Here you got a quick SBS about how I made the tiny tie-downs for the S-Models Wiesel. Far from being a difficult task, to say the truth, I was surprised to see how well it turned out at the end, beign easier and faster than I originaly thought!
PIC 1.- Tools and supplies: a strip of styrene, drill bit, modelling knife, ruler and sanding paper.
PIC 2.- Next step is to make as much holes as needed. It is important to make them not so close or the resulting drilled styrene strip will become too fragile! I used the ruler to have them alligned and spaced easily.
PIC 3.- Here you got the drilling work done!
PIC 4.- Now we need to cut the styrene to have a drilled strip.
PIC 5.- No surprises here!
PIC 6.- To start working with our first tie-down, we need to have more or less the same plastic width in three sides. Just check it before cutting!
PIC 7.- Now we can start sanding. Here you can use your favourite weapon: file, sand paper or sanding spounge. I used the latter with an #800 grain. I would not suggest you to use smaller numbers -larger grain- because you can have more sanding control with the finer ones.
PIC 8.- We have now the rounded edge of our first tie-down!
PICs 9 & 10.- THIS IS NOT MANDATORY!
Let´s see... I did not try to have my first tie-down finnished yet but to continue with the sanding work with the nexts ones. So I did not worry to cut it at the exact size at this point but to make the cut at the proper distance for the following!
PIC 11.- So here we have out first tie-down almost finished and the second one in the same stage as in pic 6! Repeat those steps -from 6 to 10- as much as needed! So simple!
PIC 12.- An the final step is to cut every tie-down to its proper size.
And that´s all! No black magic here! Just modelling basics at its best!