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Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
Cut panels out.
book1182
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Indiana, United States
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 04:49 AM UTC
Hello,

Am building a 1/48th Corsair. Looking to cut some of the wing panels out and putting gun bays in them. I built the gun bays but have never modified a model this much. Any tips or things to watch for while I'm cutting?

Thanks,
Jessie_C
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British Columbia, Canada
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 05:02 AM UTC
It's best to cut inside the panel lines, then sand and trim to the line to avoid cutting out too much. Drill a series of holes around the inside perimeter of the panel you want to remove, then using a sharp exacto knife cut through to join all the holes. This leaves a ragged bit of plastic around the outside to clean up. Replace the removed panel with plastic card. Take your time to avoid mistakes.
book1182
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Indiana, United States
Joined: April 12, 2012
KitMaker: 11 posts
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Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 - 05:55 AM UTC

Quoted Text

It's best to cut inside the panel lines, then sand and trim to the line to avoid cutting out too much. Drill a series of holes around the inside perimeter of the panel you want to remove, then using a sharp exacto knife cut through to join all the holes. This leaves a ragged bit of plastic around the outside to clean up. Replace the removed panel with plastic card. Take your time to avoid mistakes.



Thanks.