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SpeedCat71
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1/43 Windscreens and the like

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Hi all, hope you’re all safe and well.

I’ve been collecting cars for a very long time now and do have a few that I would like to refurbish. The problem i face is these are missing in the majority, their windscreens. I have tried and tried with various plastics to make windscreens but no matter what they just look rubbish. Hardly ever does a scrap car come on eBay or something so I could buy it for the windscreen so I’m proper stuck. I don’t really want to sell the cars as I’ve got big ideas for them, but wondered if anyone knows how to make a custom decent fitting windscreen, or does anyone make them or any advice would be welcome. I’ve tried acetate, plastic bottles, other model windscreens, you name it. The cars are 1/43 Minichamps and Corgi Vanguards Ford Capris. Thanks in advance for any advice

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I've used plastic from packaging with some success in the past, but it never looks quite as good as it did originally.

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Re: 1/43 Windscreens and the like

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Tom wrote:
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:47 am
I've used plastic from packaging with some success in the past, but it never looks quite as good as it did originally.
Yes it never quite works 100% does it.

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Jean B. makes them from the glass coverslips that are used on microscope slides. You may want to ask him about his method.

You might also try dipping the plastic ones you've made in Future floor finish and letting them drip dry. It makes plastic model windows look more like real glass.

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Alex_W wrote:
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:36 am
Jean B. makes them from the glass coverslips that are used on microscope slides. You may want to ask him about his method.

You might also try dipping the plastic ones you've made in Future floor finish and letting them drip dry. It makes plastic model windows look more like real glass.
Brilliant thank you. Hopefully Jean B may see this but if not i will message him directly. Going to get some Future too. I have also emailed both manufacturers but not holding out much on that one. It’s so annoying they don’t make spares readily available.
Thanks for the advice.

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Jean's method won't work for curved 'screens, though...

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SpeedCat71 wrote:
Thu Mar 25, 2021 2:25 pm
Alex_W wrote:
Thu Mar 25, 2021 11:36 am
Jean B. makes them from the glass coverslips that are used on microscope slides. You may want to ask him about his method.

You might also try dipping the plastic ones you've made in Future floor finish and letting them drip dry. It makes plastic model windows look more like real glass.
Brilliant thank you. Hopefully Jean B may see this but if not i will message him directly. Going to get some Future too. I have also emailed both manufacturers but not holding out much on that one. It’s so annoying they don’t make spares readily available.
Thanks for the advice.
You might also try these sources for parts:

https://modelcarparts.com/

https://www.diecastrecoveries.org.uk/pmaster.htm#TOP

I've used each of them in the past.

Here is a good resource for using Future:

http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html

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@Alex_W - Thanks again. That Swannys site is very comprehensive indeed........checked the other sites for parts but nothing doing. The more modern makes like Minichamps etc don’t seem to feature yet on them.

@Tom - Yes, the curvature is the problem. I will just keep trying to fabricate until success :D

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The Ford Capri has been modelled by many diecast manufactures that you can pick up cheaply under £5.00...Del Prado, Detail Cars, Cararama, Solido etc. It would be interesting to see if any of the windscreens from these cheaper models would fit your Vanguards?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/delprado-1-4 ... Sw4iBf-fum

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Capri-1 ... SwAK5f~PQD
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Re: 1/43 Windscreens and the like

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Jager wrote:
Fri Mar 26, 2021 5:07 am
The Ford Capri has been modelled by many diecast manufactures that you can pick up cheaply under £5.00...Del Prado, Detail Cars, Cararama, Solido etc. It would be interesting to see if any of the windscreens from these cheaper models would fit your Vanguards?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/delprado-1-4 ... Sw4iBf-fum

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ford-Capri-1 ... SwAK5f~PQD
Thanks. Yeah have tried IXO, Detail Cars and Norev. Norev could be a goer but still an expensive way.

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You can also try to restore the windscreen:
https://youtu.be/_sdw5KyW454?t=784
This is a restoration of an old toy Millennium Falcon but he shows how to restore the cockpit's glass, and the results look fantastic IMO.
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LUW wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:25 am
You can also try to restore the windscreen:
https://youtu.be/_sdw5KyW454?t=784
This is a restoration of an old toy Millennium Falcon but he shows how to restore the cockpit's glass, and the results look fantastic IMO.
That is excellent!

I've use Mirror Glaze quite a bit but the H2O2 UV light technique is new to me. I would have also dipped the clear parts in Future.

Great stuff.

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