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    Solar Trike

    Haven't posted for quite a while mostly because the trike project has been put on the back burner waiting for funds and the time to work on it. I decided to try and complete the body plugs over the winter and thought I would post some pics. Should be buying the batteries and electrics in the spring.
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    Hello Red,

    Awesome project! I have been recently stuck on youtube checking out side car (hacks) from the Isle of Man. Your body work has the same type of feel. Are you going to use make a plug? And if so have you tried Smooth-on's resin system?

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    Tony,
    Thanks for your comments. I'm finishing the sections off with drywall compounds and will prime them with automotive primers, then fine sand, polish and wax them to receive the parting agent and probably fiberglass. It's a process I've used before and it works fine. I'm just not sure if I want to use carbon fiber for the shell sections yet. I not going to produce female molds because I want the insides with a smooth finish and will finish the outer after laying the glass work. Plus I'm sure this will be a one off, but I'll have the male plugs if that changes.

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    It is looking good!
    What software did you use to create the plywood ribs?
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    Don't laugh, but the artwork was done on my iPad and the dimensional drawings were done on an old school drafting board. Yeah, I know it's slow and antiquated, but it's a tactile thing for me, and I've never had the patience to put the time into learning modern CAD systems.

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