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Tutorial - Widening a Fiberglass chest.


This chest mod is extremely time consuming and tedious, but ill show you what I did. Take your time with this.. Using a Dremel I cut a 'slanted' line on each side. Here is a picture:

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Use a heat gun to heat the area above the 'belly circle' (below the breast) so that the fiberglass becomes pliable. Then lift the 'belly circle' part up to your desired width, like so:

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As you can see, I used a Tupperware to keep it widened, and I taped it down to keep it sturdy. I also used the sanding tool on the Dremel to remove all the primer around the area where I will lay fiberglass. Make sure to let the chest cool down a bit before you work on it any further.

Next I put masking tape on the inside of the chest behind my cuts. I cut out my fiberglass cloth strips, mixed my resin and then laid the fiberglass on the top of the cut, Make sure to fill in all the bubbles and let the resin get into the crack so that it fills in the gap.

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Do this on the other side as well. I had to lay about 3 layers on each side. You will probably want to put at least one layer on the inside as well, on both cracks and where you heated and bent the fiberglass. Make sure to let it dry and sand well between layers. On the 2nd and 3rd layer you can cut skinnier cloth strips. Once its all dry and sanded flush, you will need to try and reconstruct the details. I used "Bondo-Glass" to fill in my large holes and build up the details. It's awesome stuff, its sands very well too. The Dremel comes in handy when trying to define your details as well. To fill in the smaller holes, I used "Bondo Glazing and Spot Putty" Its a red one-part putty, make sure to only use it for the smaller holes and dents. It looks like they used the same stuff when originally constructing the chest, because all the small holes have been filled with some kind of red putty. Use very fine sand paper, you'll probably even want to wet sand it. Primer it with a filler primer, sand it again, primer it again, sand it again, etc. until its good as new emoticon

It takes a huge amount of work, and I would not suggest you do this unless you are confident you can make it look right. I'm terribly sorry I didn't take more pictures.. Here is my chest after the modification:

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Wow, great job Ian, that is a lot of work. For builders who aren't aware, we did a larger torso using this same method and made it available so builders don't have mod them.

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Chris, the chest is from you ??
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Was this the 39" Torso Mr. Tea?

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Yes I believe it was the smaller chest.

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Yes this is the smaller torso - To avoid having to make this mod - I would suggest getting the larger torso.

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That's why I'm wondering what size my chest peice is. I'm a 35 chest but had to cut mine as well see Waldo's Build Thread


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