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warren
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Posted - 10/25/2016 :  09:03:59  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Velos are not vacuum bagged? Certainly easier to build without bagging and I would probably do the same, but I'm surprised that the production build guys don't vacuum bag to add strength and lightness.

Edited by - warren on 10/25/2016 12:00:23
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Speedbiker
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Posted - 10/25/2016 :  09:09:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Daniel Fenn's personal velo is under 30 pounds. Pretty sure it was bagged. Hannon's SL sure looks like it was bagged.
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carolina
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Posted - 10/25/2016 :  15:57:24  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
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carolina
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Posted - 10/25/2016 :  15:59:35  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by warren

Velos are not vacuum bagged? Certainly easier to build without bagging and I would probably do the same, but I'm surprised that the production build guys don't vacuum bag to add strength and lightness.



Just look down in one and stare at em a lil while. Ive had the quest and df's here at shop, l talk to Netherlands 2 to 5 times a month. How do u think l built this?,,, with their help. Is the answer. Guess the reason they dont use bagging is time and money savings and they have a great layup system with 5 females in romania.

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warren
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Posted - 10/25/2016 :  16:32:46  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
You are making good progress!
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carolina
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Posted - 10/25/2016 :  17:00:29  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad to get this finished, not skeeeered to install hardwares for doctor. Cause same hardwares l installed in my trike. I will ride a lil and start on canopy frame plug.

canopy frame plug: [edit-took 10 days]
1) blk tooling get coat, cf, duratec.
2) will put 3 coats of mclube 818 around perimeter of rain gutter, then tooling gel, then carbon cloth layers, & crossmember support in middle.
3)Then the plug will make a good mold. Pull the part (canopy frame). Then fit test fg canopy.

I have couple ideas for forward hinging canopy. 1 from quattrovelo and 1 from pic below and mix the two ideas: Something not here yet.

What saves me is innegra:

http://youtu.be/0N-LiWRA7RQ
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carolina
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Posted - 10/28/2016 :  06:23:31  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The velomobile unibody is cured and ready to take out of mold. THIS IS A THREE PART MOLD WITH THE REAR ROLL OVER. So I decided to make a new rear rollover mold with real stuff like epoxy tooling gel coat. Before l take unibody out l will complete this small easy third part mold. Should be finished sunday evening and will take every apart monday morning.

Even though the first rollover mold worked it was made back when l knew less and it would be less durable. But with epoxy tooling gel and carbon over that l will have a lasting mold/tool as the pros call em.

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The back of this rollover holds the rear cowling. The front 1/3 of it has the rain gutter built in and is a seat for canopy behind seat.
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carolina
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Posted - 10/31/2016 :  17:03:32  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
New epoxy tooling gelcoat mold w/soric and cf. The original rollover mold is in the gar' bage now. It cost me some days but well worth it.

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carolina
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Posted - 11/02/2016 :  04:34:05  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Also needed to add bolts thru 2 front aluminum mounts on the tool/mold rotisserie, skeeered the flox would not hold. Even gonna improve perimeter of rear bulkhead mold with duratec over micro epoxy. Not a big area but needs to be completed.


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Edited by - carolina on 12/28/2016 10:43:25
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carolina
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Posted - 11/02/2016 :  14:01:55  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Whos ya daddy now!

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warren
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Posted - 11/02/2016 :  16:07:53  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks pretty darn good! Is there a nose cone that goes on the front?
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carolina
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Posted - 11/02/2016 :  16:32:59  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
stock df.

Prepping outer shell for another 5 days, the super thin coat of sunshield duratec for wrap/no paint!

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Edited by - carolina on 11/08/2016 13:29:05
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carolina
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Posted - 11/08/2016 :  13:17:52  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
moved stuff out of shop today along one wall and created much room:

Right is female canopy mold.

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Sneaked up on another roll of innegra, woven down under,, l purchased from east coast florida. Will prep and gather supplies for next lower shell.

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Already setting up rear bulkhead for a different layup on next unibody. Yes, for a single swingarm df style rear. You see white insert close-out,,, it also uses a different wheel well. The plug for rear ww is made.

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Edited by - carolina on 11/08/2016 13:31:09
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carolina
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Posted - 11/24/2016 :  13:46:17  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Finished the two part cf plug around the whole perimeter.

Now will make a 2 part mold from it.

The mold will make the canopy frame .

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carolina
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Posted - 12/01/2016 :  20:26:37  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
plug: canopy frame. Soon as l get some spare time l will pull mold from this plug.

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Edited by - carolina on 12/17/2016 08:20:22
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carolina
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Posted - 12/12/2016 :  08:27:26  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great supplies from this company, pinhole filler & more. They are slow/fair warning. But l really wanta try the clear pinhole stuff.

http://www.loehle.com/loehle-aero-coatings/wonder-fil-pinhole-filler/
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Edited by - carolina on 12/21/2016 13:54:04
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carolina
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Posted - 12/21/2016 :  13:58:21  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
More pinholes after primer, kombi cream filler in the morning and start blocking.

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Gray will be yellow wrap area later, clear carbon showing down low.
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Edited by - carolina on 12/29/2016 11:29:23
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carolina
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Posted - 01/02/2017 :  17:55:13  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Started installing rear suspension: Mountain bike shock.

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Edited by - carolina on 01/06/2017 18:10:59
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carolina
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Posted - 01/11/2017 :  15:47:06  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Frontal werks: sinner mod for strut end bar!

Installing struts, tiller, tie-rods, etc.. Belly inspections door complete but nut plates not installed yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPKxkaHHQq4
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Rolhoff 14 speed, 3 years to here.

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Edited by - carolina on 01/12/2017 07:59:11
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warren
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Posted - 01/12/2017 :  06:12:02  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks great!
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AviationMetalSmith
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Posted - 01/18/2017 :  15:35:36  Show Profile  Visit AviationMetalSmith's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by carolina


Great top wheel well gusset. Super strong, no flex.


Bottom bracket:



Looks good.
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Grant-53
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USA
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Posted - 01/18/2017 :  19:38:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
First class all the way. Thanks for sharing the photos.
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carolina
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USA
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Posted - 01/19/2017 :  17:33:10  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks Grant, l am a amateur with phone calls to netherlands,, Hope l dont have any upcoming mistakes. Its a blast and should be on tires soon. My friend will install wire harness and sound system. I did find a 3M certified wrapper @ signsnow. A barrel of fun for me.

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carolina
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Posted - 01/20/2017 :  16:46:18  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Center section:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWkXju7jhIg

Bridge, rear boom tower, two chain wheels and their axle, steering parts.

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Edited by - carolina on 01/20/2017 16:48:24
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carolina
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Posted - 01/24/2017 :  18:56:41  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i did install today w/3M windshield adhesive, make me nervous: Will do top cosmetics squirt around perimeter tomorrow and pull tape off.

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