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Old 03-30-2012, 05:52 AM   #1
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Airstream Exterior Badging & Emblems

I have a '73 Tradewind (25') that I'm in the middle of frame-off restoration. I'm missing one of the LandYacht badges from the side. Any threads on where one could find one would be greatly appreciated.

My next option was having one made, I do have a pattern. I don't think I would like the price of modern CNC but once made the computer is programed it's just pushing a button. Other option is sand casting. When I was in college I had materials engineering course where we did sand casting. I have an aluminum chunk somewhere of the school logo that is about the size of this emblem. Unfortunately it doesn't say LandYacht in cursive script.

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Old 03-30-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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Check at Airstream.com. jim
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:36 PM   #3
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Jim - while airstream.com has some vintage nameplates, they are not like the one shown in the original post, unless I missed something. The ones on airstream.com appear to be silk screened sheets of aluminum. The 70's era badging is cast (?) aluminum in 3d relief. The emblems are about 1/4" thick.

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I'm missing one of mine as well.... I've mulled over several ways forward,
several of which you've already considered. It looks to me as if the originals were die cast aluminum.

* sand casting. This could be made to work (the remaining one could be used as a loose pattern), but I doubt I could manage to cut down the porosity enough to look good; I'd have to farm this out. There would be shrinkage, but since it's hard to see both badges at the same time when installed, this prob. doesn't matter too much. Getting real clean detail at the bottom of the script is going to be hard.

* cast in aluminum filled epoxy into a female urethane mold made from remaining badge. Straightforward , can be done at home... unlikely to be very shiny, though.

* Convince Webspinner (Barbie) to take the CNC course at Tech-Shop and use the CNC mill to make several. Time consuming, since small radius detail on script forces use of a small cutter which will take a while since machine is likely RPM limited.

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Maybe not available anymore, check with Inland or a salvage yard. jim
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