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#1 Jantrix

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:01 AM

A while back I had posted my real cloth Mexican blanket that I made using a rather hard to find lint free cloth. The cloths are expensive and not usually carried in your average hardware store. So in response I got a lot of "Nice work and thanks for showing us something we can't do, you knucklehead."

So imagine my surprise when I found the identical material in the most unlikely location. My gun cleaning kit. Gun cleaning patches are made of the VERY SAME STUFF. And you can get them in varying size depending on the caliber of the gun you are buying for. This means you can probably find these lint free cloths/patches in any sporting goods/gun store/WalMart. The brand I have on hand is Gunslick and the patches are 1.5 x 2.5 inches for my .45. I have seen them on the web (Amazon) up to 3x3 inches for 12 gauge shotguns which would be big enough to cover any 1/24 scale seat.

Here's the cloth markers I used from Michael's.

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And used them and the cloth to make this. I first cut the cloth to size and then taped it down with some double faced tape or just some folded over masking tape. I then drew lines with the markers using a good straight edge. Don't press down too hard so you don't get too much ink and end up with colors bleeding into others. Holding it down keeps the cloth from pulling out of shape as you draw your pattern. Let the cloth dry fully before handling the new blanket. Clean hands are an excellent idea too.

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I also used the same material for the top for my Merc.

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I am very happy to finally pass this method on to you guys using materials you can actually find. Totally made my day. I hope you find this useful.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:24 AM

Thanks for the tip..

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:34 AM

Good tip! Love the fact I have a tackle box full of the patches, didn't occur to me they might be useful for modeling. :D

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:48 AM

That's really awesome. Looks great! Thanks.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:09 AM

So Kool!! Now as for matching dingle balls(fringe) in scale ?

Edited by G Holding, 28 October 2012 - 09:10 AM.


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 11:46 AM

Rob, very nice tip. What did you use to make the fringe?

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 12:17 PM

Just some white thread stuck to the back with the aforementioned double faced tape.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 01:40 PM

So Kool!! Now as for matching dingle balls(fringe) in scale ?


anyone come up with a venetian blind for the back of their Hudson? my aunt had one with a visor over the winshield and venetian blind over the back window. Ole!

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

A couple of the high end Japanese luxury tuners...I know those are scarce.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:29 PM

So Kool!! Now as for matching dingle balls(fringe) in scale ?


Working on it.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:48 AM

Very Cool ! That's an excellent tip , cheap , easy , and it looks great !
Thanks Rob .

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 05:52 AM

Great work, Rob. I'll be 'sperimentin' with that one.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:56 AM

Great work, Rob. I'll be 'sperimentin' with that one.


Please do! I'd love to see what you come up with.