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    Time to separate. As you can see the plastic on the table proved to be a little bit of a problem. While I was dabbing the resin on, and moving things around, the plastic wrinkled underneath it, and created these ripples. May not be a problem but we'll see.


    Houston, we have separation!


    And this is what we're left with. The edges need some work, much like the last pan I made. I'll deal with that later.






    That's about as far as I got with the tablet. I'll have to make some more time to work on it tomorrow.

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    I'm very very excited about this one and very happy with where I ended up today! I was very taken back by the tablet project last night, cause by the time I called it a night, I was really stumped as to how it was going to work together. So after working with it today and really taking my time and concentrating on it, and what I was doing and what step was next etc, I ended up the night on a very very pleasing note! Let's get to it!

    So when I left off yesterday we had the pan with some extra on the sides and some trimming that was needed. Here's a little start off shot with the tablet in place.


    The black lines were what needed to be trimmed a bit.


    Got those done and as well, the top shaved off. I allowed about a half inch for the tablet to stick out, and after thinking about it now, I'm not 100% sure why. It's not like I'm going to be able to grab it from the top and pull it out. So I'm not sure yet if that was a good decision or not. We'll have to wait and find out a little later.


    But here it is with the sides shaved and the top off.




    Next it was time to put the base in. Remember that I'm not using the whole docking station, but just the base with the connection on it. I outlined before glassing, on the tape, where it needed to go. That made things a bit easier when it came time to do this.


    Cut out and ready!

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    And there it is! IN! With hot glue for now, but it's in!


    From the front!


    Oh wait that was upside down!


    So then I got the sharpie out, and started drawing on the old dash bezel!


    Then I started cutting! I have to tell you this made me sad! Not the cutting, cause I'm ecstatic about that! No, I lost a good friend of mine right here! Mr. Dremel decided "EFF this" and up and quit on me mid cut! I was half way done and that was it! It shut off, never to restart again! Well thankfully, his brother was hanging out today, cause I quickly put him to work to complete the task! What a trooper his is! So much so that he's decided to stay now forever!


    Then I trimmed the outside of the pan.


    And got it set in the bezel! Oh this was such an exciting moment! WOW!


    So I couldn't stand it! Had to get the tablet in right away! Right now! Oh and it sets it off! So happy!


    Then I got out the Bit One DRC, and put it into place. I didn't get pics I guess, but I had to cut some of the bezel out in order to center it.


    Both together!


    As I said, very very happy!

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    So the rest of my day was taken up brain storming and trying to figure out this tablet install. I worked at it for a while, and I think I'm finally on the verge of getting it perfectly fit. I had to drop it down more than I wanted to, and widen it out a little more than planned, but I think in the end, it's gonna work out just fine! Let's get onto the pics.

    Here's where I started. After looking at it for a while, I decided to move it over about a quarter inch. I was pretty close to the right side and it's pretty thin over there so I decided to give it some room.


    After that I was pretty satisfied, at the moment, with placement. I did not, however, like the waves on the edges.




    So I got my new tool back out and went to work. This is what I ended up with. Much better I think!




    Then I started trying to mock up the sides. Used some construction paper I have sitting here, and was going to use that to make templates for cutting out wood. I was going to use ABS or something like that, but I have 1/8" ply already here, so why not just used that!






    So after staring at that for another 10 minutes, I decided that the best thing for me to do, since I'm going to have the whole pan and tablet move, was to get that done, then build everything else around it. So, I got to work doing that.



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    So this is the front cover up on the bezel. This gives me an idea of the overall size of the cover piece. Obviously this will get cut out in the middle and basically only reveal about an 1/8" of the black outer frame. So It will give me a full screen to look at.






    Back on. If you look at the upper right corner this was my problem spot. It was just way to high for my liking! From a creative standpoint, it was just going to be way too difficult to mold in and make it look good. And from a visual standpoint, I was just not happy with the way it looked. So back to the drawing board I went.




    So what I was running into, was how to drop it down, make it look good, and make the tablet and pan itself drop in behind the front of the bezel. The top cover of the tablet could sit on the front, that would be fine, cause I could mold the surroundings in and that would be fine. Then I looked at it again, and decided that little ridge there in the middle needed to go in order to get it lower.


    Gone!


