Unfortunately I haven’t had a lot of time to go out and take some pictures lately but I have put in a lot of hours getting ready for this storm chasing season. Earlier in the year I bought a dedicated storm chasing vehicle. This one was much more suited to chasing storms over my Honda Civic and I didn’t have to worry as much about damage from hail or wear and tear on the vehicle. One hazard that can put a quick end to your chase day and keep you out of the action is hail. I have been on many chases were hail has either stopped us from going in a direction we wanted, or due to a shattered window stopped the chase all together. Not to mention the personal hazard of flying glass. So one of my projects has been to build a hail guard system for the Jeep. I wanted the system that would be light weight, give top of the line protection to the windows and passengers, cheap (LOL I’m a starving artist after all), reliable both when driving and chasing, and quick to deploy. I went over a lot of different options and came across a design by fellow storm chasers Scott McPartland (check out his site here http://www.severeweathervideo.com/ ) and Dave Lewison ( check out his site here http://www.facethewind.com/) I been working on modifying the design to work with the Jeep and I want to give a big thank you to Scott who has let me pick his brain on how they built theirs. The hail guard is finally starting to take shape and this weekend I finished the framing and systems for the side windows. Next up is starting to get the top hail guard built and Lexan applied to the side guards. With only a month to complete the pressure is now on.