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Whats up with water bottles taped to antennas?

August 9 2017 at 11:00 AM
Tabb Tharrington  (Login rttharrington)
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I see this practice done in a lot of pictures of modern AFVs in the Middle East. What is the purpose of the water bottles on the antenna? Is it to add weight for some reason?

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Andrew deeley
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Re: Whats up with water bottles taped to antennas?

August 9 2017, 11:18 AM 

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John Tapsell
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August 9 2017, 3:30 PM 


It's a common way to carry chem lights to ID friendlies at night. The empty bottles provide a simple, clear, waterproof container that can be taped or attached to the aerial - The chem lights can be replaced quickly and easily just by unscrewing the cap of the bottle.

In 1/35 there are a couple of simple ways to replicate the water bottle/chem light.

For a previous project I used a cut-down Academy water bottle from their generic modern clear sprue that they supply in some kits (cut down from the '2 litre' to represent a '1 litre' bottle).

I drilled a hole down into the bottle from the cap end and then filled it with paint (carefully, to avoid getting it on the outside of the bottle). Finally I painted the 'cap' in blue. The whole thing sits upside down on the aerial and was attached with a couple of thin strips of Tamiya tape (pre-painted and cut to length)


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Brian Cavet
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So they can find it in the parking lot!!!!!

August 16 2017, 4:08 PM 


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