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Post  Gav_rs1800 Tue Mar 05, 2024 9:13 pm

Good eve,

Would anybody be able to give some advice on how to remove the front lights and indicators on russell brookes ixo manta 1/18 scale

Thanks in advance




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Post  bmd Wed Mar 06, 2024 9:13 am

mate ive never done an IXO but have done several Revell versions... most are simply plastic dabbed, i use my dremel with small grinding attachment, from the inside.. simply grind off the inner dabs of plastic on the inside and the unit will come out from the outside... a drop of canopy glue replaces them with no colouration so glue is invisible.....
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Post  Gav_rs1800 Wed Mar 06, 2024 11:02 am

Thanks a million ill try that this eve and see how i get on 🤞

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Post  brian Wed Mar 06, 2024 12:23 pm

You cant push the headlights out from the back it seems. They need to be prized out from the front apparently, but I can see that damaging the unit

How is your german? Let us know how you get on

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Post  Gav_rs1800 Wed Mar 06, 2024 5:19 pm

Thanks brian,

I got them out thankfully without any damage, I put a stanley blade where he hammerd in and flicked it out handy as hell

thanks again

now it near ready for painting

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Post  brian Wed Mar 06, 2024 5:52 pm

Any chance of a close of picture of the headlight unit and the model to have an idea of what we are dealing with? Would be good to see how its held in

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Post  Gav_rs1800 Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:15 pm

No problem at all brian,

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Post  Gav_rs1800 Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:21 pm

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Post  Gav_rs1800 Wed Mar 06, 2024 7:27 pm

Your not able to push them out form the back as the chasis bolt up in behind rhe lights

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Post  brian Wed Mar 06, 2024 8:10 pm

Thanks, its good to see how they are put together.

Any other headaches to watch out for or is it straight forward after that

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Post  Gav_rs1800 Wed Mar 06, 2024 8:35 pm

No problem at all, no problems after that its a handy dismantle then.

Once done ill show you the end product



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Post  RORY O CONNOR Fri Mar 08, 2024 2:26 am

Looking at the video it is clear the headlamp units and door handles have locating lugs so Id say the light units will push out from behind if you get a small enough pointed tool. I do this with 1/43 IXOs. Saves prising off and possibly damaging the parts.
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Post  Gav_rs1800 Fri Mar 08, 2024 8:32 pm

Finally finished not the best but its all learning, not bad for my 2nd modelRemoving set of front lights from brookes manta 20240322

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Post  bmd Tue Mar 12, 2024 2:51 pm

good stuff mate Smile Smile
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