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Cutting Out Wheel Wells Perfect Every Time!

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#1 hooknladderno1


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 10:05 PM

Hi Guys,

Have you ever wondered how some modelers make such "PERFECT"  wheel wells?  Well, I learned a little secret that can help you achieve success every time.  The OLFA Compass Cutter model CMP-1, is the key:


It is an inexpensive tool(less than $10 bucks).  It adjust to a diameter of 6 inches.  It is really easy to use.  Simply mark out the center point of where you want your wheels to be.  Lightly press the point or drill a small hole where the compass point will go.  No worries, as this area will be removed once the cuts are made.  Place a small piece of masking tape over the hole.  This will keep the compass from "walking".  Lightly rotate the tool around the diameter of your styrene sheet.  With each pass, go a little deeper.  Soon, your plastic disc will be free.  You can use this technique on single wheel wells:


or doubles:


You can order the tool directly from OLFA, or purchase it locally from craft or hobby shops.  Replacement blades are also available.  Hope you find this useful.

#2 kilrathy10


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 09:42 AM

I have one of these...Haven't tried it, yet...Do you have any pics of how you've used it...