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Masking Tape Luftwaffe Seat Belts

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Masking Tape Luftwaffe Seat Belts
Posted by rich750us on Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:57 AM

Hi All,

Does any one know how to make a seatbelt seat for a 1/48 FW 190 D-9 with masking tape?  I've seen others suggest it but I'm not quite sure how to replicate the buckles, latches and plates. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, January 23, 2014 9:24 PM

I use foil from wine bottle labels for the belts, thin wire from electric cords for thin buckles and foil for any clunky looking hardware. Lately I use the Eduard pre-colored pe belts, they just look super real.

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Posted by Reasoned on Thursday, January 23, 2014 11:12 PM

This is a good reference, good luck.

http://www.hyperscale.com/2007/features/maskingtapeseatbeltsrf_1.htm

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Friday, January 24, 2014 7:33 AM

 

Great TUT. Made it a direct link for you Reasoned

 

http://www.hyperscale.com/2007/features/maskingtapeseatbeltsrf_1.htm

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Posted by Reasoned on Friday, January 24, 2014 10:43 PM

Thanks PJ, how do you get the link to post, when I copied the site address and paste it didn't link?

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:32 AM

Sometimes I have just used a silver colored fine point marker to draw fittings on the masking tape.  I cut the ends to sort of a buckle-shaped triangle and rectangle, color the ends with the marker and add a couple of fine stripes as the adjustment buckle thing.  Definitely works in 1:72, doesn't look too bad in 1:48.  Not very good for 1:32 or larger.

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, January 25, 2014 9:34 AM

Reasoned

That has happened a few times to me. Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts. That has happened with Photobucket too. It's weird.

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Posted by rich750us on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:06 AM

Great thanks All!

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Posted by Nathan T on Friday, February 14, 2014 1:20 PM

The buckles are my biggest hassle in 1/48 every time I have tried to make my own. Thats why I lean towards resin seats or pe belts. You can buy generic pe buckles, but then, whats the point? Might as well just buy pe belts.

 

 

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Posted by zapme on Monday, February 24, 2014 3:52 AM

I'm with you Nathan T.

 

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Posted by Greg on Monday, February 24, 2014 10:56 AM

That's the best masking tape seat belt tute I've seen yet.

Thanks, PJ!

-Greg

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Thursday, March 27, 2014 7:28 AM

Nathan T

The buckles are my biggest hassle in 1/48 every time I have tried to make my own. Thats why I lean towards resin seats or pe belts. You can buy generic pe buckles, but then, whats the point? Might as well just buy pe belts.

 
You are not alone Nathan. I have the same problem. I'm working on the new Academy F-4B for an upcoming show and I'm super scratch building detailing the cockpit, seats and wheel bays  but ended ordering Eduard belts. I didn't get resin seats cause the kit seats are decent and just need a few things here and there. Those PE belts just add so much realism to the pit area.

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Posted by smnegley on Thursday, December 24, 2015 10:09 AM

I have used this method for many years. I use 3/4 in masking tape and apply the tape to a sheet of tracing paper. From this you can cut the tape to any size you need. I use a metric scale to measure the width of the belt and cut to the size of the buckle. I cut a slight angle into the belt where the masking tape will go into the buckle, this will help the tape to go into the buckle where you will make the fold to secure the buckle to the strap. After I make the fold I use some Elmers wood glue to secure the buckle to the belt. Once you cut the strap you can color the strap with either some flat paint or you can use a felt marker also, do this before you attach any PE parts. When the buckles are finished apply some Elmers wood glue to the paper backing and put them into place. 

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Posted by jtilley on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 10:23 AM

This subject is way out of my "comfort zone"; I'm a ship modeler. But I always get a little worried when folks start talking about using masking tape for model parts.

The old, traditional, tan-colored masking tape adhesive has a lifespan of about six months. It isn't designed to be permanent. (The museum where I used to work found that out the hard way well before I got there.) Then it cuts loose and starts to curl up.

Maybe you guys are in the habit of putting some other adhesive on the stuff, so the stickum on the back becomes irrelevant. And I have no idea how permanent the recently-introduced substitutes, like Tamiya tape, are. But I personally never use traditional masking tape for anything that's going to be a permanent part of the model.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 6:27 PM

Tamiya tape ok for me at 1/72.

Those PE belt sets are pretty good looking.

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