Cutting Straight Lines in Diecast?
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:21 AM
This is a Johnny Lightning diecast, and is very detailed. It would make a good basis for any Hummer conversion.
I want to convert this into a two door to make it into a brush firefighting unit similar to this:
The unit above was created from a plastic Revell-Monogram Jurassic Park Hummer kit. This kit is very basic, and lacks detail. It required a lot of detail work to make it look the way that it does...
Any suggestions on cutting the straight lines would be appreciated.. Thanks in advance.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:54 AM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 12:02 PM
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:27 PM
Personally, I'd make the straight cuts with a razor saw, scribe the curves with the tip of it, and snap the parts out. Dress the cut edges with rotary tools on the Dremel or hand files.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 01:44 PM
I have and have used CutOff Wheels and Carbide Cuters when I first began Body mods on Zamac but they are so messy.
The precision of a Jewelers Saw allows me to accurately cut down the center of the door lines so modified castings fit together like pieces of a puzzle.
Only minute amounts of Milliput Putty were needed to seal the seams.
And for very small precision cuts like this,
Just use your Rotary Tool with a 1/16" bit to make your starter hole and you are on your way.
Posted 15 November 2012 - 06:21 PM
Thanks for your suggestions. With the help of a jewelers saw, Dymo label tape, and a little patience, I was able to go from this:
Still have to close off the back of the cab, and decide if I want to correct the distance from the front tire to the trailing bodywork just behind it...