In-Box Review
HGW Felixstowe
1/32 Felixstowe 2a Microtextile Seatbelts by HGW #132561.
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by: Stephen T. Lawson [ JACKFLASH ]

Set contains seat belts for 1 WnW kit with 4 seates.
Micro-textile parts can be coated in super glue after placement - it leads to darkening shades and these are also waterproofed and easy to assemble. But you must be deliberate with their construction.
The cardboard insert in the set makes an excellent cutting board.
This set is about 264 Kč = 10.58 USD.

1. Take the precut textile part out of the sheet.
2. Remove supporting paper.
3. Crumple the belt into a little ball and knead it between your fingers.
4. Thread the belts through the buckles - use superglue to hold in place..
5. Put the belts into the seat. (I usually start with placement of the buckled end first and work back to the tiedown).
6. Lightly spray with a gloss varnish. Let dry.
7. Saturate the belts with very thin wash of colour (mix of black and brown) - it will highlight the texture and shadows.
8. Spray by matt varnish.

I have used the HGW Micro-textile belts in some of my builds and can report very pleasing results.
I want to thank Martin Bobek for the review sample.
This set is designed for the 1/32 model kit by Wingnut Wings. It has 25 micro-textile straps and 14 photoetch pieces. it is made using micro-textile sheeting, metallic buckles. The straps are Micro-textile strips which are printed and behave like a tight weave fabric.
  Scale: 1:32
  Mfg. ID: #132561
  Suggested Retail: 264 Kč = 10.58 USD.
  PUBLISHED: May 03, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About Stephen T. Lawson (JackFlash)

I was building Off topic jet age kits at the age of 7. I remember building my first WWI kit way back in 1964-5 at the age of 8-9. Hundreds of 1/72 scale Revell and Airfix kits later my eyes started to change and I wanted to do more detail. With the advent of DML / Dragon and Eduard I sold off my ...

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Very nice products for a mammoth kit!!
MAY 03, 2015 - 10:06 PM
Hi there Great products, but the "micro-textile" bit always makes me giggle slightly as great "marketing-speak" (says he, after a career in the marketing world ) - they are paper (paper is technically a textile). I'm hoping there's a set ready in time before I close up the cockpit on the AEG. All the best Rowan
MAY 04, 2015 - 12:04 AM
Actually the term "Microtextile" speaks about the fine rubber-like weave that is attached to the vinyl straps. No paper involved.
MAY 05, 2015 - 05:36 PM
Hi Stephen No paper involved? At all? It's all rubber and vinyl? Maybe we're looking at totally different products. Have they changed? If not, it's amazing, because all the ones I have are water-absorbent. I think that counts out rubber and vinyl? Believe me, that's not a criticism - it's a really handy characteristic, because it means you can soak off the annoying backing paper that has red lines on it. It's also a really good way to avoid the belts creasing when you mould them to shape. I'm sorry, the ones I have will remain "paper" belts in my mind - and I love them. All the best Rowan
MAY 06, 2015 - 12:33 AM
Hi again Stephen What a prize plonker I am! I've just been playing with a set for another build and realised that the backing paper which I've always laboriously soaked away, is in fact intended to peel off leaving, just as you say... a fabric belt! It's been worth looking daft to find out how to use them properly - I love them even more now! All the best Rowan
MAY 06, 2015 - 10:58 PM
Plonker???? I believe I once did that inflight inverted at twenty feet. Or was it twenty thousand? Any way I survived with a good Story. Irregardless I Do use paper. and paint. Enjoy Captn Tommy
MAY 07, 2015 - 01:07 AM
Cheers Tom I'm now looking at the backing paper as a free set of paper belts. All the best Rowan
MAY 07, 2015 - 01:31 AM

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