1⁄35Making Modern Concertina Wire
Since coming to Armorama.com I have learned a lot of
tricks, especially from the message boards. On some of my posts I mentioned
we should put some of the questions and answers into article form. Since I
thought of it I felt that I should practice what I preach and write some
My modeling skills are very basic. Recently I have returned to modeling
after a 15-year layoff. Many of the methods mentioned on the message boards
where much easier than I thought, even for beginners. One of these methods
will be discussed in my article, with more to follow in the future.
Before I go into too much detail I want to clarify what is and is not being
made by this process. This is for modern concertina wire, not barbwire,
razor wire, or anything else. If you’re not sure what concertina wire is
just look at some Desert Storm pictures. Many of the hummers and Bradley's
are carrying them. The hummers usually had them on the hood.
You won’t need a lot of materials of materials and they don’t cost much.
Not any window screening will work. It must be the plastic, non-woven
type. If you do get the woven type it will fall apart when you cut it. I got
the smallest role they had at Home Depot for just over $5.00. The role is 3
feet long and I forget how wide but you have enough material to make more
roles of wire than I can count. There were 2 colors to choose from, black
and gray. Black was my choice for 2 reasons. One, the wire itself is black,
and two, it stands out much better when cutting.
A light colored cutting surface
Poster board works great because of its size and it’s cheap. I tried to use
some better cutting surfaces but the darker colors made it too hard to see
the wire (as you may be figuring out by now, you will be dealing with small
thin lines that aren’t real easy to see). Also, you will be cutting 3-foot
strips and you won’t have to move the material as much with such a large
A good sharp #11 blade in an X-acto knife
I know a lot of articles say, “use a sharp blade”, but you really should
listen this time. Inside the plastic exterior of the screening there is some
stringy material that a dull blade won’t always go through. Most importantly
it makes you’re cutting more accurate. A dull blade will try to push or move
the material, but a sharp one will cut right through.
Paint for weathering
Just use your normal tried and true material and methods for this. There is
generally a little rust on the wire and the tips may have a little silver
coming through. Since weathering is always different from person to person I
will leave it at that. That’s it, nothing that will set you back too far.
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