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EZ Line
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Illinois, United States
Joined: December 30, 2009
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 09:07 AM UTC
Anyone ever use EZ Line for wire or aircraft antenna?
GazzaS
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Posted: Sunday, May 06, 2018 - 02:51 PM UTC
It works pretty well for that. Being flexible, it survives being touched very well.

It's only downside is that it has a flat cross-section. Sometimes it's visible, especially in some photographs.

Best wishes,

Gaz

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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 03:15 AM UTC
I just got a bunch of it on eBay for next to nothing. I wish I knew about this a long time ago...highly recommended for aerial antennas on old aircraft. I think it was designed to look like telegraph/electrical wires for RR dioramas, but it works great for aircraft antennas and even biplane rigging, if you're into that.
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Posted: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 04:36 AM UTC

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Anyone ever use EZ Line for wire or aircraft antenna?



All the time. I use it for antennas and simple rigging on aircraft and modern ship antennas and lines all the time. However, I build a lot of biplanes and I don't recommend it for extensive interplane rigging or for sailing ships. Like many synthetic products, it can degrade over time, and chemicals and temperature can have adverse effects on it. I've seen it fray and thin out in some places, depending on how it's fastened, tied or treated. Various paints and chemicals can attack, "thin" or harden EZ line over time causing it to split, separate or droop. I generally use it for "single line" applications for antennas, since these items can be easily replaced or "maintained" if they start to degrade for any reason. For lasting applications or where strength is required, I use 2lb (1/72 Scale) and 4 lb (1/48 and larger) test "Chameleon" brown fishing leader or invisible thread for biplane rigging. For model sailing ships I use waxed thread of varing thickness. As in anything else, EZ line has applications in modeling, but it's not a single solution for all applications. Berkshire Industries pionnered the use of this latex thread as telegraph wire for model railroads years ago, but its primary use was as a weave of stretchable fabric used in clothing.
VR, Russ