Model: (Click to see more) 99999: Misc.
Status: Project
Date: 8-Mar-2007
Comments: 12
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Here's a sampling of bodies I've made for myself and my collection. These are all 1/18th scale and done in my workshop. Nothing beats the relaxation one gets from scratch building - in this case, lexan bodies.

mclaren and gt40 - a special hydrocal mix I used My first mclaren shell Audi R8 Audi R8 ADT replica The replica sitting on the real mcoy My first BMW LMR My first Madza 737C Bronco 67Stang The finished shell - 67 Mustang

If you liked those pictures, you should see these...
Custom lexan bodies II

Comments

mikeekim

8-Mar-2007

incredible mate, so how much are they gonna be then

rhenbelz

8-Mar-2007

Impressive shells! Can you produce them cheaply enough that it would be worth it to sell them?

Rising Jack

8-Mar-2007

Those bodies look great. Better than many shells i've seen made by brands.

scollins

8-Mar-2007

Top rate work- nice job I am jealous, have you ever tried PETG plastic instead of polycarbonate(lexan)?

bakaguyjean

8-Mar-2007

Are you into giving up some trade secrets?There are a few bodies i would really like to make.

Shodog

8-Mar-2007

Any plans to sell copies of these on the side?

homerboi

8-Mar-2007

Thank you for your comments, fellas. I already sell these lexan shells among a few others (ie. mini coop, subaru wrx, 69 camaro, peugeot206 - lost count...)
I've got my own heavy duty homemade vacuum former so labor cost is low - just me, myself & I.
It supports my addiction in this hobby - to the dismay of my lifetime partner. However, we're all permitted one or two bad habits.

scollins,
I started with PETG. Quite easy to work with, unfortunately, the kids that tested my shells on their high speed micros shattered or broke them in the first couple of collisions. I found PETG does not have a high shear resistance or durability when compared to lexan. On the other hand, lexan is more difficult to work with & has a higher water content in its makeup so one is supposed to 'dry' these before forming them. I've been successful thus far (thru trial and error) in getting the right combo of heat and pressure on these smaller scale bodies.

These particular shells have minimal undercuts. I've now been able to add undercuts to some of my new designs to permit more realistic styling bodies. I hope to apply a newer technique for extreme undercuts to my upcoming 1/12th & 1/10th scale bodies.

bakaguyjean,
trade secrets? patience (which I don't have...), sculpting skills definately help, some materials knowledge and of course, one's own equipment and tools.

ChrisB

8-Mar-2007

Those look really scale - did you do them by hand or using a CNC mill?

dieselboy

8-Mar-2007

Thats very cool man! Must be alot of work,no? Keep it up!

homerboi

9-Mar-2007

ChrisB,
no CNC work here. just clay and steel and alot of profile photos to reference.
AND dieselboy, yes, alot of time and TLC.

26-Jul-2007

hey is it posebel that you can do 2 cars for me
a Chervolet Monte carlo SS 1980
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Chevrolet Suburban 1985
[Click here]
in 1/10 please

oldsterolli

19-May-2008

stunning work !!! The clay prototypes are amazing ! the result too !!


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