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Opening tiny vents, etc. - FOLLOWUP IN OP - Do they make files this small?

01 July 2014 - 05:40 PM

Just curious how some of you guys go about opening up very tiny vents like the ones in the photo below.... I've seen it in a few threads but when I try to open up something even bigger with a Dremel I make a complete mess of it. Any tips?


FOLLOWUP 07/07 - So I've gotten this far but my openings are still pretty messy:


That is my smallest needle file shown in the picture... do they make anything smaller than that? I'm thinking if I had a small enough flat file that would be the best way to clean up the rough edges. Also (while we are on the subject), any suggestions on what to use to smooth out the panel lines that I've scribed deeper? I have been folding a piece of sandpaper in half and running it through the lines with marginal results.

1986 Mustang SVO

27 June 2014 - 02:17 PM

Build thread here: http://www.modelcars...showtopic=90769
Was really proud of the way this one was going up until final assembly, that is the point at which things typically turn to #&$& for me. Still not bad, looks good in the cabinet!
Wheels from another Revell Mustang kit (3'n1), scratch built radio antenna (woohoo), painted with Duplicolor from the can and Duplicolor clear lacquer. 
The rest of the (rapidly growing) (and *slowly* improving) collection:


Stripping Future?

26 June 2014 - 11:35 AM

I have Future on top of chromed (from box) parts and Testor's enamels. Is there anything I can use to strip the future without harming the chrome plating and enamel? 

Faking lenses over chromed headlight parts

25 June 2014 - 05:14 AM

Here is what I am working with: 




There is a clear lens that goes over the headlight portion itself (the middle section) but nothing for the side lenses. They look incredibly fake. I want to give them at least a minor illusion of depth so that it looks like there is a lens over them instead of just being chrome or silver. 


My initial plan was to dip it in Future many times and hope that the Future would look like a glass lens over the piece but the Future is way too clear and thin when it dries. I'm thinking of glopping Elmer's glue over the whole piece tonight in a thick layer, don't know how well that is going to work. 


Any ideas? 

Detailing Die-Cast Kits?

24 June 2014 - 10:42 AM

I picked up this kit the other day at Michael's for 40% off: http://www.amazon.co...vette model kit

The thing that bothers me about the metal kits is the huge panel lines where doors, etc. open as well as the fact that all of the corners look "soft" to me. Is it possible to strip these and sharpen corners, etc. to make them look more in-line with a plastic kit? I considered sealing all of the doors, hoods, etc. and making it curbside but it seems that even some of the non-opening edges are fairly bulbous (like the edges where the bodies meet the vents. Would trying to fix this be an exercise in futility?