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I have been working on building a few tube chassis for some kits. Im obsessed with outlaw/dragweek/street legal racing, and want to build a few tube chassis cars. I have always just kinda faked it, adding bars to the model kit, and making it look like a chassis, from a few feet. And sometimes, that works. Now I am trying to go full on, tube chassis. Only the body gets used. The really fast guys are running tube chassis. 

I have attempted a few, and learned a lot. I am lurking, and following some of the great ones here, and trying to learn all I can. My first few attempts were on graph paper, but they didnt work out so well. But I am learning. And one thing I have learned is; I need a frame jig. 

I looked at a few, and I want to make my own. I want it to work with everything from 1/24, to 1/8, so I am looking at a sheet of plate steel, .060x12x24 inches. And Ill use some of the magnets with plates on either side, so I can square things up. Maybe even get some actual squaring magnets like the ones they use for welding. 

So, let me see some of your frame jigs. I know some of you use wood, and thats cool. Im looking for ideas. Wood, steel, rubber...doesnt matter.

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I usually begin by drafting out on quarter inch grid paper what I'm planning to do, using the appropriate scale. To begin construction I lay up the pieces and first use Tenax 7R, followed by CA once all is looking right. For more complex structures I will lay the paper on bulletin board material (or ceiling tile) and use pins to hold the plastic bits in place while I glue them. When using CA it is useful to lay the pieces on parchment paper to prevent the plastic becoming attached to the paper. Sorry I don't have a shot of the pins and bulletin board set up.

Hope this helps, I am planning on getting the steel plate and magnets to help construction and wheel alignment in the later stages.

Cheers Misha

 

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Dwayne,

            I read your post on a chassis jig. Because I work in brass, I use both a  SOLDERING BOARD CERAMIC HONEYCOMB with pins that you can find on eBay and my own similar to the Chassis shops made from 1/8" .125 Aluminum Sheet Plate 6" x 8" 6061 http://www.ebay.com/usr/metalremnantsinc 

            You surely can use a metal surface instead of aluminum. I have a jig that I lay over the surface to drill my holes.  I use aluminum with a Hakko soldering station on both surfaces with the pins and aluminum square cut-offs to hold things in place. As Misha stated always start laying it out on quadrille paper first.

             We all have are own way of doing things, but I hope this information I provided is helpful.

 

Best,

Ron

         

 

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Thanks guys. I went out and bought some 16 gauge steel, 12 x 24 from lowes, and scribed it at 1/2" increments. Now I can use magnets to hold things straight, and square. Plus I can solder, and glue on it without worry. $20 for the metal, and a few packs of magnets. Ill need some different magnets along the way, but no big deal. Here are some pictures of a couple of kits I am working on.

First picture is the drag week mustang chassis, starting point. You can see the scoring on the metal, and the magnets. 

 

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Here is the body on the chassis. Its in the beginning stages, obviously. 

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Here is my current wip. Still early, but I have all the parts. Just need to get off the 12 hour shifts, and I can get back into it. 

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That's a sweet worktable Misha!  I'm planning my first tube chassis later this year so I'll keep my eye on you.

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