Category Archives: Tutorials & Tips

Welcome to the Dirt Modeler Online University. Tutorials from A-Z about modeling modern dirt cars.

Dirt Modeler Solid Parts – Prepping before Paint.

I’ve been doing some research and have found it is recommended that you soak them completely submerged in Acetone (nail polish remover) for 10-12 minutes, and instantly wash in clean water to rinse off the Acetone, and let dry completely on a paper towel. I recommend checking the parts after 5 minutes in the Acetone just to… Read More »

• Bending your Photoetch

Bending your photoetch correctly is a big deal, and bares some review before you begin. It’s important to (almost) always bend your photoetch INTO the fold lines, not away from them.  There may be times when you need to bend the opposite direction, but make sure that’s what you really want before you start bending.… Read More »

• Working with tiny nuts & screws.

Dirt Modeler was started as a side project to Intersection Replicas as i had a constant string of emails from people wanting to purchase my parts.  Intersection Replicas began with an idea to push the envelope of what was possible with a 1:24 dirt late model.  Two things i knew for certain when I sat… Read More »

• Magnetic Jigs

I’ve had numerous inquiries as to my setup for soldering.  I’ve tried multiple different variations, but have found that without a doubt the best way to solder a tube chassis is with a magnetic jig. There is some initial investment involved here, but once you have your setup it will last for many years, and… Read More »

• Assembling your Birdcage Kit

These tips work in conjunction with the the Exploded View Drawing of the birdcage kit.  (View Here) The Birdcage Kit can be purchased Here. Tools/Supplies used in this article: [amazon_image id=”B0019MRTMA” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Flapwheel 120 Grit,3/8″[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”B0019MRTMA” target=”_blank” ]Flapwheel 120 Grit,3/8″[/amazon_link] [amazon_image id=”B000IBSFAI” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Xuron 170-II Micro-Shear Flush Cutter[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”B000IBSFAI”… Read More »

• Making an Upper A-Arm

Click a photo for a more detailed description. Tools mentioned in this article: [amazon_image id=”B000NQ4Q4C” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]TEKTON by MIT 7521 Helping Hand with Magnifier[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”B000NQ4Q4C” target=”_blank” ]TEKTON by MIT 7521 Helping Hand with Magnifier[/amazon_link] [amazon_image id=”B002RTKFWU” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Performance W3939 2-1/2-inch Drill Press Vise[/amazon_image] [amazon_link id=”B002RTKFWU” target=”_blank” ]Performance W3939 2-1/2-inch Drill… Read More »

Assembling a working steering Rack

The Steering rack is relatively simple, the tubes that the actual arms slide through are soldered to the chassis, and has already been completed. The rest of the assembly is added after the chassis is painted (as shown in these photos). The scary part is soldering one end of the rack assembly actually on the… Read More »

Assembling the Dirt Modeler Roof Kit.

A Masterpiece Series roof is comprised of a number of different parts, ranging from 11 to 13 (depending on the roof style). I start with this collection of individual parts. Bend the center section and two sail panels. Solder the sail panels on, using the guide holes and pins to keep everything exactly where i… Read More »