Wanting to take my models one step further, I researched how to make the doors open. I got the idea after building my 1958 Plymouth Belvedere a.k.a “Christine“, where I removed the trunk in order to hold a 9v battery. After scouring the internet, looking at tutorials and having a go at Doctor Cranky’s door hinges, I got too frustrated with the whole thing, so I designed my own. While not as sturdy as Doctor Cranky’s, they are easier to build and easier to install.
Before you begin this project, you need to commit to it. Removing the door pieces is one thing, but once the doors are off and the hinges are made, you will need to actually build yourself a door. This means getting some thin styrene to scratch build the “body” of the door. For the hinge, I can teach you how to put it all together, but building the door is a seat-of-the-pants kind of thing, where you need to be able build a template and then creatively design and build the door for yourself. If you’re a bit scared, start with an old or cheap kit and just see how it goes. After all, if you spend $20 on a kit and the doors fail, you haven’t lost too much.
My hinges work on a single arm which attaches to the outside of the interior tub, and the interior of the “outer” door, as you’ll see below. It’s not overly difficult to build these hinges, but getting them just right CAN be a bit fiddly. Lots of taking the door on and off the model, and it CAN get frustrating. The trick is to work slowly and carefully. When you feel the tension building up inside you, take a break and come back to it later. Just keep in the back of your mind that your car’s doors will open and close, and you should stay motivated to keep working!
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