Very easy to use. No painting needed, just
remove the pre-cut belts from the backing paper, thread them though the
buckles and fit them to your model.
The straps can be set to whatever length you need, just as on the real
The set includes one sheet of photo etched parts with the buckles and
clasps, one set of pre-cut paper straps (beige), one piece of pre-cut
padding for the lab-belt (brown), and a detailed assembly guide.
Suitable for any type of US-manufactured aircraft from mid-30s to the
middle of World War 2. Also these belts were sold in Navy/Army Surplus
stores after WWII and were widely used in countless sports cars and race
cars through the '50s, '60s and beyond.
The "paper" used on these seatbelts has a high rag content and no
lignin (meaning that it is actually a "textile" material), it is acid
free and died in the grain. Why is this better than "fabric"? Fabric was
considered and tested, then it was abandoned for the following reasons:
- Fabric is hard to cut
properly. The edges will often fray. The paper used on these seatbelts
will always keep a well-defined edge.
- The paper used on these seatbelts is extremely easy to "set" and stay
on the model if you moisten it slightly. Fabric tends to be "springy"
and will not settle like real seatbelts.
- Real seatbelts have a very "tight" and "solid" look about them.
Seatbelt strap weaves are usually quite fine and the threads tend to be
around 1mm on the coarsest materials, but usually they are much finer.
In scale 1/32 such coarse thread would be 0.03mm, which is basically one
fifth of the thickness of a human hair. There is no way such weave or
thread could ever be visible on accurately-scaled straps. The paper used
on these seatbelts provides the correct "tight" and "solid" look of the
- "Fabrics" tends to have a "plain weave" respectively a perpendicular
"over and under" pattern. No seatbelt material is ever woven like that -
most of them tend to be a "twill pattern". Furthermore, no matter how
tightly the fabric is woven, on the fabric material used for "fabric"
seatbelts there are fine gaps between the threads and as a result the
seatbelt will be slightly translucent. The paper used on these seatbelts
provides the correct thickness and opacity of the real thing.