That’s Riveting!

Add rivets to your models using simple tools and techniques

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Sometimes your models may lack a little something in the detail stakes, so you may decide to add a little more in the way of surface features, panel lines and rivets. But how do you do it?

I’ve create a short video to explain the process, but thought it would be useful to also show you some detailed images on here as well, all of which are linked directly to what you will see in the video.

So now that you’ve watched the video, here are some images to go with the live action. The images are fairly self-explanatory, with short captions explaining each one. Here they are!

Tools of the trade for a budding riveter: and RB Productions Rivet-R and a roll of Dymo Tape


I begin the riveting by running the tool along span-wise panel lines. Here, that is being done freehand, the design of the tool making it easy to follow the scribed line.


With the long runs in place, shorter lines of rivets are added over the surface of the wing.


Dymo tape can be used to guide the rivet wheel, much as it can a scribing tool.
And here are the rivets in place – the result of little more than five minutes work!


My recently completed Airfix 1:72 Shackleton was completed riveted using the ideas revealed here.




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And here’s the Airfix defiant being treated to a layer of tiny rivets…





RB Productions –

2 thoughts on “That’s Riveting!

  1. Jamie Haggo May 19, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    I always rivet my models, but rather than find it relaxing I find it incredibly tedious. But then the results far outweigh the nause.

    Top tip when using Dymo tape. The tack on the sticky side goes very quickly, I stick it to Tamiya tape. As you remove it and re-apply it, it stays sticky for much longer.

  2. Jon Bius May 19, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Very good video! Although I must admit I’d hoped you’d pass along some secret tip that maybe I’d missed out on. I now realize I just suck at adding rivets. 🙂

    Excellent tutorial!

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