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Widowson15 Jun 2020 7:52 p.m. PST

Anyone who's ever worked with 54mm figures knows that crossbelts aren't as simple as they would appear to be.

Were crossblelts cut curved to better shape to the body, or were they straight belts just wrapped around?

William Warner15 Jun 2020 8:07 p.m. PST

Straight belts wrapped around.

T Corret Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2020 5:21 a.m. PST

They started straight and flat when new, but like your leather belt, slowly confirmed to the body's shape with use. Belting was supposed to last for years, so there was plenty of time for it to "break-in." If you are making 54mm figures, a curved cut of the strap will fit the shoulder better. Some modellers use strips of metal tubes from ointments or old timey tooth paste which will bend and stretch to fit the model better. Also, sink the straps into the figure by removing buttons, trim, and some off the figure itself from understanding the belt. I hope this is what you were asking.

Widowson16 Jun 2020 7:26 p.m. PST

Sort of glad to hear all that. Straight belts are much easier to cut from paper, especially at 1/72. Tough to get them wrapped around the figure, but I think I'll secure them at the shoulder, let dry, and then wrap and glue at critical points.


Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP17 Jun 2020 1:53 a.m. PST

Agree with TC. Having made real belts from real leather and used for reenactment that is exactly what happens.
of course our modern stuff is a lot more refined than 200 yrs ago.

Models are tricky, removed details as cited is a good option. Also using a heavier grade material that retains its shape (Plastruct is used in model railways) can help too.

von Winterfeldt17 Jun 2020 3:43 a.m. PST

I agree with T Corret, after a while the cross belts will sort of adapt, especially the shoulder parts.

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