How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

In this how to we will demonstrate how to make a hinge for a Hot Wheels casting, necessary to make a custom opening hood or trunk. 

Step 1

Drill a hole so you are able to make sharp turns

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

Step 2

Cut the hood out with a jewelry saw

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

Step 3

Use a hinge to attach the hood to the casting

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

Making a Opening Hood or Trunk On A Hot Wheels

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Step 1.
Plan out what part of the casting you will cut out to be hinged. Drill a 0.8mm hole in the corners where you will have to change directions.

This will minimize the strain on the blade and keep your corners sharp.  

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

Step 2.

In this example, three sides of the engine cover will be cut with the jewelry saw. The forth side is open to the back window. 

About the jewelry saw. The jewelry saw comes with over 100 blades for a reason. They are very fragile and ware out quickly. It took three blades to remove the engine lid from this casting.

Breaking blades are normal but breaking the blades can be minimized with practice and being genital. 

 

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

Step 3.

Now we will use a paperclip to make a hinge. 

The way the paperclip hinge works is the metal inside the rubber cover will turn. 

By removing the end parts of the rubber cover (see pic), you are able to super glue the rubber to the hood/trunk, and the exposed metal to the body of the Hot Wheels. 

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

The example above is a very simple hinge. 

Sometimes you will have to bend the paperclip to fit the contours of the casting, and sometimes it will be better to glue the plastic part of the paperclip to the body of the car, and the metal part to the trunk/hood or door. 

 

How to make a opening hood or trunk on a hot wheels

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