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post #101 of 194
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Thanks for stopping in pjlietz.

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Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
How much were those knobs? Any chance of getting some shipped over?
Hiya prosser.

They weren't too bad in the scope of things, but I guess for just knobs with no technology attached, they weren't too cheap. $5.66 USD each before shipping. I sent them an inquiry to see if they shipped overseas. (If they do, they have a host of different sorts to choose from. All different finishes, materials, and sizes)

I had the afternoon off, so I made a little progress on the front bezel today.

Last installment you saw where I cut holes for the new switches. That little groove running vertical down that right side didn't look too conducive to a clean install of flush mounted switches. The solution was to give them a clean mounting surface.

First, I decided that I would future proof myself, and made allowances for a solid switch mounting in the lower right corner of the bezel as well. Last night I used epoxy, but this afternoon, I just super glued a bit of un-used steel mesh in place. Both the super glue and the JB-weld held fine for me while filing and what not:



It's kind of hard to see in the photo, but I filed down the edges of the steel to a pretty solid bevel. I knew those edges would be a bear down the line when I was trying to finish everything off with the body filler.


There were a few places I wanted to reinforce a bit with stranded filler, so the whole bezel got a good scuffing. You can make out in this photo where I used the straight file to knock off the high spots. I taped off anywhere I didn't want to get the fiberglass on just to be safe:




The rule of thumb I was always taught was a golf ball sized dollop of filler to one inch strip of hardener:




Five minutes later, you're done, whether you want to be or not.




Sanded down the fiberglass, and laid on a bit of lightweight filler. Sanded that too:




I didn't much care for the workability of the filler I bought, so I tried some spot glazing putty. I'd never used this stuff before. It dries pretty slowly, but its relatively easy to work with, not having to use a hardening agent:




That's where I'm parking it for the night. What a mess.

The center section is coming out like a dream. The right side sections are proving to be every bit the pain in the rear that I expected them to be. Once I get those all shaped up, I'll peel the tape on the door and tape the top and bottom off, so I can give it the same treatment.

'til next time folks.
post #102 of 194
Awesome, this is coming out so cool!! Keep it up!!
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post #103 of 194
From my experience the spot putty works pretty well, but you have to make sure it is completely cured before working it. Its not as strong as filler (fiberglass or 'bondo' type) and it tends to flake off if you're not careful. That front bezel is looking great man! Have a + for that, most def.
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Simply Amazing!
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post #105 of 194
looking so, so, so, so, so amazing. i've been looking this over the past few minutes and am impressed, though i was sorry to see the shroud mounted controllers go =p

This front panel idea is starting to make up for it though, very cool concept
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post #106 of 194
i wana see more nice job for a first one too
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post #107 of 194
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Some new faces up there. Thanks a ton for the support!

Had to get back to work today, so no progress... but when I got home... BOXES!

McMaster-Carr. Gotta love their Atlanta Warehouse. Next day shipping to here for barely more than the cost to deliver a pizza.




Here's what I got today:



I'm not too thrilled with the bender brake... but hey, I didn't really expect much for less than $40. I also got a nice big sheet of gray smoke acrylic from their Chicago warehouse late last week. Forgot to take a picture of it, but that should be fun to play with too.


That tube on the bottom right up there was a last minute decision last night. Impulse buy at its finest. I think I'm going to have fun with it though:




One thing I know is that I'm going to get some serious mileage out of that saw blade.

For the record, a quarter inch thick... is THICK:




I've no idea when I'm going to find time to play with all this stuff, but I am SO looking forward to it.

Take care folks.
post #108 of 194
Woha, nice xD

That is one seriously strong cutting blade too
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post #109 of 194
DANG, dude!! Why so thick? But that will look really cool if you taper the ends if you make it a fan duct.
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post #110 of 194
I like it, but then again I am attracted to shiny things.lol.

Hey guys if you like this build as much as I do, vote for it to be showcased.
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