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  • Location Bethlehem, PA
  • Full Name David Gilmour

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  1. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    The tape trick works with crepe masking tape also, but the styrene bondo sticks to the the crepe tape much stronger than it does the aluminum. Foil would give a slightly better fit, but the cost of BMF to a roll of flashing tape makes it a better choice for me.
    I'm going to finish hanging the other door today, then I'm going to have to take a break on this build and finish the last one. The last build needs to have the interior finished and I've been putting off dealing with the PE seatbelt hardware, but it needs to be done before I damage something  as I have a very small area I'm working in.

  2. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    It was time to get the roof to fit the body properly. I laid down two strips of aluminum flashing tape, put a liberal amount of styrene bondo on the bottom edge of the roof, set it in place and left it alone to dry.

    Once it's dry I work an exacto knife between the tape and the body and carefully pry it off, it usually pops right off.That leaves you with an almost exact fit to the contour of the body.

    I let this dry another day and sand to shape.

    Hey look at that, an opening door. It doesn't work properly, but it does open and close.

    The backbone and pan are one piece and ready for a little bondo.

  3. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    I added some flanges to the header, this really made it look better as the plastic is somewhat tapered and rounded on the ends of the kit part.

    The additional height I added to the body made the seats look tiny. I added to the backs of them to start out with.

    In this pic you can get an idea of just how green the wheels are by looking at the front wheel.

  4. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    I painted some more parts and screwed up the wheels. To get the paint even and to flow out, I had to give them some heavy coats. They came out darker than I wanted, if you look at them in direct light they are a really nice shade of green. Unfortunately they get very little light are almost look black when mounted on the car.


    I also painted the valve covers, pulleys, and oil pan. Does anyone know what the belt is supposed to represent on this kit? The area inside the belt was solid and raised. A cover maybe? I cut it out so it's just a belt and pulleys, I still need to paint the belt black and touch up some green on the block and oil pan..

  5. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    Fabrication on the rear arms and mounts are done. I need to go to the hardware store to get some O-Rings so I can convert the kit shocks to a set of Shockwaves.

    Unfortunately to get this to lay pan, I needed to notch the back wall of the interior to clear the shock mounts. I could have reshaped the mounts, but I really liked how they looked, plus they are done.
  6. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    If you look at the bases of the intake manifolds, you'll see a box that will eventually be a throttle body.
    I originally cut the stock trailing arms from the shock mounts to allow for a dropped stance. I decided to make my own arms and mounts. I've got both trailing arms done and just need to make one more shock mount. The shock mount in the background is still the stock unit.

  7. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    Everything will need to be glued for it all to be straight, but you'll get the general idea of the turbo setup from these pics.

  8. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    We're just about caught up with what's been done and it's on to real time. Last night I spent time filling gaps between the backbone, chassis pan, and body.  I finally picked a color for the engine, Organic Green Candy over the chrome. I masked off the cylinders, and gave the rest 2 coats of Bulldog adhesion promoter, followed by a few coats of the green, and lastly, 2 coats of urethane clear. I love this effect, it's a shame the camera can't really catch how it looks.


    Here is the turbo for the engine. I'm pretty sure the bodies where made from the retaining rings that held the interior tubs and glass in place on older kits. The exhaust is basically stock and I think the intake manifold is made from.080 rod.The aircleaner and megaphone were made from lengths of 1/8", 3/16", and 14" tubes cemented together then sanded to shape. The aircleaner got a band of 3/16" on one end the other end was capped with some .060 scrap. I then scratched the element to give it some texture, hopefully once painted it will look OK. The flanges on the intake and turbo are .030.

  9. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    I used the Manx roof and it completely changed how it looks.

  10. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    Thanks everyone.
    It's going to have a VW engine, and actually those front tires are one of the smallest I have. They are Aoshima 14" wheels and tires. They are a bit wide, but with how low it sits, I think they'll do the job.
    The Aoshima on the left and the kit front tire on the right.

  11. Psychographic added a post in a topic TeeVee Dune Buggy   

    I have a shape that I like, but where to go with it now?

    I cut the stock grille in half and added to it, along with making some headlights.

  12. Psychographic added a topic in On The Workbench   

    TeeVee Dune Buggy
    My last (current) build was supposed to be simpler than it wound up being. Seeing as I'm almost done with that one, I thought I would break out a project already started, plus one I don't plan to add a lot of detail to. Over the summer I found a TeeVee Dune buggy on sale and thought it had potential. I never did have a plan for this build and still don't. The longer I looked at this thing, the less I liked it. So I decided to start cutting and see what I can come up with.I began with a tapered lowering of the nose, raising the front fenders, removing and filling the bed, and adding to the leading edge of the rear fenders.

    Next up was to drop the ride height, I did this by adding 5/16" to the bottom of the tunnel and adding the same amount to the bottom of the body. The front suspension arms were cut off, reversed left for right and a small amount of scrap extended the backing plates.


     I needed to address the tiny cockpit and decided to move the windshield forward about 1/2". IIRC I used the Manx windshield that also came with the kit. I also found the back of an 80's-90's Corvette to complete the back.

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  13. Psychographic added a post in a topic Der beetle bus build off   

    I'm almost to the end of my build. The seat belt hardware came yesterday, now to find the patience to put all those little pieces together. This should be the last difficult thing I need to do before buttoning this thing up.
    I sanded and buffed the dash to remove any brush strokes, and I made the glass for the front and rear windshields along with what were originally vent windows. I forgot to clear the edges of the windshield pieces which I made from .015 clear styrene. Now I have to find a way to hide the white edges while they're mounted to the cab. Sometimes I amaze myself with how stupid I can be.
    Gettin close,,,,,,,,,

  14. Psychographic added a post in a topic Anyone here into RC boats?   

    Here's my boat, it's a Prather 46" Deep Vee with an OPS 90 engine. The radio equipment is an old Airtronics 3 channel FM setup. As I don't have the transmitter. I'll need a new radio setup and I'm sure there are much better setups than the old Airtronics. From what I've seen of the Traxxas tv commercials there are now waterproof receivers and speed controls.




  15. Psychographic added a topic in The Off-Topic Lounge   

    Anyone here into RC boats?
    I recently was given a present of a boat I built quite a while back and would like to get it back up and running. Actually it's never been run, as I never found a starter with enough torque, or didn't know the proper technique to do so.
    As it's been forever since I've done anything with RC, I was hoping someone here could share some knowledge or maybe point me to a good RC boat forum.
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