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How do you cut. a resin cab

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How do you cut. a resin cab
Posted by Moparlover64 on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:14 PM

Ok believe it or not I can clean em up.I can paint them but I've never really had to cut one I have a dodge bighorn cab it's a quite thick casting bout 1/4inch Definately needs thinning that I know how need to cut the grill ,headlights ,hood and doors, what method works best don't know if it's s still made think I. May try my hand at a mold and make a fiberglass version for future use

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Posted by 195X on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 11:51 PM

Scribing tool or dental pick. Resin kits are typically thick, so scribing forever can be tedious. Try what I do. stick "Vanishing Point" or "Christine" on the TV, or get some background music going. Then start scribing. from the sound of it you have about a half evening or more worth of work. With proper background noise it will still be tedious, but it will go quicker. Just work slowly and don't use as much pressure as you would scribing styrene.

WATCH YOUR GRIP!! If your hands are as bad as mine, you'll squeeze tighter and tighter as you work, while holding the body. Regular breaks are a must! Resin is way brittle compared to styrene.

When using a dremel it's best to stick to the medium and low speeds. I've seen a high speed cutting wheel shatter a resin body to itsy bitsies. 

Best to keep your t-shirt over your nose too, while scribe cutting or tooling. (wear breathing protection)

Anyway, that's my method. Not available everywhere, void where ignored.

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 12:10 AM

ok so itsbusiness asusual dremel and a dustmask or use one of my 3 panel  scribes thats iduse on placstic thANKS THINK I CANHANDLETHATN THENoopsrustonthe pc

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Posted by johnnyR on Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:39 AM

A good quality dust mask and do not forget eye protection!

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, July 21, 2017 12:38 AM

Ok so after Manny passes with the exacto,the 3 different. Panel scribes I said ta heckvwith this this thing I swear is qtr inch thick so in frustration I grabbed the mandrel with the micro razor blades circular mind you so we give it a whirl man I cut to full depth of blade after two passes still not through it I say to my self this cab ain't as fragile as a plastic one so I oh the razor blade 1/2across so less than a 3/8 depth ok I grab the mandrel with a brand new harbor freight 3/4 across middle I for the old dremmel up to bout 1100 rpms and I made a pass finally we get through it with one more pass though the corners.. Dam that's woulda took,me a month just scribing this resin is strong stuff who ever cast this knew there's be hacking going on some day ill learn pics here but I'm keeping the photo journal for when I do promise ill wear a mask thinning it

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, July 21, 2017 7:33 PM

After learning resin wasn't fragile I decided to try a little tooling experiment I chucked up an orange round stone to smooth cut edges less dust n debris but got it pretty close so I rechecked the diamond wheel and cut out the grill no problems there so I chucked in a sanding drum oooowhat a mess resin dust everywhere so I decided to. Try one of many cheapie diamond bits you guessed it harbor freight man ya still get residue but the flying dust wasn't near the mess and got right on my outline smoother as glass so in my little a mature study I learnt a diamond can be a resins best friend less cleanup quicker cuts less tedious

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Posted by Moparlover64 on Friday, July 21, 2017 10:25 PM

That process went well. Cut. Down a kenworth cabover grill to replace the lump and a half resin one will replace with a scratched one out of mesh and aluminum stock drilled out the headlights will also make the surrounding panel from aluminum stock guess I'll decide whether or not to open the doors this is the only area where I've found thinner resin if cut it means I will have to make the upper window frame and windowing from stock

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