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Subject: Maisto Lamborghini Murcielago.

I've always liked Maisto for their use of springs as working suspension. Makes it easy to lower their models. Just cut the springs and I'm good to go. Problem was, cut away too much of the spring and I had a car that's too low and I can't change it back.

So now, instead of cutting springs, I use drinking straws instead. I measure the amount of drop I want and cut the straw in appropriate length. Put them in place of the springs and I'm done. If the drop is too much or not enough, all I have to do now is cut out another piece and try again. I can play around with different height until I find the one I like. I keep the springs in case I want to return the model back to stock form. Sure the model doesn't bounce up and down anymore but that's not what I need in a model. Have fun.
 

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Good idea!
When I cut too much off I usually just stretch out the spring a bit.
I think I will try your way next :cheers
 

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Looks good! :nicejob :nicejob :nicejob

The only time I dropped a car aws SM Jr's Cobra R. I clipped the springs one 1/2 coil at a time. It took a while before we got the right look.
 

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Another way to do it:

Instead of cutting the spring, just put a spacer (like small washer) below the spindle. So order from top to bottom: Spring - Spindle - Spacer. This will jack the spindle upward thus lowering the car. If you need to go lower, just add more. If you get bored with the lowered look, remove washer and back to stock :)

I did this to several Maisto cars, one example is the 1:18 Cadillac DTS. I thought the front end looks a bit too high, so I lowered it and it looks better (in my opinion...). Picture below.
 

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To add: This means the spring is compressed and still there.
If you want to go really low, then I guess you have to remove the spring.
 

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That is great advise for someone who hasn't done a drop like that before, but
wants to!! Like me!!! Thanks!!! :cheers :nicejob :danbanna :nicejob :cheers
 

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This method apparently works for some Welly models too. I did lower a '69 Mustang Boss 302 and it turns out good. Sorry, no picture yet...
 

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Great advise Tom, I can see how that would be a lot easier than cutting the springs. I went the cutting route on this Maisto Z4, and had to try at least three differnt times to get it to look right. Your way will be definately the way to got next. :cheers :cheers

Here's my first lowering attempt......
 
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I'm glad you guys found it useful. Some nice photos there also. Drop 'em and post 'em. :giggle

Nice looking Mustang and Z4. I'd say you got the Z4 dropped just right C7.
 
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great idea Tom!!,
I prefer the bouncy springs but i'll use the straws to find a good height then I can get the springs to the desired height, better than wasting a spring!!
 
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