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FROM THE December 2010 ISSUE

Making headlight bezels

RELATED TOPICS: HEADLIGHT
Making headlight bezels
Walter Frey stopped by the T&T Workshop recently to share a great tip for constructing headlight bezels.  

Walt was building a Bud Shootout Tribute car using a Barracuda kit containing headlights that weren’t quite up to snuff, so he decided to make his own:

“I got some aluminum tubing and a selection of headlight lenses. After finding tubing that fit in the model’s headlight opening, and lenses from the scrap box that fit into the tubing, I cut a short piece with a tubing cutter (you could also cut the tubing by rolling it under a hobby knife blade). Cutting the tubing this way rolls the end of the tubing and creates a small lip that holds the lens in place. Slide the lens into the back of the tubing, and secure it with white glue.

As a finishing touch, add a chrome headlight cone from the scrap box or a piece of Bare-Metal foil behind the lenses. Slip the finished headlight into the opening in the model, and glue it in place. It works great for me!”

And it sounds like it would work great for all of us, Walter.  It doesn’t get any easier or simpler than that, and it’s a great way to get your feet wet if you’ve never tried scratchbuilding.

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