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    November 2008
Suggestions needed on bodywork.
Posted by hodrodz on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 10:46 AM

Ok, I've been building models for a pretty long time now and I need to try something new. In the past I've stayed away from kits that have the metal rods that attach the wheels, just because there's not alot of suspension detail and the hole in the engine for the rod is hideous. My question is how would you go about filling in the hole in the engine and make it look it was never there? Engine in question is the amt 65 continental. 

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 3:47 PM

Just cut out some sheet styrene the shape of the hole in the engine block and fill it in.  Use a little putty if needed around the patch.  Chances are the hole will not be viewed unless you are looking for it.

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Posted by hodrodz on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:13 PM

Thanks for the suggestion mrmike, is there a tool  available for fine sanding? The engine has some casting parts and details I'd like to keep. I usually just sand with sandpaper but in this instance I should find something else to do the sanding with.

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  • From: Nashua, New Hampshire
Posted by mrmike on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 9:07 PM

Try finding some sanding sticks or sanding wands.  That should do the job nicely!

"That's Spenser with an 'S' like the poet."

Robert Urich Spenser For Hire 1985

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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10:06 AM

mrmike

Try finding some sanding sticks or sanding wands.  That should do the job nicely!

 

Agreed. You might also want to pick up an inexpensive set of jeweler's files. Great for shaping plastic. 

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Trevor

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    May 2015
Posted by Goofy62 on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10:36 AM

If you are very careful with your "patch" you shouldn't need to do a lot of filling and sanding.

Cut your patch a little bigger that the hole and carefully fit and file repeatedly to get a very tight fit.

bevel the back of the patch slightly to get as tight of a fit as possible and you should have very little filling to do, if any.

 

 

 

 

Steve

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Posted by hodrodz on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 10:57 AM

Mrmike, bainford and goofy. Thanks so much for the suggestions, all of which will be used. In process now of cutting and shaping square styrene rod. Was worried about losing some engine detail casting but like it was mentioned and I never thought about, once complete it will never be seen. You guys are great, thanks again.

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    April 2020
Posted by TransAm Mike on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 11:16 AM

Harbor Freight has a nice very inexpensive small file set.

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