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Old 06-06-2005, 04:35 PM   #1
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Tutorial: Working U.S. Equipment Lift-Dot Fasteners

My first two "tutorial" type posts were for German helmet detailing. This one is for us U.S. fans. With the advent of the Dragon RTV cloth pouches, canteen covers, and soon cartridge belts, I wanted to do a small upgrade that puts these over the top.

I saw a post by Rob Caswell about using molded copies of the BBI U.S. clasp to upgrade U.S. equipment. I liked the idea and thought I would try to take it a step further and make the molded clasp into a "working" clasp. Now this is not the same as Hank's real working clasps, but it does a representative job. Hey, I have 40 guys to upgrade.

(Update: CVI is now selling molded lift-dot fasteners, so you can buy those and skip the molding process if you want.)

The following photo "tutorial" is pretty much self-explanatory. But step one is buy a BBI carbine. Buy mold making material (I use Alumalite kits from the local hobby shop). Pull the clasp off the BBI carbine web sling and mold up a bunch of them. It's easy but time consuming.

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Old 06-06-2005, 05:13 PM   #2
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Great schtuff Steve. Good to see this resurface for safe keeping.
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Old 06-10-2005, 01:45 AM   #3
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Schweet indeed!!!

I have always loved the BBI working lift the dot fasteners, but they are in such limited supply.

This is a great idea to turn Rob's product into a working model.

Have you done this using his? It seems the BBI versions are a tad bigger and would seem to be easier to work with. I am old and my eyes and patience are worn out....

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Old 06-11-2005, 05:38 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tutorial!
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Old 06-13-2005, 07:00 PM   #5
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I did a few of these last night using some sturdy black coated 18-gauge wire instead of the brass pin. Worked out rather well.

Thanks again for the toot.
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Old 09-04-2005, 01:13 AM   #6
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Great tutorial. I will have to give it a try. Where did you get the brass pins? :S
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Old 09-04-2005, 11:22 AM   #7
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Nice work! I just did a bunch too, but used the CVI fasteners. They're not expensive and have the great detail, too. Use a .031 drill bit, .032 brass wire, super glue the wire to the trimmed plastic backing and cut the wire to size. I pre-guesstimated the wire length, then sanded the exposed wire tip end round. Next step: weather them up!
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Old 09-04-2005, 09:37 PM   #8
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Dougmo,

I assume I can find the drill bits and brass pins at any craft store?
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Old 09-05-2005, 12:31 AM   #9
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I got brass wire and a set of micro drill bits at a local hobby shop. Let me know if you need a nudge in the right direction-
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Old 09-05-2005, 12:41 AM   #10
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Sure, it would be a big help.
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:29 AM   #11
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I think any well-stocked hobby/figure outlet would have "the goods". I got mine from Old Guard Hobbies in the Detroit area, but check around. Micro-Mark is great for detail tools, bits, etc. My 20-bit set goes from .0135-.039, I think a pretty standard item. Also, the spray was Testors Model Master Metalizer (Gunmetal). With a little pencil lead it looks good to me-
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Old 09-05-2005, 02:02 AM   #12
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Thanks for the info. I will look around. I appreciate your help.
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