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dirk tinck20/04/2020 11:25:32
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It will be fine once the balsa is on the brakes Ade. Looks good!It will be easyer than my system to blend them in with the fuse too!

Flyer10/05/2020 18:44:21
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Finally got myself motivated enough to start shaping the canopy plug. It is a sadly satisfying way to spend a few hours with the radio on in the workshop. I transferred the basic shape onto the blank by using carbon paper under the hand-drawn sketch. Then a little electric planning to give an approximate shape. Then onto the coarse sanding file. I reckon I'm around half ay there on shaping, and then will be a few applications of P38 filler, along with several coats of high build primer.

I am also intending to use the plug to make a fibre glass canopy frame as per Dirk's method. They really finish off the look.

Cheers for now

Ade

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Martin Gay10/05/2020 23:05:18
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Looking good so far Ade. Keep up the great work as I have a fuselage awaiting just such a canopy!

Martin.

Flyer03/06/2020 21:55:53
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Mojo found !!!! Have spent last few evenings sanding and filling canopy plug, so will be pulling canopies tomorrow evening. I've now just about given up with the airbrakes with regard to getting them to droop correctly. I will be going with what I have now. At least I'll be onto my favourite part soon; making the wings!

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The following picture shows the rear part of the canopy I've been trying to replicate.

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Martin Gay04/06/2020 07:21:19
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Looking great, Ade.

Edited By Martin Gay on 04/06/2020 07:21:35

McG 696904/06/2020 13:02:05
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Keep up the mojo, Ade.

Looking forward to (finally) seeing your stretched canopy... wink

Cheers & stay safe

Chris

Flyer04/06/2020 20:48:52
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dsc_0411.jpgHere you go Chris,

Not as good as I'd like, but materials are limited at moment, so it will have to do. Two boxed up for yah Martin wink.

Now to finish the air brake install and connect those servos and I'll be able to join the fuselage halves.

Cheers

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McG 696904/06/2020 21:14:52
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... superb, Ade. yes

Cheers, young man

Chris

Flyer04/06/2020 21:34:33
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Thanks Chris, but it's not as good as I had hoped. But hopefully close enough to scale to stop the scale police creating a fuss devil. Fortunately, only a few aircraft were ever made, so documentation is fairly scarce. But don't tell everyone...….

cheers
Ade

McG 696904/06/2020 21:38:41
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... no probs, Ade.

I will be as silent as an 'octopus'... angel

Cheers

Chris

Flyer04/06/2020 21:41:31
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Posted by McG 6969 on 04/06/2020 21:38:41:

... no probs, Ade.

I will be as silent as an 'octopus'... angel

Cheers

Chris

Well, mine getting quite excited about F1 returning...………..

Martin Gay04/06/2020 21:52:57
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Very nice Ade. What do I owe you for canopies and postage?

Flyer04/06/2020 21:55:44
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Posted by Martin Gay on 04/06/2020 21:52:57:

Very nice Ade. What do I owe you for canopies and postage?

Will find out cost of postage Martin, and let yah know. I 'may' need the stl files of the drop tanks...… wink

Will pm you tmrw

Cheers

Ade

Steve Houghton04/06/2020 23:36:57
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Brilliant finish on that plug, Ade. I've seen cars in the showroom that aren't that smooth. Great job.

Did you pull the moulding, or use a vacuum rig?

Flyer05/06/2020 07:38:53
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Posted by Steve Houghton on 04/06/2020 23:36:57:

Brilliant finish on that plug, Ade. I've seen cars in the showroom that aren't that smooth. Great job.

Did you pull the moulding, or use a vacuum rig?

One of my clients has a 8' by 4' Vacc forming machine. He's looking at advertising it's use once he's got the hang of it. I have a smaller machine, but the plug is nearly 50cm, so needed the larger machine. Problem is at the moment that there is no PETG available as everyone is making surgical masks with them, and he's been told that suppliers are taking orders now for supply in March 2021!

It should look ok from casual looks.

cheers

Ade

Steve Houghton05/06/2020 08:50:17
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Thanks Ade,

It's useful to have a contact like that. I'm still moving on slowly with my Zlin 526 in the background, and will need to form my own canopy, so I'm interested in everyone's approaches as it's something I've never done.

Flyer05/06/2020 09:03:16
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Posted by Steve Houghton on 05/06/2020 08:50:17:

Thanks Ade,

It's useful to have a contact like that. I'm still moving on slowly with my Zlin 526 in the background, and will need to form my own canopy, so I'm interested in everyone's approaches as it's something I've never done.

It's quite easy Steve, I use mdf strips glued together to give the width. I then marked out the profile shape and plan onto the blank. Cut and plane waste off, then used an electric file to get the basic shape. This is the worse part. Once I'm happy I cover the blank with body filler (p38) and sand back. Then it's a case of car rattle can primer followed by hours of sand and fill. Prior to pulling the canopy I applied several coats of car wax, that seems to work well. There is something therapeutic about sanding a plug!

Cheers

Ade

Austin Massey 105/06/2020 14:52:41
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Hi Ade,

this is my second attempt to contact you. My first post appeared then disappeared.

"Eavesdropping" on your discussion about canopies -a 19" long canopy is mentioned. This is not the Sabre one is it? Have I joined part way through something?

I would be very grateful if you could let me have a canopy for the mass build Sabre to the length shown on Martins plan. Let me know how much and how you would like me to pay. Good of you to help me out of a bad situation.

Cheers,

Austin

Flyer05/06/2020 15:11:02
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Posted by Austin Massey 1 on 05/06/2020 14:52:41:

Hi Ade,

this is my second attempt to contact you. My first post appeared then disappeared.

"Eavesdropping" on your discussion about canopies -a 19" long canopy is mentioned. This is not the Sabre one is it? Have I joined part way through something?

I would be very grateful if you could let me have a canopy for the mass build Sabre to the length shown on Martins plan. Let me know how much and how you would like me to pay. Good of you to help me out of a bad situation.

Cheers,

Austin

the canopy above is for the TF86 Austin, as I am building two concurrently.

Cheers

Ade

Steve Houghton05/06/2020 20:05:56
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Ade,

Thanks for the insights. I'd never thought of using MDF. So far I have a balsa plug that I covered in P38, but found it unsandable so chipped it all off again.

Anyway, I don't want to divert your thread so congrats once again on a fine product.

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