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Old 09-19-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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Wink Boler cast aluminum emblems

Hello all!
I am just seeing if there is interest in cast aluminum Boler emblems.
I will be making a couple of them for my Boler and if there is interest out there for these I will make them for others.
I would probably charge $100 for each unpolished or $200 for each one polished.
If there is no interest, no worries, and all the best.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:31 AM   #2
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I'm interested in the product but not the price. Show us some pictures.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:10 PM   #3
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I will be making mine in the next few weeks. They will be a replica of the plastic one you can get at Kampett.
If the price does not work for you that is totally fine......but to do a good job actually takes time.
All the best.
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Old 09-20-2018, 09:30 PM   #4
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Please take some pictures or video Pete. Using petrobond or green sand?

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Old 09-20-2018, 09:40 PM   #5
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I will be using petrobond because this gives the best finish for the cost....without spending ridiculous amounts of money for the casting.
I am just putting out the feelers for interest out there to see if I will do more of a production or just keep a few for myself.
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Old 09-21-2018, 07:58 AM   #6
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There was a guy at the Winnipeg Boler Rally making these with a 3D printer. They were perfect. After chrome plating you couldn’t tell them from originals.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:25 AM   #7
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Yes, I have already purchased some of these a few months ago, painted them and installed them on my boler. After a summer of sun, the one emblem that saw a lot of sun began to curl a bit.
Casting in solid aluminum is an entirely different animal and I understand that many do not want to go to this level when you can get a plastic one which when painted or chromed looks like the real thing.
Cast aluminum ones are not for everyone as they come with much labor and higher production costs, but some may find it worth it.
For those who do not feel this way, you are entitled to your opinion, but I am not really interested in a conversation about those matters.
Go and get a plastic emblem and be happy.
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Old 09-21-2018, 02:02 PM   #8
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Good of you to provide this option. Unfortunately work cost money and value is in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't do it for free either. Take a 100 bucks and divide it into 40 years and it isnt much. Thank you for sharing your art work. 40 years ago I took metal casting in high school it was a fun rewarding process. Unfortunately I have a Scamp. I hope you share your finished work I would like to see it.
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Old 09-21-2018, 03:26 PM   #9
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There was a guy at the Winnipeg Boler Rally making these with a 3D printer. They were perfect. After chrome plating you couldn’t tell them from originals.
They curled because he was using the wrong choice of material for the job. There are now more than a 100 different materials available for 3D printing and a number of them would have been more suitable for exterior use. Low cost printers typically can only use plastics that have a lower melting point. So that is why your emblems warped, the operator used a low temp plastic.
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Old 11-22-2018, 10:40 PM   #10
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Cast Aliminum Boler Emblem

Well, after some “learning” I managed to get a few of these emblems made from aircraft grade aluminum....will polish in coming weeks. I made a mini foundry and used petrobond sand as my casting sand. So far I am happy with the results....so here is a pic for anyone who was curious.
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Old 11-22-2018, 11:06 PM   #11
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Not too shabby.

Was thinking to bring the runners in on the back side of the "bar" below the lettering when I do mine...shouldn't have to clean up the lettering if I get it right.

Or did you try that already and it didn't work out? I'm very new to this...it was dads hobby.

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Old 11-23-2018, 01:05 AM   #12
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Having the runners leading to the lower bar may work but I suspect that it will not as it is much smaller in cross sectional volume than the letters. This is a tricky process, and velocity, turbulence, and temperature of the molten aluminum are concepts that need much more respect than I gave them previously.
Good luck and make sure the molten aluminum is yellow / silver as your check for temperature and give the mold a few inches of head pressure on the inlet side. The molten aluminum also has to be poured without interruption and very quickly as it cools almost instantly.
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Old 11-23-2018, 04:30 AM   #13
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Very nice work Peter, looks real good. I'm always impressed that some folks will take an idea for an obsolete or new item, follow it through and offer to make some for others. That's a gold star in my book.
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Old 11-23-2018, 08:06 AM   #14
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Thank you for the tips Pete, I know they were hard won through failure and persistence...much appreciated.

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