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Posted 10/6/2018 4:13:29 PM


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Well, this weekend was a bit optimistic because my wife had other plans. Go figure. I will get to it asap.
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Posted 10/9/2018 1:25:38 PM


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Didn't get everything permanently fastened together because I am out of epoxy resin again. But here are some pictures of the WHOLE BODY as it is now, and it is big! The front is super long, that surprised me a little, And the lift up cabin doors are also quite long. Keep in mind this is even a 12 per cent reduction from the actual size as well.

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What's next?

The answer is a little complicated. I had planned to proceed with three different options, at the same time! But, after seeing the body completely together it has changed my ideas a bit. Let me layout the three directions below.

1. Continue with the body mold. The above "plug" mold is far from finished. The finished piece will look exactly like the plug, therefor the plug must look like what you want the end product to look like. There is still a lot of prep work to do on this plug. Irregularities need to be sanded down or filled in, seems need to be covered, etc. so there is still a lot to be done with sandpaper and body filler putty.

Once the plug is ready then I must determine the placement of the form flanges. If I just fiber glassed over the plug in one big piece it would never separate. I have to make sure the form is divided into sections that can come apart without damage. Once the sections of the form are determined I can fiber glass them and create the actual form. (that's the fun part) Then I take the form sections off the plug, bolt them back together, and fiberglass the final body part.

2. Start milling the side Boxes. I can set this up and let the CNC machine parts while I work on item 1 or 3. The biggest trick will be dividing these for the mill as they are very complex.

3. Start building the chassis!!! This is what I really wanted to do this winter. I took some measurements off the plug and the good news is, the width of the cabin will be about the same as the width of the interior of my Ram 1500!

However, looking at the plug completely put together, I can very plainly see where the tube framing should go. I think it would be very advantageous to go ahead and finish the mold first. Then I can lay the tube frame sections inside the mold and get exact placement with no guess work. Also, some of the tubing will need to be curved to fit the body and that would be much easier from the underside. So I'm going to put off working on the cassis until I get the mold ready.

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Posted 10/9/2018 6:00:36 PM
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hey sly,
Seeing your build assembled in foam life size I can only describe it as breath takingly wicked.
That said, I can only imagine how it must make you feel standing in the presence of the beast. vertigo
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Posted 10/9/2018 6:31:43 PM


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Thanks my friend. And I have to tell you, the pictures don't do it justice. It really does have quite a presence. As I know from my wooden mockup, the side boxes and wheels REALLY add more size and intimidation to the car. So I think it's going to be quite impressive.

btw, I don't think there would be any problem using your donor truck as a base for this. In fact, I am considering going that route as well.
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Posted 10/9/2018 8:19:52 PM


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It’s looking very impressive. I just noticed it’s the same as your little profile pic. What did you do with the other bvs car you made
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Posted 10/9/2018 8:43:36 PM


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Yes, similar to my avatar. The car in my avatar is the prototype model that the designers used. I'm not sure how big it was but I think it was about a 1/6th model. As the car developed into the full size version this model changed slightly. I think you can see the biggest changes in the jet air intakes.

The wood mockup was dismantled and is in a storage locker in pieces at this time.
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Posted 10/10/2018 1:28:38 PM


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Slysnake - This has to be one of the most impressive efforts I have seen yet! Can't wait to see the roller...
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Posted 10/10/2018 6:09:10 PM


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Thanks brother
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Posted 10/13/2018 9:10:20 AM


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Lesson Learned #1.

The milling process does not leave a smooth surface, there are little ridges left from the tool. They would be very easy to sand out of the foam, but I left them in because I thought they would help keep the resin in place. Mistake! Now I am sanding them down and it's harder because the resin is harder. Plus I wind up sanding thru the resin so I will have to recoat the pieces anyway.

Hard lesson learned. Sand out the ridges before coating.
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Posted 10/13/2018 5:57:00 PM
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How will the coming cold weather effect your build progress. Fiberglass etc.?
Is you work space heated?
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