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Steel Tow Cables
Steel Tow Cables
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


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Armorama

Introduction

RMG Resin Models has sent Armorama samples of their cables for replicating tow cables on vehicles of all types. The samples sent cover four sizes of cable which are 0.6, 0.8, 1 and 1.2mm.

Review

These cables are all supplied in a length of 700mm, they are supplied coiled inside Ziploc bags with a card hanger, the card hanger also contains the information reference cable size the cables are described as ‘steel rope line’ but it is clearly identified as a copper cable on the packet. The decision of RMG Resin Models to use copper is an excellent choice as it uncoils and takes shapes very easily with the minimum of effort, this will allow the cable to easily take the shapes required by the modeller, be that placed around attachment points on a vehicle or sag where the cable is loose or hanging down. The cable may be copper but is burnished in appearance, I guess this has been done via a chemical process.

The cable itself appears to be six cables wrapped around a seventh, judging from the dissection I performed; this does result in a very realistic appearance to the cable. The softness of the cable is a blessing and a curse when it comes to cutting the cable to length for use, the reason being that it is easily crushed when being cut. With that said as the cable ends are to be inserted in holes in the cable eyelets this aspect does not really matter. Compared to the stiff wires supplied by some companies and the string supplied by others this product is a blessing that we could all do with having a selection of on the modelling shelf.

Conclusion

These cables from RMG Resin Models are realistic to my eye, they are easily shaped and are available in a selection of six diameters. The length the cable is supplied in should be enough for at least a couple of models, and so it gives you time to order replacements as needed. The only possible downside to this product could be price as I do not know what they cost.
SUMMARY
Highs: These cables are flexible, realistic and a good selection of sizes available.
Lows: There are no negatives I am aware of at this time.
Verdict: Well worth having a selection to hand if like me you hate the cotton cables included in some kits or struggle with the stiff cables offered by some others.
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: RM005 - RM016
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 29, 2015
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 87.16%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 86.67%

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)
FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM

I have been building model kits since the early 70’s starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70’s, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Comments

Jean contacted me immediately. The web page and shipping computations are incorrect and he is attempting to correct them. The main page now has a note to contact him about shipping costs. Shipping is 8,50 euro for the packet I described in my previous post. Yes I am ordering the cables and typewriter. Tony
JUL 09, 2015 - 12:38 AM
Received an email from Jean at LaMaquette and Ricardo at RMG. Jean sent me a corrected invoice. Ricardo also responded immediately and noted that he has the cables available for shipment. All in all both men are very professional, friendly and willing to answer questions and solve problems immediately and deserve our support. Tony
JUL 09, 2015 - 07:41 PM
I am glad your issue was resolved to your satisfaction. I do believe you will be happy with the cables and I look forward to seeing the moulding quality of RMG.
JUL 09, 2015 - 08:55 PM
I am very satisfied with the performance of both parties. THere are times suppliers get pilloried by forum members. Some deserved, some not. Smooth transactions are the norm and we seldom hear about good service. It's come to be expected. It's when a problem occurs and how it is handled displays the character and quality of the business. Jean at LaMaquette deserves kudos for the way he handled my transaction. He recalculated the shipping cost and sent an invoice immediately. Within minutes of receiving my payment he sent shipping confirmation and a second apology for the glitch in his system. Couldn't ask for better service. THe cost of shipping was very reasonable. Read: inexpensive. And..... it was not a monster order. Only around 20 Euro.
JUL 10, 2015 - 07:54 PM
I have shared some very nice email with Ricardo at RMG as well. I have two sets of the M1A1/M1A2 tow cables on the way for $16 US after the shipping. Like you say, I have to see them for myself. Thank you for the contact Darren!
JUL 10, 2015 - 08:26 PM
I am pleased to hear that Ricardo has managed to meet your requirements and at a cost that is acceptable.
JUL 11, 2015 - 01:55 AM
I received the cables yesterday. Transit time to Northern Ca. was about what I expected. The cables are VERY nice. THey have a left hand twist (facing the end). SInce they are copper they hold the shape you bend them into. There is no spring back. Very easy to do figure eight loops over bumpers or through shackles. Same for tight loops. Putting a kink in them duplicates kinking in the real world. Unfrazzling the ends and unwinding a couple of strands duplicates a cable broken by overstressing. THey take paint very well. I used Tamiya gray black and over painted it with enamel track rust to very nice effect. MM metalizer gun metal looks pretty nice also. Shadow black and Model AIr natural steel woks well too. Any of the rust colors from prepared to home brewed will look good. The assortment of sizes makes for lots of applications. FInal thought: Worth the wait. Worth the money.
JUL 22, 2015 - 05:06 AM
Thank you for the finishing ideas Tony! Great post and looking forward to getting some of these. All the best-Stuart
JUL 22, 2015 - 07:49 AM
My order arrived safely in the mail today. Much appreciated RMG as they look great! Thanks!
AUG 02, 2015 - 11:34 PM
We broke our quick reply box. Working on it. Until fixed go to topic to reply.
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