Go Back  RCU Forums > RC Airplanes > RC Warbirds and Warplanes
Reload this Page >

Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

Notices
RC Warbirds and Warplanes Discuss rc warbirds and warplanes in this forum.

Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

Old 04-30-2009, 04:10 PM
  #1  
NCIS
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Janesville, WI
Posts: 4,948
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

I am in the need for a custom size cowl and canopy for a future project and wondered who makes and sells them per special order. Can anybody help me?

Barry/Gibbs
Old 04-30-2009, 06:21 PM
  #2  
at-6 texan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Stockholm, SWEDEN
Posts: 1,024
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

test with plastic bottles
Old 04-30-2009, 10:23 PM
  #3  
Oberfeldwebel
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Round Rock, TX
Posts: 216
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

NCIS, maybe Fiberglass Specialties or Stan's Fiberglas Parts can help with a cowl, don't know who might do canopies........
Old 05-01-2009, 08:46 AM
  #4  
Edwin
My Feedback: (2)
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Leander, TX
Posts: 6,204
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

I hit your other post too but, Jeff Quesenberry on rcwarbirds.com built a giant corsair. You might want to check with him. Here's a link http://www.rcwarbirds.com/Projects/Jeff's%20Corsair/project4.htm . It had a 13' ws, 1/3 scale. Used a husky 240 twin. If I recall, I think it died in a mid air with a giant zero.

I just read the last page at the bottom that states the cowl came from Bob Sealy and the canopy came from Matt Miller.
Edwin
Old 05-01-2009, 01:40 PM
  #5  
NCIS
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Janesville, WI
Posts: 4,948
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

Edwin,

Jeff is the one blowing up my plans and I found someone that has a mold for a blown up 33.3% Ziroli Corsair.

Thanks anyway,

Barry/Gibbs
Old 05-01-2009, 01:47 PM
  #6  
carlbecker
Senior Member
My Feedback: (3)
 
carlbecker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Fairfax, VA
Posts: 2,071
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

I am not sure any one will make a single canopy and cowl. There is a lot of time involved making a buck for a mold or to pull a canopy and accurate dimensions are critical. Never are that hard to do yourself and there are many builds on RSCB that show the process.
Old 05-02-2009, 06:52 AM
  #7  
P4Patti
 
P4Patti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: BundabergQueensland, AUSTRALIA
Posts: 350
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

Hi there

Don't know if you're still looking but my husband makes canopies and cowls in any scale (within reason!) He has a cnc router and can draw up shapes with a 3D drawing program. I do the 2D stuff - cutting parts/kits from plans in any scale.

Attached are a few pics of the process from the computer drawing of a cowl for a 134" electric Lancaster in the pipe line, the plug and finshed cowl plus the canopy with side blisters from plug to vacuum formed. Also a finished cowl for a 1/5th scale CAC Boomerang. Both these projects are going to be fully moulded composites. Lengthy process but worth it with the detail that can be achieved this way with computer modelling and cnc cutting.

Anyway, if we can help, give a yell


cheers
Patti
Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version

Name:	Ge95108.jpg
Views:	107
Size:	12.7 KB
ID:	1190557   Click image for larger version

Name:	Yt61319.jpg
Views:	115
Size:	57.3 KB
ID:	1190558   Click image for larger version

Name:	Ze85197.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	27.3 KB
ID:	1190559   Click image for larger version

Name:	Cv61518.jpg
Views:	113
Size:	32.4 KB
ID:	1190560   Click image for larger version

Name:	Mx22705.jpg
Views:	109
Size:	31.8 KB
ID:	1190561   Click image for larger version

Name:	Kb43698.jpg
Views:	116
Size:	41.0 KB
ID:	1190562  
Old 05-02-2009, 01:48 PM
  #8  
NCIS
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Janesville, WI
Posts: 4,948
Likes: 0
Received 1 Like on 1 Post
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

Patti,

Thank you for the reply. If I can't use the canopy I had for my Don Smith 1/4 scale Corsair I'll definitely get in touch with you. Could you PM me your phone number so I can discuss my project with you or your husband. What I'm doing is blowing up Ziroli Corsair plans 33.3% so the wing span will be 124" The Don Smith was 120". So the canopy may work and then maybe it won't. I already have the generous builder that built one of these that kept his mold for the cowl so I'm set there but may need a canopy. Mine is custom made in the UK by Graham Buchanan who owns Tiger Models and I wonder if your husband could duplicate it. It has an aluminum frame that has simulated rivets stamped into it and it is for the F4U-5N with the raised spine behind the pilots head for more headroom. Here are a couple pictures of it. One along side the Don Smith canopy and one after I split it for the sliding canopy to work. As you can see it is bigger already so I'm hoping it will fit. In the second picture you can see the simulated rivets.

Barry
920-723-7959
Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version

Name:	Ec87762.jpg
Views:	127
Size:	92.1 KB
ID:	1190684   Click image for larger version

Name:	Yw68766.jpg
Views:	165
Size:	80.9 KB
ID:	1190685  
Old 05-03-2009, 04:20 AM
  #9  
P4Patti
 
P4Patti's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: BundabergQueensland, AUSTRALIA
Posts: 350
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default RE: Who makes custom canopies and cowls?

Hi Barry

Sounds like you're half way there, hopefully the canopy will fit but there's no problem if you need a copy made. Richard is making molds with rivet and panel line detail - check out the Lanc site if you're interested http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_80..._5/key_/tm.htm

He's also going to build a 1/6th scale Brian Taylor F4U-5 - the French one. That'll be fully molded. Here's a youtube link to his current Corsair (conventional build) in flight. All electric.

Happy building

cheers
Patti
Old 12-10-2014, 04:11 PM
  #10  
hmuncey
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 3
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Does anyone know who make custom cowls and canopies for Art Johnson's P-38, P-40 and P-43?

Harry Muncey

[email protected]
Old 11-04-2015, 07:32 AM
  #11  
jbwilhelmi
My Feedback: (1)
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Omaha, NE
Posts: 97
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Patti

We are looking for a scale canopy for a 20% F7F Tigercat with the aluminum framing, rivets etc?
Old 03-02-2019, 11:41 AM
  #12  
DOC
My Feedback: (57)
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 151
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Default

Can anyone help me out ? I need a 1/5 scale (120" WS) Skyraider Canopy. I have a FG Cowl, Fuselage and Retracts. I've had these for years but don't want to start the build until I get at least 2 canopies.
Thanks , DOC

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.