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Old 09-21-2012, 05:48 AM
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Default Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 GP

I am building a Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 and the kit I have (discontinued plane) is missing the windshield. Does anybody know where I can get one. Great Planes has told me they can't help. Seagull is making a decathlon 40 and their windshield is available, does anybody know if the Seagull windshield will fit the Great Planes model?
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Old 09-21-2012, 05:58 AM
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Default RE: Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 GP

Dude.........go to the store and buy a 2 liter soda!!! The plastic is easy to cut with a pair of scissors, and it's waaaaaay cheaper and easier than trying to find a discontinued item!!!

PLUS, if you make a mistake, you can buy another soda!!!



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Old 09-21-2012, 06:31 AM
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Thanks for the bottle idea. The Decathlon windshield has curves at the sides and the top with the top tying in to the center of the wing so a bottle probably won't work well. The Great Planes Super Decathlon is known for tough ground handling and tip stalls on takeoff so I am hoping someone has a crashed one that they are not going to try to rebuild but that has an intact windshield.
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I have the whole kit including windshield if anyone is interested. It's the Pete Myers version Kit # DE40.
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Default RE: Great Planes Super Decathlon 40 GP

The Sig Citabria uses a simple peice of flat, thin acatate. its folded and wraped around the fuse where needed then glued.

Why not make a paper template of the 'shield, place it on some clear plastic and cut yourself one?

your LHS should have what you need, or even a local craft store.

As for the soda bottle, a large 2 liter bottle can be formed with the use of a heat gun, but thats usually done over a form. Works well for cowls too.

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The Sig Citabria uses a simple peice of flat, thin acatate. its folded and wraped around the fuse where needed then glued.

Why not make a paper template of the 'shield, place it on some clear plastic and cut yourself one?

your LHS should have what you need, or even a local craft store.

As for the soda bottle, a large 2 liter bottle can be formed with the use of a heat gun, but thats usually done over a form. Works well for cowls too.

Bill S.
Thanks Bill,

I have seen the soda bottle heated over a wood plug method and I may try that. I bought the Seagull Decathlon windshield and it is a little large but with some trimming and folding then gluing the same as a flat piece, I think it will work.
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