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REOguy
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Posted - 12/26/2019 :  10:01:38  Show Profile  Visit REOguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I've decided to go ahead and create my own velomobile! For background, I own a WAW that I received new in April 2015, and I also am the third owner of a Milan GT, purchased last year.

Over the last few years I have been making some customization projects out of carbon fiber, taught myself by watching YouTube videos.

My creation, which I've named Zephyr, is going to use the mechanicals of a WAW (purchased from Katanga), such as the steering components, front suspension system, things like that. And it will incorporate designs from both velomobiles.

Effectively, it will be a brand new body for a WAW. Removable nose and tail, exposed front wheels.

I started just around Thanksgiving, when our travel plans got canceled at the last minute. That left me 4 free days to put a lot of time into the plug. And I am semi-retired so this is a fun hobby for me that I can actually spend a lot of time on, so progress is coming along well. Figuring it may take a year or more to complete, but I can be very compulsive with things, so might be faster than that!

After riding both machines, I've realized that I prefer the ride of the WAW a little more than the Milan. The WAW just has a more "connected" feel to the road. But the WAW was designed narrow and trim, and a bit too trim in certain areas, like shoulder room, luggage room, stuff like that.

So I will be adding shoulder bumps to my design (already made, actually). I also will be adding rear suspension kit (when I ordered the WAW rear suspension wasn't available).

The plug is being built out of polystyrene foam, purchased at Lowes in 4' by 8' sheets, 2 inches thick. Glued together and mounted on a spindle I created for my work station.


<a data-flickr-embed="true" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/41989716@N06/49000975283/in/album-72157711611429008/" title="PB020022"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49000975283_a05f21a8a5_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="PB020022"></a><script async src="//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Edited by - REOguy on 12/26/2019 10:03:28

carolina
human power supergeek

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2019 :  16:12:31  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad your here, can u do PHOTOBUCKET? Itís down now but back up soon.

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REOguy
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USA
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Posted - 12/27/2019 :  08:43:44  Show Profile  Visit REOguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by carolina

Glad your here, can u do PHOTOBUCKET? Itís down now but back up soon.

velosRus.com



No, I use Flickr.... so the site doesn't like Flickr?
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carolina
human power supergeek

USA
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Posted - 12/27/2019 :  12:23:16  Show Profile  Visit carolina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I just put em up with PB. Itís a nice pic. I touch your photo link an it want show photo. But IAM not a geek. No pc, no pad, just couple cell phones.

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warren
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USA
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Posted - 12/29/2019 :  10:07:09  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Wow, I checked out your photos. That's a lot of work! It looked like your hot wire wasn't getting hot enough to cut the foam well.

Good luck with getting your plug shaped and sanded!

Warren
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warren
human power expert

USA
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Posted - 12/29/2019 :  10:12:40  Show Profile  Visit warren's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Many photo repositories make it difficult to post photos into web forums. These directions are from 2013 but may still work.

https://www.flickr.com/help/forum/en-us/72157638366969175/
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REOguy
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USA
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Posted - 12/30/2019 :  14:42:34  Show Profile  Visit REOguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sharing the photos isn't a problem since I do on other forums; seems this site doesn't like Flickr

Hot wire could have been hotter, but I also was appreciating not having to replace the wire too often!
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REOguy
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USA
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Posted - 12/30/2019 :  14:44:01  Show Profile  Visit REOguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lets try the BB code:

[url=https://flic.kr/p/2hE3NMr][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2hE3NMr]PB020022[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/41989716@N06/]reoguy2005[/url], on Flickr
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REOguy
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USA
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Posted - 12/30/2019 :  14:49:14  Show Profile  Visit REOguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
OK, so needs the BB code for photos.....

This photo is my WAW and my Milan GT next to each other.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/2hE3NMr][/url][url=https://flic.kr/p/2hE3NMr]PB020022[/url] by [url=https://www.flickr.com/photos/41989716@N06/]reoguy2005[/url], on Flickr

I made a quick mock up from coroplast sign material to reflect my design plan for shoulder bumps, that's the white shape on the WAW's manhole edge.

Adding shoulder bumps to allow more interior shoulder room, and the body will come up and over my shoulders, similar to the Milan's deck. So that narrows the entry area significantly and I really need that space.

The tape on the hood of the WAW is where the new hood line will be on my design. I think it's actually further forward than that now, I wanted to make sure my knees cleared the dash.

Edited by - REOguy on 12/30/2019 14:52:58
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