CRACKER BOX

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby steveh41 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:12 am

Fergal,

Congrats on a fabulous build! :D

Enjoyed the video... very solid looking on plane.

Regards,

Steve
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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Benj269 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:33 am

fergal butler wrote:I got some cloudy patches in the fiberglass that I was not happy with, as I'm working outside it's very hard to control the weather :D that was with 205 hardener the second time I did it with 207 and covered it with peel ply and that kept the dampness out.
For reinforcement I glassed in wooden blocks under the frames you can see them here.

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That certainly looks much better than the standard bolted in blocking. Did you by chance get any pictures of the glassing? I'm trying to think of how I would do it and tie all three elements together. Glassing the gusset to the motor stringer would be easy, but I'm not sure about tying those into the frame member.

I had never heard of peel ply before so I looked it up. Interesting. I will keep it in mind when I get to that stage.

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby fergal butler » Thu Oct 09, 2014 11:51 am

I don't have any other photos of it but I just used fiberglass cloth, this is just the way I did it and I wouldn't recommend changing from the plans to anyone when it comes to things like this as my way is not tried and tested.

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Benj269 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:05 pm

How many operating hours do you have on her so far? Anything you would change?

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby fergal butler » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:27 pm

I have about 20 fun filled hours on her :D If I had to do it again I would build it the 10% bigger than the standerd I'm 6'4" with big long lanky legs so a few extra inches in the cockpit would be nice :D it would also have made the engine and gearbox setup a lot easier. I'm still playing around with the engine hatch :roll: and should have gone for low profile exhaust risers I still might yet if I can find them on this side of the world as it will make the hatch a lot lower, all in all I love her and get very excited when I know I'm going out for a spin if it wasn't for fuel and nighttime I'd never come in :P

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Benj269 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:38 pm

If you stretched it to 16.5 feet I suppose you would need to join three pieces of (4'x8') ply to be long enough for the sides.? Speaking of fuel, where did you get your tank and filler cap?

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby fergal butler » Thu Oct 09, 2014 12:48 pm

Yep I can't get bigger than 8x4 here, The fuel tank is from the local marine shop I think it's made by "golden ship" the cap I got on ebay something like this http://www.ebay.com/itm/VW-Buggy-Sand-R ... a1&vxp=mtr

At the moment I'm working on a hatch that looks like the Century thunderbolt but I'm not sure if I like it or not as it's a bit high :roll:


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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Benj269 » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:02 pm

I really like this style:

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Or I may go with a hatch that has a small cutout for something like a shotgun air scoop:

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby fergal butler » Thu Oct 09, 2014 1:15 pm

This is where my problem is the risers are just a bit proud of the deck so it makes the dome very high.

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Toopilot » Wed May 10, 2017 4:55 pm

What did you ever do for the engine hatch?

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby fergal butler » Thu May 11, 2017 12:18 am

I decided to save up and go for the low profile headers in the meantime I just used a leatherette cover stretched over the engine, hopefully one day I'll get to finish the hatch just need to find the boat first :( .

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Toopilot » Thu May 11, 2017 12:33 pm

What do you mean find the boat first???

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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby fergal butler » Thu May 11, 2017 1:16 pm


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Re: CRACKER BOX

Postby Toopilot » Thu May 11, 2017 7:17 pm

Man... so sorry to hear. Really hope your new crazy cool project allows you to find you're first born!!!


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