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Straightening a warped body

Q: I just bought a new kit, and found that the body was somewhat warped. This has happened to me more than once. Is there an easy way to straighten a warped model body?

- Alan Schultz
via E-mail

Ken: It depends on the severity of the problem, Alan.

If it's only minor (for example, the body won't sit flat on a tabletop, because one corner of the car lifts a little bit) the problem may solve itself when you mount the body to the frame or install the interior tub.

For more extensive warping, you may have to heat the plastic by immersing the body in hot water, which may soften the body enough to tweak it back into position.

However, the key word in your question is "new." Assuming the model is a new issue and you just picked it off the shelf, you shouldn't have to spend the time repairing a manufacturing flaw. Your best plan may be to contact the manufacturer and request a new body.

If you bought the model at your local hobby store, the owner may offer a replacement kit and deal with the problem himself. The same goes for some of the bigger mail-order kit suppliers. If that doesn't work, a friendly phone call or letter to the manufacturer may get the results you're looking for. Various companies have different return policies so be sure to ask about proper protocol when you contact the company in question.

As annoying as a warped or missing part can be, always be courteous in your correspondence. In this case, the old cliché about catching more flies with honey than with vinegar is true.

Thanks for the question. We hope we straightened out your plan of action.


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