over a spring.
Thats clever. Have you tried it?
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Post by jim w » Fri Jul 08, 2016 10:42 am

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Re: Source for ribbed tubing?

Post by MillenniumFalsehood » Sun Jul 10, 2016 2:51 pm

Joseph C. Brown wrote:
MillenniumFalsehood wrote:I'm not talking about just wire wrapped with solder, btw.

I'd like to find a source for tubing or rod that has defined ribs on them, sort of like what vacuum cleaner or sump pump hose, with little ribs on them that are separated by a groove. I could use the control cables from Anakin's podracer, but they aren't thick enough for what I need. Any ideas?
C'mon, man - you ain't a noob. :8)

Length?

Width?

Size?

Diameter?

Spacing of ribs/raised areas?

Link to a visual example on The Web so some of us ye olde pharts have a clue to what *precisely* is the look that you are going for?
Heheh, sorry. I may not be a noob, but I do get ditzy from time to time. :P

Length: at most about 12"

Diameter: 3/8"

Spacing of ribs: 1mm with 1mm spacing

And here's a picture: http://www.heycomputer.com/tubeme.jpg

Notice how there is significant spacing between the ribs?
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Post by gsb5w » Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:29 pm

I seem to remember seeing flex straws included in those sport drink containers.
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Post by Joseph C. Brown » Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:52 am

I don't know of a source for just buying this, but for building your own, here's a build somewhat similar to what you are describing - the method used is *really* labor intensive, but yields good looking results. Go down this page till you get to "hot air intake hose for the carburetor" and then follow along:

http://www.largescaleplanes.com/article ... hp?aid=131
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Post by Kylwell » Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:18 pm

What would be awesome is if one could find triangular profile wire in a fine enough diameter.... or baring that a drawplate like this http://www.cooltools.us/Gauge-Triangle- ... au-211.htm
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Post by MillenniumFalsehood » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:49 am

Joseph C. Brown wrote:I don't know of a source for just buying this, but for building your own, here's a build somewhat similar to what you are describing - the method used is *really* labor intensive, but yields good looking results. Go down this page till you get to "hot air intake hose for the carburetor" and then follow along:

http://www.largescaleplanes.com/article ... hp?aid=131
I was really hoping that someone knew a good source, and that is a really labor-intensive process (especially since I need a few feet of it!), but it does have the right look, for sure. I'd have to by a crap-ton of square rod, but it's doable.
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