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    Bezels/Rings

    Any suggestions on what to use for a panel overlay instrument bezels? Similar to the ones used by steve1970? http://mycockpit.org/geremy/Pic%205.jpg I like the behind the panel look.

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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    I have seen everything from the top of plastic cups (with the round rim) to tuna cans used for bezels. I am using thin wall pvc pipe with a pvc sheet cutout for my latest bezels.

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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    Was looking for some ideas too. This looks neat but they look as though the inside is "sloped", is that the case or is it a matter of getting 90mm/70mm pvc pipe and slicing bits off the end?

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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    Honestly, you are probably better off drawing your bezel on coreldraw (or similar) and getting them laser cut from laser-able ply or 3mm acrylic, if you choose thin ply (such as 4mm) you can smooth the edges if required and then paint. You could probably get a set of 12 bezels cut for about £20 inc material and delivery! Ebay usually has people who can laser cut!
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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    I would be happy to help out here. This forum and it's members have so gracious to me, please let me return the favor. I have a laser cutter, a CNC machine, and a 3d printer. Give me a test of your needed bezels, if able I will cut them for you at no cost.

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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    Thank you for your kids offer, I think it best to mention that I live in UK, so would like to pay for materials and postage...just as soon as I find the details of the bezels I need. What information will you need to make them? Thanks so much again

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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    just the drawings with dimensions. Would love to give it a go

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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    This is good idea, you can try it.



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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    The Bezel is pretty much a large square with a circle in the middle with cut corners at a 45 degree angle on each, a really simple design, prob about 85-86mm wide and high for the large gauge. I have made these by hand from 3mm MDF before when making the standby instrument bezels for the 737.
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    Re: Bezels/Rings

    I did put a taper on the inside of the pvc pipe with a lathe. If you have the means to do this I would, it really increases the angle the guages can be viewed at quite a bit.

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