How to make a towing cable (ER-3543)

  • Name: Towing cable for Leclerc MBT
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Item used: ER-3543
  • Author: Stefan Frankiewicz

Step 1 — Cleaning, sanding and masking

Separate resin parts for further cleaning eyelets. Remove thin resin remnants with sharp blade. Please, be careful, sharp blade may hurt you or damage resin part. Clean and polish joining points of resin parts with sandpaper. Use 800–1000 grade sandpaper. To separate eyelet from resin sprue please scratch the line near the part. Use sharp needle and scratch the surface several times. Break the part from the sprue and sand the surface with file and polish with sandpaper.

Step 2 — Fitting of parts

Lay the copper line on the kit in the way you would like to fix it. Check the length of the cable, mark it with pencil and cut off unnecessary part.
Use resin parts for improving your kit — some parts of Tamiya kit (catalogue number #35279) should be prepared in the way shown on both photos above. Holes should be filled and place for hook should be prepared.

Step 3 — Completing

Due to construction of towing cable — several small wires braided around thicker core — remember to add small amount of cyanoacrylate glue (called often CA glue). Each end of towing cable should have rounded cross-section and all small wiresshould be in proper order. Hole in resin eyelet has diameter equal to diameter of complete towing cable.

Step 4 — Priming

Such prepared towing cable should be primed with Mr.Metal Primer or similar primer.

Step 5 — Masking and painting

Please remember to mask gluing areas before painting. It’s very important for proper fixing of parts. Masked elements should be painted with camouflage colours of your choice.