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Cutting Out Wheel Wells Perfect Every Time!

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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:

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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:

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or doubles:

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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.

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

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