I am wondering what wire should I use for modern Israeli armor (tanks, APCs) to truthfully represent the antennas in 1:35 scale? Will 0.2mm wire be more or less accurate? 0.2mm would be the equivalent of 7mm cable in real-life ( 1:1)?
IDF uses US made antennas. The AS-1729-RC is the most commen antenna.
Can´t tell about the rod diameter, but the link should give some useful informations.
The antennas have two 4’ sections and are 8’ long total. In 1/35 that is 2 3/4". I use o.o20 plastic rod for my antennas. I also heat the ti p so it mushrooms to replicate the antenna safety ball that they have.
Why use wire when proper antennae are available?
These turned brass aerials are literally the topping on the cake you have just completed. Why spoil the hours and hours of work you have just spent? Doesn’t your model deserve the best?
Rick’s 1/35 scale site has several good ideas. I prefer eithe the straight bass rods or a good used guitar string for mine.
I’m pretty very much new to the hobby - I’ve completed just one model so far.
Thank you for the advice!
Welcome aboard and to the hobby.
Here some close-ups of the US antenna also used by IDF.
Rod diameter is 23 mm at the base.
This looks like a good set, but it is not really a US antenna, also used by the IDF. It looks to be a Korean-specific antenna. The lower antenna section is different as it is not a straight piece, but has a smaller section at the bottom. The upper mast section and the rest of the set is correct for a US antenna though. I would use the bases and hold down clips/ropes and replace the mast section with a piece of straight styrene metal rod.
These have been available for quite some time - along with other antennae in the range. Leopard Workshop : LW021B - 1:35 scale US-style AS-1729 Aerials on MX-6707 Base Unit
Resin bases, real springs and turned metal parts for base and mast.
Another stupid question from me:
Currently building Trumpeter 01041 M142 HIMARS and I’d like to build it as close as possible to the ones delivered to Ukraine. Can I use any of the Leopard Club antennas for this project and if “yes” - which one exactly will be the most appropriate one?
P.S. Link is to Modellbau Koenig as I am most probably going to purchase the antennas from them, but any other shop in EU would be wellcomed.