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FROM THE December 2013 ISSUE
In-Depth Technique

How to detail radiators

Easy, fun techniques add realism
Modelers often take great care detailing and dressing up the engines and engine bays of their products, only to use the stock kit radiators — and quite often they are somewhat out of sight.

When I attend 1:1 car shows, I pay close attention to the cooling systems. Many are unique to the car — especially customs, roadsters, and rat rods.

Modifying a kit radiator or totally scratchbuilding your own is an easy and fun process that yields a realistic finished product.

I have used these techniques to modify and scratchbuild radiators for many different types of cars, from showroom to race car.

Try this on your next project. I think you'll find it fun and easy.
Choose the type of radiator and screen that best fits your product.

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