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Seat belt frustration
Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Friday, June 14, 2019 9:09 AM

I'm trying to complete my NuNu/Platz BMW M6, a great kit, but I'm using (as usual) Eduard PE belts as the kit only comes with decals.  I'm really growing to hate them; they're time consuming to assemble; the paint peels off, and they're almost IMPOSSIBLE to shape to and glue to the seat.  I wish Eduard would use their 'steel' or fabric options for aircraft to come up with an auto set.  Even Tamiya does great seatbelts that are fabric with PE harnesses, but they're 1/20 scale.  Am I missing an option that I don't know about?  It doesn't seem this should be such a difficult operation.

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  • From: East Bethel, Mn
Posted by midnightprowler on Friday, June 14, 2019 4:35 PM

I use 1/16" craft ribbon.

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Posted by litespeedsae on Sunday, June 16, 2019 2:45 AM

I'm anticipating making seatbelts for an upcoming race car and will try the very narrow Tamiya masking tape made black or red with a Sharpie. Don't know yet about the buckles. 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, June 16, 2019 12:07 PM

Get yourself a set of seat belt harnesses from Scale Motorsport.  Belts and buckles are included in the kit.

https://www.scalemotorsport.com/racing-harness-photoetch-set-1-24th-set.html

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  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Monday, June 17, 2019 3:58 PM

I have recently been using Scale Motorsports (or whomevers) photoetched seatbealt hardware with 2mm ribbon for the belts. You can also get complete seatbelt kits from Studio27. The ribbon I get from Amazon. The sets you can get from M&S Hobbies, Spotmodel, BNA Model World, Hobbyeasy, and others.

Below is a pic using 2mm ribbon & SM hardware.

seatbelt of ribbon & SM hardware

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 8:28 AM

does the ribbon thread through the buckles without fraying?  also, what adhesive do you use on the ribbon?  I've used other ribbon from Belkits and had problems getting ANYthing to stick to it.

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  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 4:15 PM

Wild Bill 426
does the ribbon thread through the buckles without fraying?  also, what adhesive do you use on the ribbon?  I've used other ribbon from Belkits and had problems getting ANYthing to stick to it.

I cut the end of the ribbon that will pass through the buckle into a point. This cuts down on sticking and fraying. I fold it under and glue it with Gator Grip glue. I also clamp it down with a small plastic spring clamp until the glue dries (otherwise the ribbon will lift up).

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Posted by Wild Bill 426 on Thursday, June 20, 2019 7:14 AM

I think I found the solution!  Look at HGW Models website; they have pre-printed fabric belts with PE buckles.  I have four sets on order; will let you know how they are.

 

Wild Bill "Plastic cars are better than real cars cuz' they're a lot cheaper to fix. You don't even need duct tape and wireties"
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  • From: Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Posted by VintageRPM on Thursday, June 20, 2019 4:30 PM

Wild Bill 426
I think I found the solution!  Look at HGW Models website; they have pre-printed fabric belts with PE buckles.  I have four sets on order; will let you know how they are.

Very interesting.

 

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    October, 2017
  • From: Arvada, CO
Posted by Straightliner1 on Sunday, June 23, 2019 6:22 PM

I have been using the foil from wine bottles to make harnesses, for years. I like that I can pose it. I also like that it doesn't have any texture, to it. Virtually anything supplied to modlelers for use as belt material has texture that is far out of scale.

 DSC_0010cr by Daniel Himmel, on Flickr

 

 

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  • From: UK
Posted by PatrickW on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 4:11 AM

As I love making decals, I've copied seatbelts from one kit by scanning sending to a Word Document and doubling them up intul the fit an A4 size sheet and pinting that onto decal paper.

  

I only do this as my hands are no longer stable enough to build the photo-etch versions.

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