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Verlinden Productions Barbed Wire
California, United States
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 - 04:22 PM UTC
Randy Harvey provides a review of Verlinden Productions 1/35 scale photo etched Barbed Wire, which can be used in a variety of applications.

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Western Australia, Australia
Joined: June 05, 2007
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 - 07:43 PM UTC
Hi Randy,

Good effort, but I don't think this 'wire' looks very realistic at all. It simply looks too flat, real wire is not flat.

Although I agree with your critique of the wire cutters and gloves being too flat, I think you have rated this product too highly Randy. Personally I would've taken more 'marks' off for this inadequacy.

A tip for future reviews, if you own a scanner, then you can scan P.E parts which gives you a better quality image than most cameras can provide.

Thanks for writing this review, it was interesting to learn a bit about the product.

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England - South West, United Kingdom
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 - 07:49 PM UTC
I wonder if this was twisted before being rolled, would it look better? It would not look flat then at least. As Chas has said use a scanner for PE, it is a trick that Bill gave me and I will never look back
Attica, Greece / Ελλάδα
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Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 - 08:17 PM UTC
I have this set and I have aber barbed wire too

Aber barbed wire is far better

But verlinden is not bad at all

Michigan, United States
Joined: November 02, 2006
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Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 11:31 AM UTC

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I have this set and I have aber barbed wire too
Aber barbed wire is far better
But Verlinden is not bad at all


I am looking for quantity of barbed wire for truck payloads. Nick, what do you think makes Aber wire better than Verlinden? Do you get more? Is the brass easier to work with than steel? I bought Hudson & Allen barbed wire, and it was easy to use and three dimensional, but you only get 3 feet (1 meter) per package ($9). The best part about H&A wire is you don't get cut or tangled in it. The barbs are soft. I would love to know what he is using to make it.

I tried the hand twisted technique posted elsewhere on the site, but it's very time consuming, and it REALLY works in getting yourself tangled in it. If you are going to make lots of it, you might want to invest in fishing fly tying equipment.

Darren, you are probably correct about the twist. You might even have luck twisting it with real wire if you had the time and patience. I didn't realize there was 10+ feet of the stuff. I think that is a great value.
Texas, United States
Joined: December 08, 2008
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Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2008 - 03:12 PM UTC
i recently used this barbed wire. I wanst too bad when rolled. But cutting it and keeping it from getting tangled was a pain. I had it break apart in a few places when i was trying to cut it from the sprue.
New Mexico, United States
Joined: September 03, 2007
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 09:13 AM UTC
I use the screen door material available at most hardware stores. I cut a strip as long as I like, about 1ft or so and carefully trim the opposite direction to create the barb effect.

It is very inexpensive and takes coats of acrylic paint very well as naturally curling up.

The best,

Joined: April 04, 2008
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Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2008 - 10:17 PM UTC
call me crazy but I liek to scratch build my own barbed wire and sometimes It pokes me sharply when i do it bu t eh.........thnx for the article though, many of Verlindens products are good
Queensland, Australia
Joined: April 15, 2006
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Posted: Thursday, January 01, 2009 - 08:09 AM UTC
Hi Randy,

This was one of the first products Verlinden had on the market way back around 1988.

It does look the part if its twisted

I found any excess wire you don't use the wire can be rolled around a modelmaster paint tin lid .
Over a period of time it eventually conforms to the way a roll of barbed wire looks like.

when the photoetch is cut away from the fret its very similar to how barbed wire is unwound off the reel it starts to catch on the roll .Real pain If you ever used the real stuff.

the aber pe barbed wire is an improvement and both manufacturers have made a good barbed wire product.

Thanks for the review.