Here is the first step in trimming a new body. Look at it for a while.
Find all the details and how and where it's all going to be cut.
Look at the headlights etc. These D-Like lights are direct copies of the Tamiya versions only not as good in the quality department.
This body has a separate rear bumper with a built in diffuser.
And very basic light detail in the limited sticker set.
Anyway knowing what you need to do is an essential step.
Step 2. NO SCISSORS!!!!!!!!
Get yourself a super sharp hobby blade.
Lightly score the lines you want to trim.
Do this twice. Where the corners are, the polycarbonate will be thinner, so the blade my slice through, so be careful with pressure. you can see above that the lines are already coming away.
Where the corners are like this, make the incision from the corner outwards, it's very easy to go to far. But DON'T CUT THE LINE ALL THE WAY!! Just cut a tiny bit to make the line start. I didn't go any further than shown above.
because once the line is scored, you can FOLD along the line and it will PEEL away like a banana skin. Smooth!
You can see how easy it is. It takes seconds, if you have prepared well.
you end up with an amazing piece. You can clean up the lines later with the same methods and a bit of "slicing".
Anyway, This is an off cut. Think about the shapes. What can I use this for?
I think it will be the dash.
So just to recap.
1. Look at the body and plan ahead.
2. Score the entire body taking care around edges.
Note, trim on a soft surface if you can, to prevent scratches. I use a table place mat.
This could cause a disaster. peeling follows the deepest cut usually, so just go over this section again making sure your blade follows a clean edge.
Peels smoothly when done correctly.
this is the ONLY time I used the knife after I started peeling. I had to cut the small horizontal edge bafore I could continue.
You end up with something like this.
That is trimmed perfectly.
Sit back and admire.
I will add some more detail, like opening up some holes and trimming the side skirts again, but basically, I'm done.
Any more tutorials?