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      I thought, since I was back in the automotive area for the SMC show and contest, I'd show some of the problem solving I'm doing with the 1/12 57 Chevy. I was surprised that a model this size doesn't have opening doors. Given the level of detail I planned for this model, it really needs opening doors. There are some heavy challenges with this kind of procedure but I'm going to show a way to make the challenges alot easier.

      If you've built the Big Deuce, that is sort of like opening molded doors but the kit comes with all the parts you need to do this. Same thing with the 1/12 scale Cord. Not so with the 57. If you've built the 1/8 scale Vette, you can see the same challenge there. Let's take this job step by step.

      The first thing you'll need to do is your research. You need to make sure you know where your cutting lines start and end. Photo 1 and 2 show those lines where you need to cut. I just accentuated the line with a black Sharpie. The next thing you need to do is the actual cutting. I did mine using the back of the tip of my #11 Xacto blade, scraping Opening and Detailing Doors in the door ruts until I break through. I used a jeweler's saw where I could fit it. If your cut is not straight, that's not a problem. You can always do some touch up with styrene Opening and Detailing Doors . Next, you need to do the same thing with the interior. This is the last photo in the set. Originally I left it out. Check your research and go. For these straight cuts, I used a razor saw.

      Now, here's the problem. The only surfaces that come together are at the top of the door where your window comes from. How do you know how thick your door needs to be? The two pieces will come together like a clam shell. There are other ways to do this but this was the easiest for me.

      Once your doors are cut, tape the parts back into place. You can see the size of the space you need to close from the next photo. Here's the fun part. I took two pieces of 1/8 inch thick styrene Opening and Detailing Doors and trimmed them until they fit the space without being loose or without pushing the door halves too far apart. I then cemented them (and this is the most important part) and let the glue joints completely cure Opening and Detailing Doors . I cut the tape and remove the door. Closing up the spaces will be complicated but that's for next time. :)'

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  1. Brizio's Avatar VIP/Sponsor
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    Nice progress!
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  2. Don Garrett's Avatar Asst. Administrator
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    Yeah Jeff, the '57 was a bit of a disappointment when I got to checking mine out. I guess I expected a bit more detail in an R/M 1/12th kit.
    The body is fine but the chassis, engine, interior & lack of features like opening doors & trunk etc. are about what you'd expect to find in a 1/25th kit. Oh well, lots of room for improvement and that's what scale modeling is all about. At least R/M has made it available....I can't whine too much as I bought mine at 40% off through ModelExpo. Have fun with the door jambs...that's going to take some serious eyeballin'.

    Do you know if anyone offers P.E. parts for this kit, especially things like the grille and rear fin side trim?
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    Don,
    I know the Model Car Garage offers a lot of PE sets, and does have a few for 1/12 scale kits. Might be worth a look to see if they have anything for the '57.

    www.modelcargarage.com

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    Thanks Steve, I did a serch and found this....exaclty what I'm looking for.

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    Thanks Steve. Thanks Don. I may invest in one of those PE sets. I usually try to build without the aftermarket parts but this I may not be able to resist, especially that grill.


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    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Hi;
    Great Tutorial for opening the Doors.

    I have 4 of those Kits and will have an Eye on this tread.
    Cheers Lutz
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    Thanks Lutz. Eye away. Are you going to build one for the online contest? I'd love to see that. I'll throw in a few more problem solvers if anyone wants. Like the Deuce, a 57 Chevy has a lot of potential for a lot of different versions. The more the merrier.


    Opening and Detailing Doors
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Hi;

    Here my Idea for a `57 Custom Pick Up its a long time Projekt for my wife.



    The Entry for the Contest will be a Custom Bike.

    Cheers Lutz
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    Model Car Garage also has pe sets for the 1/12 Camaro and Corvette last time I looked.
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    I've made a decision not to go with the PE parts. I want to see what I can do with the kit.


    Opening and Detailing Doors
    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    Hey there. Maybe this is in another thread, but I can not find anything on how to hinge the doors.
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    I haven't gotten to that part yet. I've been in the middle of the interior work which must be completed before the doors get attached. Once the doors are attached and hinged, it becomes almost impossible to upholster the door without getting sloppy and without breaking the door off its hinges. The interior must be built from the center out so that everything comes together the way it's supposed to. I'm still upholstering and making the front seats. The next step is going to be scratchbuilding the back seat. Then comes the carpeting, the dash, steering wheel, headliner etc. The doors actually come last. Hang in there Shrug. This is the kind of stuff that takes major time to complete so you won't miss anything.


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    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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    No one use this method ?

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    Absolutely yes, Dude. I use several methods to cut my plastic depending on what I want to do. I'll use a razor saw, my jeweler's saw, a cold or hot Opening and Detailing Doors X-acto #11 blade, a rotary saw and sewing thread. Whatever gets the job done is the correct method. Thanks for bringing this tip to light.


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    Sometimes a handful of patience is worth more than a truck load of brains. Have the courage to trust your own beliefs. Don't be swayed by those with louder voices. W.S. Maugham :)
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