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Old 09-27-2012, 12:30 PM   #1781
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A good friend of mine, whom I learned a lot from, always said, you have to start with the most difficult thing first. After that, it can only get easier.

So I started to make a Ipod Touch holder. When I started on this radio part, I already knew it wouldn't be simple to do, but that's a challenge that keeps me focused.


I first had the idea to work with aluminum, but I didn't have enough confidence in the way it would turn out.
So I made it in polyester.

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Here you can see I sandwiched the Ipod between a couple of layer of polyester.








When I was doing this, I realized : "WTF am I doing?"
Messing around with an Ipod that cost a couple of euro's. Many things could go wrong and it could get broken.
But it was too late, I had to carry on.

Once this was dry, I had to do something extremely dangerous.
I had to pull the device out of the fiberglass trying not to damage it.
I took the Dremel, and cut away a little piece of the polyester.




I need to do this right towards the tape, a bit deeper, and I scratched the front.




When this was done, I could remove the piece.




Because the holder was much to big, I cut away a little piece.






And so this wasn't a problem anymore to remove it out of the fiberglass.
I also could remove the plug easily.




Then I milled/drilled it to a nicer state.




I was very satisfied with this.





But then I changed another thing. I left out the black rubber cover. Cause when I slided the Ipod into its case, the rubber didn't fit perfectly around it.
So I pasted some little blocks on the back, so it sat nicely.






Then I put the Ipod back in, and filled it with filler/mastic




Again, it was a dangerous moment to f*c kit all up. I wanted it all to be like this so I just needed to rub the inside for a couple of minutes and done.
Once you've taken out the ipod, it had to look good too, doesn't it?

Here you can see how it turned out, and I'm very pleased with the end result.


I taped the plug with superglue, and now it was time for the next step.



You can see that I cut out the unnecessary stuff.
I taped the cables upwards.




Taped the plug.


And after that I added a layer of polyester.



This little plank I brought back home, and once it was dry I immediately tried out if the Ipod stil functioned.

And yes, I still does, in spite of all the risks I took with the poor thing.
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:44 PM   #1782
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:50 PM   #1783
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:16 PM   #1784
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Wow, i just looked through the whole thread, , amazing work.


P.S. awesome gifs.
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Old 09-28-2012, 02:45 AM   #1785
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:22 AM   #1786
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Wow, i just looked through the whole thread, , amazing work.


P.S. awesome gifs.
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:53 AM   #1787
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I modelled out the ipod holder a bit, but there's still a lot of work to do






The front looks pretty good already.
At the bottom, where the button is, I also rubbed out a rounding in the holder. First I thought it looked like crap, but the longer I look at it, how better it looks.
The rounding is still not quite good, and requires some work





In the middle of the rounding I need to go a bit lower, if you compare it to the rounding of the button.



I notice that, the more I look at pictures from the work I've done, I see little errors here and there.
From this front panel I took about 30 pictures, from all sides. Just to see if I couldn't find any errors.. When you work on something hours and hours...you turn CRAZY
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:49 AM   #1788
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I modelled out the ipod holder a bit, but there's still a lot of work to do






The front looks pretty good already.
At the bottom, where the button is, I also rubbed out a rounding in the holder. First I thought it looked like crap, but the longer I look at it, how better it looks.
The rounding is still not quite good, and requires some work





In the middle of the rounding I need to go a bit lower, if you compare it to the rounding of the button.



I notice that, the more I look at pictures from the work I've done, I see little errors here and there.
From this front panel I took about 30 pictures, from all sides. Just to see if I couldn't find any errors.. When you work on something hours and hours...you turn CRAZY
Love your craftsmanship.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:53 AM   #1789
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I notice that, the more I look at pictures from the work I've done, I see little errors here and there.
From this front panel I took about 30 pictures, from all sides. Just to see if I couldn't find any errors.. When you work on something hours and hours...you turn CRAZY
Throw it in the bin and start with V2
Awesome work mate, too bad we didn't have the chance to catch up at TWA this year.
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Old 10-12-2012, 06:00 AM   #1791
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A little while ago I bought a new VW polo, and we were waiting for it to get delivered.
Today, it's standing in front of the house now, and it'll serve as our daily car. My wife will drive it the most of the time, so I had to make a promise not to lower it or add rims on the car.
But she gave me green light for the ICE department .
The components I needed, have already been delivered, so I'm ready to go.
Still, first I want to finish the radio in the bimmer, cause I was never good at working on 2 projects at the same time.
I'll open a project-topic for the Polo when the works start.
Soon more about this.


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That Polo looks good. Shame on your wife not to let you lower it and put rims... :p

Good luck with it.
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Old 10-18-2012, 12:41 PM   #1793
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:13 PM   #1794
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Looks like it's coming along nice in the first pick. I just can't figure out what the second one is
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:52 AM   #1795
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:36 PM   #1796
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Ok dudes, the front plate of the radio is almost 80% finished. The other 20% will follow shortly.
You can see that I've worked in the Ipod holder with a polyester plate, so that it tru.



Working in wasn't that difficult, first of all I tightened it with one big wooden woodscrew.
Then I mounted it in the car, and turned the way I wanted it to stand. After I stood the way I wanted, I tightened it with another woodscrew.
After that I made a fiberglass porridge and tightened it all with the polyester. It's superstrong this way.
After that I filled it out with filler.



About the inside I'm very pleased too. Around the socket (where the Ipod is plugged in) it looks splendid.



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Old 10-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #1797
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This is going in with a double din?
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:14 PM   #1798
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Old 10-26-2012, 02:52 AM   #1799
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Old 10-29-2012, 12:04 PM   #1800
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