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Modern Clamping Tools
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by: Seb Viale [ SEB43 ]


Modern vehicles are usually packed with equipment due to the duration of the mission. It’s normal to see this equipment firmly attached to the vehicle with different tie-downs and buckles.
It was difficult to find ratchet tie downs in 1/35 scale in large numbers in one kit, Pro Art Models clearly fills up this absence with this set.


One PE fret and 10 resin parts plus a B&W instruction set.

The PE fret contains the following clamping tools:
• 14 Ratchet tie-down
• 26 hooks for straps
• 3 chains
• 20 hooks for chains
• 8 complete straps with 3 different components.


The PE chain is a nice addition, maybe harder to use compared to normal chain. The chain hook is great and can be attached to numerous items. No construction needed here.

The ratchet tie-down is composed of 4 PE parts, and you need to add copper wires to complete them. In my opinion, the diameter of the copper wire indicated in the instructions for the handle is too small, (0.4mm), maybe 0.8mm wire will be a better choice. Two small circles representing the cogged teeth need to be glued in place, but it's really hard to see them after construction. Two options of straps are provided, with the adjustment parts utilizing 3 PE parts each.

One piece of information is missing in the instructions, and that is the width of the strap that you need to cut and/or the kind of masking tape that you need to use. The width of the masking tape for the ratchet tie-downs should be 1/16".

The 10 resin parts can be used to represent turnbuckles. They are small and you will need to remove the resin to open up the center section. The hooks are not provided and you will need to fabricate them using copper wire. No jig is provided to assist in this task.


Nice little set for all modern modelers and easy to use. It is regrettable that only one size of ratchet tie-down is provided.
Highs: Nice ratchet tie-down set and chain hooks.
Lows: Only one ratchet-tie down size. Small handle diameter indicated for the ratchet handle. No width of the masking tape indicated.
Verdict: Really easy to use, fast construction. Excellent results.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: PAU-35038
  Suggested Retail: €13
  PUBLISHED: Sep 09, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Seb Viale (seb43)

Back to Europe, I am living in Paris since december 2011 with my Wife. We have a nice 6 years old daughter, and a 3 years Baby boy. I am doing AFV modern era. I started when I was a teenager , back to business after 10 years of break due to Sport (Baseball, yes european plays baseball) and Unive...

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Awesome! Where can I buy them? cheers
SEP 08, 2010 - 11:33 PM
Dirctly from Pro Art Models Pro Art Models Cheers Seb
SEP 09, 2010 - 02:28 AM
For a minute there, i thought Corey Sutton finally got his ratchet straps out on the market. Are they his and he sold the master to Pro Arts or did Pro Arts come out with their own. Anyways, it's good to see them out.
SEP 09, 2010 - 04:27 AM
Pete All the ratchets were already included in the M1078 kit from Pro Art Model released last year. So I do believe that they just gather all the pieces to meet customers' needs. Thanks Seb
SEP 09, 2010 - 04:32 AM
Thats what I get for not paying attention!
SEP 09, 2010 - 04:37 AM
Yeah Epi, those are not mine. I am still trying to work through all the financial issues I have. It's tough having a family that needs all your money. Every time I think I am getting ahead, something happens and the funds have to go elsewhere. I am still working on it though.
SEP 09, 2010 - 06:15 AM
A very competent review, but 98% for a kit with so many "lows"?
SEP 10, 2010 - 03:39 AM
Bill IMHO The lows does not affect the quality of the kit. Cheers Seb
SEP 10, 2010 - 03:51 AM
Fair enough, Dude!
SEP 10, 2010 - 04:10 AM

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