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Old 10-12-2006, 04:11 PM
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Cracked up my Hangar 9 Taylorcraft and broke the front window. Can someone tell me how to make a clean repair or how to make a new window? It is contoured so Im not sure what to do.
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:04 PM
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Remove the window.

Tape it down to some K&S clear acetate/plastic (or similar material).

Trace the outline onto the clear material (a Pilot "Razor Point" pen works well for this ) OR trace the outline onto a piece of paper and tape the paper to the acetate/plastic.

CAREFULLY remove the original windshield as the pen markings will smear. With a paper template I would leave it in place and cut around it.

Use a #11 blade and cut the windshield out.

320 - 400 grit paper used CAREFULLY will smooth any rough/jagged edges.

I would suggest using .015 or .020 thickness plastic material.
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Old 10-12-2006, 06:38 PM
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I dont think there is any way to lay the broken window out flat to draw around it. It has muiltable bends in it. Its the front windshield.
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Old 10-13-2006, 12:00 PM
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Sorry, I didn't realize it was the molded type.

The only thing I can think of is RC56 canopy glue - it goes on white and dries clear, OR make a plug and pulling your own windshield.

What about a replacement from Hanger ?
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They don't sell them anymore.
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Default RE: Window repair/replacing

It really looks like a replacement could be made from a flexible sheet. While it's bent more than one way, it really loks like any area only has a single curvature.

Trace the outline of the original, make one out of some light card stock and see if you can make the bends. It may not be exact but it might be enough to suffice. If you make it fit, get some flexible clear stock and use the card stock for a template.

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speaking of window material where do you go about to get the .020 thick stuff from what store? home depot? thanks
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Old 10-16-2006, 04:13 PM
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Depending on the size sheet I need I will get from Tower, or if I need a larger sheet I get it from Lone Star.

Be advised that Lone Star has a MINIMUM of $25 WOOD order (of course $25 will get you A LOT of balsa )
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It has multiple bends but no compound curves. A flat sheet will do it.
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