STAGE 70

 Return to the BUILD


“In this issue, the inner panel of the left door is attached, and the winding mechanism is attached to the window of your K.I.T.T. scale model.”

 

Contents


Parts

Materials: The Decorative Panels are felt sheets and the other parts are plastic.

Magazine

  • The Series – Custom Made Killer
  • Build Your KI.T.T. – Step by Step

Build


Left Door Inner Panel, Arm Rest and Door Controls

Step 1

Peel the backing paper from the Upper Door Decorative Panel and apply it to this area of the Left Door Inner Panel.

I recommend peeling about half of the backing paper back and begin fitting the Panel at one end:

Then, remove the remaining paper and align the rest of the Panel into place:

Step 2

Firmly press the two pins of the Inner Base of Door Release Lever into the matching holes at this location of the Inner Panel:

Step 3

Fit the two pins of the Door Release Lever into these matching notches of the Door Control Panel.

Make sure these pins of the Lever are facing up as you install this:

As this Lever is non-functional and to keep it from moving around or falling out, you may want to use tiny drops of super glue to keep it in place:

Step 4

Fit the post of this Door Control Panel assembly into the matching recess of the Door Inner Panel, orienting it as shown:

Secure the Panel into place from the other side with one (1) BP screw:

Step 5

In the same way as earlier, peel the backing paper from the Lower Door Decorative Panel and apply it to this area of the Inner Panel:

Step 6

Gently press the four pins of the Inner Panel Profile into the matching holes along this groove of the Door Inner Panel, as shown.

As I plan on installing the Door Carpets from Mike Lane Mods, I did not seat this Profile part all the way in so it could be easily removed again:

Step 7

Fit the two posts of the Left Door Arm Rest into these matching holes of the Left Door Inner Panel:

Secure the Arm Rest into place from the other side with two (2) BP screws:

Step 8

Retrieve your three Gears from the previous stage. Fit Gear 1 (69D) over this upper post inside the Door Inner Panel and secure it into place with one (1) DP screw.

Note how the post at the end of this arm is facing up and away from the Inner Panel. The tighter these Gear screws are, the stiffer the window mechanism will be to operate. I prefer to make these screws tighter so the window does not try to roll down by itself:

Next, fit Gear 3 (69F) over this lower post inside the Door Inner Panel. Secure it into place with one (1) more DP screw.

Note how the smaller inner gear is facing up away from the Inner Panel:

Finally, fit Gear 2 (69E) over this middle post inside the Door Inner Panel, engaging both of the previous Gears.

You may have to slightly rotate the other gears to get this Gear 2 to drop in between them, as shown. Also, I found that on my model if we install this Gear with the smooth inner ring facing up, the mechanism worked smoother:

Secure this last Gear into place with one (1) more DP screw:

After all three Gears are installed, you may want to check the operation of the mechanism by rotating the bottom Gear 1. It should engage Gear 2 and Gear 3 to raise and lower the post on the end of Gear 3. If any of the DP screws are too tight, the mechanism either won’t turn or will cause the gear teeth to skip. If all of the screws are too loose, it is likely that your Window will not stay ‘rolled up’ on it’s own after we install it. Adjust as necessary:

Step 9

Retrieve your Left Door Window from the previous stage. Fit the curved opening in the Window over the post of Gear 3 and secure the post with one (1) DP screw, as shown.

There are also tabs on the Window that need to straddle these slats inside the Door Inner Panel (arrows below). To keep the Window from becoming covered in fingerprints, I recommend using vinyl gloves when handling clear plastic parts. Even after tightening this screw, the Window should be able to move around the Gear 3 post:

Step 10

Retrieve your Left Door from the previous stage. Fit this Inner Panel assembly to the inside of the Door, aligning the screw holes as shown:

Secure the Inner Panel to the Door with six (6) AM screws.

This is your friendly reminder to try using 3-in-One Oil on all screws going into metal:

While that step completes this stage, be sure to keep track of the tiny Switch Cover and the unused RM screws:

After I completed this stage, I decided to wait for the next shipment and add the Door Carpets, Badges and Rear Sail Panel Trims from Mike Lane Mods to both doors at the same time. Check out that page for more details!

Thoughts


With this longer stage behind us, we have completed the Left Door of our Knight Rider K.I.T.T. model! This entire assembly will be attached to the Central Body Structure in the next stage, so keep it safely stored until then.

Next Up


 Stage 71 – Right Door, Right Door Handle/Inner Latch, Right Rear-View Mirror/Housing

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