by: James Bella [ ]
It sometimes seems that if you can think of something that you need, to add that extra detail to your model, PlusModel has it. Nuts and bolts, one small detail that if they are missing can make a big difference on the overall look. On a project that I'm currently working on, one area of the styrene kit has the bolt heads missing completely. The PE aftermarket replacement includes the bolt heads, although they are too flat and look two-dimensional.
Each pack includes one size in four styles:
60 Bolts with washers
60 Nuts with washers
PlusModel offers these in .6, .7, .8, .9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.3, and 1.5mm sizes, providing a decent range to work with, and each casting block is marked by size.
For modeling purposes, these are categorized by the widest measurement of the bolt head/nut (point-to-point) and not by the size of the wrench or socket that would have been used in real life (scaled down of course).
These are easily removed from the casting block with tweezers. The 'bolts' sticking out below the nut/washer are approximately 2-3mm long, no thread is molded in, above or below, which is understandable.
The bolt shafts below the nut/washer on the smaller sizes are a larger diameter than they should be, again understandable as they would be extremely fragile and casting them may be near impossible. For flush mounting this should pose no issues, if the bolt is going to be seen it may be desirable to replace the bolt with a piece of wire.
I'm not a very good scratch builder, and for small details I like convenience, so I appreciate items like these from PlusModel. When a kit is missing bolts/nuts, or the PE ones are too flat, these make an excellent replacement. These should come in handy for showing pulled out bolts on damaged areas too. Now that I've used these, I can't imagine not having them close at hand.