How to make a towing cable (ER-3553)

How to make a towing cable (ER-3553)

Set can be used with the following AFVs:

  • Name: Towing cables for KTO Rosomak
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Item used: ER-3553
  • 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

    Prepare all parts needed to complete main towing cables, support towing cables and winch cable. Be careful and don’t mix eyelets and copper line segments. The best idea is to put parts in three different areas of your desk.

    Step 3 — Completing main towing cable

    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 main towing cable section should have 54-55 mm lenght each.

    Step 4 — Completing support towing cable

    As you may see, support towing cable have different ends — metal eyelet from one side and rope loop from another. Glueing eyelet end is repeating instruction from Step 3. Below is instruction how to glue other end. Glue line into one of the holes in resin tube. Form line in small loop. Cut off excessing part of the line, put the line into the second hole in resin tube and glue it with CA glue. Such prepared ending of the line can be glued to the end of the support towing cable.

    Step 4 — Completing winch cable

    Prepare winch cable just like main towing cable (Step 3). Glue eyelet to the one end of the line, another one should be wound onto a winch drum.

    Step 5 — Priming

    Such prepared towing cable should be primed with Mr.Metal Primer, Mr.Primer Surfacer 1000 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. All cables should be painted with light steel colour and can be painted with dark wash to make details more visible. Eyelets should be painted with matt aluminium colour and we can use the same wash as earlier. Lines shouldn’t be weathered with rust — steel used for cables is stainless and Rosomak APCs are new and cared by their crews so any rust is very unlikely.]]>