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Hi,

 

I know someone here on LSP recently used the FM 32nd scale resin seat belts, and they need to be dunked in hot water to soften enough so that they can be bent to conform to the curves and undulations in aircraft seats.

 

Has anyone tried heating these up in water in a styrofoam cup, in a microwave oven? I wonder if it might speed things up, or if it might irreparably damage the belts. I don't know if the resin detail has much of a "memory" when it cools and sets up in a 'bent' state.

 

Curious as to what the studio audience might think of this approach.

 

david

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Hi,

 

I know someone here on LSP recently used the FM 32nd scale resin seat belts, and they need to be dunked in hot water to soften enough so that they can be bent to conform to the curves and undulations in aircraft seats.

 

Has anyone tried heating these up in water in a styrofoam cup, in a microwave oven? I wonder if it might speed things up, or if it might irreparably damage the belts. I don't know if the resin detail has much of a "memory" when it cools and sets up in a 'bent' state.

 

Curious as to what the studio audience might think of this approach.

 

david

I haven't tried these belts but usually you can heat up a cup of water, (I use a coffee cup with about two minutes of high heat), dip in for about a minute bend to shape until it cools. This works on thin parts, at least with my resin, some of the other more brittle, smelly stuff won't work as well.

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Are they actually resin? I thought they were a form of plastic. Mr Crosby has used them and I think he used hot water to bend them but Thierry's suggestion would be my starting point were I to try them. Might be worth carving a piece of the sprue down to the same thickness as the belt to give you a closer proxy than a big chunk of sprue.

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I've tried them and I like them.  But they're not even close to the scale fidelity of HGW, in my opinion.  I think they'd be great in a closed cockpit, but with opened up stud, the excess thickness of the belts themselves would be apparent.

 

I don't think they're anything even coming close to HGW, but I understand how many detest assembling the fiddly little PE parts with HGW, and these are a very viable second solution.

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I've tried them and I like them.  But they're not even close to the scale fidelity of HGW, in my opinion.  I think they'd be great in a closed cockpit, but with opened up stud, the excess thickness of the belts themselves would be apparent.

 

I don't think they're anything even coming close to HGW, but I understand how many detest assembling the fiddly little PE parts with HGW, and these are a very viable second solution.

Exactly, I bought them for my quick builds. I have Radu, Eduard, and HGW for some builds, but when I just want to ythrow a quickie together, these will work fine. 

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