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    They are small cars, that's why I like them. Less weight, small frontal area, etc. I can just fit in with standard seats. The trick is to fit a race seat and bolt it straight to the floor. Have you driven one? They feel so different when you hook it into a corner, even turning into a street at an intersection is noticeably different to a normal car.
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    still in for a dual element wing

    fortunately my car is progressing as slowly as your composites development... we're neck and neck
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    Updates? I see on FB you got some foam cut.

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    You doing a fastback for the new model mx-5 ?

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    I have everything to make the wings now. I dicked around today making the curved alloy pieces for the wing mounts. Let me know you width and wing mount spaces. I will make one over the weekend to work out prices more accurately.

    No new model fastbacks are on the drawing board as yet.
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    My engineer wants me to beef up the mounts. He said they should be 2.5 times stronger than necessary. So will order some thicker plates, it's easy now that the drawings are done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightyear View Post

    No new model fastbacks are on the drawing board as yet.
    know anyone that does a fastback for em ?

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    I refinished the fastback roof and boot as well the internal frames after they had sustained some damage and lost some of there size due to over sanding from the last guy. They are all at the new place ready to go.

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    I don't think anyone has done a fastback for the ND yet. I might look into it one day.
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    I'll measure up widths and let you know
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightyear View Post
    I have everything to make the wings now. I dicked around today making the curved alloy pieces for the wing mounts. Let me know you width and wing mount spaces. I will make one over the weekend to work out prices more accurately.

    No new model fastbacks are on the drawing board as yet.
    I will measure up mount spaces shortly

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    Ps, saw the pics on facepalm... you only doing the one 30cm chord at present? No chance you can get couple of secondary smaller flap chords? Say like a 120mm SM101 profile?

    Also, which profile did you 'lend' for the 30cm profile you've got?

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    I do have the moulds and bits to make the second element as well. It's the SM183 profile. I made the wing from scratch originally from online images. That's the one I did the 1:43 at Phillip Island with. But I needed a wider mould, so started again.
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    had a look, id be after 168cm width, with mounts 92cm apart.

    ideally id be after 1x 30cm chord, and 2x 12cm chords - planning a dual element upper deck (maybe with active second element), and a lower deck chord to help pump the diffuser.

    planning something like this...



    alternative incarnation making the lower chord smaller between the mounts. will make the whole thing perhaps a little less bulky and offensive on the eyes (still with the dual element upper deck though):

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    I think you may as well go with the full width one. I don't find it offensive. Just hope you can balance out the front aero.
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    I can add and remove the flaps as we go. As mentioned, figured I can mount them from the end plates, so simple bunch of laser cut end plates in different configurations, and suddenly have infinite wing combinations
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles View Post
    know anyone that does a fastback for em ?
    No fastbacks but there is an AM hardtop for them now. http://www.good-win-racing.com/Mazda...t/61-2024.html

    Would look tops as a fastback, especially if you could get the lines to flow like the 124 spider/coupe renderings.
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    Taking a break from the AU on gas in space thread, it's hard work keeping it up.
    I thought I should update this. The NB fastbacks are being made, finally. It's taken forever. Just waiting on the windows to be supplied, should be Tuesday. And I put one of the new fastbacks on an NA to make the boot to suit the older shape car.
    This time I included a boot spoiler built in. It will suit the shape so much better than the squarer boot of the early MX5's.
    So that is now getting moulded as well.
    Not sure if I mentioned it, but I stripped an MX5 hardtop, moulded the outside, and remade the inner frame to suit generic automotive rubbers and get rid of any gaps that will cause wind noise or water entry.
    So many hours involved.
    Here is a sneak peak.



    I have also prepped the wing mould for the main element, I wasn't happy with the finish of the surface as it had imperfections from the PVA layer. I sanded it all out, and buffed it. Applied several coats of mould sealer followed by several coats of wax. Next week I will make a wing with all the redesign alloy bits. Look forward to testing a swan neck set up on the MX5.
    The boot started like this. I merely cut the hump out of the NB boot, continuously trimmed it until it was the right size and flowed with the roof section, then bonded it on. Plenty of filling and sanding later and we have a part ready to mould.

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    I forgot about this thread.
    Brendan made a video for the guys that are receiving delivery. He did a brilliant job.

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    It's been a long process, but it's finally happening. Once I finish the next batch I want to get back onto the wings and make one for the commodore to test at Phillip island for the next VicV8 round. Then start looking at making them to sell and try and make some of my money back I have invested.
    I am getting so many enquiries from US, UK and Europe. I will look into container shipping prices and distribution. Next I will need help to get the work done.
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    European Distribution is easy

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    I am getting bulk messages and emails coming in from all over the world now. The video was made for the guys getting delivery. But it makes a good video showing the fastback at the same time. Seems to be popular. 1000 views in under a day. When I get back from Europe in late September I will be ramping up the promo and manufacturing. Looking forward to catching up if we can make it work out.
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    I do a lot of Fiberglassing, have only given carbon a go once before i knew about vacuum bagging. maybe it is time to get back into it.

    Any recommendations on a vacuum to buy? i just want to make my door's in carbon LOL.
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    nice video -

    question : appears no weather sealing (or drain lip) between the new boot lid and the fastback ?

    if you were leaving it on - you'd want something there-especially in wet uk ?


    or sold as 'race use only'?

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    The boot seals against the boot rubber just like normal.
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    Iron bark Composites is where I buy the vac pump and gear from. He delivers too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightyear View Post
    The boot seals against the boot rubber just like normal.
    ahh yes see that on the boot lid now... . also see that there is a 'bulkhead' on the fastback to seal the cabin from the gap beween the boot and interior .

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    Yep, I thought of everything lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightyear View Post
    Yep, I thought of everything lol.

    yeah but do dead hookers fit in the boot......

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