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#1 Wobble

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:43 AM

One of my cars that has been modified to include a tray type interior needs a roll cage.
What's the best and/or easiest way to go about this? Any tips and pointers in the right direction would be appreciated.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 07:39 AM

Easiest thing is Evergreen Styrene rod or tube available from most hobby shops.
You can also use the scrap runner trees in plastic model kits.
Chuppa Chup sticks, some plastic drinking straws are small enough, ink refill out of ball point pens, etc, etc.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 07:57 AM

^^wot e sed! a heavy option is brass rod. Also check your graveyard for donor bits.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 08:37 AM

I use a thin pvc coated wire
it is very light and bends easy
I got mine from the hobby shop
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:04 AM

I often use old sprues kept from kitset days. trim to length and quickly heat & bend.

I sometimes wrap a few turns of masking tape to replicate foam padding...
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 09:09 AM

As Steve mentioned Evergreen rod is the easiest,the tube tends to be harder to bend.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 12:50 PM

I have used heat shrink tube. Very light.

#8 Wobble

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:55 PM

Cool, thanks guys, got some evergreen styrene 1.2mm rod today so I'll have a crack at it with that
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 03:23 PM

1.2mm dia might be ok for scale, but might look a bit thin.
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Posted 09 June 2015 - 04:40 PM

Unsure of what size tubing is used in 1/1 cars but had a look inside a couple of Scaley cars and the roll cages in those didn't look to be much more than 1mm so based my choice on that. Fortunately no ones going to be looking inside and it's only to satisfy the rules which require one.

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Edited by Wobble, 09 June 2015 - 04:49 PM.

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 05:28 PM

Looks good.
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 09:36 AM

cool - nice solid welds, should get certified fine B)
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 11:24 AM

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These are my interiors I do for the slotworx 1/24 v8s . Same as I have done in 1/32 previously . I only do the bar work were you can see it easily from outside view to keep weight down . I use styrene tube , simple warm it up under running hot water on bend point and slowly bend it in your fingers . Hold it in shape until it cools again . Limited by your own imagination .
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 02:32 PM

sheesh Pagey,...I should delete my image now...it looks a half arsed attempt compared to those. Too good
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Posted 10 June 2015 - 03:55 PM

No Mr Wobble you missed the point , great having a go that's more than half the fun . Yours looks good , if we are able to pass on info on this great hobbie ,we all have more fun . Keep up the great work mate .
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Posted 11 June 2015 - 10:25 PM

I like yours Wobble it will look good inside the car. Maybe you could add some slightly thicker bits over the sections near the drivers head and paint it black like the Armaflex/foam rubber they use to stop their helmets banging on them. A little more detail to add to the realism.





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