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Otomoto Supercar Project part 2

 by otomoto on 10 Oct 2014 |
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Supercar project part 2

The aim at this point is filling out the overall shape for the right side so it can be copied on the left side.
Sometimes you need to see a complete shape in front of you before you can decide how it needs to change.

Metal straps establish the basic line of the new guard, while cardboard is an easy option for a complex mound shape, although it is harder to remove from the foam afterwards

This is after two cans of foam and some basic shaping. The new leading edge of the car won't be more than 5cm forward of the original bumper support.
The front spoiler will be no lower or longer than the original Nissan lip, as anything more would be too impractical

The rear panel takes many stages of foam to get the right height. There is a gap of about 4mm between the door window and the foam, so no special seal will be needed.

The shut line obviously needs to be vertical on the hatch, so it's another corflute partition for this mould.

The thin sawblade you can see on the box was handy for working on the rough shape of the rear panel.

The makeshift moulds continue. There is much more foam than we need here, just to keep our options open when shaping.

Starting to look like a car again, The door opens easily, but getting just the right clearance with the front guard below the mirror is tricky

The new rear end takes a lot of foam, we're already up to about 50 cans at this stage. Also there was no particular plan for the rear styling, so it was a case of figuring it out as we went.

At this point a lot of people asked me if I was making an Audi R8 copy, but they won't ask that question when it's finished.
Another instalment is coming soon!

Text, photos and bodywork by Ben Ellis ©2014 all rights reserved


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