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Old 30 January 2012, 18:42   #1
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Looking for BWM wind shield

Hi,
Does anyone know where I can get a wind shield for this type of console,
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Old 30 January 2012, 21:11   #2
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It's quite an easy job for a DIYer. Get a sheet of 5 mm Makralon Polycarbonate and have a go at bending it yourself with a paint stripper. once bent in a U shape the width of the consol you can then profile the screen to look and fit exactly.

Kind of like these shots taken of my old RIB. The screen was much higher than you'd normaly make due to the VHF, chartplotter and depth gauge mounted behind.
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Old 31 January 2012, 18:13   #3
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Yea sounds like a good idea Andy, i'm well up for a bit of DIY, looking for a plastics supplier on the net now, any recommendations much appreciated, I think my consoles about 450mm ish wide so if I allow 150mm wrap around each side I guess 750mm wide by maybe 400mm hieght should do the job.
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I went to a local sign maker and asked for some offcuts. He didn't have any big enough so sold me a couple of decent peices at a very good rate.
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Hello Hightower,
I also have a BWM, and would love to know where you got that lovely stainless bar around the front of the console, or was it in it when you bought it. I am also looking fo a wind shield like yours. Any ideas ?
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Hello Hightower,
I also have a BWM, and would love to know where you got that lovely stainless bar around the front of the console, or was it in it when you bought it. I am also looking fo a wind shield like yours. Any ideas ?
Congratulations on your first post.

I made it myself. The bar is 25mm diameter x 1.5mm wall thickness Stainless 316. I just got a "hand" pipe bender to form the 90 deg bends, evened up the bottoms and made 4X, 25mm diameter solid stainless plugs with an M8 tapped hole in one end and welded this to the frame in the positions shown.

Have you got access to a machine shop/fabrication shop?

The Stainless was purchased as an offcut from a metal suppliers, I can't remember the cost, but I doubt it was expensive as I'm a tight ass
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Hi Hightower,
Thanks for that advice. Yeah. I would have access to Hand pipe benders. I'll try doing something like what you did.
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If you use polycarbonate, you need to dry it out before heating to form it. The plastic absorbs water that will form steam within the plastic and form bubbles before the plastic reaches the softened temp.

This pdf has good info on thermoforming ploycarb on pages 7 and 8:
Makrolon guide

Also has info on cold forming (for large rdius bends.)

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Hadnt known about that .
Thanks jky.

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