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#1 OFFLINE   Mazz91

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 04:58 PM

Hi guys,

Long story short, i bought this model and the seller had kindly agreed to drop it off to me in the afternoon, however, it was left in his car on the seat on a hot day and this caused the windshield to warp and come off. Looking for suggestions as to how i can fix this.

1. If i apply heat and try to straighten the windshield and let it cool, do you think this could work?

2. Does anyone know if the HWE 430 Scuderia uses the same windshield?

3. What would be the best glue to use if i am able to repair this?

4. Does anyone have or know where i can get a spare replacement windshield?

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:19 PM

Buying a cheap or damaged foundation F430 could be a better idea, it´s a cheaper repair.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:35 PM

Hey Paladin,

Thanks for the response. Yeah i have had a look but cant find any for sale at the moment. I do however know someone with a damaged scuderia hence why i was wondering if the windshield from the scud would fit this model.

Thanks!

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 05:42 PM

Just a though, if you can remove the windshield try soaking it in hot water.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 06:04 PM

Cheers Eric, yep it fully comes off, i didnt think of that but will certainly give that a shot!

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 07:45 PM

View PostMazz91, on 15 January 2020 - 04:58 PM, said:

1. If i apply heat and try to straighten the windshield and let it cool, do you think this could work?
3. What would be the best glue to use if i am able to repair this?
4. Does anyone have or know where i can get a spare replacement windshield?

1. More heat would probably make it worse, the plastic looks damaged enough as it is.

3. Revell Contacta. Don't apply it directly: put a drop on a piece of paper, then use either a needle or toothpick to collect, and spread the glue in very small quantities around the black edges.

4. I think that your best option is to put that windshield inside a book, put some weight on the top of it and leave for a couple of months. It may come back to original shape.

OR... you could try glueing it back as it is, but you'll need to firmly strap it down on both ends and leave for a few days until the glue cures. Use hobby masking tape for that.



View PostThe Paladin, on 15 January 2020 - 05:19 PM, said:

Buying a cheap or damaged foundation F430 could be a better idea, it´s a cheaper repair.

The windshield on most HWE, including the OP, is made of clear acetate cut to size.

On Foundation models, usually the widshield is a thick molded plastic piece, hot riveted into the diecast shell. So it probably won't fit.

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 08:16 PM

Thanks CWBS.

I didnt really think of the heat causing more damage, but now im a little hesitant to warm it up at all. I might just purchase some Revell Contacta and try the book and weight method instead.

I dont think ill be able to glue it as is, its quite warped and feel like if i try stretch it as is it will damage it.

You wouldnt know if the HWE scud windshield would fit?

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 03:47 AM

View PostMazz91, on 15 January 2020 - 08:16 PM, said:

I didnt really think of the heat causing more damage, but now im a little hesitant to warm it up at all. I might just purchase some Revell Contacta and try the book and weight method instead.

I dont think ill be able to glue it as is, its quite warped and feel like if i try stretch it as is it will damage it.

You wouldnt know if the HWE scud windshield would fit?

You could try Eric's suggestion:

View PostEric, on 15 January 2020 - 05:42 PM, said:

Just a though, if you can remove the windshield try soaking it in hot water.

About the Scuderia windshield: same material but I'm not sure about the dimensions, maybe others can tell you. Rob does a lot of modding on HWE, he'll know.

I have a spare one here, but it's from the racing Challenge (same size) so it has a huge "Black & Decker" sunstrip on it, wouldn't look good on your Spider.

Good luck, I know it sucks when you need diecast spares that are nearly impossible to find :gaah:

Edited by cwbs, 16 January 2020 - 03:55 AM.




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