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  1. Hi Guys on ISR, I wanted to share with you my custom built F1 rig based on the Mercedes AMG Petronas W06 from the 2015 season. I started this project around a year ago (May 2015) from an image I found on google of an F1 style rig made out of wood. After the idea got stuck in my head I decided to start this project with no idea how to start an no experience on building something like this but I started drawing the plans using the 2015 F1 technical regulations for the measurements and dimensions. After I was done with the drawings I made a 3D model to see how it was going to look at the end of the build and I was very exited with the result. In the meantime I was trying to figure out how I was going to build it, what materials to use, where I was going to make it (I live in a small apartment). The rig on the picture that gave me the idea was made out of wood so it was my first choice but I needed to find a woodworking shop to do it. I was lucky to find an organization in St. Louis, where I live, of woodworkers. They have a shop available to members so I joined in order to be able to use it and get some guidance from the more experience members. They recommended other methods for my project including fiber glass, but I had no experience, limited resources and no place to work with fiberglass. I stuck with my first option and started with the actual build cutting wood at the shop (September 2015). Once I had cut all the pieces, I started to put together the puzzle. Because it was made out of wood (mostly plywood) I was concerned with the structure not being strong enough. For this I used Aluminum angle strips and a lot of screws and nuts. Also, I wanted to be able to reach inside the nose of the cockpit so I decided to make the top removable. After the base structure was complete, the sanding began. This was no easy task as it took a lot of time and it made a mess out of my little apartment with carpet floors but that was not going to stop me, I had already started. For the air intake and head protection I used foam covered with all purpose putty. I fitted the pedals in a way they can move back and forwards for adjustment and the wheel is screwed in a plywood base screwed to the inside of the cockpit. I'm using the T300 RS base and pedals with the F1 rim. I finished the building stage around Thanksgiving. In December I went home for the holidays (Ecuador) and left the project on hold until I came back. The next stage was the painting. This took me a while since I only had a couple of hours every night and had to led each layer dry before applying the next one. I was lucky to find a silver paint that was very close to the Silver of the Mercedes F1 cars. I bought some Carbon Fiber stickers to use for the details of the floor and the logos I got them online. After a year since I got the idea of making this, I didn't expect it to end up so good as it did. It took a lot of work but I put so much thought into this that I didn't make many mistakes and I can be sure that it wont break apart. I wanted to feel the immersion of driving a Formula 1 car and now I do. I watched today's live show where the rig of the month was also an F1 style rig, so hopefully mine will make it there too. I hope you guys like it and maybe get some ideas for your next rig project.