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Bernd
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« on: August 24, 2021, 01:53:56 PM »

Here's a tool I built many years ago. I built it at the place I was employed. I was working in the companies tool room doing first piece inspection on production machines. During a loll I had some free time to build this cast iron riveter. It's based on an article in Model Railroader way back when. The author built his out of wood. Having access to lathes, milling machines and other tooling in the tool room I built one out of cast iron and tool steal.

I don't have any dimensions at hand presently but could draw it up and post a PDF file.















The "L" shaped arm is movable to give certain travel to the "hammer". This way you'll always get consistent size rivets.

I'm sure you're wondering how to space the rivets. I use a 2D CAD program to draw up the rivets and print it out and used spray adhesive to attach the printed rivets. The following pictures should be quite self explanatory. This how I did the rivets on the side of On30 boxcab on .020" thick styrene.









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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2021, 06:41:18 PM »

Nice work. I have that old MR article saved somewhere.
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2021, 11:03:47 PM »

That's a nice piece of hardware!
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« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2021, 06:48:12 AM »

Thanks Paul & Ray.

Works pretty goo to for what I need to do.

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« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2021, 09:25:11 AM »

     Nice work.  If I'm correct that article was back in the dark ages when MR actually was interested in teaching modelers how to do things other then open boxes and set the built up model onto the track. 
     Every journey of a millions rivets starts with a single hammer blow.
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« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2021, 01:37:51 PM »

Very Interesting and a great idea
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