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Corvette GS-II, how to carve a balsa plug with contours


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#1 Gene/ZR1

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:14 AM

ROUND NO.1

 

I was asked to restore this post from 2007,since photo kick the bucket and it was lost

 

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The start of the Corvette GS-II, a how-to carve a balsa plug with contours.

This post will show a different method for carving a balsa plug. I would suggest this method for any hobby person wanting to try to carve a plug. The biggest problem for the new carver is matching right and left sides, this method should work well.

Study the photos and I will post as the progress continues.

Any questions are welcome.

 

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Body sides rails with wheel openings.

 

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Table saw will rip this down the centerline.

 

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Now we have two sides rails.

 

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Side rail with layers shown, not fixed with glue.

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Bondo will be used as glue, and will give color rings when carved.

 

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Spread the Bondo quickly for all layers. Bondo allows easier carving through layers than wood glues.

 

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Stack all layers quickly and use two hard boards and squeeze into a OLD vise, wipe away excess squeezed-out Bondo.

 

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Contour stack has been sawed true to all four sides and side rails glue in place.

 

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Top view of contour and side rails. As this plug is carved the Bondo contour rings will appear.

The next step will be to add X-Y control lines so the plug can be controlled when carved. 

 

 

 


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 10:54 AM

ROUND NO.2 continue

some photos have been lost, so this is the best I can do for now.

 

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The nose has been trimmed down, Now you can see the bondo lines,known as contours,when the lines match left to right both sides are equal.

 

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A little more work and the contour lines are smooth.

 

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A simple comparison look, starting to look like a GS-2

 

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Front look, next step will be to bring the body into true shape to form.

Remember this body will have modifications so it will adapt to a simple slot car chassis.
The body will have a 4 inch c/c on the axles and the width will be 3-1/4 inch. 

 

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Rear showing spoiler

 

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Overall progress view

 

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Continue filling sanding

 

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Primer coat

 

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Full primer coat, sand and paint next

 

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Posted 02 January 2018 - 11:01 AM

Gene, your work is awesome! Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 11:09 AM

Gene, are you selling this body in lexan?


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 11:38 AM

Gene, are you selling this body in lexan?

 

Bob

I finished this wood plug in 2007, but for some reason I never made the resin  plug to pull bodies from.

Yes I can do 0.010 lexan.


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 12:05 PM

Very nice  Eldon.   You take  this stuff to the artistic level.   Most of us are just journeymen!


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 06:38 PM

Awesome!!!!


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Posted 02 January 2018 - 09:21 PM

And we start the year out with another great tutorial from the best!  Thanks Gene!  Now I have something else to try.  Using this step-by-step, gives me a good shot.


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