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    The headlight lenses in my Scalextric Cortina went awol so in wondering what to replace them with, I came up with this solution. It's new to me but may be old hat.
    I heated the plastic packaging against a 70w incandescent lightbulb until soft (it will stick to the bulb as it heats but peels off easy enough) and then pushed it over the blunt end of a 4.8mm drill bit that I had ground slightly rounded. The next interesting part was to cut them down to fit in the headlight bezels in the car.

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    The 1st one glued in place with instant UV glue although both are finished now. The cutting bit takes the longest as it's the fiddliest.
    It's a lot easier than it sounds so definitely worth a try if you have missing lenses.

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    Last edited by Wobble; April 26, 2020, 04:50 AM. Reason: spelling and grammar

  • #2
    They look very realistic.

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    • #3
      Very nice.
      Dave
      Saginaw Valley Raceway
      Only Rule: Just enjoy who you are racing with.

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      • #4
        Great idea, and great result !!

        Cheers
        Chris Walker

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        • #5
          I’m going to use that idea. It’s annoying losing a headlight. Thanks for this

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          • #6
            Great way to replace a headlamp lens. Thank you!
            Scott
            Why doesn't my car run like that?

            Scott

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            • #7
              Awesome idea!

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              • #8
                Thanks guys. It's good to see someone can make use of it.

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