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Old 02-02-2017, 02:58 PM
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I am terrible with lexan scissors. Can not cut around intricate areas very well. Any tips? Do you guys score the body with a hobby knife (x-acto) before cutting with the lexan scissors? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:09 PM
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Honestly practice is only real way. 6years and I'm still working on it. A Dremel tool helps with trimming wheel areas.
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Old 02-02-2017, 03:40 PM
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If you score it with an exacto knife you don't need to cut it with the scissors. You can just bend it and it will crack on the line. I will use regular scissors on the long body lines on the sides, and use body scissors for the wheel wells. But I never cut on the line, I always cut inside the line then use a sanding drum on a dremel to finish the wheel wells. If you have a good steady hand you can score the entire body with an exacto knife and bend it on the line and it will crack perfectly on the line, but I always seem to slip and mess up somewhere.
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I use a variety of tools including a olfa knife, curbed scissors, Henckels multi-purpose kitchen shears (red/orange handle), circle cutter, and even long nose pliers to twist off tight areas after scoring the lexan. Sand paper is also a must for me to get the plastic cut to perfection. You can see my Mini's in my album pages.
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thanks for all the tips!
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:23 PM
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Sissors for the big chunks, and I finish with a dremel
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dremel is like the new duct tape lol I bought one about 15 years ago thinking i'll use it 3 or 4 times and that's it. boy was I wrong. I've used it so much I wore it out and had to buy a new one.
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try cuticle scissors they are slightly curve super sharp and small you can cut very small circles with them

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It's not like you have to make a new body every week. I wouldn't buy a dremel just because you suck at using scissors. Cut whatever and however you can and the edge you can't handle can be cut using exacto knife. Buy Dremel only if you will use it for something else although Dremel is ALWAYS handy to have for many RC jobs.
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I don't like using the hobby knife then braking the body on the scar mark. too often I come off the line. Just use scissors get close to the line try to stay on the outside a bit, and when you get to the tight sections go a bit farther away and then use a drimmel tool to get closer. also any corners I use the drimmel tool as well, this has really helped stop most of the cracking as I smooth out all my edges using the drimmel. Takes more time, but the body lasts much longer
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Originally Posted by jeromerc View Post
I don't like using the hobby knife then braking the body on the scar mark. too often I come off the line. Just use scissors get close to the line try to stay on the outside a bit, and when you get to the tight sections go a bit farther away and then use a drimmel tool to get closer. also any corners I use the drimmel tool as well, this has really helped stop most of the cracking as I smooth out all my edges using the drimmel. Takes more time, but the body lasts much longer
That's prob because you put too much force on it. Gentle pressure followed by breaking the rim will do the job.
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Necro bumping anyone...
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Nice new blade and scoring the body is all you need. I use to use the scissors and I hated it. I do use a dremel to sand out some of the edges. Here is a vid of a guy showing you how to score and snap.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBybCCDSjeA
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Scissors and dremel to clean it up!
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