If the 'carved foam' technique is to be used for the bodywork, as will happen next here, foam blocking can also be used to simplify sheet GRP fabrications. Here, a foam block has been glued to the upper and lower sheets that form the rear light mounts (Ford Ka units). Later GRP can be laid onto it to form a very strong box that would be difficult to make from sheets
When flat sheets of flat GRP or with right angled edges as seen below are not enough, several sheets can be joined together with resin and glass laid into the joins to 'weld' the assembly together.
The assembly needs to be held together firmly enough to maintain the right shape while the strips of glass are laid up, but in a way that will not intrude on the finished part.
Sheets of GRP are normally joined up with the 'good' surfaces (facing the table when laid up) outboard and the rough surface is used for the jointing layup. To avoid resin running onto the good surfaces, that may be finished surfaces, lay a strip of masking tape along the join.
The surfaces that are to be laid up onto MUST be cut back to 'Grey' with all cured surfaces (Glossy) cut away. This ensures a good bond when resin is laid "Wet on Dry". (Work "Wet on Wet" if possible) 40 or 60 grit "production paper" is normally used for this
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Digital scales, the Sicomin Epoxy SR5550 resin mixes at 100grams to 29 grams, scales work to +- 1 gram, not good enough for cocaine but fine for resin. Scales live in a plastic bag to avoid resin contamination.
Release wax. Ensures clean release from table, or anything else you don't want the resin to stick to.
1 kilo pack of Sicomin SR5550 and the 5505 hardener. Goes off at 25 degrees C to touch dry in an hour.
Pair of good kitchen scissors to cut the cloth before and after curing. Double layers need sheet metal shears.
Some mountings are best done by right angled sections and these can be easily made using a right handled panel on the layup table. Table is ordinary 'melemine' worktop surface. These release very well, but an application of release wax also helps once they get a bit scratched. A corner radius was achieved using a strip of masking tape, this removes fairly easily after curing.
Piaggio's MP3 tilting Three Wheeler is not an FF, but there has been quite a lot of discussion about it on the FF discussion list, so I thought we should have a few pix up on bikeweb for people to refer to. There's no doubt that the twin front wheels provide a reassuring feeling of grip and confidence on slippery surfaces and it can be heeled over to a respectable 'angle of dangle' before things start grounding. Picture of Blez at Shepherd's Bush roundabout, London, by Bernard Zieja.
Inspired by Philip Wakeham's 'Anything is possible' attitude to engineering art I woke up one morning and decided to implement Royce Creasey's aerodynamic improvement hints (see his technical paper on this site) and cut the fairing into three pieces, chopped four inches out of the middle, and reassembled it!
The narrower fairing has little impact on comfort, reduces frontal area a little, but amazingly has made the bike much less susceptible to side winds and the turbulent air behind large lorries, it is more 'indifferent' as Royce puts it.