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Old 09-08-2011, 04:32 PM
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Default Removable Canopy Glue

Need to install a canopy now, but want to put in a cockpit kit, and pilots at a later date. What glue will hold best and still be removable. It's a scale plane so I dont want to use screws.
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:18 PM
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:48 PM
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Your kidding, right?
Old 09-08-2011, 05:55 PM
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I don't think he's kidding!! I've used the stuff,it works !!!
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

The guys at Aeroworks use screws to attach their canopies. In the assembly manual they reference to add a dash / pilot just take the screws out, add your stuff then either put the screws back in or seam the entire perimeter with a strip of film.
Old 09-08-2011, 08:04 PM
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

Velcro works. 3M (Scotch) also make a similar sort of product that is even stronger.
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THE SOLUTION IS NOT TO USE GLUE AT ALL. I am a professional builder and we handle this situation on a regular basis.
Use automotive striping tape to hold the canopy in place.It is easily removed at a later date.
Old 09-09-2011, 03:28 AM
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

The best way to solve the problem would be to install the cockpit and pilot before you install the canopy.
Old 09-09-2011, 05:40 AM
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The best way to solve the problem would be to install the cockpit and pilot before you install the canopy.
Wouldn't that just be too easy?? I have used the striping tape and I have also used the colored electrical tape, Both work very well.
Old 09-09-2011, 07:34 AM
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

I've also used striping tape, and the colored 3M electrical/vinyl tape... Each has its own pros and cons to me. I like 3M because it really holds well and seems to form easier, but sometimes the colors are not as close to the covering as I'd like.... but I also like striping tape when a distinct thin line needs to be established... on the other hand.. striping tape is thinner usually, so there's less material to stick, it seems to lift easier then 3M.

It might depend if someone wants "instant" access to the cockpit too.. Dubro #2 or #4 button head screws are excellent for attaching canopies.. and if there's good wood to bite... the canopies end up very secure. .... and those look really cool if you paint them too.. its really all about ideas and choices... with all the above mentioned.. you can probably figure out how to try it more then one way....... great hobby isn't it.
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

Tiny and powerful super-magnets could be for now and for later:

http://www.pensacolafreeflight.org/p...LightCheap.pdf

http://69.175.14.181/catalog/index.p...acturers_id=13

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ORIGINAL: Lnewqban

Tiny and powerful super-magnets could be for now and for later:

http://www.pensacolafreeflight.org/p...LightCheap.pdf

http://69.175.14.181/catalog/index.p...acturers_id=13

Just in time!! I was looking for there address.
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

560 canopy glue or liquid rubber (clear silicone calk). Both are removeable.
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

I used Formula 560, as it is water soluble after it sets up.
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

Formula 560 can be softened and removed by applying hot water to the glue line using a syringe. I had to do this after my pilot came loose.

A second approach is double sided carpet tape. It is stronger than one would imagine, and can be removed later with lighter fluid.

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Formula 560 can be softened and removed by applying hot water to the glue line using a syringe. I had to do this after my pilot came loose.

A second approach is double sided carpet tape. It is stronger than one would imagine, and can be removed later with lighter fluid.

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Big understatement about the carpet tape!!! I use it for a number of things but have never tried it on a canopy. I may give it a shot on my new plane.
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

Thanks for the tip on the Formula 560 regarding water on the glue line to soften it. I too need to remove a canopy to fix bubbling of the paint I used, but I've been afraid to try to get the canopy off. Do you need a syringe to get the water into the glue line, or can you just apply it to the edge and patiently work the glue loose along the whole seam?

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Old 09-11-2011, 03:38 PM
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

The hot water procedure I used: heat the water in a styrofoam cup, then suck the syringe full, turn the fuse upside down and start weeping the hot water along the canopy edge, so it will tend to run under and melt the glue. It may take a little while, but it will eventually soften and allow you to remove the canopy, then you can clean up the remaining glue with the hot water. Good luck!

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Thanks, I appreciate the tips on this.

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Old 09-13-2011, 04:40 PM
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

Where might I find striping tape that is metallic (aluminum) colored?
Old 09-13-2011, 05:48 PM
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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

Goop. Just removed the canopy from my Cap 232 with out issue.

A tack or two of CA to hold the canopy in place. Could use masking tape also. Use trim tape (the vinyl stuff) and make a line 1/16 in from the edge of the canopy and 1/16 outside the canopy on the fuse. Now take your Goop and smear away until you have it all around your canopy. Don't let it dry to long, only enough to firmly hold the canopy in place, and pull off the tape. You will have a perfectly defined edge that holds well and can be pulled off if needed. Take a little extra time and make the canopy fit the fuse well. If you are a messy smearer add some masking tape outside you're original tape line. It's OK to do this in a couple of sessions as sometimes it easier to do the sides or the front & back separately.

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Default RE: Removable Canopy Glue

I've used Great Planes striping tape (Tower Hobbies) or striping tape from automotive supply shops. Either one works well.
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I just checked Tower.  The only colors tape they have are red, white, and black.
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Automotive pin striping may be the answer then. I have some 1/16 th inch that I got from an auto store that works well. You may have to do some looking to get just the right thing. Good luck...

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Thin strips of automotive trim tape. NOt the decorative type but the stuff used to hold chrome trim and rear view mirrors on. Expensive but tenacious

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