Thursday, February 2, 2012

How to make a RTR model into a kit!

Well as the title alludes, I have been busy turning a couple of perfectly good Lima TAM cars basically into kits.
As with the Casula RUB cars I thought there may be a better way to flush glaze the TAMs rather than using the vacuum formed windows available.
To cut a long story short I basically used the same method as the RUB cars and milled the back of the window recesses. To achieve this on the Lima TAM I had to split the coach up the middle. I used a steel mini saw blade mounted in the mill. The cut it produces is incredibly fine while barely produced any shavings. The TAM will glue back together with hardly a difference in its original width.
With the coach in two milling could commence on the window recesses.

Here a few pictures of the process. Once the coach has been glued back together hopefully work will commence on the underframe and roof.

That's it for now.


  1. Now that's impressive...I will watch with anticipation.

  2. Hey Andrew,

    Thanks! They may end up an impressive mess yet, so far so good though. Likewise I am looking forward to watching your new layout come to life.


  3. Great idea for cutting the car, Linton.
    Will file that one away. While not as flexible as a mill, I can probably achieve something like it with the drill press.