How to make a towing cable (ER-3567)

How to make a towing cable (ER-3567)

Set can be used with the following AFVs:

  • Name: Towing cable for M88A1 ARV
  • Scale: 1/35
  • Item used: ER-3567
  • Author: Stefan Frankiewicz
  • This set allows you to replace all the corded ropes from the AFV Club kit with metal cables:
    • towing cable with resin eyelets (thicker cable),
    • main winch cable with resin eyelets (thicker cable),
    • crane mast support cable with resin eyelets (thicker cable),
    • crane support cable (thinner cable).
    In addition, the set includes 4 pieces of resin tarpaulins.

    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

    In order to select the correct length of the metal ropes, follow strictly the instructions in the assembly manual of the M88A1 AFV Club model. The lengths of the ropes should be exactly as given in the manual.

    Step 3 — Gluing

    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.

    Step 4 — Completing

    The cargo hanging on the crane hook is for illustration purposes only and is not included in the kit. However, if you want to get a realistic effect of the tensioned ropes, it is a good idea to hang a small load in the form of some item that fits the model kit, such as a removed engine from the vehicle. One of the resin tarpaulins is fitted to part G1 from the kit, the others can be used according to your own invention.

    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.]]>