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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:30 am

This is a styrene flat sheet model kit. It's like scratchbuilding, but the parts are already cut out. It's a great project for someone who wants to learn to scratchbuild, but has never tried. You need to supply the fenders, wheels, axle, glass, and interior if you want.

The price is $4.99 plus $7 shipping in the U.S.
It's available on ebay as well.

The first step is to peel off the protective paper from both sides
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Then snap off the parts from the sprue trees
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:31 am

A sanding stick is used remove the excess plastic
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The kit comes with inner and outer left and right sides. The inner (smaller) goes on top.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:32 am

When the two parts have an equal space all the way around, glue the two together with liquid cement.
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Using a square, the left side (window only side) is glued on with liquid cement
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:33 am

Thick strip styrene (not included) is added to strengthen the sides.
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The front of the roof piece is sanded at an angle.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:34 am

The front of the roof piece is glued in place. If you want to put in an interior, now is the time.
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With tape holding the roof down, Liquid cement is used to glue the corners.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:35 am

Glue is used to reinforce the inside. The door is then added.
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The corners are sanded with a sanding stick
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:36 am

The rear is slightly too long. It'll be taken care of in the next step.
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The bottom of the hatch is trimmed
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:36 am

The left side of the rear hatch is sanded slightly.
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A lip is added to hold the top of the rear hatch. The lip is cut from the sprue tree.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:37 am

The rear hatch is glued in place. If you want to add an interior, the rear hatch can be used as a template to cut a hatch in brass.
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Edges are sanded smooth.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:38 am

A tongue can be scratchbuilt from thick strip styrene (not included)
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Or, a tongue can be taken from a kit. This one is from AMT Ertl's 1941 Ford Woodie.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Wed Dec 30, 2009 8:39 am

With the body done, it has been painted silver. This is the highboy version, but you can add your favorite fenders.
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Post  Dakota_in_the_sky on Thu Dec 31, 2009 6:12 am

A few more building ideas
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