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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:39 AM   #1
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Default #Rotor's composite shroud - first timer

Finally got some time to play with my setup, got all the materials a few months ago, and finally yesterday found some time to make this.

Thx again #Rotor for another fine quick&easy DIY piece.

Started with drilling the corners of the plexy with 15 mm wood drill bit (didn't have bigger one at time), and cutting with 'dremel'. Used standard cutting disc.
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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:41 AM   #2
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Cut and deburred, and sanded a bit with 400 grit to gain some smooth edges. This is to be a shroud for a 120mm fan on a opel cadett hc.
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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:45 AM   #3
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Time to use some stockings. Wife was at work, so I just informed her to stop by and get herself some new ones cos' these aren't goin to be usable after this. Luckily, she knows me, and just said OK. No questions asked.
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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:49 AM   #4
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I couldn't find a good support for this, so decided to work like this. Supported the frame on one old computer case cover, adjusted the depth of the shroud with some ruined #Rotor blocks I made earlier, and now I was ready for composite.
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Unread 09-01-2004, 06:54 AM   #5
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This is the stuff I bought a few moths ago, three component kit. The only one I could find locally. The resin and purple component can be mixed freely, without causing a reaction, the catalyst is the thing to be added just before you gonna apply it on the working piece.
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Unread 09-01-2004, 07:00 AM   #6
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Applied it with a brush, still eager to see what's it gonna look like to work with. It was dead easy (except the not-breathing thing, this stuff smells badly). After about an hour, the composite should be rigid, but, it wasn't. The amount of the catalyst I added was too small, in the end, it took almost 12 hrs to settle. Guess the experience with dosage of the catalyst will shorten that time in the future. The manual on the kit said that working time when all components are added is about 20 minutes.
So, more catalyst next time :shrug:
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Unread 09-01-2004, 07:07 AM   #7
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Voila, the shroud after 12 hrs of drying. Think that I'll have to apply another layer of composite, now it just looks too thin and fragile. But satisfied, none the less.

I'll post the final pics after another layer of resin and drilling/cutting/painting.

I had a great time doing this, thx again to #Rotor and his inventive mind!

Guess that I'll be making some new blocks soon, so Blackeagle, if you are reading this, thx again for lexan, it'll finally come into use.

Thx again guys, and

Cheers!
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Unread 09-01-2004, 08:52 AM   #8
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Puzzdre! !

Glad to see ya man, it's been a while!

Looks like a very nice shroud you have going there.

I'll be looking forward to seeing your new block work as always. Glad I didn't miss your post man, and again, glad to see ya again!

Hope the Lexan is all you hoped for it to be.

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Puzzdre! !

Glad to see ya man, it's been a while!

Looks like a very nice shroud you have going there.

I'll be looking forward to seeing your new block work as always. Glad I didn't miss your post man, and again, glad to see ya again!

Hope the Lexan is all you hoped for it to be.

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LOL, thx for the kind words, also nice to see you are still here! I was here reading almost regularly, posting occasionally, and now finally got somethin to show.

Lexan looks soo good that I just didn't want to try to cut it before I find a good saw, don't wanna ruin the piece. Thanx a lot, again!

This shroud was fun to make, I just applied another layer of resin (with more catalyst this time, it's hardening already), easy and funfunfun. I'll be (soon I hope) makin some new blocks for me and bro, and I'll surely post here.


Stay good, and ofcourse, here with all of us!

Cheers man!
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Unread 09-01-2004, 05:13 PM   #10
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A nice job M8!

I'll be about, just doing the O/T thing at work.

Was gettin a bit burnt out so took off yesterday through tomorrow for a bit of rest, love'n it.

If ya need more Lexan just drop me a PM, I'll find it within a few days even when things are a bit crazy schedule wise.

All the best!

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Glad to hear you're got a few days free, not to be called a vacation, but good for rechargin the batteries

LOL, thx m8, still got plenty for a couple of projects, but thx a lot!

Have a good time!
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That seemed like a much safer project...
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Small update, cutted and sanded the 120 mm hole for the fan, and sanded the whole thing. It's starting to look like a shroud
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DAMN!!!! That looks good!
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DAMN!!!! That looks good!
LOL, yup, y'know I know a guy who works wonders like this on one of the forums, and I also know another guy who's a pretty good copycat

Hey man, glad to se you up and running, and waiting to see that little Daihatsu up and flying too

Thx!

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