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    I needed to make this:


    Which will fit snugly inside the double din hole in my dash which the screen will sit flush up behind. I had no luck finding suitable foam, but based on what I've read in this thread, I made it out of balsa wood. Easy to shape and get super smooth (by using model dope, mixed with talcum powder and painting it on) and now I've got to where I'm happy with it.

    My silicone, casting resin, resin pigment all arrived in the mail the other day, so I'll be ready to do it this weekend hopefully, using the methods described by GoHybrid.

    I'll post pictures when I'm done...
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    Foam is sweet stuff. I have TONS of this stuff at my shop in 15 and 18 lb density. Its known as HDU or High Density Urethane in my business. Never even thought of using this stuff for a bezel but after thinking about it, this would work well. Not for structure though, just as trim. When you go thin it gets brittle and will crack if enough pressure is applied to it. But for trim work its almost a perfect solution, Great Idea man!!
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    yeah, i think whenever i can afford to make a mold from a foam plug and cast in plastic i would, but the foam itself is so cheap and easy to work into several iterations to decide what you want to do.
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    well your corolla bezel looks great man! I mean really professional. How did you hook up your mini to the eclipse? Great work I may try this out just cause I have foam laying around, I lucked out because my car has a DD aftermarket trim kit mass produced.
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    the mini is connected to the eclipse through the little $30 DVI->NTSC adapter that Apple sells, and then the sound goes through the auxiliary input. The picture isn't the sharpest it could be, but since Front Row was designed to be viewed on a TV, it doesn't look any worse for it. I had to ground the parking brake sensing wire from the eclipse though to keep the video inputs on while moving.
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    Bump for awesome fabricator, and also for a great method to making bezels.

    I vote to make this a sticky!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k1Toaster View Post
    I vote to make this a sticky!
    I second that motion. I remember reading this a couple of months ago and being impressed, and here I am impressed all over again (and closer to attempting a bezel of my own).

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