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Old Busted Hotness
04-07-10, 05:10 PM
Thought I'd go a little up-market with this camper:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/88.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/89.jpg

Started with 4 layers of pink foam, and I've got about 4 hours of shaping and sanding in so far. Next step is the fiberglass skin, and that means more sanding!

Yay sanding! 1yeah1

This one won't get an interior.

comp1839
04-09-10, 09:27 PM
veeery cool!

hot ford coupe
04-09-10, 10:22 PM
I've been waiting for you to do one of these. What are you going to have hauling it around?

Old Busted Hotness
04-10-10, 06:59 AM
It's a contract build for a guy who owns a campground. I think he's going to pull it with a Tamiya Land Cruiser.

Fiberglass is going on, 2 sides are done, 4 to go. The spray adhesive I used to hold the layers together failed, so I had the guys at the LHS shrink-wrap it. So there's a layer of plastic between the foam and the glass.

Once the glass is on I'll gloop some Icing on and then it's a sanding festival.

xken
04-10-10, 08:23 AM
OBH, are you using fiberglas resin and gel coat? Back in the day for production prototypes we used expoxy resin with fiberglas cloth and then painted on the epoxy gel coat on the outside; much easier to sand than fiberglas resin. For flat surfaces and to make sheets we would use mold release on 1/4" thick glass lay a resin imprenated fiberglas cloth sheet flat on the mold relase and then lay a second sheet of glass with mold relase on top; laying it down slowly from one side to minimize trapped air. The result was two sides smooth. Any air bubbles that may have been trapped were easily filled with gelcoat. If a spefic thickness was needed we just used spacers and enough layers of cloth to get the thickness.

On your trailer sides which appear flat spray mold release on the glass, brush the gel coat on the side only and lay flat on the glass and let cure. Add a little weight if necessary, should end up with a fairly flat surface when done. The overflow edges should sand off real easy to blend into curve.

The beauty of the epoxy is it is fast, easy to work and repair and does not smell bad like the fiberglas stryrene monomer.

Another cost effective mixture is to use Bondo body putty thinned with fiberglas resin to desired consistency and imprenate the glass with it. This also works for making hard molds and parts quickly; just watch for the shrinkage. You can use the Bondo cream hardner to kick it off as a liquid.

Ken 1gramps1

Here is a link to epoxy supplier in Cleveland http://www.kindt-collins.com/catalog_pdfs/12-18.PDF

Old Busted Hotness
04-10-10, 03:15 PM
Another cost effective mixture is to use Bondo body putty thinned with fiberglas resin to desired consistency and imprenate the glass with it. This also works for making hard molds and parts quickly; just watch for the shrinkage. You can use the Bondo cream hardner to kick it off as a liquid.

That's closer to what I have planned. Although the sides are flat now, the 1:1 Airstreams have slightly curved sides. Once the glass is hard enough, I'll coat the whole thing with USC Icing (similar to Evercoat, it's a 2-part polyester putty) to get the final shape. It sands about as easy as gelcoat, and anyway I'm using a power sander. The fiberglass is just there to protect the foam, as the solvents in the Icing will turn it into a pink, gooey mess in short order.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/112.jpg

Just about done with the glass, it needs to harden for a couple days and then I'll gloop the Icing on. Once that's all shaped it'll either get some chrome paint or chrome Monokote airplane covering. Monokote would hold up to handling better, but I'm not sure what's needed to glue stuff to it. I'll experiment some before I get to that stage.

hot ford coupe
04-11-10, 02:30 AM
It looks like an old Art Deco radio my folks had. I've used Icing before. It has a really smooth surface but it really stinks up the work area. I still recommend it since it does as well as Evercoat.

Old Busted Hotness
04-19-10, 04:32 PM
Got the fenders and front window cut out:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/230.jpg

There's still a few pinholes & voids to fill, but the major work is done.

hot ford coupe
04-19-10, 10:29 PM
I think I can see the final shape already there. I know which type you're talking about now.

Old Busted Hotness
04-22-10, 10:17 AM
Yep, the Flying Cloud.

Made an axle:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/238.jpg

15/32 brass tube with 5x11 bushings crimped in place with the tubing cutter, Mini Cooper rear stub axles. I can put some bigger tires on if needed, but I like the look of the Vintage tires.

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/239.jpg

Threw some paint on to see where the problem areas are. There's a disheartening number of them. Also framed in the windows. Ride height looks pretty good, but again it can be changed. Nothing is set in stone yet.

Old Busted Hotness
04-24-10, 12:57 PM
No turning back now, it's time for the Mexican chrome!

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/258.jpg

I'm going to let it get good and dry before I try to handle it. This paint takes a few days to set and fingerprints last forever.

jfonticobal
04-24-10, 03:03 PM
I couldnīt understand wath does "Mexican" Chrome minds.

Would you explain me?

Is it a special process?

Regards,

Javier Fonticoba

sydeem
04-24-10, 04:08 PM
I couldnīt understand wath does "Mexican" Chrome minds.

Would you explain me?

Is it a special process?

Regards,

Javier Fonticoba

Fun term for paint instead of real chrome.

There are Irish, Polish, etc. fun terms used in a joking manner so hopfully we won't get too politicaly correct here.

hot ford coupe
04-24-10, 07:28 PM
They may be fun terms just as long as it doesn't offend anyone. That would not be good. 1cop1

Old Busted Hotness
04-25-10, 06:57 AM
No offense intended to our South American members.

"Mexican chrome" is just a term we use for chrome paint. In this case, it's Krylon Metal Effects Silver Leaf.

jfonticobal
04-25-10, 04:26 PM
I am not offended, thank you for your explanation.

regards,

Javier

Old Busted Hotness
04-28-10, 08:59 AM
Let's get busy:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/269.jpg

Tongue and air splitters

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/270.jpg

Window and door

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/271.jpg

Blackfoot bumper and luggage lid

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/272.jpg

This thing on the roof is probably an AC, so it'll get some coils on the sides.

Old Busted Hotness
04-30-10, 09:01 PM
A little progress:

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/303.jpg

Tongue and landing gear

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/04/304.jpg

Non-functional awning.

Now to tackle that big bay window up front. I've put it off as long as I can.

Old Busted Hotness
05-02-10, 02:23 PM
Looks finished to me. What do you guys think?

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/37.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/39.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/40.jpg

http://www.scalemotorcars.com/forum/images/imported/2010/05/41.jpg

Tage
05-02-10, 04:03 PM
It still needs a "Good Sam" decal on the back :-)