How To Duplicate Oil/Glycol Radiators

by Bill Bosworth

Here’s a way to make more realistic oil and glycol radiators for your next aircraft or automobile model. It’s simple and VERY effective. Most kit radiators are just textured representations, and most of us replace the kit radiator with a simple piece of brass or metal screening. We either glue the screen to a piece of plastic and paint it black or glue the screen in the same location as the kit part. A real radiator can be looked through and has thickness. Neither of these methods allow for look-through or dimension. Here’s how to make it look right:

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There you have it. It’s easy to do and now you have a radiator you can look through and has dimension.

Original text from “Techniques: Screening Your Models” Plastic Novelty Items, V5,N1.