Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hoses

Today, I'll be doing some engine detailing

Note the hoses I'll be replicating today. First is some sort of pipe on the engine that looks like it's wrapped in heat tape (on the left). Next are two hoses, one on each side of the engine, wrapped in black nylon, going from a component on the engine to the gearbox. If I had to guess I would say these are all related to hydraulic systems.


So, here is my starting point, braided wire with flexible metal rod inside, all from Detail Master


I'm going to gently and precisely cut the braid without cutting the metal rod inside


Here's where we're at so far


Because I only have 8 A/N fittings for this size hose and these hoses are very low on the engine, I'm going to skip the fittings and simply paint the mating surface on the gearbox.


For the brass-looking compression fittings, I'm going to use hit shrink tubing from this Top Studio kit.


Cut really small pieces of heat shrink tubing


Yeah, like that small


Slip 'em on to your hose


Get our your handy-dandy Alonso Bic


And there we have it


Cut the braid again, make sure to have the heat shrink tube on your part of the hose before cutting the braid


And that is what it looks like before painting


This red hose was a bit less work, just slipped the metal rod inside the insulation of a wire.


Little bit of work to form it right


And then covered it in Matte Aluminum Bare Metal Foil


Here are my hoses after painting


And after assembly




I also sprayed another coat of green paint. The monocoque is coming along

Total: 104.5

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