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Just picking peoples brains. Would like to know if there is a secret to fitting these things . They give me greif all the time. Can you use superglue on vacform , I know it's no good on crystal.

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Getting the things to fit is my biggest nightmare.Or getting them in position should I say.

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They are best trimmed and fitted as seperate pieces.

The sides can often be fitted as one piece, but screen and rear should be cut out and fitted using PVA of some sort.

Microscale,Canopy Glue and some craft Glues all work well.

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With some screens I will even glue the top edge and then go back and do the bottom edge.

 

Window fitment on a resin build make or break the look IMHO.

 

I am working on this at the moment. I use Canopy glue formula 560.

 

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Damn Munter, that's nice window fitment.

 

 

ps. the rest is great too...

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Very nice , John . I think patience is a virtue with the windows . I seem to rush that bit because it's the last thing I do before it hits the track.

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So would someone like to put up some pics of how to cut/trim vac formed windows? Are there preferred methods to get a straight cut without leaving feathered edges behind? I'm going to tackle a George Turner 375 Ferrari soon.

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I cut with scissors and then use a combination of a sharp exacto blade and a fine diamond file to tidy up the edges. I use the blade as a scraper rather than to cut.

 

Find a pair of scissors that give the best cut on a piece of paper

 

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Next time you are out shopping with the Mrs do some loitering in the Nails and Nail care section of your favourite department store.

Get some scissors that are straight and get some scissors that are curved....you know the ones with the longer handles and shorter blades.


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I have a pair of curved scissors from when I was doing bodies for my nitro rc trucks and buggies. Found them very useful , good for cutting out decals as well . I got mine from a hobby store or EPay can't remember , The "handles" are a bit bigger than normal and more bloke freindly .

 

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In my very limited experience fitting vac formed clears, I found it easier to keep it all one piece, and fit and trim and fit and re-trim and fit and re-trim until the piece sits roughly right, coat the insides of the body work with decent blobs of canopy glue that will press flat to an area of about 1cm or more diameter, re-fit and tape the screens in place hard against the underside and leave it a couple of days to dry.

 

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found it easier to keep it all one piece
...it is easier to do that but they rarely give a good fit, sitting behind the body work not in the window apertures.

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I have the curved and straight versions of those....very useful too.

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I agree with John, leaving the windows in one piece results in a poor fit.

I have tried to get a good fit using several methods of two piece moulds but cannot get good consistent castings that allow the Windows to fit all the time.

I usually try and cut and test fit the Windows BEFORE painting,this allows the opening to be sanded to ensure a good fit.

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I have found that if the vac formed windows are done over the original hard plastic ones they can be fitted with not much effort on a plastic body

But some trimming is still required as the vav formed one are slightly bigger than the original

but I do prefer to fit them in at least 2 pieces as it does give a easier fit

I have fitted a few in that way that Munter has formed for me

 

But when it comes to resin bodies a lot of effort needs to be put into sanding and trimming to get them to fit right and yes fitting them in separate pieces is the way to go

A lot of mucking around but worth it in the end

Time and patience is the key

 

 


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