Linking Links

I’ve used quite a few links made from stiff brass wire – approx 1.5mm diameter. You can see one of them highlighted here in the Mary Chambers model. They are quick and easy to use but do have their own problems.
link-05To use the wire links I make a loop at each end with a pair of pliers  I can then thread a screw through the loop and into the model making a rotating joint.

Two problems that I’ve run up against:

First, it is very difficult to make fine changes to the length. Shortening a link can be just about done by adding some bends into the wire or by re-curling the end loop but it is not easy do do accurately.

Second, I’ve run the wire through a hole drilled in the base board, if I need to take the link out for any reason I either have to cut the wire or unfold the loop at one end. Neither of which are very satisfactory.

Here’s my attempt at a solution. I found a three amp connecting block strip in the  shed.

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Cut off one section and cut away the insulation plastic with a pair of side cutters.

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Leaving the brass block and two screws.

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Perfect! Thread the link wire in from each end and tighten the screws. Simply unscrew to make adjustments or to remove the link completely. Ta daa!

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