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#141 Foxer

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 01:26 PM

Mike,

The interior is incredible! The pattern on the driver's seat is exact. Where did you find it?


I had the one photo with part of the seat in it and was able to manipulate it in Photoshop enough so it looked right. Thanks for noticing! :rolleyes:

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 01:27 PM

Thanks, Clay ..but I don't understand that "finishing" word you used .... :P



Its when you run out of parts to put on a build, that's called "finished", they go in the "finished" section.
You know the section right underneath this section, its called the Under Glass section. Thats where the "finished" models go.


oh! :rolleyes:

I wrote that down so I'll know where this has to go next.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 02:25 PM

That is some incredible work you've done.! Your daughter is going to be amazed with what you've made. She'll be even more amazed if she were to read this forum and see the work you've put into this for her.

Merry Christmas and be careful during the holidays.

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Posted 24 December 2010 - 04:44 AM

That is some incredible work you've done.! Your daughter is going to be amazed with what you've made. She'll be even more amazed if she were to read this forum and see the work you've put into this for her.

Merry Christmas and be careful during the holidays.

cposada...


Thanks Cory. I have sent her a link to here and she is appreciating the work. :lol:

I'm going to try for a knife-free holiday, but those hinges keep staring at me ...

Have a happy holiday

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 04:23 AM

Update on the wheels are, I got the first master in silicone now curing, tomorrow I will see what my copy will look like, then I can fit one of my 8 bolt 3/4ton hub in the center. (stole it from a amt dirt track car)

What do the front wheels look like, just a dust cap conical type center?



Sorry I missed answering this,Ryan .. but I'm not sure what the front rims look like bare. All my photos have the dog dish caps on. I would expect they are as you say.

Edited by Foxer, 25 December 2010 - 04:25 AM.


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Posted 25 December 2010 - 05:29 AM

Mike, this post is like the "Energizer Bunny".......it just keeps going, and going, and going.....seriously, this is looking great....I am following along....keep it going.....buy the way, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :)

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Posted 25 December 2010 - 05:46 AM

Mike, this post is like the "Energizer Bunny".......it just keeps going, and going, and going.....seriously, this is looking great....I am following along....keep it going.....buy the way, Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. :)


hehehe ... and I got new Lithium batteries for Xmas! :angry:

Thanks, Peter, and a Merry one for you and your family! :angry:

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:12 AM

Just to prove I'm back on the hinges and progressing. These are all plastic and hopefully the plastic to plastic joints will survive. This image has all the hinges pieces glued and curing along with another engine shot with headers in place.
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Now, I got another surprise when reviewing progress with my daughter over the holidays. What I thought were plastic garbage bags in the van photos were actually black bean bag chairs! So it was off to the net to locate some bean bag chair patterns and a pair of old leather gloves pulled out of service! ;)
This should prove interesting getting it all to stick together. I'm considering just sewing the pieces together and filling with some sand so it keeps shape. I could probably find some Styrofoam small enough but I think the scale will be too small for the foam to hold shape. Gluing the pieces (6 sides and circles top and bottom) would be too fragile and may make the leather too stiff along the seams.
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:17 AM

Awesome! Really like those headers =D

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:29 AM

Mike,

Craft stores have bags of really tiny little beads for next to nothing. Almost scale-sized bean bag beans!

Neat project!

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Posted 31 December 2010 - 07:37 AM

Craft stores have bags of really tiny little beads for next to nothing. Almost scale-sized bean bag beans!


Ah, that's an idea, Dano. Come to think of it, I spilled a container of those small beads on the basement floor from my daughter's stash and haven't cleaned the mess up yet! Maybe my wife has an excuse to badger me to pick it up now. ;)

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 10:47 AM

The first day of the new year and I'm ... SEWING! The bean bag chair is in the bag, so to speak B) I first used some 3M Spray Mount on the paper patterns and stuck them to the suede (inside) surface of the leather. A light coat worked well and the paper came right off with no residue on the suede after cutting the pieces out.
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I just used a regular (in my sewing terms) stitch to sew the length of each side to one another from the inside.
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It was thin leather but still offered resistance to the needle so I pushed the needle through against a pile of paper with a thimble to get penetration ... and I didn't stick my finger once! Yes, I was in the Army and I CAN sew. B) Five of the six sides are together in these photos. More when It's done..
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:00 PM

Cool idea to make the bean-bags, Mike. Usually, it's vinyl simulating leather, not the other way around!

This is a remarkable build. I've enjoyed watching it come along.

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:30 PM

Usually, it's vinyl simulating leather, not the other way around!
Charlie Larkin


eheh Charlie, I like that! B)

and here's a quick shot of the sides done but no top and bottom yet. Got to figure how I'm gonna attach those two circles.
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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:32 PM

Just sew it together...

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Posted 01 January 2011 - 12:45 PM

WOW, this is coming out great! You are really taking this to a whole new level.

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Posted 02 January 2011 - 04:53 AM

eheh Charlie, I like that! :)

and here's a quick shot of the sides done but no top and bottom yet. Got to figure how I'm gonna attach those two circles.
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It looks like a gearshift boot! Great work on the van, what you've done so far is nothing short of amazing!

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 03:38 AM

I didn't wast my time while the board was done and the bean bag chair is done. I had two choices to fill it with ... some small stones and a bag of beads ... the beads won out.
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The ends were sewn on as they should have been. Mr. T volunteered to test it out .. this IS an A-Team Van after all! :P
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Meanwhile, I may have progress to report on the hinges very soon! B)

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 01:52 PM

Nice work on the bean-bags, Mike. The whole project is coming out very nicely.

Charlie Larkin

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 06:21 PM

Fantastic a bean bag chair who would have thought

Fantastic a bean bag chair who would have thought