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Hi All A fellow modeller (Paolo6691) asked me if I could give some tips on how to make seat belt buckles, like those I did for my Gnat and Fokker Dr. I builds. I gave him some tips but I thought I should post them here. Maybe these tips are useful for other modellers. I don't use any special tools, just a pair of straight-nose tweezers for bending the wire and a nº 11 x-acto blade to cut it. I've been using wires from a multi-threaded electrical cable, which are reasonably thin and not too rigid nor too flaccid. I hold the wire between my index finger and thumb, as straight as possible, and start bending it from one extreme. I use the width of the tweezer's tips as a measuring reference: for 1/72 this width is enough for the sides of the buckles. The sides are created by successive bends. I haven't practised much, I just make a new buckle if one doesn't turn out properly. The tools can be seen in this post of my Gnat thread. To make the explanation easier to understand, I've just taken a few pictures of the different steps for making a rectangular buckle. 1. Here's the straight wire and tweezers, preparing for the first bend: 2.The tips hold the extreme of the wire: 3. The first bend is done: 4. The tweezers hold the wire right next to the bend, in order to make the second bend: 5. The second bend is done, this is how the wire is at the moment: 6. The third and last bend is now done: 7. The x-acto blade is used to cut the wire and we have a new buckle Please note that the wire was previously painted with silver paint, because it is a copper wire. I didn't apply primer first, so the paint chipped while I was bending the wire. I would advise you to use primer, if you wish to paint the wires before bending them. If you have a steady hand, you could also paint the wires after glueing them to the tape belts. I hope this was helpful. Cheers Jaime
Good evening all, Could I enquire as to whether anyone would have any photos of the Vulcan rear crew seats with all of the cushions/padding added and any belts and straps that were present on such seats? I've seen numerous photos of the rear crew seats (been lucky enough to have the experience of sitting in one at the Midland Air Museum) and in almost all of those photos, no buckles and straps are present (presumably because they are museum aircraft). What kind of straps were present in operational aircraft? A bit of context-Having abandoned my early attempt failure at creating a 1:35 plasticard vulcan cockpit and getting all of the proportions and structure completely wrong, I embark (with more skill, dare I say) but on a different scale and a different material-card. I'm attempting to make a 1:48 card vulcan, I would post the build process on this website but the photo uploading process is so much easier on the blog compared to here (i'm sorry to say). If anyone fancies having a peek-http://cardvulcan.blogspot.co.uk/ Regards, Sam