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Our tip this issue is actually an excerpt from an in-depth E-mail from longtime modeler Harold Kie. He describes a great way to cut open doors, trunks, hoods, and just about any other opening panel. Let’s get right to his technique:

“The process of opening a panel is made quicker and easier by thinning the plastic first.

“When I cut open any part, I hold the body up to the light and view the seam from the inside. Sometimes the seam is difficult to see, so I use a Dremel oval cutting tool to remove about half the thickness of the plastic. When the seam is visible, I use a thin marker to trace a line around the area to be cut. I can follow that line to further thin the plastic.

“You can thin the plastic as much as much as you would like, but a good goal is to remove about 75 percent of the plastic from the back side. Check your progress often by viewing it against the light. When you are happy with the results, it’s time to start cutting the seam from the front with a hobby-knife blade.”

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