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Old 06-18-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Exclamation How too cut out wheel archers in body?

Hay guys,just a quick question.What`s a good way to cut out wheel archers in a body for a car?.With out damaging the paint work.I don`t have the curved scissors,But i like too know how other people did this with out em scissors.Thanks Dion
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Circle cutter...like so

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Olfa-Circl...i_sku=15407946

You should be able to find something similar at most craft stores, hobby shops, big box home improvement stores, hardware stores etc.

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Score the wheel wells with an x-acto knife then fold at the score line and the lexan should snap and peel the scrap piece out.

If you are afraid to try this. ask someone to show you.

It is very easy once you do it once or twice.
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I just use a pair of curved lexan scissors, cost about 6 bucks from any hobby store.
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Circle cutter...like so

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Olfa-Circl...i_sku=15407946

You should be able to find something similar at most craft stores, hobby shops, big box home improvement stores, hardware stores etc.

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Have the same one for the last 5 years, Nothing better. Perfect wheel wells every time
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Score the wheel wells with an x-acto knife then fold at the score line and the lexan should snap and peel the scrap piece out.

If you are afraid to try this. ask someone to show you.

It is very easy once you do it once or twice.
This is by far the best and easiest way IMO. Do the entire body like this
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I use the cap from the can of motor spray, if you can use an x-acto to score it that works even bette I find placeing the body on the edge/corner of a table and the cap as a template, use an x-acto or marker then cut out with body scissors.
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Some bodies, like HPI, have a center point mark which works great for the circle cutters (have one and it works great), but I still do some minor trimming at the edges with an exacto knife.

For the bodies that don't have a center point mark I try to find something that matches the wheel opening diameter, like a cap from a spray can, and use that to trace around with the exacto knife.

Never really had good luck cutting wheel openings with curved lexan scissors myself.

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I just use a pair of curved lexan scissors, cost about 6 bucks from any hobby store.
$6 Bucks???? I wish! Try $19 bucks! lol,I did it,the paint lid and hobby knife was gold! Cheers people.
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I used to use a circle cutter too but it takes the top of the arch too high and makes the body crack on the front guards. Using scissors is the best option, cut a circle about the size of the rim, then widen the sides so that it doesn't scrub. I'm actually terrible at this but I had an experienced painter cut my last arches and this is how he did it, they look great, don't catch, and the body is strong.
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A circle cutter is the only way to go. I use this.
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$6 Bucks???? I wish! Try $19 bucks! lol,I did it,the paint lid and hobby knife was gold! Cheers people.
he probably lives in the u.s were parts are a 1/3 the price of here.
imaging going in to a hobby shop with $20 and being able to buy some thing other than a body clip
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he probably lives in the u.s were parts are a 1/3 the price of here.
imaging going in to a hobby shop with $20 and being able to buy some thing other than a body clip
LOL i live in Brisbane, and you do know, that you do not have to buy Hudy Lexan choppers made from their TM gotcha steel, you can find these types of hobby scissors in lots of places. If i am not mistaken, the pair i currently have in my tool kit, i stole from the wife, they were her scrapbooking scissors, they are good quality, cut clean, make from quality materials and did not cost an arm and a leg either.

VEN-0860 Venom Lexan Scissors: $6 RC Hobbies Parramatta.
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A circle cutter is the only way to go. I use this.
Yup, that's the way to go. Similar to the one I use. Works perfect every time. Just score it deep enough, then peel it right off.
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a small tool, slide it trough wheel. aline to tip of axle and slide the tire and wheel down to the body.sharpie it. cut with any kind of scissors hope this helps. Ron,
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