Scratch Builds: 13. Wide Body Conversion

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    Basics of Styrene: Part Two


    Wide Body Conversion

    Wide body kits are generally seen on race cars that allow the tires to sit further apart (and remain covered) which gives the vehicle better cornering ability. An example of a wide body kit can be found on G1 Sunstreaker. You'll notice his quarter panels flare out and the back tires do not run in line with the front. (Typically a wide body kit will also be on the fenders) Anyhow, we'll stick to G1 accuracy for this project):

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    Begin by drawing out your cut line on the quarter panel:

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    Slash it out with your razor knife:

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    The central section is the amount I'll be widening this sucker. You'll notice it's longer and tapered at the front end:

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    The new part is countersunk under the upper quarter section to allow more strength and is then clamped until dry:

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    Be sure your new extension piece is rounded to fit the original quarter panel skin then glue it on:

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    Test fit the new quarter panel and begin creating the lower section to whatever specs make you happy:

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    Get all your imperfections cleaned up using a filler:

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    . . . . and you're done:

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