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#1 curt raitz

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 10:30 AM

I will show you how I made these wire mesh screens:
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It all started when I was using the aftermarket detail set for the Ferrari 312 T2, low and behold only 11 of the 12 screens were in the package. As I was pondering this situation, I noticed the Micro Punch Set on the bench, checked out my stash of screens and all I needed was a way to form the screen.
The 312 T2 kit has glass half-round tips that are to be used as intake screens...quite realistic I must add Posted Image I super-glued glued one of these on an old paint brush handle to create a forming tool.
So for my most current 1/20 F! build pictured above - the Tamiya Ferrari 312T3 I made 12 screens, as the kit has none
Here's the tools I use:
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After selecting a hole on the punch set, slide the screen into place:
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Place the forming tool into the opening and apply gentile but firm pressure to cause a depression in the screen:
Posted Image

Inspecting the depression in the screen prior to cutting:
Posted Image

Place screen back in the punch set. The trick to punching is to have the punch suspended as you punch the screen out.
Just give the punch one quick tap and presto, a perfectly cut intake screen
The 1st time I did this, didn't have anything to catch the screen, which went flying,,,never did find.
Now i place a piece of cloth over and between the jaws of a vice and thusly I'm able to catch the screens:
Posted Image

End result is bunch of screens in a matter of minutes...
Posted Image
Hope this helps you when your in need of some home made intake screens
Note: obtaining fine mesh screen could be problem, I've had my stash for so many years I forgot where I got it.
thanx for lookin Posted Image

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:10 AM

This is one of the most useful tutorials I've seen around here, and applies to a multitude of purposes. Many thanks.

#3 Peter Lombardo

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:21 AM

That is very well done, Curt. The fine mesh screen is available in many hobby shops...especially ones that handle HO train stuff. They often sell it as chain link fencing material. Also, I have seen it in shops that specialize in radio control airplanes. I will retro fit some of my earlier Tamiya 1/20 F1 kits that don't have the intake screens as of yet. Thanks.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 11:48 AM

very nice


if this forum had the option of giving members reputation points you would have gotten a positive point for this tutorial


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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:10 PM

Whats Raul gonna do with that idea????????


Well Done Curt!!

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:32 PM

Excelent explination Curt, Thank You.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:43 PM

reusable coffee filters have fine mesh also

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 02:13 PM

I got some mesh like that at Texas Art Supply. That's only good info for you guys in the Houston area, but other well-stocked art supply places might have something useful.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:08 PM

The forming tool could be made from solid brass rod and a bench grinder. This would be a great article for a certain VERY useful model car(s) magazine.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:53 PM

you can get brass screens at your local tobacco shop, pipe screens.
also in the plumbing dept faucet screens. :)

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 03:56 PM

Where's a good place to get a punch set of that size? Neat tip!


I got this one from Micro-Mark: https://www.micromark.com
it's part #83513, price is a little steep...$39.95
it can be used for many applications in our hobby...

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 04:34 PM

Nice job Curt! I know you had planned on doing this tutorial awhile ago. Glad to see it here.
Now, all you need to do is submit this to the Model Cars Mag crew for print.
Like you said, this has many more uses than just screen intakes.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 03:38 PM

[Great job Curt; thanks for taking the time to share this. Please excuse my tired ole eyes and tell me about the forming tool. What is yours and what exactly is it for. I assume making the screen a certain shape, but what shape? Sorry to be so thick.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:18 AM

[Great job Curt; thanks for taking the time to share this. Please excuse my tired ole eyes and tell me about the forming tool. What is yours and what exactly is it for. I assume making the screen a certain shape, but what shape? Sorry to be so thick.


Just an old paint brush with a plastic globe superglued to it. It has round shape to form a nice round bump in the screen prior to punching it out.
The beauty of the punch is you get a perfect circle cut of the screen...ever tried cutting a perfect circle in a little bitty piece of screen?

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 07:24 AM

Great tutorial :angry: Now I can start on that Cosworth-Ford DFV I've been putting off.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:12 AM

I will show you how I made these wire mesh screens:
Posted Image
It all started when I was using the aftermarket detail set for the Ferrari 312 T2, low and behold only 11 of the 12 screens were in the package. As I was pondering this situation, I noticed the Micro Punch Set on the bench, checked out my stash of screens and all I needed was a way to form the screen.
The 312 T2 kit has glass half-round tips that are to be used as intake screens...quite realistic I must add Posted Image I super-glued glued one of these on an old paint brush handle to create a forming tool.
So for my most current 1/20 F! build pictured above - the Tamiya Ferrari 312T3 I made 12 screens, as the kit has none
Here's the tools I use:
Posted Image

After selecting a hole on the punch set, slide the screen into place:
Posted Image

Place the forming tool into the opening and apply gentile but firm pressure to cause a depression in the screen:
Posted Image

Inspecting the depression in the screen prior to cutting:
Posted Image

Place screen back in the punch set. The trick to punching is to have the punch suspended as you punch the screen out.
Just give the punch one quick tap and presto, a perfectly cut intake screen
The 1st time I did this, didn't have anything to catch the screen, which went flying,,,never did find.
Now i place a piece of cloth over and between the jaws of a vice and thusly I'm able to catch the screens:
Posted Image

End result is bunch of screens in a matter of minutes...
Posted Image
Hope this helps you when your in need of some home made intake screens
Note: obtaining fine mesh screen could be problem, I've had my stash for so many years I forgot where I got it.
thanx for lookin Posted Image



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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:16 AM

you are amazing. Nice idea & work truly impressed.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 11:04 AM

Yes! That let me completely understand what was going on. Very nicely done and thanks so much for sharing. I will definitely be ordering a punch set like yours and finding some screen.

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 12:42 PM

Nice.....Something to keep in mind when I begin the build my Hubert Platt Thunderbolt.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 01:12 PM

You can get wire mesh for stormdoors at most hardware stores and I think it works well, but Iv only used it a couple of times