I'd suggest trying it on a disposable frame. Squeezing those tubes down will tend to tilt the head tube forward and change the angle slightly. Could also cause the tubes to twist at the welds.Has anyone tried that? I'm curious about it... but cannot screw up this frame.
As a former plastic modeler I have worked with styrene sheet to build things. I bought it at hobby shops specializing in RC and plastic models.If it really looks like poop, I'll have to send out the housing and shroud to get re-chromed. That was my initial thought. But the housing really isn't THAT bad. I think once I give it some love, and some new decals, it'll really look a lot better.
I'll try to find some fairly lightweight, flexible plastic. hmmmmm Maybe Hobby Lobby?
The "For Sale" signs you see in hardware stores are made of styrene, but it seems to be more flexible than the sheets from places like Evergreen. If you plan things right and don't mind some sanding and shaping, you can make almost anything out of sheet styrene. MEK works great for cementing styrene, just be safe with it.As a former plastic modeler I have worked with styrene sheet to build things. I bought it at hobby shops specializing in RC and plastic models.
Spray chrome as in paint, or the process they use to chrome plastic such as model parts?It doesn’t say “styrene”, but I got a couple sheets of 0.015 thick plastic in the model section of Hobby Lobby. I’m assuming Gorilla Glue brand super glue will hold that well enough.
I’m going to work on that this weekend. I guess the biggest question I’m going to have is, once made and attached, if it will be ok to spray chrome on? I’ll have to ask the plastic chrome guy.