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DMan 10-25-2000 08:18 PM

I am using a 1.85:1 Draper M2500 (52"x96") screen and I would like to add some masking panels at the top and bottom of my screen to mask the aspect ratio for 2.35:1 DVD movies. I would like to build these panels to be hinged so that I may swing these into place when needed and swing them away from the screen when not in use.

My question is, does anyone have any ideas concerning materials and construction ideas/techniques or even better does someone have pics of similar masking panels that have been built by any DIYers? I would love to have a professional masking system by Draper or Stewart, but the budget simply won't allow for it.

As always, I appreciate any and all responses. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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DMan
The Academy Home Theater

[This message has been edited by DMan (edited 10-26-2000).]

kevinu 10-27-2000 12:09 PM

DMAN,
I would also like the Stewart masking screen. Since budget won't allow it, I made my own.
I went to a print shop and bought a 3/4 thick by 4 by 8 sheet of black gator board. It is a foam core with black paper adhered to each side. I ripped four pieces. Two for 185, two for 235.
I crosscut them to fit snuggly inside the frame. The stuuf is so light it will stay. If it did not stay I would have used velcro for the top piece. Works great. I paid $60 for the sheet.
It cuts like wood. I used my table saw to rip, power miter saw to crosscut.
Good luck, Kevin


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wireburn 10-28-2000 04:10 AM

I have heard of using magnets to attach lighter masking materials to the screen. This scenario would work well for pulldown/electric screens, too.

-Mike

kevinu 10-28-2000 08:57 AM

Larry,
It is quite easy to change sizes of masking. The foamboard wedges snuggly between the vertical frame in front of the screen.
I have a Stewart 4by3 84 diagonal screen with 1 1/2 inch frame.
Kevin


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