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2 minutes ago, RogerDuke said:

Thanks for sharing this Jim. It is really awesome and made me think......They did a lot of different things with the General in 7 years but never made a body out of glass. It would have been fun to watch it jump a creek. 

This is just how unpainted lexan bodies come. It'll be painted once I finish all of the other modifications.

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I recently picked up the brushless Kyosho Charger VE on the left.  When I reprinted Rosco's police car, I sized it specifically to work on the Fazer chassis.  I'll swap the General Lee stuff over to the brushless chassis and use the brushed one for the police car.  I also grabbed a set of black & white General Lee decals for the gray body, because why not.

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Lately free time has been at a massive premium, especially since deer season started, so progress has been minimal.  I haven't had time to work on the 3d printed police car at all, but I have made some minor progress on the RJ Speed General Lee, specifically the body mounts on the WL Toys chassis.

Here's a shot of the chassis with all of the electronics reinstalled and the front & rear body mounts fabricated:
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Here's an up-close of the front & rear mounts, both of which were made the same way:
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The mounts are both made from 1/16" Kydex sheets.  In the past I've always worked with 1/8" Kydex, which is extremely durable and rigid, but heavy.  Because this car already weighs more than a real Dodge Charger because of the massive aluminum chassis, I really need to cut weight wherever I can or that 390 sized motor won't stand a chance of surviving for long.  The problem with such thin material is that it's not very rigid, so I had to do more than just a right angle bend like I would have done with the thicker stuff.  To make these stronger, I had to cut the "wings" on the sides and bend them over and tie them together with screws.  Hopefully that's more clear in the underside pics:
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Here is the body set onto the chassis with the new mounts:
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One of the issues that I've run into is that the body doesn't sit as low as I had hoped, so I need to rethink my attachment ideas.  Originally I was just going to go with the standard body post method, since that's the easiest, and it would make it more like the Kyosho "hero" car that this will be standing in for during jump scenes.  I could bend the kydex down more and still fit the body posts, but the body sits right where it should as-is, so I think that instead of fooling with the body posts, I'm going to just go with velcro mounts and call it a day.  From the beginning, the plan has been to add a lip to the bottom of the chassis to attach the bottom of the body to the chassis with velcro anyway, so what's a little more on the top?

Here's a close up of the mounts through the body:
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The next step is to trim back the mounts, as I don't need them to extend as far from the shock towers.  After that, I need to locate and cut out the wheel well openings, and then the 3d design & print work starts for the body.  I'm trying to accomplish as much of the "in the garage" work as I can before it gets stupid cold, because I'd rather sit inside in front of the computer during that period.  This means that I also need to make some real progress on the police body soon, or I'm going to have to spend a fortune on propane to heat the garage every time I go out there to work on it.

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