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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I prefer models to have side windows and hate seeing nice models getting made without them. This weekend I tried something I've always wanted to for a long time.

Subject: Autoart Porsche 911 GT2.

First off, I made a paper template the Autoart 911 GT3R's windows. You can use any piece of paper, I use post-it note so it will stay in place. Open the door and stick the post-it note, sticky side down, along the window sill. Hold the paper flat against the window and trace a line along the edge of the window. Cut along the line drawn and you have a template. You can use the same one for both side of the car since it's just a mirror image anyway.

Cut out some clear bendable plastic into shape using the template. You probably have some laying around the house already. Those plastic packaging they use alot for electronic accessories that's hard to rip open will do if you can't find plastic sheets. In this case, I used the packaging from my cellphone battery charger I was going to throw out.

IMPORTANT: in cutting, you need to leave about 1/4 inch of plastic along the bottom edge of the window so you will have something to tuck in between the metal door and the plastic door panel to hold the window in place.

Slip the window into place between the door and side panel and position it so it's flush with the roof and B-pillar when the door is closed. You may have to press the window inward slightly so the top will touch the roof line.

When you have the window in proper position, draw a line on the plastic window along the bottom edge where it meets the door. Remove the window and bend it slightly inward along the line. I just slip it in a hardback book up to the line and bend. This will angle the window so it will be flush with the roof line. Position it back into place and you're done.

Next up: Murcielago.
 
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Thank you for the encouraging words. I hope some of us will try this on other models and post pictures.
 

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I actually did that to my Maisto Bugatti EB110 a couple years ago :danbanna
I also added small side windows to my Maisto XJ220. Yesterday I added side windows to my AUTOart 996 Turbo and my AUTOart Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited :happy
Ill get pics latter.
 
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road warrior said:
can a beginner do this sort of stuff?
Absolutely a beginner can do this. I consider myself a beginner in modding models. Believe me, I am all thumbs when I do any sort of modding. Any small piece of plastic that can be broken when disassembling and reassembling a model, I will break. :giggle

I've expanded my post above to explain each step clearly. I hope it helps.
 

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Amazing work!!! The windows look like they came with the vehicle. :drool It kind of makes a model less desireable for me when it has the windows rolled down. Looking at my collection, the majority don't have them. I agree with Mockingbird, it's just a little plastic, heck, i'd pay the little bit of extra coin on each model to have it put in!
 
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McLaren F1 Guy said:
Amazing work!!! The windows look like they came with the vehicle. :drool It kind of makes a model less desireable for me when it has the windows rolled down. Looking at my collection, the majority don't have them. I agree with Mockingbird, it's just a little plastic, heck, i'd pay the little bit of extra coin on each model to have it put in!
:iagree With no side windows, the model looks incomplete to me somehow. I asked Autoart before (nice responsive company) what factors influence their decision whether a model has or doesn't have side windows, their response was that it makes it easier to open the doors and offers better view of the interior while the doors are closed.
 
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