    After that it was a matter of how low do I need to go? So I test fitted a couple hundred more times, adjusting, dropping, raising, sliding, and decided more needed to come out. BUT, before I started cutting more out, I wanted to make sure the level in which I was happy with, holding it there, was going to be good. So the best way I could think of to do that, was to put in a ledge and see where we're at! So I used a piece of the 1/8" ply, a dowel, and some hot glue and built a ledge!



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    So I set the tablet and pan on that ledge, and then put the face on it. As you can see, in the same right upper corner, it's definitely lower. This would be more manageable for sure!




    This is where the tablet was sitting currently. Good, but not great! More brain storming! Remember I don't have much more room to the top to go, and while i have room toward the bottom to go, I also don't want to push the DRC right out of the whole bezel. So I had to get creative with this thing. I've only got about an 1/8" over the tablet right now, and I think that's a great length, that way the buttons don't get hit, and when it drops back in, retracts, then it would rest against the cover and not the tablet.





    So what I did was go an 1/8" up, and an 1/8" down. We're there! Home free! I'm very very happy with this! Check it out! It's sunken in baby!!




    Even was able to shave a bit more, and get the face cover to sink in as well! FOR THE WIN!!!!


    I know it doesn't look like it right there, but if you look down the line, the back side there is sunken in. This will be able to happen without having to build up anywhere around, for the most part.


    So next on the agenda is going to be doing the sides. What I plan on doing is making the sides a little bit bigger than they need to be, about a 1/4" ish. Then I can get the tablet in place, with the cover, and then I can sand down the sides to meet the cover. That way it all meets up. Then the right side will need filling. Trying to figure out the best way to do that. I think filler is pretty heavy for that, and there's going to be a pretty good amount of filler on this already. Maybe a little touch of spray foam will do the trick. Sand it down, filler over top to smooth it out. Not sure. Already had filler in there, holes are drilled for it, so maybe I'll just use filler and be done.

    Obviously I have other holes to fill as well. Going to have some forming and framing to do also. Lots more to do on this, but I'm feeling very on track and like things are going well with it. Not falling into place by any means. This has been mentally tough to figure out. But that's what customizing is all about.

    More to come soon! Thanks for checking in!

    Now you're all caught up! I'll try to remember to update here as well! Sorry!

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    Next I got started figuring out he hinging portion of the tablet. I decided to use a piano hinge to pivot from. Trying to figure out also how to do with without showing the actual spine of the hinge as well. I got it.


    I cut the hinge 1/8" short of the edges. That way I had some room. Room for what I don't know, but room anyway!


    Predrilled the holes for the screws. That helps to keep it straight when I screw it in. The screws will get ground off from the other side when it's done.






    This is about the limit of the hinge forward, which is well more than enough for what I need.


    As you can see here there's plenty of clearance and it's going to sit flush just fine! Actually i could stand to cut another cover plate that's about 1/8" taller for it. I'll do that when I get this more dialed in.

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    The next issue I faced was that when the pan was in there with the base, the hinge got in the way. So I had to simply alter that from one piece to two pieces. Not a problem and it works just fine!


    This is not with the pan and tablet connected, but just showing the two parts.


    I taped them together. There's some room for them to separate, but I think I have a solution for that. Matter of fact I know I do. I'm going to cut strips the size of the edge of the frame to beyond the current cover piece. Then glue the frame together. I'll then router the inside edge of the frame on the cover piece, and then the same on the outer portion so they match up. This will give me about 1/4" thickness and allow me to account for the suede that needs to go in. It'll make more sense when I get it done.


    You can see in this picture the slight gap that's there. That needs to get bigger and filled in order to allow for the suede on the back and front. It already slides in and out pretty damn well. But the suede will protect it also.


    Just a backside shot.


    And this was the last thing I was able to do before I had to stop. I started mocking up the panel for the DRC. Gonna be a tight fit on this one! But I'll make it work. The DRC will be centered on the center of the tablet.


    Really I should probably get the sides done and in place, or at least temporarily in place, before I start the DRC panel, so I may go back and do those first.

    That's it for now. Hopefully more tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in!

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    Thanks! Wish I'd have gotten some done yesterday but it was like the only lazy day we've had at our house in over a year so we just let it ride! Hopefully by the weekend I'll get some more done. I'm in the process of checking on some voltmeters and temp meters for the batteries and the amps, and when I get that figured out I'll know if I'm going to incorporate those in the bottom next to the bit one remote as well. Kind of need to figure that out before the finishing starts.

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