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Old 08-06-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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CLEAR/TRANSPARENT material for underside tray?

i know the tray material issue has been beaten to death but i'd like to be able to see the engine through the underside tray to tell problems, if any. does anyone know of a material for this purpose? thanks.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:32 PM   #2
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I'd wireframe it then cover it with boat shrinkwrap... apart from around the exhaust components of course.


edit: Actually what would be an idea is to make custom panels out of whatever opaque substance is convenient, all the work/bother of fitting those is finding something to attach the edges to, and shaping those right. Then when you've got those right, you could cut "windows" in them and either make "easy off" access panels held on with industrial velcro or similar, OR just cover with boat wrap, window film, regular poly sheet etc.
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Old 08-06-2009, 03:30 PM   #3
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Plexiglass?
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:24 PM   #4
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Don't do plexi. It is too brittle in the thin kind of sheets needed to flex fit.
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If it's anything like my stuff, it'll get dirty in no time, then you won't be able to see through it anyway, and then where will you be?
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If you can afford it...there's always transparent aluminum.
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Why did they even need to be able to see the whales in the first place? And if they had, cameras couldn't have done the job?
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It's been important to more than one plots...they can't just do things the easy way unless the easy way is impossible (warp drive, transporters).

Wait, we ARE talking about Star Trek here, right?
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Good point: Star Trek is not science fiction, but fantasy.
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There is a technically intensive potentially feasible way of rendering aluminum "transparent" ... but it's on the order of give me a couple of million dollars and a couple of years and then I'll show you. It's a bit like the laser bounce method of bugging someone, only you're bugging eleventy billion atoms on the surface of the metal, then you need to cross modulate the output into the visual range.... very highly complex.
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