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Carbon Bug Bull
Topic Started: Oct 7 2007, 06:48 PM (701 Views)
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Yeah, another one with all the goodies :banana: RC4WD R2 digger, GWS outrunner, Mamba Max, Bull chassis from Double J, Losi Claws, Unimoger beadlocks, TLT front (with aluminum knucks and C's) and Hi-Lift rear axle (it's what I had laying around) and to top it off, a one-off carbon-fiber Baja Bug body:

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I've since added some decals to give it a little color, but the CF is just damn sexy. Gonna bring it out on the 13th and give it a good thrashin'
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We talkin' 1:1 or scale? :er:

I've got enough scrap that you can make a hood, easy. All you need is a couple ounces of epoxy and a mold. What body are you using?
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ha ha, I knew you'd like that one, Nat.

CF isn't that much different from 'glass, but the fabric is stiffer, so you need to lay it up carefully to avoid air gaps. If you have a vacuum bag, that'll help a lot on a complex mold like this. You should be able to do the hood and sides without it, though.
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I'm pretty sure something this evil is banned in all civilized societies. Fortunately we live in Ohio.

Are you coming to the GTG on Saturday, or you headed off to Bangkok? I'll bring some fabric for ya.

I destroyed the body today trying to make another one. Between the vacuum pump and the heat gun, it's had it.
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CF goes inside, to get a smoother finish. The inside of this thing is wrinkly as, well, use your imagination :ew: THe vacuum bag doesn't always lay down nice and flat.

A plaster mold would work, but it'd have to be fiberglassed and gelcoated.

I'll skip the red-light district, thanks. I wouldn't want to catch a Jeep thing. But the shifter karts sound like they're worth the trip!
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Well, I am definitely gonna run this thing some more. All it needs is a little more clearance and it'll be unstoppable.

Back to the shop!
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We might be stepping up to an aluminum mold for the stuff at work. A 2-piece mold will take care of all the imprefections and force the cloth and resin down into the mold for a perfect finish, theoretically.

But it's gonna cost a few thousand bucks to make the mold.

if I had a 2-piece mold for the Bug, we could skip the vacuum bagging. Anyone got thirty grand they wanna loan me? You'll get a free body!
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Now mo' better!

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NOSTR decals

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8 on the axle replaces 6 on the links

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2 Slingers worth of clearance!

Y'all are dead.
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Didn't work so great on the Compost Heap of Doom, did it?
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Yeah, now I got ground clearance, there just wasn't any traction out there on that crap.

bitch bitch bitch, it's always the equipment's fault.
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Yeah, it's getting a TLT axle back there once I dig up some pieces parts. Honestly, I threw the thing together quick so Double J would have something to look at and never got around to doing it right.

It's got a new motor, too :banana: That little GWS was killing me with unintentional reverses. I make enough of them on purpose, don't need to add more.
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