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1/16 Scale Army Vega Funny Car - Updated 3/22/2015 Fire Bottle brackets Alcladed

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#2361 mysterj1

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 06:56 AM

Chris,

Just looking at the 1:1 pic, is there some sort of "cover" (not sure what you call it?) between the two clamps?  I was wondering if it served as a spacer, or what?  I noticed the steering column was black where the steering wheel attaches, and silver/aluminum between the two fire suppression bottle holder clamps.



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Posted 10 October 2013 - 04:29 PM

just  keep pluggin away Chris!  engine is awesome, we are ready to see some details!!!



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:18 AM

Outstanding.....As usual! Crank that baby up and lets here the cackle!! LOL



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:47 PM

Art... Thanks for the encouraging words.

 

Joe... I am not 100% sure but I think the spacer tube you are talking about is a sleeve that the steering shaft is going thru. I know someone that can probably answer that question for sure though. my plan was to use a tubing size one bigger that what I will use for my steering shaft and make it look similar to the 1:1 pic.

 

Bill... Thank you my friend. I can't wait to get the engine painted and onto some assembly with details to share with everyone.

 

Darryl... Thank you bud.... Man I wish I had the skills to machine everything and to be able to throw some nitro in the tank and have that bad boy fire right up and Cackle...lol

 

Well fellas I was not able to get any bench time this weekend but I am hoping to get a little time in the evening's this week to get more done. will keep you posted and thanks for following along on this long journey



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 07:36 PM

Alright Fellas.... wanted to show you a couple of things I was working on. I have actually started drawing up my fire suppression system and getting ideas for the mounting brackets. I have drawn them in Solidworks and am planing on having a friend of mine that is out in California print these parts for me on his Makerbot Replicator Personal 3D printer that he has. I have been curious as to the quality of printing that machine does. So once I get the parts I will be sharing pic of them. I am still not done drawing everything up. but I have drawn up two different systems one being 5lb bottle and the other a 10 lb bottle. I can't quite tell what size of bottle is in the real car....

 

Here are a few pics to show you

 

The Two different bottles and brackets:

 

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Here is a straight on view so you could see the shape of the bracket:

 

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Here are the reference pics I am using to create my parts:

 

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As you can see I still have a few parts like the push button and nozzle to draw up. I also think I need to make may brackets a little smaller as to how much is wrapped around the bottle. Hopefully that makes sense. I will update them and show you the updates later. I am off right now to do some work on the block, valve covers, manifold and oil pan.... filling more pin holes and primering.... Stay Tuned B)

Chris we have fire extinguishers, in every vehicle at the Town. They are 5 LB capacity they're shorter, and thicker than this one shown here. The one pictured appears to be Longer, and Narrow. I would Imagine it is also 5LB.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 05:34 PM

Absolutely legendary work Chris, keep on rockin my friend! Truly amazing from a to z, I think that covers it!



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:33 PM

Thanks Guys for the kind comments.

 

Well I haven't had much bench time but I do have some cool stuff to share. I have made a couple of changed to the Fire Bottles... not much other than the size of the brackets holding them. My buddy in California who is going to print these for me told me to send over what I had so he could print them so I could the quality of the print. And he said make the changes you want and we will print them again. So I sent them to him late last week and well today he started printing them and while at work today. I kept getting text with picture updates showing the process. Let me share with you the pics. Now keep in mind the quality of all the pics aren't the best but will give you a good idea. And when I get the parts in Hand I will take pics and post them as well with some up close shots to see the quality.

 

Here was the updated Assembly i sent him:

 

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I have to say that his first go around he just printed it as an assembly to see what it would do first:

 

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 05:38 PM

He then went back and printed the individual parts to see if it would be easier to print and it was a little easier because he did not have to add any type of supports to print the parts./ here are pics of it:

 

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Here is the parts printed as an assembly after he cleaned it up. one of the mounts broke:

 

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Here is all of the parts and assembly prints next to one another:

 

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I can't wait to get the parts in my hand to check them out and will post pics when I get them. I am pretty stoked about getting these samples.



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Posted 28 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

Amazing. I'm still having a difficult time getting my arms around the idea of a 3D printer. I'm looking forward to better pictures.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:19 PM

Chris - this is what happens when you use lime gummy candy instead of the plastic. Ha. They look great, but it is hard to see how smooth the surface is. I'm sure you will show us after they are primered. Looking forward to more.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 04:39 PM

Brad... Thanks buddy!! 

 

Dave... LOL @ lime gummy candy...haha. Yea these pics were taken from a cell phone and texted to me. I will be taking some good shots of them when I get them so you all can see how smooth the surface is and I am also planning on spraying primer on  a couple of the parts to see them with primer as well. I will share it once i get them. Which it looks like my buddy said I should get the Friday.



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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:33 PM

I'm a retired engineer, and I've used 3D printers before, but I never even thought about using one to print model parts.  DUH!

 

Pretty cool how the parts turned out.  It will be cool to see how they look when you can get some good pictures of them.  I know some of the parts we used to get were okay, but they typically had a lot of pinholes in them, esp. on the rounded surfaces.  

 

Chris your work is spectacular, and I've really enjoyed following along on this build.  Keep up the amazing work!



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Posted 31 October 2013 - 08:58 AM

Chris...Pretty cool man...Cant wait til you get them in hand and let us know all about them.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:08 PM

Sflam... Thanks man I really appreciate the kind words.

 

Dave... Thank you

 

Well Fellas.... the parts have arrived and are in my hand. I feel they have turned out pretty good for the first go around. There will be a little clean up. I want to wash them in some warm water and dawn just to be sure nothing is on the parts Then what I would like to do is just shoot some plastikote primer on them and I will post updated pics of a could pieces primered. I am not sure if it is the color of the material but it is a little hard to actually see the printing layers. I figured there would be a little bit of clean up on them. on the brackets I will need to fill a few spots but other than that i am pretty happy with them. I have placed the bottle next to the steering linkage to get an idea on which size looks and works best. I am debating if I need to shorten the bigger bottle just a smidge. Well here are some more pics....

 

 

The Goods have arrived:

 

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Another view:

 

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Closer up shots of the bottles and Brackets:

 

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Another close up shot:

 

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:12 PM

ok Here is a couple of the real bottle again to show along with me holding the bottles in place over the model

 

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Here is the 10lb Bottle:

 

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Here is the 5lb bottle:

 

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:19 PM

awesome stuff, chris! new school parts meets old school funny car............legendary!



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 03:25 PM

Dave... Thank you my friend. Hey which looks more correct for the size in your opinion. I think the bigger bottle looks a little better but I think I may need to shorten it just a tad. Gonna send you a message as well.



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 04:18 PM

My vote is for the shortened 10 lb bottle. Question how close is the kit Bottle in size in relation to the 10 lb shown?



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:15 PM

Major Cool!  Can't wait to see them cleaned up and primered!



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Posted 02 November 2013 - 05:29 PM

Chris, those are amazing. A shortened 10 lb gets my vote. Waiting with baited breath to see them cleaned up. In the meantime, I'll go gargle with some Listerine to get rid of the Bait breath.