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Tip: I discovered a neat way to make a cheap hobby power sander. I picked up a Crest Spinbrush Classic electric toothbrush (not the "Pro") and cut the bristles off the stationary and oscillating heads. I superglued a piece of 1/4"-thick foam on the oscillating head, with nothing in place of the stationary bristles. I attach small pieces of wet-or-dry sandpaper to this foam with spray adhesive or rubber cement.

The oscillating head works very nicely for sanding model cars. I've used it to do bodywork on my 1959 Cadillac flower car, with great results. And I've found that the sanded areas are much smoother than if sanded by hand with the same grit; no "straight-line" scratches!

Best of all, the whole setup only cost about four bucks.

- Tim Doty
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