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  • Member since
    May, 2011
  • From: Vacaville, CA
Fan belts
Posted by bowtiefan on Saturday, July 08, 2017 9:30 PM

What do you folks use for fan belts on 1/24 & 1/25 scale engines?  I've heard of using masking tape.  Do you just cut a thin strip and attach it to the pulleys and then paint it black?  Or is there something better?


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Posted by rit on Sunday, July 09, 2017 9:01 AM

Ihave used 320 wet&dry sandpaper colored black with a sharpie, even 400grit will work. I think the texture looks more like rubber. I have found some small rubber bands at CVS in the hair products section that work well and they are black.I would show a picture of the bands but PB won't let me third party post, time to change!

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  • From: Vacaville, CA
Posted by bowtiefan on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 3:17 PM

I'll check that out.  It does seem like it would look better than masking tape.



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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, July 13, 2017 8:17 AM

Black vinyl electrical tape cut into thin strips works well also. I have also considered thin rubber self amalgamating tape but haven't tried it.

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  • From: jacksonville fla
Posted by oldnslow on Monday, July 24, 2017 7:13 AM

Black pin stipe tape would work , already cut and only a couple bucks a roll .

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Posted by mini man on Monday, July 24, 2017 12:10 PM

The problem with using rubber bands is that they crack after a year or so.

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