andsewingishalfthebattle: Bentley skeleton pics I’ve had several…

andsewingishalfthebattle:
Bentley skeleton pics
I’ve had several…

andsewingishalfthebattle:

Bentley skeleton pics

I’ve had several people ask me how the Bentley is constructed, so here are some progress photos that show the frame.

The first picture is what I started with. Two weeks before Gen Con, I had one wheelchair and two walkers (I scavenged the wheels off the second walker to make four rolling feet on what was originally going to be the front end). A couple of days later, I found two more walkers at a rummage sale, which saved me from having to fabricate a lot more frame pieces.

The second picture was maybe a third of the way into the build. Only about half the pieces are there, but you can see the basic car shape starting to come together. I cut boards to fit across the walkers and wheelchair frame to support the electrical and linking structural elements. To reduce weight, most of the non-structural elements are made of lighter wood, hollow plastic tubes, aluminum strips, or foam board.

The third picture was a few days later (six days before the con), after I’d built the axles, running boards, hood supports, electrical system frames, roof, front grill, and fender mounts. I hadn’t added the side struts or bumper yet; those didn’t get added until the night before the con started, because WHO NEEDS SLEEP ANYWAY.

The fourth pic is the first time I tested the side wall with the LEDs installed. I also had the front set of fan flames hooked up by that point.

And the last photo is the whole thing completely assembled for the very first time! Of course, I then had to immediately turn around and disassemble it so I could get it out of my house, because it was too wide to fit through the front door. But hey, that’s why I made the whole thing modular. 🙂

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