All the bodyshells need a similar method to prepare them, here’s how it goes.

Tools required:

  • Sharp scalpel or craft knife
  • Side cutters
  • Needle files
  • Wet and dry paper, 600 grit is about right.

Everyone knows what side cutters look like, see below

But my life was transformed when I found flush side cutters, the jaws look like this, ground flat.


They allow you to snip very close to what you’re cutting and saves a lot of work with a scalpel and files later on.

Bodyshells are supplied like this:

Using a scalpel, remove the casting flash around the wheelarches and windows.

With the side cutters, trim the sprue from the body posts.

You can get the surface smooth with a needle file afterwards so don’t cut too close with the scalpel if you’re unsure.

As always with resin parts, wash them in soapy water to get rid of any mould release agents, then leave them them to dry.  Choose your favourite primer and get to it.