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There was a discussion in the October 2019 Scale Auto about making a longer hood for a ’32 Ford roadster. I think it might be easier to make the longer hood using a vacuum-forming machine instead of softening the plastic with a candle as you suggested. If you’re not careful, the plastic might catch fire using an open flame. Micro-Mark has a compact vacuum-forming machine that I bought to make custom parts for my large-scale trains.

– Jeffrey Damerst, via email

Ken: I agree, Jeffrey. A vacuum-forming machine is the ideal way to go for this type of project, but it might be out of the financial range of modelers who would more than likely just use it once or twice.

Years ago, I made a vacuum forming machine out of an old bread pan with holes punched in the bottom, a few scraps of plywood, and a couple of fittings that hooked to a vacuum-cleaner hose. It worked great and cost almost nothing to build.
Who knows? That might be a good subject for a short how-to article in a future issue!

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