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Nice progress! Can't wait to see your finished result of that back panel, looks great so far.

How's your cat enjoying your built? emoticon



Which cat? I have about 19 from Post Hurrican Katrina. Some of them endured 10 feet of water, with no food or water for a month. Then another hurricane 2 weeks after Katrina. I've had them all fixed and take care of them. We've found homes for a few. It's the least I could do for them.

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That is good to hear Waldo. Keep up the good work!

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I've been planning on doing this mod as well. Seems like a great idea. excited to see how yours comes out. What size magnets will you be using?

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not sure yet.

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I used these. 2 or 3 on each corner. I am surprised of how strong these are, it will take some FORCE to actually detach the back panel once 8 (12) of these magnets are on. Highly recommended! I once worried about the magnets not being strong enough, such that the panel might fall off accidentally. But works like a charm.

Just make sure you put these magnets on the right way on both the back and on the panel before you bondo or glue them on (something I forgot. I had one corner where the magnetic force worked against eachother...DOH! Took me some time to fix that).

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Thanks for the info and good luck on your trip. hope you made a list of all of the parts. Keep us informed.

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 If you have not cleaned up the edges on your cuts do it now using a sanding block. Trace and cut out some sign material for the door. The more rigid the plastic is the better. Lay the cut out sheet of plastic on top of the plastic mounted on the opening. Then place the back (door) on top of the plastic sheet you just laid down. Look at the edges on the door to be sure they are laying flush with the plastic. If not, don't worry you can fill in the gaps with bondo later. The important thing is to make sure that the two sheets of plastic are flush together. Becuase I followed the edge for the cut the surface is a bit curved. Before you glue the two together, you need to SAND THE INSIDE EDGE OF DOOR. You will need to reinforce the inside corners with glue or fiber glass later and it will be hard to sand the primer off once the plastic is glued to the door. Dab some 5 minute epoxy on the edge of the door and lay it on the plastic and line up the edges. Lay those two glued peices on the back. Besure the two sheets of plastic are flush.

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Once the glue is dry you can fill and sand the edges. This photo shows where I used body filler to fill the gaps.

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Lay the back door on the back and line it up back to the postion it was before you cut it. Trace the edges of the door onto the back using a thin Sharpie. From this line you need to measure a 1/2 inch inward and draw a new line parallel to the one you just traced. You may consider 3/4 of an inch if you choose. this will be the line you will cut. Draw a line a 1/2 inch fron the edge on the back door as well. I used a drum sanding wheel on a Dremel to cut mine.

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Door and opening now have new rims.

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Sand the inside of the opening and remove the primer several inches from the edge. You should have done this with the door in the earlier step. Lay fiberglass where the two peices meet to reinforce the opening. I used two layers. Sand and clean the edges. When I get them I will drill holes in each corner and glue in earth magnets.





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Since I'm using sign plastic it's important to reinforce it from the inside because it is flexible. You don't want your seams coming apart.Cut strips of fiberglass mat and brush inplace. I imagine if you can't fiberglass you can probably add hot glue (don't melt the plastic) or blobs of 5 min epoxy.
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Once cured, sand and clean for priming.
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Once primed look for pits and gaps then fill. Sand and reprime.
 
UPDATE ON LEG RIGGING
If you look at my very first post you'll see how I'm using bunjee cords hooked at the shin knee and hooked to the top of the thigh. After trying the shorts on there wasn't much room for that. This is from what I gathered is the way most builders attach their bujee cords. But for me it's not working out.
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Using the same bunjee cords and wheels for a sliding screen door (home depot) and we will try to do it simular to how AD's suit is.
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Remove the wire binder from both ends of the cord. Bring the two ends together and make a doughnut. Use the wire from the hook to bind the ends together.
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Since you already have a bolt attached to your knee greeblie simply install one of the wheels and use a washer.
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For me I have already fiberglassed in the hooks for the other side so I'll use those for now. The wheels come with bolts so you can fiber glass those in for the other areas.
 
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Before you install the wheels in the thighs you might want to try on the shorts and thighs together to determine where they can fit. You don't have to go up high. Once you determine where they will go, remove the primer in that area by sanding And mark the placement with a Sharpie. Before you fiberglass, cut a small square from mat, cut a hole and insert the provided stem from the door wheel. Brush on your resin, place another precut square over the resin, brush resin on then place the stem and mat on, followed by smaller strips of mat aroung the stem.
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You may want to trim the stem with the wheel in place before you fiberglass it in place. You might need the room.
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As you can see the stem is protruding over the wheel. I'll trim it later. I also plan on gluing each wheel down on the surface of the fiberglass to take the stress off of the stem.
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Attach the bunjee and screws and your set. If the bunjees slip off of the wheels you can always glue plastic circles to the top of the wheels.




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Loving this info and some good advice for my build looking forward to more pictures of your build as a picture is like a thousand words, good work emoticon
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Outstanding build and documentary photos, Mr. Kent! Thanks so much for sharing.

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