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Realistic NASCAR window nets

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If you've been reading this column for any length of time, you know we're always looking for simple, unusual tips that can make our hobby time more enjoyable. Up until now, our search has been confined to dry land, but all that's about to change - thanks to our friend Will Seagraves of West Babylon, New York. Because this isn't exactly a conventional Tip, I'll let Will furnish the details:

"I have run the gamut trying to make realistic NASCAR window nets. I have tried plastic window screen, paper, coffee filter material, etc. I got by, but not with spectacular results - until tonight.

"It all started with my young son not liking the loose, tan-colored mesh lining in his swimming trunks; he asked me to cut it out for him during the summer. It looked like pretty good window-net material, and in one of my experiments I tried a border of black self-stick tape. Again, the end result was passable, but not spectacular - until a light bulb went on in my head.

"I remembered having some iron-on fabric mending material, so I cut several strips about .050-.060" wide, laid them around the edges of a piece of the swim-trunk netting, and ironed them down. Work your way all around the piece of netting, and apply the tape to both sides. Don't allow the iron to get too hot, or you'll burn the net. A little bit of trimming at the end, and you're done.

"To attach the net, I glued the bottom seam to the roll cage, then I separated the mending strips at the top of the netting and attached photoetched buckles. The material is so flexible that it even drapes over the door, just like the real thing.

"The iron-on mending material I use is made by Dritz, is available in three colors, and can be sprayed with acrylic paint. The netting can be sprayed with acrylics, too. Other types of paint may work, but I've had good results with acrylics."


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