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  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Chassis has me stumpted
Posted by Starting_over on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 10:41 PM

Ok guys i have a question that i dont think has been asked, or maybe it has and i just cant find it. But my question is on a chassis is there a way to remove unwanted stuff molded in ie... mufflers, exhaust pipes, spare tire cover. Any of that kind of stuff. And if there is what is the ways you guys do it and get it back looking natural. Im just getting back into doing models since my childhood (27 yrs ago) so im learning as i go. Thanx in advance

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 11:00 PM

It would be easier for you to find a "donor chassis" to use under your project rather than use a Dremel tool or something else to cut out the mufflers, pipes, etc. All my models are displayed body side up, so I don't dwell too much on chassis details most of the time. Some cars I do and I display them on a stand with a mirrored bottom to show off the chassis.

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    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:39 AM

This is my first project since a very long hyatis from building. So idk if im trying to do to much on my first build or not. Im building the 63 corvette amt model and and trying to duplicate the car called gulf one. When i do something its all or nothing so thats why im trying to duplicate it as best i can. Is there even a chassis out there that can be used?

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  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:55 AM

I think i found what might work better. I found a 67 revlle covertible model that should work. What do you think?

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:10 AM

Using a dremel with a variety of rotary file bits is pretty much the way to go to remove molded in components. If you don't have a dremel and are considering buying one, get one with variable speed 0-xxxx rpm. Slow speed is needed for plastic work.

Regarding a doner chassis, the Revell early Stingray, coupe or convertible, is an excellent choice.

Power matters in the straights.
Lightness matters everywhere. - Colin Chapman

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  • Member since
    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 10:52 AM

I have a dremel but it was my grandfathers and is very old. It work great but not for plastic. Cause its all or nothing. Lol. I think i will go with this revell 67 convertable model i found. Has just about all i need. Think ill need to just remove the spare tire carrier and that seems pretty straight forward. I appreciate all your help guys. 

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    August, 2015
  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:59 PM

When you start this build, please do a WIP on it.  I have the same idea in mind and would like to see what issues may arise in the swap.

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    February, 2017
  • From: Lincoln Park, Michigan
Posted by Starting_over on Friday, March 17, 2017 2:23 PM

Will do rick. Im still trying to figure out how to post pictures on here. But as soon as i do i will. And since this is my first model in 20+ years it may take me a few to do it. But i like opinions they help

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Posted by 195X on Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:25 PM

I'm with bainford on this one. I user my trusty Dremel for all kinds of things, including this very thing. I say go for it but with a word of caution: Many times a high speed tool will grind away at the plastic until it heats up. This can cause two issues. First off, you could suddenly pop through and dig into your hand, so be VERY wary on how you hold the part and the tool. Secondly, it WILL throw tiny shards of plastic about (protective euewear!) and occaisionally throw hot globs! So, you know, treat it like you're cooking bacon and don't go shirtless! (Learned the hard way)

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    March, 2017
Posted by Moparlover64 on Monday, May 29, 2017 2:45 PM

I've done the dremmel n fill saw out replace with sheet styrene . donor chassis. Every method has its use depending on your wants. I build in several different ways, I do snappers like Ghostbusters .

Or Scooby do van or Flintstone to break the constant challenges of doing my extensive possibly show detailed models which I have 4 or more in various stages of progress. I also build less detailed models that are exercises in a new method or new paint technique or just want a good shelf model of.  Just. What makes me tick . plays in highstrung anyways so multitasking has always been present and I'm addicted to plastic

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