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1/32 Eduard 1/32 F4U fabric seatbelts

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Just wondering if anyone has some helpful hints/hacks on assembling the Eduard fabric seatbelts for the Tamiya corsair. Thanks.

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I personally can't stand those things and don't think the detail they provide is worth the time/annoyance of making them.  

 

I think most folks here would disagree with me however.

 

One tip is to keep the buckles, etc., on the photo etch sprue while you are threading the seatbelts through them, then cut them off the sprue later.

 

 

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They do look kind of super fiddly. But keeping the pe on the fret does seem sensical. Just wondering why they want one to apply the belts first, then a gloss varnish, then a wash afterwards. I was thinking of assembling them, adding a wash then applying them to the seat. Or is that just wrong?

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I haven't used the Eduard ones yet, but have used the basically identical HGW fabric belts numerous times.  I think Eduard makes the PE for HGW.  The tip to thread the belts with the PE still attached to its fret is the key to assembling them without pulling your hair out.  With the HGW belts, I have found that you should check the length of the harness sections as you are assembling them.  Otherwise, the finished belts often look much too long.

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The fabric is HGW and the pe eduard. Thanks for the tip. OBTW, in the Eduard instructions, what about assembling and putting down washes off seat contrary to eduard's instructions?

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On 9/11/2019 at 12:16 AM, Dainis said:

The fabric is HGW and the pe eduard. Thanks for the tip. OBTW, in the Eduard instructions, what about assembling and putting down washes off seat contrary to eduard's instructions?

I don't see a problem with doing it that way.

 

 

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Rather than using washes that can damp the paper you can slightly drybrush the edges with a lighter oil paint color. This will add some depth and reproduce the tiredness you can commonly see on the edge or folds of such belts. 

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Wash Is necessary, there are stitches engraved by laser on belts, which with wash will pop out. I gloss varnish them prior to wash and matt varnish afterwards.

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