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Customs: Ever cut up a metal car replica?

Discussion in 'Creative General Discussion' started by bellpeppers, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    Hello all.
    I'm contemplating a project. I have a plastic model of a car that is 1:25 scale, and a metal car of the same type at 1:24 scale. Obviously I want to make an Autobot of it, and what I have in mind requires the doors to be open- ala wings. Here's the thing- the plastic car model does not have openable doors. Yet, the metal one does. So I have a choice- cut the doors out on the plastic and fabricate the door interiors... or attempt to carve up the metal car- which may or may not seem as daunting as it sounds.

    So has anyone ever cut up a metal car? Is it as intimidating as it sounds? Or would I be better off creating doors on the plastic car?
     
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    frenzyrumble Banned

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    I just cut one up a few days ago, pain in the ass. period.

    Use a new bladed jeweler's saw, and/or a nice cutting wheel on your Dremel....be sure to wear goggles and mask, dangerous stuff.
     
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    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Isn't that Alt BB you are making utilizing a metal Beetle kit? Is that even you doing that? Where am I? Who am I? ~~~...wanders off.......:drunk 
     
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    frenzyrumble Banned

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    BB is parts die cast but mostly plastic kits. I was hacking up the porsche 1:18 car for Autobot Spike...
     
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    big hank Resident Slacker-Basher

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    Ah right my sanity is restored, such that it is.:thumbs2: 


    I agree with the jeweler's saw, they are wonderful. I cannot vouch for the Dremel and cut-off wheel, but definitely wear eye protection if you go that route.

    In the battle between hot metal shrapnel and eyes, eyes seldom win.
     
  6. bellpeppers

    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    What scale car? Woud a dremel cutting wheel create too much material loss?
     
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    Well, I didn't need most of the parts which were cut away, only half of the front hood, a door and some other parts. If you want minimal material loss, I'd suggest a thin jeweler saw and blade.
     
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    I appreciate the advice. Thanks.
     
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    When cutting metal with a Dremel I find using the Diamond Wheel makes it a little easier. They're about $15, but worth it IMO.