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Old 07-13-2002, 02:25 PM
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Can somebody take pictures of there re-enforced canopy? i have 8 4-40 screws holding mine in and I'm afraid of them cracking the canopy due to vibration.


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Old 07-24-2002, 04:30 AM
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Santi....my friend and I had the same problem last week with our canopys....melted in the sun, and partially colapsed. Both were on prop jets, and were painted black...both are on dis-continued planes, and are not available......

Answer to problem...
1. buy a piece of balsa...1/4 X 3 X 36 (or 48 )
2. trace and cut a piece that fits flat on the fuse...
3. Stack and glue additional pieces on top, to duplicate the shape
of the "offending" canopy
4. shape the "stack" like the original canopy
5. using the Dremel, or what ever...hollow out the inside to leave
about 1/4" thick...
6. apply epoxy to outside of "new" canopy with finger or brush
(finger works better)
7. Sand epoxy with 220, until smooth...
8. apply another coat of epoxy....sand smooth with 320...
9. paint it...black, blue, white, silver...or what ever...
10. epoxy the new canopy on the fuse in place of the old one...
11. use 1/4" trim tape, or monocote, or what ever around the
seam....

Guess what you end up with ?

A brand new, practically industructable canopy...light weight, cheap, and looks good...no screws...no silicon glue, no problems.

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