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    Jun 9, 2007, 10:40 AM - US Divers belt buckle blueprint #1

    I got a U.S. Divers belt buckle from eBay recently. I got mine for $40, but I've seen them go for upwards of $75.

    If anyone's interested in trying to make their own buckle out of something like aluminum, here's a blueprint. You'd probably want to use 16 or 20 gauge material.

    The dotted lines indicate a bend, except the lateral dotted line on the buckle base, which indicates an optional rolled groove (that my buckle has). I'll try to find a picture of that.

    The PDF template is intended to be printed at 100%. Enjoy!
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    Jun 9, 2007, 3:53 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #2

    That looks pretty cool! Thanks CD
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    Jun 10, 2007, 12:49 AM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #3

    Thank you! that was on the list to do, but haven't had the time. I don't have the US Divers, but I have a SSteel bucklet from that time period that I was going to convert, this will make the job easy.

    Alan
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    Jun 10, 2007, 12:09 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #4

    Quote wizardofflight said: View Post
    Thank you! that was on the list to do, but haven't had the time. I don't have the US Divers, but I have a SSteel bucklet from that time period that I was going to convert, this will make the job easy.

    Alan
    if it helps, the vertical dotted lines on the bottom piece indicate the bend point on the inside of the bend. The capsule-shaped slots (on my buckle) are partially stretched around the outside of the bend, as the material warps during the bend. I'll try to post a picture of that.
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    Jun 10, 2007, 1:03 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #5

    Count Dookie!!! Thank you very much, muchas gracias, arigatou gozaimasu, ...
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    Jun 14, 2007, 7:47 AM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #6

    Nice Work CD.....WOW..
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    Jun 14, 2007, 9:46 AM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #7

    Awesome work, man!! Thanks allot!
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    Feb 26, 2009, 2:21 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #8

    Very good job!
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    Jun 25, 2016, 6:14 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #9

    Great Thumbnails
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    Aug 9, 2016, 1:44 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #10

    ok so I feel a bit dumb here but how does this work??? like how does it hold the ends together.
    I just want to make it so that its functional
    Last edited by bpwmd; Aug 9, 2016 at 5:13 PM.
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    Aug 10, 2016, 9:02 AM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #11

    The flat parts are bent along the dotted lines and will have the shape presented on the right and bottom parts. The small ears from the right flat piece goes into the holes on the left piece. After you do all the strap webbing, the shear pressure and friction applied by the buckle will hold the belt in place:

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    Aug 11, 2016, 7:17 PM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #12

    Quote RafalFett said: View Post
    The flat parts are bent along the dotted lines and will have the shape presented on the right and bottom parts. The small ears from the right flat piece goes into the holes on the left piece. After you do all the strap webbing, the shear pressure and friction applied by the buckle will hold the belt in place:

    http://www.thedentedhelmet.com/attac...137d1181403614
    OHHHHHH ok now it makes sense
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    Aug 12, 2016, 2:21 AM - Re: US Divers belt buckle blueprint #13

    Remember, it is recommended to use the real found part(s) as a guide (I'm not sure who's images these are):

    us-divers-buckle-fett-jpg us-divers-buckle-fett2-jpg us-divers-buckle-fett3-jpg us-divers-buckle-fett4-jpg

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