Making Fiberglass Molds, Fiberglass Parts and Vacuum Bagging

A lightweight, extremely strong, and robust material. Info on working with it, making molds, fabrication of parts and more. The info is not specific to Classic Cylon Centurions, but SURE can be helpful for them and many, many others projects. Here you'll find various threads with great info from our members for the hobby of costuming.
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Re: Making Fiberglass Molds, Fiberglass Parts and Vacuum Bag

Post by Big Al » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:56 pm

:cylongold: Vacuum Bagging PDF's


:cylon: This is a PDF on Vacuum Bagging Techniques by West System. This is an awesome FREE education source on Vacuum Bagging.

Vacuum Bagging Techniques

:cylon: Here is another PDF by two Aircraft hobbyists on how to vacuum bag a wing that has been built and sheeted then covered with fiberglass for the finished surface

Vacuum Bagging a Wing

:cylon: This is one of a guy making carbon fiber covers for a motorcycle

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One quick note: When we Vacuum bag a part whether it's a mold or a skin job, once you have layed up the glass and the resin,it helps the curing process if you wrap the the whole thing in a electric blanket and set the heat to a med high setting and let it cure at least for a day or more if you can. In an industrial setting they would use a autoclave (Fancy word for a really big oven)



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Post by Skullbeast » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:16 pm

We did alot of bagging on jp3. A carbon fiber spino underskull.


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Post by Big Al » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:21 pm

Skullbeast wrote:We did alot of bagging on jp3. A carbon fiber spino underskull.


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Post by Big Al » Sat Aug 20, 2011 4:52 pm

:cylongold: Vacuum Bagging Videos and Sandwich Core



:cylon: There's really no magic secret about sandwich core. The difference between sandwich core and basic lamination is the center material between the lamination. Sandwich core can be made from hundreds of different materials and combonations of materials.

A real easy example is one we use a simple sheet of 1/16th to 1/8th Balsa wood sheet between 4 layers of glass so the sanwich goes like this from top to bottom....... .75 Oz Glass cloth, 2 Oz Glass Cloth, Balsa Sheet, 2 Oz Glass Cloth, .75 Oz Glass Cloth. Then Bagged.

Another sandwich technique we use in the airplane world is the use of Nomex honeycomb between the glass. This makes very strong but lightweight parts

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:cylon: Vacuum Bagging Videos


:cylon: West Systems Vacuum Bagging Demo





These are the Fibre Glast Videos on Vacuum Bagging and Sandwich Core Composite.

:cylon: Video 1




:cylon: Video 2




:cylon: Video 3




:cylon: Video 4




:cylon: Video 5



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:cylon: I wanted to include this little tribute because for One, it is a great example of fiberglass artistry, and two...when I was a kid in 1978 my dad had a friend who was working for MGM and he got a call for us to come see them film the scenes where Mark Hammil is chasing his car down the road.

The story was set in Las Vegas but this scene was shot 3 blocks from our house in the San Fernando Valley.

In Breif, The story line is about the car (red) being stolen and the theives re-paint it gold but the reality was there were two cars.

The Gold car and the red car were both there that day and I got to sit in the gold car.

Here are a couple of pics of the greatest corvette that was ever made. The video is a high Q trailer.

The car still exists today and I think it's for sale



:cylon: This is the movie trailer




:cylon: This is the scene I saw them film



:cylon: Restored Corvette Summer Car

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:cylon: Corvette Magazine.Com

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:cylon: This is the gold car and it looks just like it did when I sat in it, no interior, no windshield for filming.

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If you want to see the restoration, it was done by Performance Restorations here is the link with alot of pics

1973 Corvette Summer Car Restoration Project

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Post by GoldCylon » Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:27 pm

I never saw the movie, but recall this movie came out the following year after Star Wars. It showed off how much of a bad actor Mark really is. I didn't have any idea the cars looked like that or the story of two cars, well the story line. I do recall a stole Vet with Mark, and that is about it.

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GoldCylon wrote:I never saw the movie, but recall this movie came out the following year after Star Wars. It showed off how much of a bad actor Mark really is. I didn't have any idea the cars looked like that or the story of two cars, well the story line. I do recall a stole Vet with Mark, and that is about it.
Yea it was a big flop!....But those cars were so coooool!.... :cool:

One interesting trivia point: Kim Milford was the King Pin car thief in the corvette movie and he stared in the worst Sci Fi Movie of all time in that same year called Laserblast.....Kim Milford died in Chicago on June 16, 1988 of heart failure, after having undergone heart surgery several weeks earlier.
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Big Al,

Those are big letters.

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SiR-ROUND wrote:Big Al,

Those are big letters.

I Like um Big! :nah:
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Post by groupleaderzeta » Sun Aug 28, 2011 8:04 pm

Thought this was interesting..
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Re: Making Fiberglass Molds, Fiberglass Parts and Vacuum Bag

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groupleaderzeta wrote:Thought this was interesting..
This is the same guy that made the breakaway bottles in an earlier post ....he's good :cylon:
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