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Old 06-15-2016, 12:07 PM   #1751
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Hey Tango, neither are motorized nor have the box. I suppose if I had a 20' awning to deal with single handedly, the motor would be necessary. With only about 7', I can nearly reach both ends of the awning and besides KISS rules. As far as the box dealie is concerned, all that I've seen are pretty chesey and would be offensive to the eye as they lay against the beautifully rounded roof line of our buses. Having couched all that in such benign wording maybe I should say how I really feel. Jack
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:28 PM   #1752
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Jack,

THAT is a beautiful awning! I call stealing that idea FIRST!!!!!

Now it's a race to see if Tang beats me to it or not............
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:19 PM   #1753
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Looks beautiful! But I do think I want some kind of cover for the fabric to ride inside of just to limbs and such off. And hank cranking is definitely what I am looking for. The fewer electrical devices the better. Heck...I'd go for a steam powered TV if I could find one.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:04 PM   #1754
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OK...I have been slacking on the bus lately what with no new posts and all. But I have been busy. REAL busy. On that sculpting project I mentioned earlier. And since there are rules here (pix, or it didn't happen)...here ya go. Hard to see at this stage but it will be a sculpted cement & concrete on steel bench over twenty feet long.


Just rebar at this stage but the framework is now done.


Was going 90 mph to try and get the steel work done before the rains came again. Wrapped up all the cutting, bending & welding late on Saturday and 10 minutes after stowing the gear away...the bottom fell out. Close.

Been a really weird weather year so far.

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Old 06-20-2016, 04:34 PM   #1755
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Damn fine work.
I do have a question and think I almost know the answer?
Do you form for the concrete or use the blast Crete method or a style of both?
You can tell me to shut up and watch the progress if you want.
Love the frame work just wondering how the Crete is done.
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Old 06-20-2016, 04:59 PM   #1756
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Thanks JR --- And good questions. First I wrap & tie galvanized stucco lath onto the rebar...then it gets a layer of 1-2-3 concrete. Next comes a full layer of mortar mix...then, a final detail coat of modified neat cement paste. No real aggregate in it. Tricky to work with and cure but it is almost like clay (very low water content) and can hold very fine detail. There are no forms, each layer is all hand applied and worked as it sets.

I will be posting a full set of end-to-end progress pix over on my craft forum. If it is OK with the Moddies, I will post a link below.

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Cement based media is really pretty remarkable stuff. Amazing how many ways it can be worked. Been doing this for well over twenty years and still learning new tricks. But it does have it's limits. Still wondering about how to build a cement bus.
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:11 PM   #1757
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You are amazing! I have been following your build for awhile and have enjoyed seeing how you figure out how to overcome the latest difficulty in your build. Your latest posts have pushed things to a new level. I have no idea how you can pour concrete in the the re-bar molds you showed (and I don't really care about the mechanics of it) but I would like to see a picture of the finished project if you don't mind.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:22 PM   #1758
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Bad A** Tango. I'd sure like to see you do all this. Post some in progress pics of your work--moddies be hanged! Jack
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Amazing, nice lines on busses and concrete. They made concrete ships, I have heard of people pouring concrete inside the rocker panel. That was before the times of expanding foam.

cool bench... stucco lathe.... does that means it remains hollow?

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Old 06-21-2016, 09:17 PM   #1760
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Thanks for the kind words --- Jack...more pix to come on my craft forum. May put a couple more here but don't want to push it.

JB...Thanks, and yes, the seat will be hollow. I'm looking at using closed cell foam peanuts to fill much of the space.

Got the whole frame treated with a rust converter today and once again, minutes after wrapping up...it rained. Good thing this stuff is weather proof.


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