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How to build better bumpers and grilles

Scratchbuild custom parts to get the shape just right
By Steve Boutte

At a recent contest, I had an unfinished project on display that featured scratchbuilt front and rear bumpers. One of the most-common questions was, "how did you do that?" I went on to explain the process, and one person commented, "Oh, so you just carve away the plastic that doesn't look like a bumper." I agreed, but later started thinking that it is exactly what I do. The process is really not all that hard, and I find it's quite a bit of fun.

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