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Tiny headlights
My model car projects are generally 1/43 scale. Often, kit headlights are unsightly, yellow blobs of resin that can ruin the look of an otherwise well-constructed model.

For quick, good-looking headlight lenses, I use a thin piece of clear plastic you can rescue from blister packs (like the ones batteries come in). Cut a flat piece and lightly scribe horizontal and vertical lines, appropriately spaced for your scale, on the surface with the back of a new No. 11 hobby blade. For square lenses like the GT-40, cut the appropriate rectangle with the knife; for round lenses use a small hole punch.

The same material also can be used to make clear headlight fairings found on cars like the XKE. Just cut to fit and tack in place with white glue or Micro Kristal Klear.

– Joseph Reiman, via email


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