My ADA 60p and 30p replica

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    Thanks Shaun, I realised that now with my 30p. Kinda screwed it up. But luckily it's not on the front panels. I think I need to get more clamps. Hopefully this screw up on my 30p won't cause too much problems. If it does leak, then need to do a thick bead along the bottom. Will have to do better on my 60p.
     
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    The easiest way to avoid this is to spread the silicone evenly along the edges of the glass and then just clamp the snot out of it Chongkie.Trust me when I say to you that the tank will not leak I think that we grossly underestimate the holding and sealing capabilities of silicone Me probably the worst of all! ( I am a silicone abuser not user)Also if it is cold you can let the glue stand for about 30 hrs just to make sure.
     
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    Ok now for the 60p. Test fitted it tonight and busy taping it.

    Hopefully I get this one perfect.

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    I am sure that it will come out schweet bud.
     
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    Ok done. Clamped, and holding thumbs.

    I realised why this method isn't done by all tank makers. It uses a crap load of silicone.

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    That is how much I scraped off.

    Here is my 60p in all its glory with crap loads of clamps.

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    Made a mistake that the wooden braces are right where the silicone seams are. Hopefully they wont stick that badly there.
     
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    The wood will stick but should pull away very easily. There will be some residue left that could be scraped away with a carpet knife blade held at 90 degrees with the glass. Don't worry it will not scratch the glass. The amount of silicone is also not all that much it comes to the same as with any other tank I would think. Once again mad skills there brother.
     
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    When are you taking off the clamps if I were you I would have left it until tomorrow.
     
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    Finally completed everything.

    The 2ft tank came out perfect. All joints 99.9% perfect.

    Now to fill and test.
     
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    Congrats. Some good DIY skills. When do we start placing orders? ;)
     
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    That looks the dogs danglies Chongkie now fill it up and get some stuff in there!
     
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    90p For me please:whip2:
     
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    Nice work! Will it be possible to add a cross brace in the centre to stop the clamps pushing all the silicone out, leaving you lets say with a 1mm silicone seam??
     
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    Yeah I think it would be possible. The seams on mine are about 0.5mm so 1mm should be easy enough.
     
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    Lol, in due time and after more tests to see if the construction is sound. Then maybe I'll make for others. :D
     
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    Regarding that video? He actually said that he likes hes Suzuki sx4 in the reflection.
     
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    Gents the glue should be as thin as possible on a floating base tank if not the water pressure will stretch the seam to the point where it will break, Thinner the seam the less chance of a leak.
     
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    I still am uber impressed by these tanks just goes to show us SA lads can do just about anything that they can do across the pond!
     
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    Thanks guys, busy water testing at the moment. 30p passed with flying colours and 60p still full to the brim and no issues. Seams are completely intact and no indications of it coming apart.
     
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