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Rollcage padding
Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 01, 2004 5:00 PM
I'm about to start to create a '64 GTO Pro Stock and was wondering if anyone has an idea for simulating the padding that would wrap parts of the rollcage. I thought of using thin strips of medical tape and then painting it, but the texture might be too much. Masking tape maybe?
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 01, 2004 5:17 PM
Some types of black shrink tubing work real well as roll bar padding. Get an assortment that will have sizes close to the diameter of the roll bar tubing. You can slice it lengthwise and install it with scale tie wraps or black Bare Metal Foil as scale electrical tape. I wouldn't advise heating it to shrink on the styrene as the plastic will probably melt or warp ( I've done it).
WF
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 01, 2004 5:33 PM
you could also try electrical insulating tape ...the black vinyl kind..just wrap it around a few times til you get the thickness you want..".try it you might like it"
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 01, 2004 6:03 PM
ive used shrink tubing sliced down the middle, it looks pretty good
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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, March 01, 2004 9:28 PM
I've used the insulation off of electrical wires ( the kind connected to your outlets). Just strip the outer jacket off and you've got 2 sets of wires. As a bonus, after you've stripped the insulation to use as padding, you still have the copper core to use on something else (Exhaust maybe).
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 02, 2004 5:41 PM
I use the foam padding (wrapping) found in the boxes of plastic Display cases.
I put it on the piece I'm wrapping with super glue (my choice) and then paint it what ever color i want.
I use acrylic, after it dries I put on a coat of flat or semi-flat clear. You can also flatten
it a little (before you put it on the piece) to make it thinner. I have had a lot of people tell me it looks good and in scale.
Stoney
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 03, 2004 7:22 PM
What I like to use is plastic candy sticks, you can get them at a craft shop or Wal-mart,
there are about 5 colors to choose from red,green,yello,blue and orange,
cost is about $1.99 for a bag of 30 and I think there 6" long,
just make a slice 1/16" down the side and round off the ends then use dull coat ,
and it would look like the roll bar padding you get at BSR racing products.

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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 04, 2004 8:53 AM
I use tissue paper. Dilute some white glue with water and brush it on heavily. Once it starts to set you can grab a toothpick and add wrinkles and kinks to the bent areas (if any). When its totally dry you can paint it with pretty much anything. It dries rock hard.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, March 04, 2004 4:08 PM
Just realized I forgot to clarify in my post that the tissue method only works if there is a pre-existing molded on roll bar pad. You could combine the other methods posted and use the tissue for some added texture like the real bare-foam ones have.

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