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TOM Door frame reinforcement

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Once again our TOM comes from Ed Maslin, a modeler who is never afraid to take a technique and expand on it to fit a need.

This time Ed addresses the problem of windshield posts that are weakened when a model car’s doors are cut open. We’ve shown how to strengthen A-pillars in the past, but Ed focuses on door frames – a logical progression, since opening doors are usually subjected to frequent handling. Here’s Ed:

“Here’s how I strengthen the framework when I cut open doors:

“I use .015” and .020” music wire from the hobby shop to reinforce those areas. Caution: Don’t use sprue cutters on music wire; the hardened wire will destroy your cutters.

“Open the doors with a hobby blade as you normally would, but don’t remove them completely from the car body. Leave the corners to hold the doors in their original position. I find that keeping the doors attached make them less flimsy and easier to work with.

“Clean up the inside edges, so you can see how much room you have on the posts. Scribe a tiny groove all the way around the door posts for the thin music wire.

“Bend the wire so it fits in the groove all the way around, then go back and cut the corners to completely remove the doors from the car body.

“A little sanding and putty will hide the wires.”


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