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Chrome trim removal

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    April 2010
Chrome trim removal
Posted by RobinH on Monday, February 26, 2018 6:39 PM

I have  a Sketchpad item from an old copy of Scale Auto and I would like to try building it. I don't know how to take the chrome from a 57 Ford , and put it on another model,any ideas? I thought I could use a jewlers saw and thin the plastic by sanding it from the back. I was hoping there might be an easer way. Thanks!

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Posted by aliasT.W. on Monday, February 26, 2018 8:56 PM

Well Mr.H, if I had a choice between removing chrome while keeping it intact and wrestling a bear, I'd have to give it some thought. I would use Evergreen strips.

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Monday, February 26, 2018 10:55 PM

Shouldn't this be posted under Painting and bodywork?

High octane

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    December 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:01 AM

Yes, as T.W. says, if you wish to replicate the chrome trim of one car onto another car, scratchbuilding the trim work would be the way to go. It sounds like a lot of work, and it certainly can be, but in many cases it's quite doable. You will need to arm yourself with a selection of Evergreen styrene strips of various styles and sizes, and a good dose of imagination to form this material into something that looks like what you want it to replicate. Combining various pieces of plastic shapes to form the part you wish to make, which is the foundation of basic scratchbuilding. This way, in addition to not destroying an existing kit body to harvest your chrome trim, you can ensure that it fits the car you are applying it to.

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