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Fiberglass look for speaker system
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:46 PM
I'm working on a Honda Accord station wagon, and want to make the back part of the wagon look like a fiberglass custom job, with amps, subwoofers, and DVD player...i tried taking stryafoam and forming it, then covering it with putty, but it made the foam shrink to almost nothing, and shrank itself. i then decided to just use a piece of cardboard and try to paint it, but it still looks like a painted piece of cardboard...any ideas?....
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Posted by vinnietbird on Thursday, April 21, 2005 2:58 PM
Use sheet plastic.
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Posted by dag65 on Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:08 PM
Why not use fiberglass? Hobby Shopd sell very light weight stuff for model airplanes. Make the styrofoam bits then lay on the cloth followed by thinned epoxy
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 21, 2005 3:13 PM
AHHH...man i'm an idiot...thanks vinnietbird...i'll try that...i would do the fiberglass, but my LHS is so lame, I'm lucky if they have paint...thanks....
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Posted by vinnietbird on Thursday, April 21, 2005 4:10 PM
The plastic is cheap,and with a little heat can be formed into nice curves.
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Posted by JakeCouture on Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:18 PM
I know nothing about fiberglass, but would the texture of the model airplane 'glass be like that of 1/1 fiberglass, or would it be finer and more to scale for model car applications?
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:37 PM
you can try a big chunk of resin and ground it into shape. I see guys selling them around at shows and stuff for about $1. You'll need a dremel for sure. Just an idea!?!
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, April 22, 2005 9:08 PM
There is a pretty good tutorial at AF. It uses Sculpey, I think. Here it is:
http://www.automotiveforums.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=371924
What kind of foam are you using? Also, what type of putty? I was planning on making a custom housing with florist's foam and Squadron putty. Maybe I'd better get a test piece then, huh?
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 23, 2005 6:02 PM
where did you get the wagon,i have been looking for one
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 27, 2005 1:54 PM
sorry for the delay in response...

gavinray, i got the kit on ebay. only problem is, no engine.

daklunk, i was using ordinary foam that came in a shipment i received at home. can't remember the putty i used, but i'll check when i get home.

i did buy the plastic sheets, and it worked out pretty good...not as good as i wanted it to look , but it's my first, so it can only get better as i try.
thanks....
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 28, 2005 9:33 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by ETVALENTIN

sorry for the delay in response...

gavinray, i got the kit on ebay. only problem is, no engine.

daklunk, i was using ordinary foam that came in a shipment i received at home. can't remember the putty i used, but i'll check when i get home.

i did buy the plastic sheets, and it worked out pretty good...not as good as i wanted it to look , but it's my first, so it can only get better as i try.
thanks....


Almost all hard or solid foams out there are styrofoam, simply foamed styrene plastic, same plastic as model kits are made from. There are some urethane foam sheets available in home improvement stores, for use in insulating a building though.

Styrofoam is extremely sensitive to anything that will even etch styrene--the common body putties we use in model building are lacquer-based, they will make styrofoam almost evaporate. The same thing is true of fiberglas resin (polyester resin). Epoxy resins won't hurt the stuff either.

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, June 17, 2005 8:48 PM
What i do, is i take about .40 sheet of styrene. Lets use a simple box design with an amp mounted(molded) on top of the box. Cut out 4 equal rectangular sheets of styrene, make it to scale though. Then cut out the sides for the box. Before you glue the top sheet of the box, trace ur amp on the sheet, then cut it out with a dremel or an exacto. Eiether you can make a 4 piece of rect. to fit under the top sheet, or just cut a bit biger peace and place it under the top sheet of your box. This will give you the sunken look. Or you can make a brace almost like, with small tube sqwuare around your cutout, and glue them and sand them, add some putty all around it, and sand it smooth. Simply place your amp in ur little (cubby)Big Smile Hope this helps, email me if you need a pic of this!

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Posted by Tinker on Friday, July 1, 2005 7:03 PM
If fiberglas is done correctly, it won't LOOK like fiberglas---in 1/1 or anyother scale. I collect different shapes of clear plastic from product packaging. Seems like almost everything we buy these days is packaged in clear plastic. There are thousands of shapes in various sizes already vacume-formed in these things. All you need do is cut, glue, and paint. To give the final shape some " body ", fill the back with some putty or epoxy. The deep, glossy, smooth look you see in the custom rides isn't necessarily covering f/g. Sometimes it is smoothed and sealed plastic filler laid on a container made with MDF. Smile
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