Make your own free website on Tripod.com
Holston's Jet Hanger

Making the Vette Body Mold

Home
F-9-F PANTHER
R.A.T.T. (DRAGONFLY)
TOPCAT
MIG-29 FULCRUM
F-15 ULTRA EAGLE III
INTERCEPTOR
MY OTHER AIRCRAFT
ELECTRIC
F-A-Q
FIBERGLASSING
BACK CORNER
Making the Molds for the VETTE
Making the Vette Body Mold
CONTACT

Now comes the hard part, The main body mold of the VETTE will consist of a mold comprised of 8 different sections. Starting with the Top and rear deck.

1-28-03topfence.jpg
Starting to make the Fence (Parting lines) on the top

1-29-03topfence001.jpg
Adding some Evercoat 400 to the fence for a perfect fit to the top

1-30-03rearfence001.jpg
Adding side rear deck fences to the top section

1-30-03finalsectionopfence002.jpg
Final section of the top fence has been added

1-30-03finishedfence003.jpg
Finished top fence (Mold Parting line)

1-30-03topfence005.jpg
Here you can see the Modeling clay I used to support the first sections of the Fence.

Many have asked about waxing..........
Before each section of the mold is fabricated, I wax and polish that section at least three times. Then I spray with a release film. For mold making I use a "rattle can" Silicon release agent as I don't have to worry about painting these. ( I never use Silicon in a mold for the finished parts, if they are to be painted)

Next I will build a "Box" to support the top mold and all the rest of the sections that will be bolted to it to make the Corvette Body. Then I will make the actual mold.

2-04-03molds001.jpg
Here is the "BOX" with the parting Boards all finished. Now to start the mold!

2-04-03molds002.jpg
Two layers of "Surface coat"

2-04-03molds005.jpg
A mixture of Filler and Epoxy is added to prevent air pockets in the corners.

2-04-03molds006.jpg
Three layers of 6 OZ glass cloth and Laminating Epoxy Resin

2-04-03molds008.jpg
THree layers of 9 OZ cloth and the Supporting "Box"

2-07-03molds001.jpg
Quarter Panel /Door section Parting boards are added next

2-07-03molds006.jpg
Once again it's time for the "Surface Coat"

2-07-03molds007.jpg
Quarter Panel Section

2-07-03molds009.jpg
"Da Udder" side with all the glass added

2-08-03molds001.jpg
Removing the Parting fences for the rear panel

2-08-03molds002.jpg
Rear fences removed and ready to make the rear tail light panel

2-08-03molds003.jpg
Getting ready to add the Hood Surround Parting fences

2-10-03molds003.jpg
One more part of the fence to go. Note the area under the Wheel opening will have to be filled also

2-10-03molds007.jpg
Ready to make the Hood Surround Panel

2-12-03molds001.jpg
Same drill, Two coats of Surface coat.

2-12-03molds002.jpg
Four layers of 9 OZ cloth and four layers of 12 OZ under the wood support frame

2-13-03molds001.jpg
Fences have been removed, Next I will make the vertical fence separating the fenders from the grille

2-13-03molds003.jpg
Front fender and grille fences in place.

2-13-03molds005.jpg
Once again, Two coats of surface coatwith 45 minute between coats

2-13-03molds007.jpg
Fenders all layed up with 8 layers of cloth and epoxy

2-15-03molds002.jpg
Just have to make the Grille and Tail light panel and the mold will be done!

2-17-03molds002.jpg
Both front and rear panels are finished

After trimming and drilling the flanges, I will take the molds off of the pattern. Starting with the top.

2-18-03molds001.jpg
Top section of the mold removed

2-18-03molds004.jpg
Taillight panel popped right off, using a clamp to pull it loose.

2-18-03molds008.jpg
After all the sections have been removed, I twilkl be "Bolted" back together to make the first Body.

2-18-03molds009.jpg
All put back together for a trial fit. The "white" spots are imperfections that are being repaired

Now I am starting to build the floor pan for the interior to mount to.

3-22-03001.jpg
Starting on the floor pan for the Vette

3-22-03002.jpg
A prototype body trial fitted to the floor pan pattern

3-22-03003.jpg
Another view

3-22-03004.jpg
Thru the "driver's" door

3-25-03001.jpg
Adding "Fillets" to all the corners of the floor pattern

4-1-03001.jpg
Making the Dash panel pattern

4-1-03002.jpg
Da udder side of the dash

4-7-03013.jpg
Windshield &back glass cut out

4-7-03015.jpg
Final shape for rear wheel well clearance

5-15-03001.jpg
Floor pattern primed ready to have the edges added for the mold

dscn1499.jpg
Frame & "Engine"

4-7-03006.jpg
This is what it looked like at the Weak Signals RC show at TOLEDO in April 2004

Click to return to:

Holston's Jet Hanger

Making the Molds for the VETTE