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I modeled these in 3D CAD and had Shapeways print them. Need a nice pair of turbos for a Pro Touring project I am bubbling up. I did a set "mirror image" so I can build them symmetrically in the engine compartment. I also made them three pieces so the inlets and outlets can be clocked for easier orientation. to get the pipes pointed in the right directions.

 When I model parts I am going to print for model building I model them full size, 1:1. I can then scale them down to whatever size I want. 1/25th, 1/16th, even 1/12th or 1/8th. The detail starts to go away at the smaller scales but the bigger ones, 1/16th and above will show everything.

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Any comments or suggestions are welcome.

Mark

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My wife's been pushing me to get into 3D drawing but it seems a little daunting. Did you design those from scratch?

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Yes Sir. Modeled from a few pics I used for reference. Took me a couple of hours from start to finish. Of course I have been using CAD programs for over 30 years.

Sizes are relative based on the 3 and 4 inch pipe used to plumb the inlets and outlets. I basically just made them look correct. :)

Mark

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22 hours ago, astroracer said:

Yes Sir. Modeled from a few pics I used for reference. Took me a couple of hours from start to finish. Of course I have been using CAD programs for over 30 years.

Sizes are relative based on the 3 and 4 inch pipe used to plumb the inlets and outlets. I basically just made them look correct. :)

Mark

Thanks Mark. I used to play around with TurboCad years back but never really got serious.

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Last time I was on Shapeways, saw various turbos.  What name (brand) do you go by?

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7 hours ago, 89AKurt said:

Last time I was on Shapeways, saw various turbos.  What name (brand) do you go by?

I'm not selling anything at this time so I don't have a "store". Sorry.

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Did a little experimenting today. Working up some piping with soft aluminum wire, heat shrink tubing and some aluminum furnace tape. These are pretty rough as I did a quick and dirty  proof of concept on what I though would look pretty good to model the pipes and couplers in scale. What do you think? With a little time and more careful building I think these will look great.

Mark

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Wow! No comments at all? That's surprising...

Anyway, I took some time to do some chassis prep on the Pro Touring build. I am starting with a Lindeberg '61 Impala. I am kit bashing the chassis out of Revell's '64 Impala to get the separate chassis/pan.

I trimmed out the Lindeberg front inner wheel wells from the body and cut off the inners from the '64 chassis pan. This will give me plenty of room to route turbos and plumbing. I will replace the missing panels with aluminum pieces.

 I also made some mods to the rear inner wheel wells so I can get some bigger tires in there. Doing a "Mini-Tub" using the stock inners, cut out, trimmed and then glued back in. The gap will be filled with sheet plastic.

Thanks for looking

Mark

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Can anyone other then myself see this thread? Just curious because I would think there would be a few questions or comments about what I am doing and how I am doing it... If no one can see it I'll stop posting to it... Just a tease for some more stuff I have been working on...

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I just now saw this thread, but am impressed by the work. That rear end looks great! And that Impala will look good with all the custom bits. 

You could also post your build progress in the "on the workbench" topic page, and include a link to these neat 3D printed goodies.

Take care. 

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suggestion

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Same here, I only just saw it now! Some very cool stuff going on; the turbos look good. I'm impressed that all the little fillets behaved on that differential; I always seem to run into fillet problems.

 

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Admirable product . I build Factory Stock . I am not tempted .Impressed , not tempted .  Thanx 

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  Mark, this stuff looks great!  Those turbos look to be about the

best example of a turbo set up that I have seen so far!!

  But to put them here, and not offer them up for sale!!?!!

Shame on you, that's just mean!   LOL!!

  Nice stuff, keep it up,

     David S. 

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Thanks guys, I should probably move this stuff over to the "on the bench" forum. I didn't think it would turn into a build thread but I guess that is the direction it is taking.

And thanks for the comments. I have been doing 3D CAD Design for over 30 years so this stuff is very easy for me to do. As far as selling? We'll see, I want to get something built with the parts to see how they look before that happens. Having ran Machined Aluminum Specialties for 15 years I know how to market and sell the product. I also know the price points as I have this stuff printed and most modelers aren't going to want to pay the price... :)

Mark

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