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Any suggestions how to make a metal frame for a windscreen for a model of a daycruiser a'la for instance a Riva?

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If you could show what the windscreen looks like and and what cross-section the frame should have, one could give some more specific input.

 

I gather you will have two challenges here: a) to shape the frame, and b) to get the shiny chrome finish it presumably had.

 

I assume that it would have been framed with some sort of U-shaped profiles. Depending on the scale of the model, you may be able to buy something suitable in brass or styrene, otherwise you would have to fabricate it yourself. This profile would need to be coerced around the windscreen, or perhaps some sheet metal former to avoid scratching the windscreen. It would need to made in section to allow insertion of the screen material. Brass you could then take to a company that does chrome-plating, or you could spray-paint it using some high-quality metallic paint, such as Alclad, as you would do for styrene.

 

A completely different route would be to build the frame around the existing windscreen with narrow strips of styrene. After masking off, this can be painted again with Alclad paints or something similar.

 

 

 

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No question, this is a challenging part... almost as bad as stainless steel cutwaters!

 

But it is possible, and is easier in larger scales. The pictures here are for a 1:8 scale model, and all is done by hand (by a friend, who has alien powers). The plastic windscreen is sandwiched between brass frame parts, which are secured with very small watch screws. Note that the plastic is curved in a single direction, not compound curved... the cross section is an "extrusion" in the direction of the center frame. The intersection of this extrusion with the deck is tricky!

Work with brass... it can be polished and plated... silver and "chrome" paints will never look good. You can do a convincing job with brush-nickel plating. This takes nothing more than clean polished parts, a special solution, and a metal acid brush connected to a 3V source. You may get even nicer results by going to a jeweler for a pro polish job and then rhodium plating... rhodium looks just like chrome, and jewelers regularly replate rhodium rings and such, as the rhodium is a bit soft and wears off over time. 
The shiny parts shown here were 3d printed in brass (printed waxes, used in lost wax investment casting), and then professionally polished and rhodium plated. 

I have also used the 3d brass printing process to make older style windscreen frames, see examples below.
 

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As I always say: nothing looks more like metal ... than metal  ;)

 

However, not everyone has access to certain tools and techniques.

 

Tampon galvanising kits for copper, silver and rhodium are avaialble from jewellers supply houses. They also supply the materials for polishing and buffing, which is not really difficult.

 

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I have done nickel plating at home, relatively inexpensive and easy. I wouldn't recommend rhodium plating for an amateur, even though you can buy the supplies. A 500ml bottle with 1g Rh costs almost US$500. Here is a video demonstrating an available set-up for a jeweler:

https://www.riogrande.com/article?name=How-To-Rhodium-Plate-Jewelry-Video

 

The cost for the plated Rh is small, as there is so little used.... just as with gold plating. But the investment to do it properly is a disincentive!

 

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Thanks for all comments.  Nice work there Pat.  Previously - as can be seen on the attached picture - I have used a brass pipe, bended it to the right shape, and then milled a track for the plastic glass.  A jeweller did the chrome.  However, this was very difficult to do, and I don't think it looks tip top.

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