HOW TO: Engine management electronics (AFC).

11-10-2003, 12:59 PM
1: Gather clear blue (or some sort of clear paint), silverchrome or aluminum paint, piece of .03" thick styrene or plastic card, an exacto, paintbrush, and bare metal foil (optional).

2. Cut styrene/ plastic card to desired size my suggested size shown below.

3. Cut half way through the styrene sheets to make buttons for the controls. You can make 2 or 3 button controls, or anything you want! suggested pattern below.

4. Paint with either silverchrome or aluminum paint. I double up some masking tape on top of an old paint jar to hold the piece in place.

5. (Optional) cut a small piece of BMF (bare metal foil) to make the screen. You don't have to do this you just have to paint it more carefully in the next step.

6. Paint clear blue (or other clear paint) on the BMF or in a rectangular shape on the control to make up the screen.

7. All finished! Here you can see a better one I made on the RX7 Dash.

Hope this helps and I hope to see some of these on your models! :smile:

Midnight Racer
11-10-2003, 01:58 PM
Nice tutorial.:bigthumb:

11-10-2003, 03:39 PM
I have made a number of these in the past and use see through green and blue combo for more realism:

don't forget to add Microsol Crystal Clear or any other white glue to add the lens and make it look reflective. You can also add wires by drilling the side of the plastic piece and attaching wires that would go into the dash.

Also you can add decals to represent various brand names of the Engine Managament or Turbo Timer units.

Use the same tehnique to make Radar Detectors, etc.

11-10-2003, 04:19 PM
Great Im gonna have to go try this on my veilside S15 Silvia :naughty:
Thanks for the cool how to :iceslolan

11-10-2003, 04:31 PM
ive also made some AFC's..

heres a pic of one..

I made mine like a month ago, but used almost the same thing as u did

the only other thing i did was take my gundam marker (black) and made some "buttons" on the side..

btw: it was my 1st model since af.. don't be to critical!

notice how the nitrous isn't hookd up to anything ;) haha

11-10-2003, 04:51 PM
All of these look great guys. I'm going to have to try this sometime. Great tutorial.

11-11-2003, 11:40 AM
great tutorial, you could also use that to replicate a little in dash Navigation system,

11-11-2003, 12:48 PM
Got some nice bits being built here! Maybe I shall build my own.

11-12-2003, 08:22 PM
Hey Integra14,

how did you fill the 4 cast holes in the back of the Tamya 300ZX trunk? I found there just wasn't enough room to get in there and fill them up.

Looks great btw :)


11-12-2003, 08:35 PM
pm me dude.. but im not really sure what ur talkkin bout.. i iddnt have any putty work to do in the trunk!

11-12-2003, 08:55 PM
I'm talking about these (sort of hard to see):

Yes, everyone be disgusted by the quality of my work :)

Integra14, the mufflers you have for sale.... any idea to ship 4 or 5 to Austalia?


11-12-2003, 11:02 PM
Cool idea.

I personally don't trust "dial-a-boom" (AFC) in real life.

01-22-2004, 11:26 PM
I was just looking through all the How To threads and saw yours, i have a tip for you. Instead of going through the trouble of cutting the styrene sheet, you can just use styrene strips that are the same size and just cut it out quick instead of measureing width, even though it isnt really anything big but just wanted to everyone so its easier on there selves.

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