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ricka

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Looks great!
Gryphon

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The duct tape is a good idea. The stand is MUCH more solid-feeling, and it doesn't look half bad. Black adhesive shelf paper would look better, but this is what was lying around, so....

ConsoleFinal.jpg HelmFinal.jpg 


And here's a shot of all the key stickers for all five stations fit on a single sticker sheet:

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I did some digging on the Grainger website and found some Silicone sheets that looked promising if that's still in the back of your mind. These look great and might look even better with a unified keys layer instead of through-holes. I'm jealous.
Wilki

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This is really cool. 

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Please, post the Grainger stock number or a link to the catalog page. I've found clear polyurethane universal keyboard protectors online for between $5 t0 $11 USD. Polyurethane loves to stick to other polyurethane, so a stiffer two-part polyurethane mix like those made by Polytek or Smooth-On would be the logical choice for adhesive. Black 3/16"-thick HDPE sheets big enough for four or five 15" console tops are available at the big box hardware outfits like Menards for around $11 USD a sheet, but not much likes to stick to polyethylene.

The cleanest look would come from a rubber membrane laid OVER a rigid console top with cutouts. What would be ideal is a rubber membrane with the graphics printed directly on it that could be laid over the rigid top with the cutouts concealed underneath, but that's outside my area of experience. While I've done lots of 3D prop work, prototyping, and rubber casting, I know jack about rubberized inks or printing graphics on flexible membranes.
vfrdirk

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What I found was this:

http://www.grainger.com/product/Rubber-Sheet-WP62320/_/N-bis/Ntt-silicone?sst=subset&s_pp=false&sgAttributes=

The usual selectors for thickness and dimension, whether you need the super-stretchy stuff, etc. I'm not sure it's what you need or want to use, but there it is. 
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Nice - 1/32" shore D 30A adhesive-backed silicone sheet! That might be just the ticket.
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OK, the DIY tutorial is up in this forum! No need for jealousy, vfrdirk, just scrounge up a cardboard box and an used-up sketchbook and build one for yourself. Heck, have a crew party and build a complete set.
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