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Methods for performing major surgery

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I need to perform some major surgery on the internals of a Hornby tender so I can fit a large speaker. It's a long time since I have done something like this but my memories are of long and awkward struggles to get a scalpel into just the right place and slowly hacking parts away at great risk to the model and my fingers. There's got to be a better way, so I was wondering what methods people use. I am considering a Dremel fitted with a cutting disc, perhaps running from a flexible shaft.

David
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Hi David,

Depending on the thicknees of the material you have to cut i use a combination of tools .... the minicraft drill is great with a flexible shaft drive and a diamond/slitting disc in at very low speed steady progress can be made, if you have the space and the thickness of the plastic isnt too great a nibbling tool used gently gives good clean cut results, the razor saw is another alternative to the disc.

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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 7 Dec 2008, 21:30) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I used a Leatherman blade with serated edge for the larger parts, a scalpel for the smaller parts and drilled small holes to allow more vents for the sound to exit.

Could you enlighten me as to what a leatherman blade is please Neil
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