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Old 03-21-2005, 10:00 AM
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thanks!
Old 03-22-2005, 04:03 PM
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i just found out that a buddy of mine is making ther****rming staions. his first one should be done this week. ill let yall know when hes pefected it, and when there ready for sale
Old 03-22-2005, 10:56 PM
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sweet sweet. its for lexan? how does he plan on doing it? in the oven or with its own heat source? that could be useful for making parts. what about the vacuum? i might be interested.
Old 03-23-2005, 02:34 AM
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I used the instructions from http://www.marvin3m.com/vacuum/ with a couple of simple mods smaller frame 8x10 picture frame with framing tape and rubber seal made from weather strip and the stove burner, I'll post results as soon s I get photos (made three 24 scale truck bodies for my 18t and my miniquake both cut down to 24 scale they're H hot.here's a pic with the mini-x body 18t
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:09 PM
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you made new bodies? or you just modded ones from another car to fit those trucks?
Old 03-24-2005, 03:09 PM
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he being real secrtive about it. what i got out of him is this. self contained, own heat source, vacuum. and he said its going to be table szed. so you can do big projects with it. ill get more info as soon as i can.
Old 03-24-2005, 03:44 PM
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I have a Vacuforming machine. Not that I do this, but a two part casting foam poured into a body makes a great plug That would let you pull as many extra bodies as you need. Just use Partall #2 from uscomposites.com to keep the foam from sticking to the lexan. A box filled with sand will also help to keep the foam from deforming the body as it expands. And use the 60 mill lexan. The 20 mil stuff breaks to easily. You might also want to get polystyrene to play with. Not as tough as lexan, but a lot cheaper. At least, I've heard of people doing this.

One thing I'm working on now is a technique to stretch 1/10 bodies out to 1/8 or so so T-Maxx bodies don't look so small on an MGT. or I would be if body designs were protected by lawyers.


FlyingV77,

Mine uses nichrome wire like a toaster oven. It has caused no end of trouble. I don't know if maybe the wrong wire has been sourced or what. Right now, I am experimenting with using halogen lamps. You might want to pass that on. And a good frame to hold the plastic is crucial. The lid on mine closes down over the plastic, but it isn't very good for tall items like RC bodies.
Old 03-24-2005, 10:44 PM
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Listen guys, I love the ***** outta this site but yall got me tryin to do too much stuff. I'm adjusting suspension, lookin for hop-ups, motors, tires, rims, radios, and now you have all got me on a differant project to make a custom body for my revo. this really really is not good guys. I'm only one man I can only do so much. lol. What gives?
Old 03-24-2005, 11:53 PM
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y'all? Sorry...I didn't understand one thing you just said in that post.
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never mind
Old 03-27-2005, 01:38 AM
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The picture of the car was a mini g body on a rc 18t shortenedhere are pics of body's I formed
heat source stove in the kitchen using 8x10 picture frame with lexan taped to it and a board with a hole in it and wether strip for a seal. I haven't had a camera to take a pic of the truck bodies I made till now.
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Old 03-27-2005, 09:01 PM
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wow...thats pretty good for a self made body!
Old 03-28-2005, 02:41 PM
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ORIGINAL: ThunderbirdJunkie

the problem with forming any sheet plastic (I used to work with a meat packing company, engineered a few of their molds) is that you have to heat it VERY quickly, and it's not really vacuum forming...there's the vacuum, but you also need air pressure on the other end-and a lot of it.
what happens, basically, is that the heating element superheats the plastic film (be it lexan, polypropylene, etc etc) to a near-liquid state, then the vacuum sucks it in, and the opposing side (very high pressure) SLAMS the plastic in the mold, then it cools super quick so it doesnt' lose its shape.
if you're doing it the old fashioned way, you're in for a LOT of work.
good luck man.
He's 100% correct. For what you're attempting to accomplish, its just not practical to go through all that mess. Now if you had a whole shell to reproduce, it would make more sence. Here's some advice: I would call my LHS and inquire about a company that produces Lexan bodies and their contact information. I would then call or e-Mail that Company and simply ask them how they do it and how someone like yourself could make a formed Lexan part. Good luck.
Old 03-28-2005, 02:49 PM
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LOL next time I'll read the entire thread!!!! Good job guys.
Old 03-28-2005, 11:08 PM
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yeah, thanks everyone for the info. hope this thread can even help someone else out. i'm still in the long process of painting my body. i have to find time to pick up the paint. the closest LHS for me that will have it is gonna be an hour away. i have to get around to calling them first though. but once its all done i'll post a pile of pics.
Old 03-31-2005, 08:45 AM
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this is how it should work,i used to make parts for real cars a few years ago.
http://www.bpf.co.uk/downloads/files/vacuumform1.swf
Old 03-31-2005, 11:05 AM
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Another thing, If you know of any local places that deal with plastic, you can usually get their cutoffs for dirt cheap or free. I used to get tons from the local Cadillac Plastics. But they got purchased by GE and I don't know if the corporate policy changed or the local policy changed, but they don't do that anymore.
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ok, here's the almost finished product. i still need to carve the light pots, and paint a little chrome trim on them. the windows need the tint applied, but i'm gonna wait for a few days to let everything cure completely. i was really impressed witht he alclad 2 chrome. well worth the money for a good show.
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Old 04-04-2005, 06:03 PM
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Man oh Man...That is one great project!! I gotta start working on mine soon!!
Old 04-05-2005, 02:18 PM
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how did the halogen lamps work as a heat source? i just got in tuch with my buddy. and he would like all the input posible to make his booths as good as posible.
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They work OK. Not as good as I hoped, but they are a hell of a lot easier to change then nichrome. However, all I got was two little 600 Watt shop lights from Lowes. It would probably work better if I didn't halfass it. I also need to figure out some sort of permanent mounting fixture and maybe add two more lights would get me where I want to be.
Old 04-05-2005, 07:54 PM
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how long did it take to soften it up using the lights? and anything in particular yall would want to see in a booth?
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It took a couple of minutes to get it all nice and droopy. But I wasn't using lexan. I did a few pulls with another type of plastic I had laying around just to play with it.
Old 04-06-2005, 02:55 PM
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what kind of plastic? is it easyer or harder to work than lexan?

Mercursin, that body looks great!!!!!!!!!!
Old 04-06-2005, 06:39 PM
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It was a sheet of 100 mil scrap I had laying around. Lexan is too expensive to play around with.

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