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Tips on cutting and repositioning flaps from
Michigan, United States
Joined: December 13, 2011
KitMaker: 9 posts
AeroScale: 6 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 01:08 PM UTC
Does anyone have any tips in cutting out and repositioning 1/72nd scale flaps? Im currently working on a 1/72nd BF-109 G6 which will be grounded with canopy open and Id like to open and drop the split flaps, but Im not too sure if 1/72nd might be too fragile or small to do it to. My fear is that I might ruin the wing, and having to do major repairs. For the most part my scratch building skills start and end with making my own seat belts, so this is going to be a challenge.
Massachusetts, United States
Joined: October 23, 2011
KitMaker: 2,221 posts
AeroScale: 1,681 posts
Posted: Saturday, December 17, 2011 - 10:57 PM UTC
go ahead and do it. use the finest exacto razor saw to cut the ends loose,
then scribe the upper surface hinge with a razor blade, but dont cut all the way through. gently bend the piece downward, then scribe a few more times, then bend a bit, and so on until a gap opens.
the surfaces inside the cut will need to be dressed up, you can get some thin strip or half round stock from Evergreen.
if you arent familiar with ProWeld, or equivalent, this is just the kind of project that benefits from it.

I just did a job like that on a 1/144th Corsair

remember, plastic is um, plastic- it bends and conforms.
If it snaps off, no problem, we are model builders, we glue stuff together.

Also, by all means practice first, with some scrap styrene card.