The 280lb Pico-Light

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Postby mikeschn » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:14 pm

Thats a nice quickie Tinks...

We gotta get you into a rendering package... ;)

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Postby danlott » Fri Apr 02, 2010 6:49 pm

Tinksdad,

You are pretty fast with your drawings. You need to practise with the "soften/smooth edges" function in SketchUp. First click on "Select All" located in the "Edit" drop down menu. Then right click on the model and select "Soften/Smooth Edges". You can then erase lines on rounded surfaces that remain after you have smoothed the edges. Be careful as sometimes when erasing you can erase the surface. If this happens you just have to select undo. Sometimes you can get the best results by repeating this process twice. It is very fast and easy to do and will make your models look better.

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almostanengineer wrote:So, maybe I'm just not looking hard enough, but what are the dimensions on this? Specifically the sleeping area? I want to try out the cardboard box suggestion...

Also, if anyone is feeling adventurous, how would this look behind a VW New Beetle? Mine is yellow. ;)


Just a quick doodle. Didn't spend a lot of time on it and the Pico is missing some detail; but I think this may be what you want to see.

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Postby tinksdad » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:46 pm

Dan...
Thanks for the info on getting rid of the extra planar lines. I hadn't been able to find a tutorial or figure that out yet. That's one of the things I like about this forum.... it's not strictly one topic and one topic only. Somebody is always willing to offer help on almost any topic.

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Postby mikeschn » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:04 pm

This one really gives me the feel for the size...

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Postby almostanengineer » Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:55 pm

Thank you Tinksdad! That's what I wanted to see. :)

I'm still curious what the height from top to bottom and back to from would end up being... Can someone point me to where I need to go to find those numbers?
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Postby mikeschn » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:33 pm

All the dimensions you want are in Andrew's PDF, which you can find at the bottom of this page...

http://www.angib.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/t ... tear58.htm

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Postby glassice » Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:35 pm

I got a e-mail If I can build the frame out of Carbon Fiber & Kevlar for one of these NO WAY if you got the smallest delame By jack knifing dropping some thing on it a rock flying up and hitting it , it would be bad real fast may be if you did the frame & floor in 1 cure .
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Postby Ageless » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:20 pm

I wouldn't have a concern. They use kevlar for bullet-proof vests so a small rock isn't a problem. Look at the Boeing 787 which replaces much of the aluminum structure with composites.
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Postby glassice » Sat Apr 10, 2010 9:43 pm

The best looking man on this site make some of there composites panels In NV for them LOL It is not the small rock it the one the side of your hand. We do the cure in autoclaves then X rayed if delame is bigger than a quarter out to the trash under We can fell with foam. and when in usage are look at ever so many hours. bullet-proof vests totally different They say your not to walk on them But look at them when there are building beat it in and glue
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Re: The 280lb Pico-Light

Postby Sandy St. Louis » Sat May 12, 2012 10:13 pm

I have built nearly a Pico the shape, framing, width, most materials are as designed the only real changes are ,the length I had to use the full 8ft of plywood, the roof on top of the 1/8th ply I also used fiberglass cloth and resin and finally the suspension is spring connected to the reach . the wieght without the shelf,mattress and vent 286lbs. total hieght 54'' if possible i will post pictures when I figure how to . I wish to thank Andrew for his design the framing ,fillets and fiberglass joints worked wonderfull this trailer may be lite but it is very strong . The interior will be painted sterefoam inbetween the frames. By the way I towed it 150 miles with a 4cyl 2200cc pontiac 5spd with about a 5% loss of mpg getting 32mpg [U.S.gal] Its a great little trailer
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Re: The 280lb Pico-Light

Postby angib » Sun May 13, 2012 5:30 am

Sandy, please show us some photos!
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Re: The 280lb Pico-Light

Postby Sandy St. Louis » Sun May 13, 2012 8:37 pm

As one may notice my great computing skills please scroll to the bottom for I hope a link to the pictures have more on the build but can,t find them . Moderators sorry for the mess correct or delete as you feel be for the forum thanks
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Postby KCStudly » Mon May 14, 2012 4:57 pm

glassice wrote:...if you got the smallest delame By jack knifing dropping some thing on it a rock flying up and hitting it , it would be bad real fast...


I had a carbon fiber surf casting rod that got a tiny little chip in it just above the reel mount. The first time after the chip that I hooked a big blue fish, I set the hook and bammo, the rod blew up in my face like a bomb going off. Shards and fiber splinters, like the road runner cartoon with the cayote holding a blown up stick of dynamite in one hand... had to pull the fish in by hand-over-handing the line. Boy I was glad I was wearing a casting glove that day.
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Re: The 280lb Pico-Light

Postby taildragger » Wed Aug 07, 2013 3:05 pm

angib wrote:...please show us some...!


Not an art... but something like this?
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