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AceMartini 14-06-2006 08:42 PM

cutting a hole in resin
Hey -- anybody have any good ideas about how to cut a landing gear bay into a resin model? :/ I got a couple of Jim Small's command modules and plan to put landing gear on one....

Eagle 14-06-2006 10:02 PM

Is the resin solid or hollow with these?

The answer to that would probably determine the technique. :yes:

AceMartini 14-06-2006 10:10 PM

Solid. I had been planning to do this with an Airfix command module, which would have been a lot easier. But Jim's are so much nicer.

BlackBirdCD 14-06-2006 10:14 PM

Start with a small pinion vise drill. Draw an outline of the shape you want to carve out on the part. Then, using the hand drill and a small bit, start cutting into the resin inside the lines you drew for the shape. Eventually you'll have enough holes where you can dig out the rest with an X-Acto knife. Some cleanup will be required.

AceMartini 15-06-2006 10:31 PM

I will give that a go. Thanks.

Styrofoam_Guy 16-06-2006 09:36 PM

I say build the box out of sheet styrene outside of the resin part. Then grind out a recessed area for the insert and glue it in. Next putty and sand the insert smooth.

I have done this before and the results are much cleaner then trying to carve the resin into a nice even shape.

Recess are made from styrene

Area carved into body of the ship

Puttying and sanding and now one new recess

Styrofoam Guy

AceMartini 20-06-2006 04:07 AM

Yeah, that looks like the thing to do. Those pics are great. Will start this weekend.


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