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    Beaver cowl

    OK fellas where can I find a fiberglass cowl for my 72" DH Beaver that I just started from plans purchased from the Air Age plans store. I'm guessing this to be a 60 size plane. The print called for a 40-50 size engine. I hope to install a small GASOLINE engine. The print stated the cowl could be purchased from Northwest Hobby Supply in Oregon, however, they seem to be out of business. FRP Spec.'s has one for a 40 size and a huge one for a 22%. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    RE: Beaver cowl

    I have a Unionville Hobbies 96" Beaver and I purchased a cowl from them at a very reasonable price. They also make a 72" so I assume you could purchase one from them. Unionville does not have a web site and I cannot find their phone number, but maybe someone else with chime in with it. Fiberglass Specialties Inc. makes tons of cowls so you might try them.
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    RE: Beaver cowl

    Great Hobbies, here in Canada, is a dealer for Unionville. They may be able to help you. http://www.greathobbies.com/
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    RE: Beaver cowl

    Maybe not what you wanted to hear, but a "Plan B" for you:
    I browsed carefully thru the housewares at Walmart and found a 2 quart pitcher that made a good cowl. Measured the depth ( including the right thrust and downthrust offset) and lopped it off. I had to grind away where the handle had been, but this presented a minimal blemish when I positioned that area to be cut away for one of the holes in the cowl. Polyethylene is impact and vibration resistant, so it served well.
    In an AMAZING (for me) demonstration of planning and forethought, I selected the covering to match the color of the cowl. Polyethylene does not accept paint well. BTW:This is a Senior Telemaster that I "Beaver-ized"
    Less than $5.00.




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    RE: Beaver cowl

    Also try fiberglass specialties. You might find something there.
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    RE: Beaver cowl

    Thanks Kevin/Ralph, I emailed Great Hobbies about the 6' Unionville Hobbies FRP cowl and hope to hear from them soon, I'll let you guys know what I learned.
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    RE: Beaver cowl

    I've decided to make a plug and make my own fiberglass one. I may post pictures of the process if any interest? Unionville 72" available for only 15.00 or so bucks but the shipping from Canada was more than $60. I have the materials -so- why not!
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    RE: Beaver cowl


    ORIGINAL: Roger Gray

    I've decided to make a plug and make my own fiberglass one. *I may post *pictures of the process if any interest? *Unionville 72'' available for only 15.00 or so bucks but the shipping from Canada was more than $60. *I have the materials -so- why not!
    That's probably your best bet. I've seen some Beaver cowls that aren't exactly scale, which is as unorthodox as an FW190 with an incorrectly shaped cowl. Nice build you have going there also, and if I were to build a giant scale, the Beaver would be at the top of the list. Currently I have a 24" version, with scratch built floats like yours.
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    RE: Beaver cowl


    ORIGINAL: Roger Gray

    Unionville 72" available for only 15.00 or so bucks but the shipping from Canada was more than $60.
    OUCH!!! I guess it works both ways. The shipping cost I mean.

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    RE: Beaver cowl


    Well I just built my own. Used the lost core method and I think it looks great!
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    RE: Beaver cowl

    110%, with you on that. Looks great. I would guess, this cost a lot less, than the buying and shipping???

    Please post some pics when you are finished. Or even some as you get there.

    OK Roger this is my second edit. Went back and had another look at your pics. Could you please post some closeups of your float mounts. Wow.

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    RE: Beaver cowl

    Kevin I'll probally drop this Beaver Cowl form but will continue the other one on the plane build itself. I'll make a point to post some closeup pics of the gear setup for the floats. They are really easy to do if you have the right materials, a few hand tools, and a small vice. Their fun!

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    RE: Beaver cowl

    This will be my last post here. Just wanted to show the cover I put over the engine head. Not scale but it looks OK. I'll primer everything tomorrow. Se ya on the build forum!
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    RE: Beaver cowl

    Roger;that cowl looks very nice,good job.George.
    keep your powder dry and pray the creeks dont rise.

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    RE: Beaver cowl

    KWBLAKE-Kevin you'll find the pictures you wanted on the beaver build forum!


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