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Pete Shepherd
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I am preparing a 1/24 car for Dunkerque and I am using for the first ever time a vacform body shell. The body is made by True Scale and is a repop of the Russkit Iso Grifo. Being a beginner with the sort of thing I was bound to make a mistake! I was making the holes for mounting the body, I'm using dress making pins which slide into brass tubes which are soldered to the chassis. I had to make 4 holes, 3 of the 4 are fine but the 4th is too big! I used to much pressure with my Dremel and ended up making a hole which is far too big for the pin head. It measures 3mm, I've since relocated the brass tube and made a new hole for the 4th pin, but I'm left with a hole I don't want.

My initial thought was to paint the car then fill afterwards and hand paint the filled part and then put a roundel over the top (it is just below the door). Has anyone else got a better idea?

Thanks,

Pete
 

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Pete Shepherd
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Thanks for all the helpful responses and excellent advice, wish I knew it all before but as usual hindsight is a wonderful thing! I knew I'd make a mistake somewhere along the line, hopefully this will be the only one and I suppose it's all a learning curve....

I can't really picture the tape, won't it look a bit scruffy if attached to the outside of the body? Or does it go on very smoothly so you can't see the edges?

I've been giving this some thought myself and I might try painting the body from the inside first and then glue a backing piece behind the hole. I'll then fill it with resin and hand paint from the outside, I've used resin as a filler in the past and had excellent results. I intend to do a few test runs first but the resin won't react with the plastic will it?

QUOTE I'd be glad to send you a couple more bodies if that would help. Send me your current address and I'll get them mailed.
TSP policy is these "replacement" bodies are free!

Victor, that is extremely generous but I won't take you up on your offer thanks. I'm pretty sure and determined to rectify this one. And I really don't fancy trimming another set of wheel arches, the ones on this one took me ages!

Thanks again for all the advice, any other ideas please let me know, I'm on holiday for a week from tomorrow so won't be trying the resin one until I'm back.

Pete
 
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