hi all ..is there anyone that can supply the correct rubber toothed blower belts for 1/25 early hemis?..thanks for any feed back~ phil
early hemi blower belt questions
Posted 05 April 2013 - 11:30 PM
Some of the printers have a belt inside and it is made of rubber with a grove on the inside of it.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:26 AM
Check local companies that service vending machines. The ones that take dollar bills have what's called a bill acceptor and some of the belts in those are acceptable.
Another option is if you have a nearby casino, check with the Slot Department Manager. Same deal.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 09:39 AM
thanks for your help guys! ....to me most of the kit belts/ pulleys look to narrow in width...ill check out the printer belts...would be good to find something that had fine teeth similar to the belts used on those 60s /70s engines.....can anyone suggest a good source for period correct pulleys?~phil
Posted 06 April 2013 - 10:45 AM
It's not too difficult to make your own, and it costs virtually nothing. I use electrical tape, and I tape a piece two-inches or so in length and as wide as needed for the blower belt, down on my workmat, sticky side up. I stretch some sprue so it's a good thickness for the belt teeth, and lay it across the tape, cutting it close to the edge of the tape. Repeat until you have all your teeth added, and then trim them to the edge of the tape with a razor blade. Before trimming, push them down to the tape firmly so they'll stay stuck in place. Once they are all added and trimmed to fit, I very lightly dab with some CA glue to hold them in place. This step is critical, because if you use too much CA it will make the belt stiff, and you don't want that. Once the CA dries, shoot the tooth side with some semi-gloss or flat black and you're ready to go.
Edited by Mark Brown, 06 April 2013 - 10:46 AM.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:34 AM
great... thanks for your help mark !...i havnt used ca glue before ..who sells this?`~phil
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:38 AM
CA glue (cyanoacrylate) is another term for "superglue". I use the gel type since it's easier to control. What you don't want is to soak the belt, because that will make it stiff and hard to work with. You just want a very minimal amount of the glue - less than a small drop dabbed on the teeth - enough to keep the teeth attached. Don't get frustrated if your first belt doesn't turn out - learn from that one and try again. Words that scratchbuilders learn to live by.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:42 AM
Google and research "miniature timing belts". The truth is out there.
Posted 07 April 2013 - 03:28 AM
If you're intetrested I could get you some.
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