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titanium backplate

Discussion in 'Making your own Gear' started by Linemandiver, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. Linemandiver

    Linemandiver Registered

    Thanks but to be honest it wasn't completely DIY, my father-in-law and his company precision metal works did most of it.
  2. saxman242

    saxman242 Contributor

    I've done it with lots of little ti parts I've made for my motorcycles by using a vinegar bath but you can do the same thing by making a steel wool paint brush. Color is determined by the voltage and can be easily achieved by hooking a few 9 volts up in series Anodize Titanium!
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  3. Daniel M. Thomas

    Daniel M. Thomas Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel, Mexico
    sorry to dig up an old thread, but does anyone know what backplate that is on the far left with the slots on it and the diverite pockets on top?

    im looking for a backplate like this with slots on it so i can mount weights to it with velcro, all the hollis backplates i have been able to find do not have these holes.

    edit: reread it and realised he put them in himself..lol.
  4. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco Bay Area
    Definitely nicely done. May I have a few suggestions:
    1. The crotch strap slots. I would just have one for 2" width at the same location as the 1" slot now.
    2. The top bolt holes. I would say 3 are good, but I will suggest keep the top and bottom one. The 3rd one should be below the current bottom hole at the equal distant between the current top hole and bottom hole. There is no reason to have 3 setting only 0.5" apart. This mean the bottom hole slot will need to be extended longer toward the bottom. This is another reason for #1.
    3. Cam slots locations. I think the top and bottom set are good. The middle set should be right below the top set. This let user to mount their tank lower if needed. The lowest tank location is dictated by the top camband location and the crowd of the tank. Having the middle set right below the top let diver setup tank about 2" lower if needed.

    As for finishing, I think brushed raw Ti is already very nice. If were to buy one, I will take this over any anodized color. And one more comment, and also personal opinion, don't use Hollis plate as template. It is a lousy designed plate to begin with. Pick a shape like VDH/OMS/Halyon if you want to medium band plate, Diverite/Oxycheq for flat plate.
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  5. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Same ocean as you!
    Does she have a sister............or brother
  6. SD Climber

    SD Climber Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Diego, CA
    I've done this with Ti camping spoons before, all you need is a torch and some creativity and you can have Ti-Dye :-D [​IMG]
  7. Linemandiver

    Linemandiver Registered

    This winter I'm going to try and make one more like a halcyon and maybe a small halcyon. My kids are getting into diving and would be nice to have a couple small backplates.
  8. Endler's

    Endler's Registered

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Reno, NV
    Did you ever blowtorch or anodize color it? If so, please post pics!
    At a minimum, you should put your name on it...
  9. ErreichbarKite

    ErreichbarKite New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Germany
    do you have a DXF file from your father in law of your backplate designs? My buddy and me like to play a bit and try to make an own design. and yours are looking like a good base.
  10. Endler's

    Endler's Registered

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Reno, NV

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