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    Home made canopy links.

    Help...!!!... Looking for the posts about heat shrinking Coke bottles for canopies.
    Real Airplanes have Round Engines and Two Wings.

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    Skaliwag...

    Dickeybird and Matchlessarrow used to talk about shrunken coke bottle canopies.

    The RCU Tips and Techniques forum might have a thread about it, too.
    WHO GUNNA FEED MAW KEEEIDS..???

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    I've read about it several places, but have never done it. You make a buck of your canopy with enough of a base on it that you have to force it into the bottle. Then you heat and shrink the plastic until it suits you. I don't know how much heat. Maybe a hairdryer or monocoat gun. On one of the forums there were photos of fairly small green plastic canopies done that way.

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    There was quite a few posts about it here on RCU but the new search feature is one of the "improvements"
    Real Airplanes have Round Engines and Two Wings.

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    I've had good luck doing searches on Google for info like this.
    I've got a [very cheap] Harbor Freight heat gun that would easily do the job.
    I can see how starting with a snug fit between the bottle and the plug would make this idea work best.
    Something tells me that having a pair of wool gloves on hand would be....uhh......handy.
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    Like CP posted, Google searches are many times more productive. Use the following search term with Google:

    shrink plastic canopy site:rcuniverse.com

    You may choose whatever search terms you wish, but the site:rcuniverse.com will restrict searches to that one domain. I've found that Google's search engine, when targeting a single domain, is usually better than any other third party search feature.
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    Sorry I'm late dear, I had to help my uncle Jack off his horse.

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    Carve your canopy buck, cut the bottom end off a 2 litre flat sided PET bottle , wedge the buck in place with a large piece of lumber under the buck, start shrinking with the heat gun. Thats the bit that takes practice, work slowly. It will take a couple of attempts until you get the feel for the shrinking.Both of these cowls and the canopy shown are from soda bottles . Also you can make wheel pant halves, wing tips etc.using this method.
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    What is that on the left, an H-Ray?
    Sorry I'm late dear, I had to help my uncle Jack off his horse.

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    On the left is a semi scale C/L Cessna 150. SIG Akromaster wing and an enlarged kit plan Guillows 150. OS.15 FP, 50' lines. Flew great.Click image for larger version. 

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    Oh yeah, once the cowl is opaque it all looks different. Cool, gotta try me one of them canopies.
    Sorry I'm late dear, I had to help my uncle Jack off his horse.

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    Aeroflyte Spitfire in the second pic? - John

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    Yes it is.
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    More than one way to skin a cat.
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    That's a cool way to do it.


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