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Hard Dodger for Hood 38

We are thinking of replacing our existing dodger with one of the hard kind. Does anybody have any experience with this? Recommendations, pictures, price points?

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We built ours from ply and fiberglass...it was a really big job and came out quite heavy.

I would probably use another core material if it was available...like foam.

I did go a bit over the top with the glass as well, but I needed to be able to stand/dance on it.
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Just out of curiosity, what was the thickness of plywood you used. I like the idea of not having any sides, reduces windage a little. Nice piece of kit.
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Thanks SV Vita

The ply was 18mm and I cut fairly deep groves through it about every 5cm, in order to get the bend...then the groves were filled with poly filler before the glass.

It is heavy but tough.

I just added the hand holds to it a few days back.
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Wow, 18mm, that is heavy duty. Hurricane proof......!!!

The handles look sharp too.
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One reason for being that thick is I needed to be able to hide a wire chase for a light within the roof...another reason was that here in Lebanon I couldn’t get quality ply any thinner...now I can get 12mm, but not then.

Making the handles was a big job but a lot of fun…thanks.
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