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  • Falcata
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    A little more on the trunk lid
    I built a base for it , makes it a lot easier to work on and it holds it in the right place , it was flexing while sanding

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    This piece came out really rough after the weird glass kicking off too early thing , so it's taking me a while to get it looking sweet , all those pesky corners to sand and make the same.
    it's almost ready to take a part off .

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  • Falcata
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    Hi here is another Tech Tip on making patterns hope you like it .

    https://youtu.be/TQs7qpKcWwY

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  • Falcata
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    Trunk lid continued , this is after re fiberglassing the trunk area , it was stuck on there but good .
    Some of the resin got under the slats and was holding on tight . so it was a but of a struggle to get off and I was worried about breaking the deck lid and the rear roof area .
    Here in the first pic you can see how many wedges I used to keep going around to help pry it off , it was making some scary busting apart sounds .
    It ended up cracking a couple of seems , tore all the slats off as they got stuck in the part from the resin getting under the edges .
    The part is rough but with some bodywork it can be rescued

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  • Falcata
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    Next I jumped onto the rear deck lid or trunk , I need to make a copy of the deck lid trunk area so I can build the trunk lid top and bottom off the car , it's so wide that it's just too awkward to build on the car .
    So I prepped the area with wax and PVA as usual , but something went wrong , still not sure what happened , as I was laying up the fiberglass on the third layer, I was half way down the lid and it started kicking off and I wasn't going to be able to steel roll out the air !!!
    So I was freaking out thinking it's going to be a big mess with air pockets and voids !!! so I pulled all the layers off and tossed them away , leaving a bunch of little glass hairs everywhere to deal with .

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    So here it is prepped waxed and PVA sprayed on

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    And here it is after I yarded the three layers of glass off , so I trimmed the little glass hairs off best I could without disturbing the mold release .

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  • Falcata
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    Hi it's been a little while , My dad passed away ....... very sad he was a brilliant man , fighter pilot in the RAF and the RCAF , flew all kinds of fun stuff , broke the sound barrier in a Saber .
    He is the reason that I build stuff , he was into building everything and was totally awesome , there wasn't anything he couldn't do .

    Speaking of wings and things , the wing turned out pretty well , I will cut the ends off and make separate end plates

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  • Falcata
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    Wing ...............still
    Didn't turn out too bad , the fun part will be vacuum bagging the final parts .
    I have been working on the hood also , will post some pics of that soon

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  • Falcata
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    Wing bonding the top , should be able to get some Rage filler on it today and get it dialed in .

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  • Falcata
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    Anyone bored yet ? .............................. Sorry more Wing stuff
    Here you can see where I ground out a reveal to glass the top without the added glass being higher than the parent material .

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  • Falcata
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    Hi Joel
    I agree 100% with taking a look from a distance to get a better perspective , but unfortunately the car has no suspension in it , I had to remove it so I could get the car level and at the right ride height for the 22 inch wheels , and to be able to check for clearance during the build .
    I would love to stand back and look at it , with the wing , I am going to build the wing and wait to build the mounts until it can be moved . ( probably be in the way all the time )
    It's going to mount under the trunk lid so there will be plenty of room for getting it right .
    Thanks for the input it's much appreciated .

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  • C5GTO
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    Originally posted by Falcata View Post
    More Wing ..................................sounds like Boring .............

    Well it was a lot of fiddling but I thing it's going to look alright .
    Phil: if the car is mobile, I'd suggest rolling it outside to get a "distance perspective". For something as visually striking as the wing, I've found it's much better to view it from a distance not possible in a garage in order to see how it interplays with the cars other major visual elements. It's usually a pain to move a in-process project like yours but I've found usually worth the time and effort.

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  • Falcata
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    More Wing ..................................sounds like Boring .............

    Well it was a lot of fiddling but I thing it's going to look alright .

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  • Falcata
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    Wing Glued together , going to sand a narrow reveal to glass the outside edges and fill as needed , and prep for the final mold .

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  • Falcata
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    Wing Continuation ...................I know still boring


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  • Falcata
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    Got the other parts made today for the wing extension , should be able to assemble it tomorrow .
    I will glue some fiberglass strips inside the wing to make flanges for the new pieces to bond too , then fill in the holes from the old mounting feet and bodywork , then make a real nice mold with a huge flange is I can vacuum bag it .


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    You can see here how it's going to go together .
    I know this is kind of boring , there will be some fun stuff soon !!


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  • Falcata
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    Winging it
    Doing the Layout for the extension pieces , these are the first ones out of the mold , looks like my plan just might work out !!!
    I will have to lay up another set now for the other side , didn't want to make two sets until i knew it was going to work out .
    I know I am not ready for the wing just yet , but I needed something else to work on to give my back a break from working on the hood and the nose of the car .

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