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Plunging into the torso. 2-25-06

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Mike J's torso arrives. Better than christmas.

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"How dare you, you unfinished pile of inanimate junk!"

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So it begins. Remember to where a respirator when working with fiberglass, and keep your shopvac close by.

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For the vent openings I was able to use my jigsaw, but when it came to the neon opening the trim was to deep so I could'nt. I used a rotozip blade in my dremil which worked fine.

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Here I've block sanded the upper and lower torso trim and applied the first bondo coat. I'll probably have to do this about four times to get it smooth. Even though I will be texturing this torso I do need to get it pretty smooth.

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Working on this torso has been easier than I thought. The fiberglass grinds and sands very easily. After cutting my openings I was able to grind them to shape with my drum sander head for my dremil. I then would fine tune with files and sanding blocks.
This photo shows one of the trickiest areas of the torso, one of two inside corners. They had big blobs of fiberglass in them. Sanding inside corners is always so much fun.

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TORSO HOOKS

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3-4-06

Above is a photo of one of my torso hooks. I'm heat forming 1/4 rod for the hooks and 1/8 plexi for the plates. If you plan to make your own, when you heat up your plexi for the plate parts you can just push it against the torso to get the right curve on it. I will be adding the gasket between the plate and torso. The rods are adhered to the plates using weld-on. After it sets up I will use plumbers epoxy at the base of the rods for added stregnth and to simulate the "weld" on the original.

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Above is a photo with the epoxy putty applied. Note also that I added another plate of 1/8 plexi which I beveled to simulate the gasket seen most photos of the torso hooks.

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After the putty cured I added bondo to smooth it out.

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Above and below are photos of the torso hooks painted. This was a fun weekend project.

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Here they are being test fitted on my unfinished torso. They look like metal to me.

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More to come,,,