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Can any of you experts out there help me?

I'm making up a resin kit at the moment - a Team Slot Lancia Delta S4, but with a fair few changes to make it look more like the original. I want to put in a tinted (fairly dark) rear window (this was solid resin on the original kit) but I'm not sure where to source some tinted plastic to make this from? Anyone spotted suitable packaging recently??

My other option is to somehow paint/tint some clear plastic but I'm not sure how easy this would be....or how effective it would look.

Any advice or pointers much appreciated!

Thanks

Don
 

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This is outside my comfort zone but you could use Tamiya paint as they do a range of translucent paint which you could apply to the inside of the screen. Another option is to use tinted perspex/acrylic.
 

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How about a cheap pair of oversized sunglasses - the cheaper the better because the lenses will be thinner!

Or even those mega sized joke ones from fancy dress shops?
 

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QUOTE (Mr Modifier @ 5 May 2012, 16:30) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>How about a cheap pair of oversized sunglasses - the cheaper the better because the lenses will be thinner!

Or even those mega sized joke ones from fancy dress shops?

Now there's a good idea! The plastic in the joke ones is probably the perfect thickness.

I knew I'd find some inspiration out there!

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Hi Don, I've done quite a few tint bands on various models and usually use normal Humbrol metalic green paint. The trick is to let the paint pot stand for a few days after buying it so the metal part sinks leaving just the green oil on top. Open the tin carefully without shaking or stirring and away you go. Practice on a piece of clear acrylic first and dont try to much at first. build up layers as you need. It's even possible to do a completely green screen with a heavier tint at the top.

Hope this helps...............Dick
 

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My vote is for Tamiya 'smoke'. Great for tinting glass. Careful application with airbrush (or spray can) can give you anything from just tinted to ambulance grade or even graduated if you're good.
 

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Don... Have a look around for various products which you would normally throw the plastic packaging away.. (electrical, food, cosmetics, tools, etc)..

Normally most items are packaged in clear packing, but some products have tinted plastic packing, which makes good tinted windows in slot-cars/models.

Another thing I have used, are the plastic bottles that contain vitamin pills, medicine's, etc..
This plastic tends to be a bit thicker and heavier tint, but does work. The only problem is that you have to cut the plastic bottle up and straighten/flatten the plastic out, by very carefully heating it up.
Some pop bottles are also now made in coloured plastic in various colours.
If you want a total blacked out look, after prepping the clear window from the inside, use a matt black spray to darken the glass..

Just keep looking, I am sure you will find something suitable..

All the best. Martin.
 

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QUOTE (Kustomart @ 6 May 2012, 10:25) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Don... Have a look around for various products which you would normally throw the plastic packaging away.. (electrical, food, cosmetics, tools, etc)..

Normally most items are packaged in clear packing, but some products have tinted plastic packing, which makes good tinted windows in slot-cars/models.

This was the way I was thinking - trouble is, while I'm damned sure we've bought something recently that came with dark tinted plastic packaging, I just can't think what it was.....


It'll probably come to me in one of those 3 am moments of clarity


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I second Ember's vote for Tamiya smoke in plenty of thin layers with an airbrush. I've also seen people use food colouring to tint Klear and then use that. I've tried it myself with pretty poor results, it must be said!
 

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I've got some Scalextric Cardboard control towers to build.

The windows are smoked glass made from thin plastic sheet.

I'll have loads left over after I've finished, plenty for all the cars you'll ever build in a liftime.

It's pefect for your needs, I might even do it to my own Martini S4 Delta.

PM me your address and I'll stick some in the post to you.

No charge!

PS I've had a 2 minute ride in a real one (Delta that is).

Its like sitting on a cannonball!
 

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QUOTE (Ian H @ 7 May 2012, 13:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I've got some Scalextric Cardboard control towers to build.

The windows are smoked glass made from thin plastic sheet.

I'll have loads left over after I've finished, plenty for all the cars you'll ever build in a liftime.

It's pefect for your needs, I might even do it to my own Martini S4 Delta.

PM me your address and I'll stick some in the post to you.

No charge!

PS I've had a 2 minute ride in a real one (Delta that is).

Its like sitting on a cannonball!

Ian H

I'm enormously grateful (PM sent).........

............and incredibly jealous! That must have been one a hell of a ride!!

Cheers

Don
 

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QUOTE (Ember @ 5 May 2012, 23:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>My vote is for Tamiya 'smoke'. Great for tinting glass. Careful application with airbrush (or spray can) can give you anything from just tinted to ambulance grade or even graduated if you're good.

QUOTE (rmcclure @ 7 May 2012, 01:02) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I second Ember's vote for Tamiya smoke in plenty of thin layers with an airbrush. I've also seen people use food colouring to tint Klear and then use that. I've tried it myself with pretty poor results, it must be said!

Thanks for the advice about Tamiya smoke. Sounds like a good idea but I think the concept of "careful application" probably excludes it in my case
. That and the offer of some free tinted plastic from Ian H!!!


Cheers

Don
 

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QUOTE (doncatwalker @ 7 May 2012, 18:13) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ian H

I'm enormously grateful (PM sent).........

............and incredibly jealous! That must have been one a hell of a ride!!

Cheers

Don

And a 6R4 and an RS200.

They were quite nippy too!
 

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You can tint clear plastic with Johnsons Klear, just put a couple of drops of acrylic colour of choice, (Klear is an acrylic so it mixes perfectly with acrylic paint), into some Klear.
You don't need much colour just a couple of drops.
Put it in a small shallow dish and dip the clear part and then lay it on to a piece of kitchen towel to dry.
If you make a mistake dip the part back into some Klear for a while and it will wash off so you can start again,.
 
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