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Old 02-03-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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Hi guys. Just wondering how you go about designing a bodyshell?...

Does anybody have a side, front & topview template for designs to be created on?...

got my inspiration in Kimi Raikkonen's helmet. But as I'm useless on photoshop I need some help. Anythings appreciated. Cheers.
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grab some high density foam, sandpaper and a some sharp hobby knives and start carving. before computers and 3d printing, all the molds had to be made by hand.
if you have a tallent for that sort of thing thats your best bet, or you can design it in cad and pay a bunch of money for someone to produce it.

vacuum thermoforming is very easy though. just google it. you can build a table for very cheap to do typical rc car lexan. for complex maths and simulation you would want to design it in cad and get it printed on a 3d printer but then you could simulate aerodynamic stuffs.

if all you want to do is make a scale care body, just start carving, sanding, filling, carving some more.
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Are you looking for the paint scheme or an actual body???
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Sounds like he's just after transferring a paint scheme...
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Apologies... I wrote this in the pub. Not the best place. I have since found this place has a paint room... happy days :-)
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grab some high density foam, sandpaper and a some sharp hobby knives and start carving. before computers and 3d printing, all the molds had to be made by hand.
if you have a tallent for that sort of thing thats your best bet, or you can design it in cad and pay a bunch of money for someone to produce it.

vacuum thermoforming is very easy though. just google it. you can build a table for very cheap to do typical rc car lexan. for complex maths and simulation you would want to design it in cad and get it printed on a 3d printer but then you could simulate aerodynamic stuffs.

if all you want to do is make a scale care body, just start carving, sanding, filling, carving some more.
Or do it like most companies......back pour a Protoform body ripping off D. Epp.
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Or do it like most companies......back pour a Protoform body ripping off D. Epp.
There's at least one company that's known for back pouring Tamiya bodies!
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Whats back pouring?
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Making a female mold out of an existing body , fill the uncut cavity with a self hardening liquid like bondo. Bam! There's your mold.
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