Section 4 - Reassembly

Now that you have your nicely painted body shell, your newly painted wheels and baseplate it is time to start putting it all back together.

I usually start by putting the wheels and axles together first. If you are using the original axles ensure that they are straight. By rolling on a flat surface any bends will show up.
Bent axles can be straightened by putting the axle on a firm surface (I use a 2lb lump hammer as an anvil) and lightly tapping the high spots of the kinks until it rolls true.

If you are using a new axle you will need to peen one end over into a head to hold the wheel in place. Hold the axle upright on a solid surface and using a small ball pein hammer lightly tap the end of the axle.

Keep tapping lightly (too hard will cause the axle to bend) and keep turning while tapping. You will eventually form a small dome on the end of the axle. Check on the size with a wheel. The dome need to be large enough not to pass through the wheel. Reused axles will already have the dome on it.

Once you have the axle ready pass it through the first wheel, through the axle retainers on the base and place the second wheel in place.
If it is a new axle it will probably be too long and the excess will require cutting off - leave 2-3mm beyond the wheel. If the axle is being reused it is probably to the correct length already - if not - trim it. I have found from experience that it is better to have the end of the axle flat rather that the point shape left by cutters so I usually just grind the end flat.

Now that the wheels are in place dome needs to be formed on the end of the axle to hold everything in place.
Holding the assembly in place, put the assembly on your anvil. Tap the end of the axle with the ball hammer until a dome is formed, large enough to hold the wheel on.
Needless to say, you need to be careful where you hit. Any mistakes can chip the paint on the wheels. Be patient and take your time - it will pay off in the end.
PHOTO to follow

Assemble the other axles and wheels in the same way as the first and then put the tyres onto the wheels. It is best to add the tyres at this stage as sometimes, once the body is in place, it becomes impossible to fit tyres on.
PHOTO to follow

If window units are fitted to the car, now is the time to fit them. I find that a small blob of SuperGlue is enough to hold them in place.
One word of caution on using SuperGlue at this stage. It can be nasty stuff if not used correctly - not only for your own health (it will stick skin to skin or anything else it touches) but can ruin a model. It has to be used VERY sparingly. It runs very easily and before you know it, you can glue the model to your fingers or at least make a mess of your new paintwork or windows. If too much is applied it does not set quickly and you can end up holding it place for ages. Now, warnings out of the way (don't say I didn't warn you) let's carry on with the model. (Unless at this stage you didn't heed my warning about SuperGlue and have to start all over again at section 2 - Paint stripping)

All that needs doing now is to fasten the baseplate back in place on the body shell.
This is done by using small domed rivets. If you drilled the original rivets out in section 1 you should already have the holes prepared in the rivet posts. It is now just a matter of putting the base in place and tapping a rivet into place. Don't forget to put something soft and scratch free underneath the car before doing this or you run the risk of chipping/ marking the paintwork.
I usually apply a TINY blob of glue on the end of the rivet just to make sure it holds in place.
(photo to follow)

Now, unless you are reassembling a larger model with various parts to reassemble, your model should be back together.


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