Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wood Trucks

Wood trucks. What else can I say?

Made some new trucks. (the fish)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Laser Cut Grip Tape

I look forward to the day when laser cutters are as common as scissors.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

8 wheelers

No, I am not talking about the Lonnie Toft 8 wheelers (two sets of side-by-side trucks), but they certainly come up when I am googling for 8 wheelers. I am talking about two trucks front, two trucks back. It is more common to see 6 wheelers (see the Strangelove 42) which are used for slalom (they have been banned in official slalom competitions, why?), and occasionally for downhill. But a full 8-wheeler has for some reason appealed to me like Hummers appeal to truck loving Americans (obligatory link). I have a number of pics trawled from the web, but wanted to make an effort to collect some of the links to these pics with some explanation on the builds. And yes, I direly want to build one, however it costs about as much as two skateboards (and for something that will be, perhaps, unrideable...). About the only style of riding it might be called uncommon (instead of rare) would be in luge boarding.

8 wheeler mini monster!!??

Rise of the 8 wheeled monster

Octavia, 8-wheeled mid-size

Double baseplate Fyre trucks!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

One-Off Custom Printed Skateboard Decks

Need a custom printed board for your project? There are a few places now that will make you a one-off board. Seems like most of these are heat transfer graphics, which I have heard some bad opinions about.. but unless you are going to get into silkscreening (or paint by hand) this is the way to go when you just want one deck printed up.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chopping down an older board is a fun way to give a deck new life. This thread on the fish is more than enough inspiration to get you going on modding an older board.

Show me yo chopped down decks!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dyeing for fun a profit

Back when I was into customizing action figures (many many years ago, really), I was accustomed to using Rit Dye to change the colors of pieces. The only drawback being you can only get darker colors. Overall it was a great way to vary what you had available to you for building. I already knew it was done for wheels, but had not thought of the idea of striping that dye into layers.

How To Dye Your Wheels (yep, the fish.)

That post leads to an admittedly silly, but illustrative video.

Ground Effects Lighting

Lighting for night riding is both practical, and... awesome. Clearance might be affected a little bit with this, but it is pretty well done, and looks great.

LED Underglow mod (Via the fish, natch.)