This is cool as hell love it!
I checked the painted test formica peice this morning and it turned out really nice. I tried to scratch it with my finger nail and the paint held. The rain is supposed to end this morning so I'm hoping to get in a little formica action after work.
Are there any folks out there with formica cutting experience? I'm reaching a point where several panels have angles and edges on them I'm not sure how to cut because ALL routers work on a 90 degree angle.
If there are any experts out there please help!
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Thanks for the link! Good stuff. Never thought of checking YouTube. Now I know better!
I want to ask all of you a favor... As you know this project will be donated to the full scale MF Chris Lee is working on. There are several parts on the console (and throughout the MF) we've been able to identify and others still remain a mystery.
One part in particular are those mysterious 2 inch dome panel mount lights that seem to be EVERYWHERE through out the SW universe. Does anybody have ANY idea what these are or where we can find a close copy? I've come close to finding a good 2 inch chrome bezel replacement but I still need to the dome light (in various lens colors).
Chome Bezel - Chrome Bezel - Twist On - 2in - 4 State Trucks
Also, if anybody has any ideas for mounting the various switches, lights, etc... As you know, we dont want this to be just a static display. We would like to have some interaction with as many knobs, lights, as possible. So PLEASE feel free to comment.
Hope to hear from ya!
Minor update: Applied a a few coats of flat black to the monitor surround...
It's stopped raining... so let's hope for a few hours to work
Updates... I think...
Its been a FRUSTRATING couple of hours... What could go wrong... did go wrong...
I skinned the front of the console and as I was walking past... I slipped and caught the corner and cracked the edge...
I cut off the edge and replaced with a new piece and then cut to fit...
I then picked the console up to move it and the bottom of the back panel formica popped loose... GRRRR
I then realized that the base was 1 inch off so I had to add a small pieces to the edges
And this is where we are... clamps holding the back formica in place... waiting for glue to dry on the base support and sitting at my computer extremely frustrated waiting for the day to end! LOL
I knew I was going to have one of those days... it was just a matter of when. I was hoping to be MUCH further along with the build. But I should slow down especially now that I have to figure out how to mount the buttons, lights, rockers, etc... I think I already mentioned that...
If I never have to work with formica again... I wont be upset...
Stay Tuned... I think
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Taking things a bit slower after yesterdays fiasco...
Contact cement applied and edges taped for proper adhesion... I hope
Bottom front of console
More Pics: Support slowly being skinned with formica
Look'n good my friend!
Thank you very much! I appreciate the kind words! After yesterday... I need all support I can get!
UPDATES! It was a good day! I finally got the support skinned. A few little corrections here and there but that part is all finished and awaiting primer. I'll probably install some smaller spacers on the bottom to keep the console from scraping the ground.
I was able to skin the front and the top of the console but have to wait for the contact cement to dry/cure before I begin routing/sanding. I also got started on the main throttle housing.
Support all finished
Measuring for the throttle housing
With monitor and "blue" screen - its actually tape
More to come
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Wanted to get your opinion on this design element. I picked up some white pin striping and adhered it to the practice throttle panel I created. I get the feeling it might be too wide, but it's difficult to tell...
What do you guys think? Should the lines be thinner?
More to come...
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A few more images to digest...
The housing is approx 10x14 inches... What do you guys think? Thinner lines?
Very cool to see someone dug in on something like this.
Keep it up!
might be a tad bit too wide, just my opinion. when did my old panel, i used a large cutting table to narrow the strips to abut a 1/4 inch. Again, its just my opinion. Maybe Steve Starkiller can give you an approximate dimension of the lines from his drawings?
A few more...
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I managed to skin another panel, sand down a few edges and cut the holes for the console 20 toggle switches that will eventually be installed.
More to come!
OK... I changed the width of the pin stripes... Thinner IS better
Thin! Looks perfect.
That's looking really good
Thanks much! I'm really looking forward to adding all the lights and greeblies! I'm no electrician... I just hope I dont burn the console to ashes...