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Opening louvers

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  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Calgary, AB
Opening louvers
Posted by Canada Jeff on Wednesday, December 17, 2003 5:51 PM
I may regret asking this (because I'll want to try it), but doesn anybody know how to make the vent louvers on the side of 30's Ford hood (for example) "open"? I've seen some models where you can see through the louvers and it really looks good.

Anybody ever try this?
  • Member since
    November, 2003
  • From: Denmark
Posted by ThomasA3D on Thursday, December 18, 2003 2:25 AM
I have never done it (or seen it on a model for that matter) but my best bet would be to make it from a PE part. A flat pice of metal with small "cuts" in it and use some kind of tool to press out the louvers. I dont have the guts to try it on a plastic part - I’m sure I’ll break it long before I’m through Smile

ThomasA3D –
Recently finished: Camaro Concept Car and 40 Ford Coupe.
Current projects: 56 Chevy seventies-style custom and 50 Chevy Custom Truck

  • Member since
    November, 2003
Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Thursday, December 18, 2003 2:43 AM
hey canada jeff, you may try this..cut out the sections where the louvers are using an exacto knife, then make replacement pieces using evergreen styrene, they make all kinds of different shaped pieces and i'm certain you could find the right size. once you find the right size , simply cut out pieces to go back into the area you cut out and glue them in with them in the open position. hope this helpsThumbs UpThumbs Up


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    May, 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 2:59 PM
I've done it for a 29 Model A Phaeton, (See 2000 SAE Contest Annual Featured Model A). Use ERTL or Revell 32 hood sides. Thin from behind to about 1 half the width of the original with a Dremel Tool. Use Exacto # 11 blade (back side)and start removing material under each molded in groove. Take it slow and easy. Hold the knife at about a 45 degree angle from side. You will eventually break through. Sand with 420 grit, shoot on a couple coats of primer and sand again. The key here is patience. The more carefull the cuts, the less work later.

Good luck, it looks cool if done carefully.
  • Member since
    May, 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, January 12, 2004 10:16 PM
What if you cut/drilled the slots open on the hood. Then covered it BMF and cut open the louvers. You could paint the BMF before applying. A thousand people, a thousand ideas!


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