Mount Scale Accessories

By AR on Oct 14, 2014

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Axial Racing’s scale accessories are designed to be easy to attach to a body, but there are steps you can take to get more realistic results and to ensure the scale accessories stay put.

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Mirrors
Side mirrors might be small, but they undeniably make a huge difference and really up the scale realism of a body. Quite possibly the most important tool for mounting the vast majority of scale accessories, including side mirrors, is a high quality body reamer. Axial’s thin reamer is more precise than a large reamer and perfect for this type of work because it makes it much harder to cut an overly large hole. The first step in mounting your mirrors correctly is to go online and do a little research. Search for photos of full-size trucks similar to your model. This will help you select the best mirror style and locate the correct placement. After you have located where you want to mount the mirror, use a permanent marker to mark the spot. Use the reamer to open a hole—a small hole. Go slowly and make sure you do not create too large of a hole. Don’t worry if the mirror fits slightly loose as the mounting method we recommend will secure the mirror. Axial’s scale accessory parts trees include shims. The shims are not always needed, but are very handy for achieving the desired angle of the mirror on different bodies. If shims are used, a small amount of modeler’s cement will keep them in place. Glue the shim to the mirror’s mounting plate. Do not glue the shim to the body. The glue isn’t necessary, but it will keep the shim from rotating. When the mirror is inserted through the body, slide one of the supplied O-rings over the small nub. If a shim is used, the O-ring can be difficult, if not impossible, to install. Do not worry if you can’t get an O-ring on. Either way, secure the mirror with one of the small body clips. The real trick to mounting the mirrors is using silicone glue on the inside of the body. Silicone will still be flexible when dry and can be removed if the mirror needs to be replaced. A healthy glob of silicone glue will secure the body clip and keep the mirror from rotating on the body.

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Windshield Wipers
Windshield wipers are more straight forward and easier to mount than side mirrors, but they too require a little bit of research for the best results. For example, if you’re trying to make your Deadbolt look like an early Bronco and have added a windshield, mount the wipers from the top of the windshield frame.

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Dirty Windshield Trick
Real off-road vehicles get dirty and one of the places that always catches dirt and grime is the windshield. You can easily mimic the dirty windshield look and the results are truly eye-catching. This technique requires a lot of masking, but is fairly easy to full off. What you are to do is mask off the entire body. A plastic bag will be a big help here. Next, carefully mask off where the windshield wipers clean the glass. This will essentially look like two overlapping half circles. The only part of the body that should be exposed is the parts of the windshield that the wipers don’t clean. Sometimes there is a small section in between the wipers at the bottom of the windshield that also doesn’t get cleaned. When you’re satisfied with how everything is sufficiently masked, spray a very light coat of brown Lexan safe paint. Hold the can twice as far away as you normally would and move the paint spray across in a smooth motion. You are not painting the windshield brown. The goal is to slightly tint the area. Next, do an even lighter coat of black. Be extremely careful to only perform a quick, light coat. Also, resist the temptation to add more paint. When the paint dries, it will cover slightly better than it looks wet. Plus, you don’t want the windshield to look completely filthy when the rest of the body is relatively clean. The goal is to just make the windshield look real.

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Cracked Windshield
Cracked windshields aren’t uncommon on off-road vehicles. When you get a big crack in a passenger car, you get it fixed. Off-roaders, however, usually, just suffer the damage until it has to be fixed. Making a fake crack is easy, but you have to be carefully so you don’t hurt yourself or your vehicle’s body. Using a hobby knife, draw a slightly zigzagging crack down the windshield. You can add a few small offshoots if you like.


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