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Help needed with Rifle Straps

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Madman, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. Madman New Member

    I was wondering if some members could give me some advice on making rifle straps look realistic? Specifically the ones that are resin, like come in the Alpine kits. They are typically a straight piece of Resin. How do you make them curve and look like they are laying in a natural position. I assume they need to be heated but I'm having difficulty figuring out the best way. Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. winfield Active Member

    Hot water or hair dryer.
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  3. Nap A Fixture

    Agree there , you could replace them with cut lead sheeting if needed

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  4. Madman New Member

    Thanks do you know where I could get some lead sheeting? I think I will try that route.
  5. MattMcK. PlanetFigure Supporter

    Buy yourself a nice bottle of wine with a cork covered in heavy foil. That is a great material and you can have a drink to celebrate your figure!
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  6. arj A Fixture

  7. fogie A Fixture

    Do you ever use tubes of Tomato or Garlic Puree ? If so when they're
    finished, open them up with scissors, and clean. You'll then have a ready
    supply of rifle straps, reins, or most other 'leather work'

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  8. MCPWilk A Fixture

    I use the sort of heat gun aeromodellers use to get rid of the creases on their wings to soften the resin. However I much prefer using pewter sheet which is better than lead because the latter often develops 'lead disease' with age.

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  9. Babelfish A Fixture

    Those things are the bane of my modelling life. I hate doing them, but they are a necessary evil.

    - Steve
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  10. Chrisr PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have used heavy duty brown paper with success.
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  11. Nap A Fixture


    Bit like horses reins ...I have 2 very long ones to do !

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  12. Airkid PlanetFigure Supporter

    Depending on scale, I use the "Kabuki" type yellow masking tape (Tamiya do it in various widths). I double it on itself, cut a strip of the required width, and superglue it in place. That works well for smaller scales such as the Alpine kits you mention. For larger scale, pewter sheet or lead strip is good. Neither superglue very well though.

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  13. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Heavier art paper works a treat ( I use water to soften it and pva to set it ) for straps but as said a hair drier will soften a resin strap and then gravity will do the rest :)

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