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Old 05-20-2021, 02:18 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This is off topic because I don't have a sketch.... yet.

I was watching this and thinking about laser-cut sheet aluminium!

Suppose this repetitive pattern was produced in 1/16th inch aluminum. One could make a few square yards and drape it over a light form and fiberglass/solder/braze spot weld the inside. To make a Miata top or aerocap or boat tail.

The closest picture I have is this Metro:



Join the ranks of Chris Runge and Randy Grubb, maybe?

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Old 05-20-2021, 09:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Only issue is that AFAIR, you cant braze or solder aluminum. Crazy glue the edges, silicon seal, or weld and it has to be an aluminum that welds: 6061, 3003, 1001. Spot welding works well, and is homebuildable for the equipment or cheap from harbor fright.
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Fixed. It was an impulsive late-night post.

Maybe spot weld as you go so the welds are all covered by the next row?
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Done correctly the dimples are almost unnoticeable in the top layer, sometimes only being a temperature discoloration, so okay an overlap works well like your art metro
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I saw the art car in The Whiteaker area of Eugene. Not something particularly unusual there. I think it was all just glued down. The advantage of scale maille is you could make new structures.

Like full pant fenders and boat-tail for an Arcimoto FUV.
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Itís crude, but I did some photos of my Saturn with more aero bits on it. Anyone here is welcome to improve on them or do their own rendition

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