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Saturday spent fixing first bit of 6mm bendy mdf to my shoulder frame, I had a couple of clamps but a friend lent me about 8 and needed every one. My son in law loaned me his multi tool which cut like a dream, however, he needs it for work so had to give it back so went to Wickes and bought one for £25, a bit cheaper than his top of the range model but it still does a great job. Have fibre glassed my dome plug after waxing the he'll out of it, fingers crossed it will come off ok.
Managed to get the first two layers of fiberglass done last night, but had to stop because TechShop was closing for the night. Went back for a few hours today and got 2 more layers added on, for a total of 4. Im honestly considering doing a 5th and even 6th layer when I get back in the shop next. XD I want this mold to be very, very sturdy.
The first two layers I just used the resin on its own.
Then for the 3rd I added black pigment, and then yellow pigment for the 4th layer. This is just to make it easier to distinguish the layers and see any spots I may have missed.
Whenever I post a topic I set the slider at the bottom to receive notifications but I don't get any.
I have just changed my email address to another that I use to see if that makes any difference but are there any other settings that I need to look at?
Vince - sounds like I may need to pick your brains at some point :-)
What motors are you using ?
The 25A is a lot cheaper than the 32A but I guess it all depends on the stall current draw from the motors? (Or at least that's what I can remember from my early days of robotics)
I foresee a few problems with this approach:
The mold itself would be a much more complex shape, making it much harder to remove cleanly, and likely requiring you to make the mold out of a greater number of pieces in order for it to wor
Doors. As it is, a Dalek (or at the very least, an NSD. I dont have personal experience with any other models.) wont fit through a standard doorway in its assembled form. You have to the skirt off the fender and carry the fender in sideways to get it to fir through the door, and most times you also have to remove the bottom couple rows of Hemis from the wide side panels in order for the skirt to fit.
Strength. If the mold was all one piece, and thus the final skirt/fender combo was one piece, I would be very concerned about the structural integrity of the point where the skirt would normally meet the fender. If its all one piece, then the entire weight of the dalek is sitting on that 'corner' where the fiberglass goes from the vertical skirt panels to the horizontal top of the fender. That part would have to be SERIOUSLY reinforced all the way around the circumference of the skirt.
Transport. Even if you have doors big enough to fit the fender and skirt through, without disassembling, how are you going to transport the Dalek? Many cars, minivans and hatchbacks will fit an entire dalek inside when its broken down into its different parts, but if the fender and skirt were one piece, youd need much more space inside your vehicle to fit it. So unless you have a pickup truck or a large SUV or some such, transporting it would be an issue.
All in all, I feel like the amount of fiberglass saved would be negligible. I mean youre basically avoiding having to make, what, a few inches worth of fender, and the bottom flat surface of the skirt? Thatd be only a few square feet. And for all the added difficulty a joined skirt and fender would give you, I honestly dont think its worth it.