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Old 01-06-2007, 09:04 PM
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I'm just finishing up a Giant Aeromaster, (my first giant scale) and decided to put just a windshield on it (open cockpit), mainly because I lost the canopy that comes with the kit. Anyways, I've seen a lot of large planes with their windshields and canopys somehow screwed to the plane. I'm going into balsa, not ply, so I don't think that'll work. I'm using canopy glue on it right now, but I'm fully expecting it to come vibrating loose as soon as I start the G-62 in front of it. Any ideas, recommendations, etc.

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Old 01-07-2007, 12:13 PM
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Back up your balsa with a couple little pieces of pine or bass wood. Screw into that. CA the holes and run the screws in and out a couple times. CA the holes again. That should keep the screws from stripping out.

Use trim tape. After the glue dries, you want to trim out the windshield with some 3/8" trim tape. Clean the covering very well first. Get all your fingerprints off and get all the oil and dirt off. Apply your trim tape.

That should hold it.
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Old 01-10-2007, 09:13 PM
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I always get a piece of thin cardboard about say 2" wide x 5" long that will fit over the fuse where the windshield is going , use masking tape to hold it down , Now fit the windshield over as it it would fit . Use RC56 or similar to glue it on . Can use bathtub seal to finish around windshield when the RC 56 is dry . NOW---- take the cardboard off with the w/screen on , trim around the cardboard & glue that on to the fuse , easy & no mess with screws .
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Do like you would for cowls.

Make your holes for the screws, then remove the screws and enlarge the holes until a piece of nyrod fits in the hole, then ca the nyrod in place and reinstally the screws. Screws will not come out.

Nyrod is the yellow inner part of "Gold-N-Rods". allyou need is a piece about 3/8" - 1/2" long for each screw.
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I'm just finishing up a Giant Aeromaster, (my first giant scale) and decided to put just a windshield on it (open cockpit), mainly because I lost the canopy that comes with the kit. Anyways, I've seen a lot of large planes with their windshields and canopys somehow screwed to the plane. I'm going into balsa, not ply, so I don't think that'll work. I'm using canopy glue on it right now, but I'm fully expecting it to come vibrating loose as soon as I start the G-62 in front of it. Any ideas, recommendations, etc.

Thanks,

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Are you looking for something quick and dirty, or do you wish to build a windscreen that is more scale appearing? If you don't mind a little work, I can walk you through one using brass and wood with acrylic windows. If you just want your existing windscreen to stay attached, c/a some small pieces of lite ply inside the fuselage, and sandwich the balsa with the screws. Good luck

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