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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 12:49 PM
How can you scratch build seat belts for a 1/25 scale car? I am talking about both the lap belts, and the type that are in the front seats of all cars. Thanks in advance.
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Posted by ThomasA3D on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 1:02 PM
From what I've learned from this forum and several other places (I havent tried any of them yet):
Bare-Metal foil painted black, thin ribbon, masking tape, surgical tape and then some photo-etched seatbelt hardware.
Here's a good link:
http://www.briansmodelcars.com/tutorials/tutorial.asp?TutorialID=27&CurPage=1

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Posted by dubix88 on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 2:13 PM
HEY,
I know that they make some great ones for aftermarket accossries, but if you want to do it yourself, masking tape is the way togo. Just fold it until you get the desired width and paint it whatever color you want. I use Bare Metal foil folded over the end of the tape and over itself for the buckels, but it doesnt look the greatest. If any of you guys know a way to make the buckels, tell us please! Tahnks alot and i hope this helps.

Randy
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Posted by midnightprowler on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 4:21 PM
I use either 1/16" craft ribbon, or masking tape for the belts, and have made buckles and latches from thin sheet plastic cut to shape I need, and either foiled or painted silver or aluminum.
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Posted by dubix88 on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 5:07 PM
HEY,
Cool, thanks alot for the buckels lee.

Randy
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 9:01 PM
I had some luck using Aluminum foil for seat belts....
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, November 30, 2003 10:20 PM
I have used 1/16" ribbon it's cheap and easy to find at any fabric store . I use detail master buckles.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, December 10, 2003 1:36 PM
the masking tape from tamiya is great for the seat belts
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Posted by vinnietbird on Saturday, December 13, 2003 12:36 PM
I go to Hobby-Lobby and go to the fabric dept.and get some of their thinnest ribbon.It comes in nearly any color,and I got 15 feet for $1.CHEAP!And,it is scale for 1/25 and 1/24.It also fits into the photo-etched seat belt buckles.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, December 13, 2003 9:56 PM
I've always used painted masking tape.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 14, 2003 6:44 PM
i might have to try this for my next projects.

jared
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, December 14, 2003 7:47 PM
Ditto on the masking tape. That's the best I've found so far. I also make my buckles from aluminum cans. Kinda a pain in the rear sometimes, but it looks good if you have a template to keep everything even.
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Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, January 18, 2004 4:15 PM
the ribbon works the best i have found i have made buckels out of the metal rings on the necks of wine bottles it works well
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Posted by kevlar86 on Sunday, January 18, 2004 7:52 PM
QUOTE: Originally posted by msracer

I have used 1/16" ribbon it's cheap and easy to find at any fabric store . I use detail master buckles.


Sign - Ditto ribbon is cheap easy to find and looks real when used with PE buckles. Smile
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 11:44 AM
Medical tape found at Drug stores for taping up fingers works great. Its the right texture, too. It comes in white so painting it is easy. The back is adhesive, so I fold it iver once and trim out my belts from that. White glue or CA will adhere them and stiffen them up if you want to bend them into certain positions.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 1:58 PM
I just finished putting seat belts in my latest project. I used 1/32 thick ribbon, but it was too shiny and wide and when I cut it, it frayed. So, I coated a section with Elmers glue and let it dry. It gave the ribbon a matte look, and now it cuts very nicely with no fraying at all. I topped off the ends with Detail Master seat belt accessories. It turned out better than I had expected. Here's the DM Seat Belt set:



Here's where to get it:

http://www.scaledreams.com/index.htm
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 3:19 PM
I have tried and used many of the above methods for making seat belts and they all have their strong points. I tried something new (for me anyway) today. Since I build a lot of race cars I needed a reference photo for a harness assy. I went to the Simpson Safety web site and downloaded a photo of one of their harnesses. Then I had a brainstorm (well, for me anyway), I brought the photo into my drawing program (Appleworks) and shrunk it to scale. I printed it on regular paper, cut it away with a new #11 blade, touched up the colors on both sides with Sharpies and added some BMF to the hardware in order to give it more of a "3D" look. Glued it to the seat. Man that was easy! Looks incredibly realistic.
And I didn't lose any photoetched parts in the carpet!
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Posted by Hoser on Wednesday, January 21, 2004 6:35 PM
I'm gonna have to jump on the craft ribbon bandwagon, too. It's inexpensive, the texture looks great, there is a big assortment of colors and one spool will last you (and your buddies) forever.
A tip: If you already have a set of photoetched buckles, take them with you to the craft store. Depending on the manufacturer, PE buckles and ribbon widths can vary slightly so compare and get an exact fit.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, January 29, 2004 5:05 PM
that brians model place is a good tutorial and has a good message board on it too. I havent done seat belts yet but i might make them when i become a lil more advanced in my building
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, February 17, 2004 8:22 AM
For all you guys trying to cut the masking tape nice and even, here's a little tip i came across while looking for substitute seatbelts for 1/48 scale aircraft. Get an exacto knife and put TWO #11 blades in the holder side-by-side, then cut as normal. you'll get an even width the whole way down. Smile
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Posted by crzyhorse on Wednesday, February 18, 2004 5:44 PM
If you BMF the end of masking tape, you should be able to cut the latch to shape. the buckle could be a double layer of tape BMF'd (that sounds WAY to much like a curse LOL) detail it with ultrafine sharpies and voila seat belts
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Posted by james63 on Thursday, May 5, 2005 11:35 AM
Thank you Idontknow for the link to scaledreams. Really came in handy to find that buckle set. Thank you again!!
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Posted by F50 on Thursday, June 2, 2005 10:07 PM
If you're good with the Xacto, you can use aluminum cans and cut out what you need from that. I use cans for quite a few things like linkages and engine brackets...
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 17, 2005 2:54 PM
I use 3M surgical tape painted black with Detail Masters factory seatbelt hardware kit. They look awesome in my 69' Daytona.Alien
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Posted by 7055 on Monday, July 4, 2005 3:27 PM
Suede ribbon and photoetched seatbelt hardware:


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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, July 4, 2005 4:29 PM
masking tape or ribbon works best
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Posted by 7055 on Monday, July 4, 2005 6:16 PM
Masking tapes easiest to get a hold of but I prefer suede ribbon the most. Normal ribbon which is what I used in the pics doesn't have the best texture to it.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 7, 2005 10:32 PM
Not much help, are you seven?

Cool
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, July 7, 2005 10:54 PM
If youm can't help why should I ask?

Cool

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