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Source for fiberglass tubing and G10 sheets

Postby Wayne Frey » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:21 am

I came across this by accident.
http://rocketrywarehouse.com/index.php
It is a link to guys who are into rocket like we are into subs.
They have carbon fiber, G10, and G12 fiberglass tubing.
I bought a 48 inch long, 5.5 inch diameter G12 tube, G10 sheet for and equipment tray, and G10 discs in the diameter of my tubing.Wall thickness is about correct for a hull.
For the money, it was worth it!
Shipping was about 10 days, and,after inspecting, I am pleased to report excellent quality. The tube I got is as smooth inside and out as a automotive fender. Nice!
So, if you have a project in mind, this is too good a source to keep to myself :)
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Re: Source for fiberglass tubing and G10 sheets

Postby Sub culture » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:22 pm

That's interesting, I see they do some metric sizes too. You say the finish is smooth on the inside too, so I'm assuming it's accurate, if so the tubing could be a good candidate for piston tanks.
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Re: Source for fiberglass tubing and G10 sheets

Postby JWLaRue » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:16 pm

Wayne,

Very good find!

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Re: Source for fiberglass tubing and G10 sheets

Postby Wayne Frey » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:30 pm

Piston tanks?!
I did not think of that! Yes, it is smooth. Not like a mirror smooth, but seal a piston sliding in it.. Could be. Inside is as smooth as the outside.
Imagination rules, for sure. I just knew I had found something :shock:
A couple of more pictures of the tube are at the beginning of the Borei build thread.
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Re: Source for fiberglass tubing and G10 sheets

Postby Sub culture » Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:27 pm

Shipping will be the biggest cost I think.

I have had a go at laminating my own tubing in the past for a piston tank. I used a wax former and laid-up with polyester resin. Came out okay, but I think I can do better by laminating onto a polished aluminium former, and I would use epoxy resin next time. Once the resin is cured, whack it in the freezer so that aluminium shrinks back and you should then be able to remove the former.

For smaller bore piston tanks, I have looked at spent silicone caulking tubes (usually see plenty thrown out by builders). These have a very accurate bore with zero imperfections, but the size means they're only suitable for smaller boats, or used as a trim tank for larger models.
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