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#1 OFFLINE   technica

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:27 AM

There is a budget model car you like very much. Everything looks ok to you until you realise the seat belts look like this:
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It's horrible...

Here's a guide to make a better looking seat belts without spending much money.

Things you need:
1. Two styrene sheet or rectangular rods (one thicker than the other).
2. A little piece of thin wire.
3. Ribbon.
4. Hand drill (0.4mm bit).
5. Red and Black paints.

Step 1: Cut a piece of the thinner styrene rod to the width of the ribbon:
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Step 2: Using a hand drill (0.4mm drill bit for my example), drill two holes each on the cut out styrene:
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Step 3: Bend the piece of wire into half like this and cut out a small length of it. This will be the tongue. Repeat for the other side:
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Step 4: Now push the ends of the wire to the styrene and it should look like this:
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Step 5: Using the thicker piece of styrene rod, cut out two pieces, proportional to the size of the tongue. This will be the buckles:
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Step 6: Paint the buckles and tongues and install it on your model car. Glue the buckle to the side of the seats and the tongue to the belt. They now look better don't they?
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Edited by technica, 06 August 2013 - 07:22 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:03 AM

WOW thanks Technica this is a really cool and helpful tutorial thanks.
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 01:59 AM

You are a legend technica, I always thought guys have to get the PE belt buckles, but your one looks just as good or even more realistic.... thanks for sharing the tips mate...
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Posted 05 August 2013 - 05:06 AM

Really useful tutorial, seatbelts make all the difference to a model.

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:30 AM

Excellent work technica - makes all the difference!  :10: One of my pet hates is those old seatbelts that look like strips of licorice!!! :gaah:

Thanks for taking the time to post your tutorial!  :occasion14:

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:16 AM

That is awesome mate.  Great tute and a great idea.  You must need nerves of steel to drill those 0.4mm holes in that styrene though !! LOL.  Not a job for a Saturday morning !!!

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 03:09 PM

Simple. Cheap. Nice. Great looking. Amazing result for the buck. What else do you need? Great tutorial Technica   :clap:

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:21 PM

 boss4LIFE, on 05 August 2013 - 01:03 AM, said:

WOW thanks Technica this is a really cool and helpful tutorial thanks.
Thanks BOSS!

 CarNut, on 05 August 2013 - 01:59 AM, said:

You are a legend technica, I always thought guys have to get the PE belt buckles, but your one looks just as good or even more realistic.... thanks for sharing the tips mate...
Thanks CarNut, PE accessories will definitely look better but mine is a cheaper alternative... :)

 guywithazonda, on 05 August 2013 - 05:06 AM, said:

Really useful tutorial, seatbelts make all the difference to a model.
Thanks!

 mairandeddy, on 05 August 2013 - 10:30 AM, said:

Excellent work technica - makes all the difference!  :10: One of my pet hates is those old seatbelts that look like strips of licorice!!! :gaah:

Thanks for taking the time to post your tutorial!  :occasion14:
Cheers Eddy! Thanks for the compliment!  :occasion14:

 B1N9S, on 05 August 2013 - 11:16 AM, said:

That is awesome mate.  Great tute and a great idea.  You must need nerves of steel to drill those 0.4mm holes in that styrene though !! LOL.  Not a job for a Saturday morning !!!
LOL B1N9S. You have to be totally sober to do it.  :lol:

 schuifelhoofd, on 05 August 2013 - 03:09 PM, said:

Simple. Cheap. Nice. Great looking. Amazing result for the buck. What else do you need? Great tutorial Technica   :clap:
Thanks schuifehoofd!

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:22 PM

Just when I thought I can finally put the Humvee in the done pile you had to point out that its factory budget seatbelts are trash...Oh well I like working on it. Thanks for sharing
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Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:40 PM

 E Rod_017, on 06 August 2013 - 09:22 PM, said:

Just when I thought I can finally put the Humvee in the done pile you had to point out that its factory budget seatbelts are trash...Oh well I like working on it. Thanks for sharing

Oops...  :lol:
I know it won't be too hard for you to work on these... :)

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Posted 06 August 2013 - 11:13 PM

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Posted 08 August 2013 - 10:46 AM

Use photo-eched Tremonia seat belts from eBay Germany, its easier.
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Posted 08 August 2013 - 02:14 PM

 thebigmacmoomin, on 08 August 2013 - 10:46 AM, said:

Use photo-eched Tremonia seat belts from eBay Germany, its easier.

Spoilsport !!! ;P

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Posted 11 August 2013 - 06:36 PM

 thebigmacmoomin, on 08 August 2013 - 10:46 AM, said:

Use photo-eched Tremonia seat belts from eBay Germany, its easier.
Yeah but that defeats the whole purpose of the tutorial (totally).  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:  :rolleyes:

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