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Seat Belts

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  • Member since
    February 2014
  • From: Michigan
Seat Belts
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, June 16, 2014 5:29 PM

Does anyone have any good tips on how to make seat belts?  I'm working on Accurate Miniature's 1/48 SBD-5 Dauntless, and I would like to do something other than use the provided decal for the seat belt, and photoetch isn't in the budget right now.

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  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Monday, June 16, 2014 5:47 PM

I use wine bottle foil for the belt and thin wire for the buckles. The foil is very easy to work with and is easily molded to any shape. I save old electrical extensions, computer wiring etc and use this for all sorts of details.




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Posted by icit on Monday, June 16, 2014 9:38 PM

Try using pin stripping masking tape or lay a piece of masking tape out on a clean piece of glass, cut the tape into strips, and fold it back on itself. Use thin wire to create the buckles and when folding back on itself insert the buckle- easy breezy. Play with it and you will find your own way. Good luck.


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  • From: St louis
Posted by Raualduke on Monday, June 16, 2014 9:49 PM

Mahkinge tape works great f

Good textoure

  • Member since
    February 2014
  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, June 16, 2014 10:06 PM

Thanks guys!  I'll play around with the ideas tomorrow and see what I can come up with.

On my bench: Academy 1/35 UH-60L Black Hawk

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  • From: Minnesota City, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Posted by FlyItLikeYouStoleIt on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 2:51 AM

Try doing what these guys do. They use masking tape. I've done it with thin strips of fake suede and wire from inside of twisty ties. Great results and CHEAP!!


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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 8:49 AM

1:48 is a borderline scale for the buckles and fittings.  1:32 almost demands wire or metal.  1:72 works okay if you carefully paint those areas silver or flat aluminum, either with a tiny brush or toothpick tip. I have done 1:48 masking tape belts both ways- it works either way.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    January 2014
  • From: Toronto
Posted by Rob S. on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 8:47 PM

Masking tape, eh? Gonna try that on my next build. Been using bare metal foil for 1/72 seatbelts for some time now.



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