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Custom pedals

Scratchbuilding is a word that can strike fear into even the most seasoned modelers, but building something from pieces of something else need not be intimidating. A case in point is the method Chris Roldan uses to produce custom pedals.

Using everyday workbench items and a little imagination, Chris has come up with a clever and economical way to create a handsome detail. That accomplishment has earned Chris bragging rights for submitting this issue's Tip of the Month. Here's what Chris has to say:

"Flatten a piece of 1/16-inch (or similar) solder by rolling a tube back and forth over a length of solder that's approximately four inches long. Be sure to tape at least one end of the solder to the work table so it stays in place. When the piece is flat, roll the knurled chuck of a pin vise across the flatten solder in one smooth, firm pass. Don't roll the chuck back and forth, or you'll mess up the pattern. If you make a mistake, cut another piece of solder and start over.

"Cut the pedals into the proper shape using a new, sharp hobby knife. The edges can be smoothed with a small file if necessary. When you're finished with the rough work, gently clean the back side of the solder with a clean rag and a little acetone to eliminate dirt and oil from your fingers.

"To hang the completed pedals, I use 1/64-inch aluminum rod for the gas pedal and 3/64-inch rod for the brake/clutch pedals. The aluminum is easy to bend, and holds its shape. Bend the rod to the desired configuration and attach it to the backs of the pedals with super glue. Trim as required, and after final polishing, mount the pedals under the dash to add a touch of class to your prize-winning model."

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