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ZachL

USA
8 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2010 :  19:19:50  Show Profile
I have been looking around the internet trying to find information about making your own canopy. I can't seem to find any articles although I keep finding references to articles. Can someone shed some light on this and post a link.

ZachL

USA
8 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2010 :  19:40:42  Show Profile
Finally found one http://eaa245.dhs.org/Presentations/Canopy/index.html for future reference.
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Victor Thompson

Canada
73 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  08:07:05  Show Profile
Martin Poettcker the author is the President of the EAA Ottawa Chapter 245.

http://www.eaa.org/bitsandpieces/articles/2009-02_chapter245.asp

Several aircraft in my area are flying due to his handy work.

Thanks for the great link.

Victor J Thompson
C-GIRQ
"In Memory Of Dad"
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Bill Williams

USA
336 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  13:06:50  Show Profile
Before everyone tries to make a canopy, you need to go and see Jeff and Becky at the Airplane Plastics and watch them make a Thorp(RV) style canopy. It is quite a process and the novice need not apply. Just like steel or aluminum, there are different compositions of acrylic and you need the correct one to form a canopy. Suggest we bite the bullet and buy one from Jeff. There is a reason it cost $1500.
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Rich Brazell

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  15:46:07  Show Profile
I agree. Go with Airplane Plastics. I contacted the "New Bee Gee" outfit about an S-18 canopy. They said it was in the works...that was 3 years ago. Never heard back from them. I had an older unused canopy that I think came from Bee Gee and the optics were terrible. The AP plastics canopy is like a lens and as far as I can tell pretty much free from imperfections and optically clear. . Yes it is a wee bit on he expensive side, but if you FUBAR it up fitting it (crack it) , they will sell you a new one for 1/2 price. There is a 6 month window for the warranty.

There is another outfit tht sells T-18/S-18 canopies and windshields, but I can't remember their name? I'll try and find them and post it. I believe there were the same price as AP plastics?

Faster and Farther

RB
NX115RX
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Richard Eklund

USA
31 Posts

Posted - 04/25/2010 :  21:18:26  Show Profile  Visit Richard Eklund's Homepage
There is a West Coast T18/S18 canopy supplier. Aircraft Windshield Co. in Los Alamitos, California. 562-430-8108 Talk to Judy Gallow.

RCE
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Gary Green

USA
22 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2010 :  10:06:11  Show Profile
I can't imagine why one would want to go through the self flagellation of making their own canopy when ones of excellent quality are readily available for about $1500 from Jeff and Becky at the Dayton Airplane Plastics company. I've been to their plant and they are professionals all the way.
Gary Green
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Rich Brazell

USA
911 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2010 :  10:56:04  Show Profile
I agree...as one who has had to deal with flatulents for some time, buying is less painful.

RB
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