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  • Member since
    March 2018
Posted by PauliesRATRODZ on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 1:19 PM

Thank you. That helps a lot. Never thought about putting a little heat to help the bend. 

  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:42 AM

I use .080 or .100 styrene rod to build my cages, I use rod because tubing collapses in the bends.  I usually begin with the main rear hoop by carefully bending a 90 degree bend in a piece of rod, making sure there is enough to extend across the roof line and past both edges of the body.  Once I get the first bend made I will place it in the roof of the body I am using, mark where the other side downtube needs to be, remove the rod and carefully bend that one.  The rest of the cage is similarly built.  I usually use the heat from a candle to slightly warm the rod to get it to bend.  It does not require much heat, too much heat and the rod will bend out of control. If you have a good, small round or triangular shaped file use it on the ends of the pieces to be glued to allow the pieces a more finished fit. The whole process requires some practice, there will be frustration and some scrap rod, but with a bit of perseverence a good looking cage can be built.  And yes you will initially waste a few pieces of rod, however do not throw them away, they may be able to be cut into cross braces or used for other purposes.  Hope this helps.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

  • Member since
    March 2018
Posted by PauliesRATRODZ on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 6:38 PM

i am building the new release mpc 57 chevy gasser, not happy with the roll cage, anyone know where to find a nice 8 or 10 point cage that will fit inside. i bought a plastic performance products 6 point early stock car cage. but the main rails are to wide to fit in the tub, or maybe a cool trick or tips to make my own, like what to use and how to make the bends


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