Some time ago I started try out some dash ideas in 3D. I was (am) looking for an updated version of the modular fiero dash. Not something completely different but a new millenium interpretation of the stock dash. And some retro accents made with modern materials....I guess I want to achieve a classy+modern look at the same time...uhhh. Anyway, These are the lastest 3D renderings I did:
Now the time has come to get to work! Those who played with LEGO (or still do!) might recognize my build-up concept.... many simple pieces are used to build a final model. I guess I am going crazy with PVC tubing. It's cheap and it comes in many sizes and accessories so I will use a lot of those to build the basic shape of the mockups...
1987 Fiero concept GTR in progress... 1969 Chevy Suburban
This was a very "loose" setup hehe, dont touch anything Everything has to be cut down and trimmed before I can "group" them and smooth them but a rough mockup really helps in taking decisions about getting it right.
I already got some straight woven Carbon Fiber some time ago but since of today I have the choice of 2 different styles
OMG, that looks AMAZING! I hope my car comes out as good as your stuff! You have some of the best ideas! lol I was planning on using pcv tubing for my tail lights that I am creating.. Never thought of using it for the interior! Crazy stuff man! + to you, keep it up!
After all that boring sanding on the body it is really fun to build something from scratch again. Cut about an inch from the upper MDF for better looks, theres still room for a serious glovebox in there
A cut duplicate on the other side is easily made because the main dash has the same curves on both sides. With the upper vent mockup:
Work goes quite fast this way! Doing some homework before getting to work really pays off right now.
Selling parts is not high on the list right now, I want to finish the body+interior first before seriously thinking about selling kits. There are always changes before it is finished. I might want to outsource any serious production because I want quality products and service before promising anything...
I DO think about making every part compatible with the stock fiero mountings and lines though. And this fiero is still my daily driver so being able to mockup and replace parts and panels fast is important too. Thats why I build the dash in several sections, the mockups can be removed within a minute.
I will keep the gauge housing at a straight angle BUT I might angle the gauges themselves in the housing.....These mockup pipes are 80mm diameter and the gauges will be 52mm so theres some room to play with the angle when I get to it. I havent decided yet, I will do that after trying out and see what works/looks best....
Well if you want the guage housing straight still. Then I would have the guages angled themself like you said, and w/e angle you have the guages themself, also trip the actual guage housing that much too. If you get what I mean..Either way good work Fie Ro.
I have searched for quite some time but it looks I have found someone who sells a set of Audi TT vents.
He has only 3 of them so now I am going to use only 2 ! this forces me to stay really close to the concept in a funny way (square middle vents in the 3D model)\ Theres slow progress on the mockup these days but I hope to post some updates soon.
These DO look good! Its just you have to be lucky to find those basic parts from a hard-to-find "new" donor car.....I am just happy I found the TT vents because they will blend nicely with the rest of the setup...
Right now there are some parts that can be glued together and I cant wait to get everything smoothed! I was going to use the 2part expanding foam stuff but I still get the basic shapes just right with these materials...