Can't poat this in the tutorial section so I'll leave it here for Superquad to play with. Scoring the plastic: How to efficiently cut styrene plastic Probably the most basic thing to start this tutorial off is to show how to properly cut styrene. ^^Using a razor knife, we begin by making a slight etch it the plastic where you want it separate. This is called "scoring the plastic" You don't want to cut right through as the thickness of the blade will roll the edge of the plastic creating a wide gap in the end. ^^Now, after simply etching/scoring the surface, you bend the two sides away from each other. 9 times of of 10 you will get a clean break with no loss of plastic allowing a tight gap to remain. (In this particular instance, i did a 90 degree corner by first scoring the rocker panel and rolling it in which easily snapped where I needed it then did the door edge. Styrene is unlikely to break where your knife has not etched the plastic. Not even in this situation where a kit had a molded line right where I was working. (At least, I've never had it happen). Alignment pegs: These are great to have in scratchbuilds or in areas you've had to eliminate the factory pegs. You'll bee two separate sizes or plastic rod. (The two being a tight fit when one is inserted within the other.) ^^ Cut the larger of the two rods in half. The smaller rod needs to be the full length of the two larger rod pieces. Glue the smaller rod inside one of the two larger rods. ^^Tightly secure your components that will need alignment. Once that is in the exact place you want, insert your alignment peg across the two panels and glue it into place and allow to dry overnight. ^^ Shown here are my secondary pegs which will force the feet into alignment with the leg when in car mode. Cutting exact sides and creating framework: ^^Decide on your overall design. Mark out one side and cut. ^^Flip that piece you just cut off into the reverse position on the other side and make your etch and break er off. ^^ .... and POW, you have a symmetrical piece. ^^Now, lets hollow that bad boy out for some depth. Start by using tape or other object to map out your sides trying to keep them all the same distances from the edge. ^^Now drill all your corners. This makes for a stop for when you begin cutting as well as gives you a rounded corner. ^^Using a straight edge, begin playing connect the dots with your holes. Scribe at the outer edge of the holes. ^^Here's the part once you've scored you edges. ^^....and here's the first part of this panel. (BTW, this is not actually for any particular project, it's just an example) If for any reason your cuts aren't to the outside, you can still go in and trim away at it with a knife. Random panel cross drilling: ^^Using a styrene box panel that's been cut down to roughly 1/8 depth I set up my template by aligning a strip of tape to both sides of the panel. This will dummy-proof my exact center to the project. ^^Using the same size tape, I measure off one side and drill my first hole. By doing so, these holes with be in exact alignment as well as exact spacing. Once your first hole on one side is drilled, you can use the same tape to measure from that hole to the next and go as far as j00 like. In this one, I went with three holes and determined the length of the overall piece by measuring from the final hole then cut the panel off there. ^^ And here's the part in place using the earlier outer edge cutout and a ribbed backing.