It says to put 3 coats of wax on a new mold, so I put on 5 just for good measure
I then did 2 brushed on coats of PVA onto each mold. I've got 2 layers of carbon and 2 layers of fiberglass matting for the middle. The fiberglass will add stiffness since it is not a directional weave.
I worked up some resin and got it all laid out and clamped the mold halves together.
About 2 hours later I popped the mold halves off the part. Thanks to the wax and PVA, it came off effortlessly. The PVA is still on the part in the following few pics, which is why the finish is a little dull.
Uh oh! I must not have clamped the parts together good enough, and ended up with a big air bubble! :facepalm: The purple over the bubble is the PVA film.
There was also an excess of resin at the corner, but that can always be sanded down.
An air bubble on the inside, which isn't as big of a deal because it won't be noticeable.
A shot of the air bubble with the PVA film removed
And a few shots of the part with all the PVA removed. The finish is a lot nicer, and once I wet sand, clear and buff it'll be nice.
I'm going to try to mix up a little resin and fill in the hole, then sand it down and see how it comes out. If it doesn't come out nice, I've already been brainstorming a few ideas to keep the halves stiff and supported, and to be able to clamp them more evenly.
Minor update for now, got some work done on this puppy today. System is up and running with a fresh install of W7 Home on the 1TB drive.
I ditched the idea for making the carbon fiber wiring cover because I failed so many times that I ran out of carbon :facepalm: So I decided to use some leftover plexi to make one instead.
I marked out the cover on the sheet.
Then I cut it out with my jigsaw and bent it into a 90º angle. I then trimmed out the areas where the MB cables pass through. I got a little carried away working and didn't get any progress pics :facepalm: I used a small piece of aluminum angle to mount the cover to a pair of existing mounting holes in the chassis.
I also got the mounting done for the die-cast model.
I got the cover painted white and I have a neat idea for it, but I'll have to try it out to see if it'll work the way I want it to!
I also got this nice 50th anniversary emblem that they put on the ATVs and snowmobiles this year and mounted it to the front door.
And I mounted a nice billet aluminum cat head logo to the PSU to dress it up a bit
I got the PSU cover painted and added a nice Team Arctic decal to break up all the white.
I cut a piece and drilled it to mount to a pair of the extra E-ATX standoff holes on the motherboard tray.
Then I used some double-sided tape to secure the LED blinky kit to the backside of the tray.
And I got carried away with modding and didn't take too many pics :whistler: but I sanded and painted the piece of plexi, wired up the 2 3mm blue LEDs and stuck the plugs and plug boots to the plexi mount, then ran the wiring through the black fuel line and over the tray to the LED blinky kit.
And a shot of them on.
And a video Yes, I know the music in the vid is a little depressing, but it's all I had that fit in the 26 seconds that the video is lol.
Next up I cut out another piece of plexi and bent it into shape.
Here I set it on the 5850 for a test-fit, then painted and added another cat decal to break up all the white.
Next I cut out the clear acrylic for the side window. I cleaned it up a lot after this picture was taken, then stuck it to the side panel with some double-sided tape.
Now the really crappy thing is that I had to notch the chassis to fit the window in. The edge of the window lined up with the edge of the case, so I notched the case with my jigsaw (after removing all the components of course). I then put some black trim on it to cover up the cut edge.
And the final pics for now, until i can get ahold of a better camera
And once again a HUGE thanks to my sponsors!!!
Now the rig will be displayed at the dealership I work at and I'm currently working with Arctic Cat on raffling it off at one of their charity events! I'll be sure to post up the details when I get them!!