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Scratchbuilding a Nova grille

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  • Member since
    November, 2006
  • From: north central Indiana, USofA
Scratchbuilding a Nova grille
Posted by buildit on Friday, November 30, 2012 6:41 PM

What's a fellow supposed to do when no one makes a kit of the car you want to build?  Find something close and modify it to suit.  I've done this with a few kits, trying to build models to represent vehicles that I've owned over the years.  I've built a bench seat from scratch for my '69 Chevelle and shortened an F150 extended cab kit to a regular cab to name a couple.  But I'm a bit stymied with a current project.

Now I'm trying to modify a '69 Nova kit to represent a '74 Nova SS.  Any ideas how to build an eggcrate-type grille, or modify something to replicate one?  Here's a pic to illustrate what I'm going for:

Any ideas or input is greatly appreciated!!

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    September, 2012
  • From: Edmond, Oklahoma
Posted by Tom Cervo on Friday, November 30, 2012 7:50 PM

Screen wire is pretty close if you don't mind the less than 3D "egg carton" look.  At 1/24th scale it would be hardly noticeable.  It depends on how particular you are.  I have noticed screen wire comes in different sized and proportioned squares and rectangles, so check around.

Just a suggestion.

"A man cannot say he has fully lived until he has built a model ship"

Ronald Reagan

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    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, December 01, 2012 12:42 PM

For an eggcrate structure, you can use strips of styrene, and cut halfway through the horizontal members, then halfway through the verticals from the other side.  When finished and glued, prime and airbrush with Alclad chrome or polished aluminum

One quick and dirty method that doesn't look super, but works in some cases, is to get a silver gel roller pen.  Cut a piece of styrene to fit the opening, and rule in the lines with the silver pen over the flat black styrene. Then glue in place.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: north central Indiana, USofA
Posted by buildit on Wednesday, December 05, 2012 6:25 PM

Thanks for the responses, guys.  I actually had started on the styrene strip method but wasn't too happy with the way it was progressing, and I had wondered about something like the screenwire, too.  Thought maybe I was barking up the wrong tree with these ideas, but since you guys mentioned essentially the same things I feel a little better about it.  I may pursue these directions with a bit more vigor and see what I come up with.  Thanks for the input!

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, December 06, 2012 8:36 AM

To me the secret of doing things like an eggcrate is making jigs.  You need a cutting jig to make all the grooves identical between pieces.  You may also need a jig/fixture for gluing the thing together if it doesn't hold itself together.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Thursday, December 06, 2012 9:27 PM

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes

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Posted by tankerbuilder on Friday, December 21, 2012 6:33 AM

    I have the perfect solution for you . Go to your LHS and hit the WALTHERS catalogue or model railroad section. there are " O " scale boxcar roof walkways that will work perfectly. That,s what I use . I cross many boundaries when building to help keep the look right.

     I use railroad car barge deck hatches on my ships for instance , in " H.O. " scale and they look perfect . Try it , you won,t be dissappointed .

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  • From: California
Posted by SprueOne on Friday, December 21, 2012 8:17 PM

Oh yeah!

Great advice.

I forgot about that material Idea 

Anyone with a good car don't need to be justified - Hazel Motes

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  • From: north central Indiana, USofA
Posted by buildit on Monday, December 24, 2012 6:02 PM

Sounds quite promising.  Small hurdle, though.  We don't have a LHS around here.  I've started doing some searching on the 'net for "O" scale roofwalk material but so far haven't found much.  Would at least like to see what this product looks like, maybe get some approximate measurements of the grid.  Thanks for the tip!!

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