The last blog post focused on upgrading a pair of Accurail plastic HO scale 36-foot boxcars to follow Lackawanna prototypes. One of the details to remove are the door braces. In the lead image, I used an X-Acto #17 chisel blade to carefully remove the bulk of the molded on brace. Use a new blade, apply slow pressure, and wiggle the blade slightly to keep cutting the detail.
The chisel blade won’t remove all the material.
I use similar tools and processes to remove all sorts of details from plastic models. The key is to use more than one tool to make the grooves. Use narrow tools to establish the path and wider tools to add a groove similar to what is on your model. Don’t forget that final touch up with a scraper or fine sandpaper to level the sheathing surface.
As you can guess, these two Lackawanna boxcars are almost complete and ready for the weathering factory. Another update will follow.
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