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You guys are good!!!

The louver press you saw in MCM was done by our good buddy George Henry.

He is a machinest/welder by trade and made the scale louver press attached to a pair of vice grips.

I will see if I can bug him for more on them.

Also, Doug Whyte did a feature in MCM on louvers on his `34 Ford quite a while ago.

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I remember seeing a couple of Model Mag Issues(I want to say SAE, followed by an updated version in FSM), that had to do with using pieces found in a Model Rail Road Section(Ladders or House Window Shutters??), and then Grafting them onto the panels for styling....

That would be me.

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That would be me.

That was the "modern look" that I refered to above. As you can see they, too, "look the business"! I must say. they are ideally located on that 32's hood sides and don't look at all too modern or out of place. just sort of Duesenberg-like. I have some Grandline HO 39" Wooden Staircases (Item No. 5177) that look really nice and are similar to, if not the same as those in the pic.

I still haven't tried the .040 quarter round route because I'm knee deep building a tonneau cover and full belly pan for the "target" of those louvers, a late 50's-early 60's Bonnevile style '29 A roadster. I'd better get to it soon, though!

Finally, check out Paul Payne's thread in the 1:1 Reference Pictures section (http://www.modelcarsmag.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9795&hl=) - he's planning a build on the Stu Hilborn Streamliner and Dave Lindsay (SoCalCarCulture) posted some pics of the Jim Lattin recreation he photgraphed at the 2005 Grand National Roadster Show. Now that's a louver job! Paul proposes a combo approach to the pressed louver challenge, to wit: "I'm thinking I will lay out the outline of the louver areas with tape, mark each slot, cut the slot with a razor saw, then cover each slot with Evergreen 0.040" quarter round with the inside removed and the outside ends sanded to shape...". Hmmmm..... B)

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That would be me.

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Lyle, I remember a bit of your write up(Not too long ago), but the articles I was refering to, were written back in the mid-late 1990's(Was that you too then??)... The ladders were used for side vents like yours, but the shutters were foil casted, so that they could be added to a curved deck lid....

Great Looking Deuce BTW :)

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I've had good luck going the evergreen HO siding route. Once the corners are rounded with some gentle sanding I sand the back(smooth) side of the styrene to make it slightly thinner. Trimaround the edges, and you shouldn't need to counter sink. I like this technique because it is easy to make any lenghth or width. Also easy to follow counters on a decklid etc.

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For what it's worth I've been putzing around making 3D printed parts for Landman's Bombardier B-12 project, he needed tracks, and one of the parts is a louvred panel.  Made the CAD model with open louvres and printed it with my Ultimaker filament printer. Worked surprisingly well.

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