Scratch Builds: 14. Filler Panels

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    Basics of Styrene: Part Two


    Filler Panels

    Filler panels are intended to make your figure "whole". When re-shelling, you're essentially just skinning a car part over a basic structure. Without filler panels, the figure is left with voids in some places. Filler panels will not only make the custom more complete, but will add strength to the part:

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    The hood/leg is compressed in vehicle mode so it makes most sense to shape your filler panel to that mode. You can use regular styrene plastic or find something with pre-molded details:

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    Be sure to test fit the adjacent panels as you go. If they put any pressure on the other panels, the alt mode will suffer as the gaps will widen:

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    Using sandpaper, slowly chew away at portions of the panel until it has a nice, snug fit:

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    Glue it into place and test fit the surrounding panel:

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    Now we need to create the upper filler to box in the whole assembly:

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    And it is recessed and glued into place. Again, test fit all surrounding panels and check:

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