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When is a door, not a door?

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Although I haven't had much to say about my Rider's Crossing (a work in progress), I have been beavring away trying to get that buggah finished. My latest obsession:doors. Although I used several Grandt Line windows (modified, of course), their doors were just too scrawnylooking. So I made my own out of clear styrene or acrylic (I can't tell which), using the transparent stuff as a base and laying strips of various-sized solid styrene over the top. Lemme tall ya, it was a bear cutting those little spacers that make up those cutesy panels under the window. And laying down those mullins or muttins or whatever, was no fun, as they are .040 x .040. But it's done and the second door went pretty quickly. One thing I didn't reckon on is how am I gonna paint the things without spraying over the window. Masking could be a real chose, so I'm thinkin' maybe I'll mask as much as I can and fake the rest. After all, the styrene is white and so is the building, so maybe nobody will notice (apply "ten Foot Rule here).

But back to the question: When is a door not a door?
Answer: When it's a jar." /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/tongue.gif
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Paul, I have both those devices and use them liberally. My only complaint is that there is no absolute way to crank out indentical parts, as I'm always adjusting. Or maybe I don't know how to properly use my Chopper. Also, they advertise a new one with a little graph thingy for aligning pieces on it.

No, there are no hinges (I'm not going down that road). Them doors (there are two) will be glued shut, and except for the store portion of the building, there will be no interior, but maybe lights.
Thanks all. I have now moved on to making the front display windows. Lots of measuring, cutting, curs*** and pasting. All the while I need three more Grandt Line windows. Called them Monday, ordered several sets. So far, no windows. And the factory is only 400 miles or so away, so it's not like they have to come from China! Grrr.../DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/angry.gif
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Hmmm, Dwight, good idea! Thanks, I'll try it. In the past--and when not masking clear material, I have been using Scotch Blue masking tape, which seems to be the only masking tape that doesn't permit paint creep, another lesson I learned on my Styrene Station project. But your idea makes sense.

Since I have your attention, I am experimenting with various solvent cements. That wasn't my intention, but when I tried a new (to me) one compared with what I had been using, I thought, "Dang, I like that stuff!" Then I tried my trusty old MEK and found that for certain things, like attaching my mullions, it worked real good too. Then I saw a MLS post where somebody swore by Testors. And there's the liquid stuff in a little can I got from TAP. Suffice to see, my mind is boggled. Or is it the methylethylketone or the trichloromethane talking? /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crazy.gif
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