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Old Black Jack-how to deconstruct a model?

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Old Black Jack-how to deconstruct a model?
Posted by FenderMender on Friday, November 03, 2017 10:10 AM

This is a real old 1:25 scale AMT 3 in 1 kit car (1940 Ford Coupe), I believe, that I got from a friend in the 60s who had built it.  Since the original build included the excessive use of strong plastic glue, I did not disassemble it for fear of damaging critical parts.  The car was missing its engine.  The original model included a multi-carbuerated Buick (?) engine which I did luckily find in my parts bin.  A missing valve cover had to be duplicated with a homemade casting. Side pipes are obvious since I had no headers or any cool exhaust pipes that would work. A little detailing was done to the grille and other chrome work. Interior is still very, very dusty!

My crucial question is:

How does one deconstruct a heavily glued-up model to save it without destroying it?

 Thanks ......

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    August, 2016
Posted by mini man on Friday, November 03, 2017 11:00 AM

Two ideas1.Place it in a zip lock bag after running it under a  tap,the  idea being that the reezing water forces the parts apart..


2.Use a theif to catch a theif,so run some cement over the joins to soften the joints.



Ideas that I have heard of but never tried..

Will build most anything,love American cars muscle etc.Britishvehicles are a buzz too,trucks are great - want to do a jet truck,building parts up...


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Posted by Big Gary on Sunday, November 05, 2017 9:35 AM
Took a couple glue bombs apart by putting them in the freezer. Left there 2 days, came apart easy.!
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Posted by oldcarguy on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 9:34 AM


 You may not agree .This is a nice " Barn Find ! 

 Put it , like it is , in a dio , Half way out of a barn door ! It even looks like a real " Barn Find "  O.C.G.     P.S. Freezing may help ! If so , also keep a P.E saw handy .

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 11:27 AM

Big Gary
Took a couple glue bombs apart by putting them in the freezer. Left there 2 days, came apart easy.!

I used this idea too and it worked well. Don't use any water in a freezer bag.

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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Tuesday, November 07, 2017 5:47 PM

I have also have pretty good luck using the freezer method.  Barring that a 16 oz ball-peen also works wonders.

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


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