Daily Archives: September 28, 2017

Told’ja I was working

Well I finally did it and remembered to take pictures. Unfortunately the lens on my phone tends to distort perspectives a bit because of the short focal length. That is inherent to phone cameras without expensive add-on lens systems, and as previously stated we be p’, too impoverished to buy a vowel.

Anyway, stick aided design is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: I use sticks added to another object to help visualize what the end product will look like. It’s like a externalization of my mind’s eye so that I can show others what I see, a pre-computer CAD rendering for those of us stuck with an OS that doesn’t designate a button for screenshots and a CAD that doesn’t play well with others. These sticks were left from another project from many years ago, to build a paper mache submarine on a bicycle trailer for a parade in a church. Long story short we built the trailer first and discovered we couldn’t make the first turn in the procession up the aisle to the altar so we went to plan B and built something on Blue that I could still ride the bike.

Blue as a Yellow Submarine

The sticks were supposed to support chickenwire that was supposed to support the actual paper mache that was supposed to be the submarine. So I have a few leftover sticks that I use for stick aided design.

So I taped some sticks to the bucket shell so I could show you what the nose of the TGS2 will sorta look like. There are two sticks taped to the beltline and another showing roughly where the lower frame rail will go.

How the nose tapers from the body

The side view requires some imagination. Use your imagination to remove the dashboard from above the stick and imagine smooth curves of fiberglass from the stick down and remove the coffee table from what you see. The swoop up at the back of the bucket will remain. There will be a flat or single-curve sheet from the nose to the top of the rear of the bucket generating downforce and reducing drag, with a cockpit surround to guide the airflow over and around the driver and into the engine.

rear 3/4 view

And here you can see just how little of the dash actually intrudes into the mold space for the TGS2.

See that gap? It's huge

This is the same area from a different perspective.

From the front the gap doesn't look that big

From directly above the minuteness of the dashboard incursion on the TGS2 mold is even more apparent.

See there is going to be just a tiny bump to remove from the mold

So I hope this helps you visualize the planes and curves of the front of the TGS2.