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.
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.
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?
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