How to make a towing cable (ER-3546)

How to make a towing cable (ER-3546)

Set can be used with the following AFVs:

  • Name: British towing cable Mark IV for WWII British Tanks and SPGs
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Item used: ER-3546
  • 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 and cut 8 line segments 46 mm lenght each — 2 towing cables, 4 segments for each.

    Step 3 — Glueing

    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 wires should be in proper order. Hole in resin eyelet has diameter equal to diameter of complete towing cable. Glue line segments in pairs to the eyelets and into the resin joining part. Such completed towing cable should have 130 mm lenght.

    Step 4 — Completing

    Join both lines with the ring. Tank crews attached that ring on towing hook while towing cable eyelets were attached to the towed vehicle. During towing cable looked like “V” letter.

    Step 5 — Priming

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

    Step 6 — 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.]]>