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Posted by SPasierb | May 12, 2009 @ 05:04 PM | 7,077 Views
Need a replacement canopy? Have basic skills, an oven and an understanding spouse? Here's the ticket!

Posted by SPasierb | May 10, 2009 @ 10:54 AM | 6,897 Views
The hours in the subterranean work lair have been quite limited recently. I have been able to get a couple hours here and there to move things forward.

The is the second installment. Original blog post here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=940031

Pictured below is some of the progress:
- Completed the V-tails, color bars and ready to reinstall. They look fantastic.
- Completed the color bars on the wingtips. Not bad either.
- Bailed out on trying to somehow fix the huge crack in the canopy. *Ugh.
- Fuselage primed, wet sanded, first gloss coat applied and wet sanded, final coat completed. Is good!

* I did a significant amount of looking for a suitable replacement canopy, but no real success. Ultimately pulling a new one (heat & droop approach?) will be the solution. Short-term I decided to abandon repair and simply epoxy the two halves together with 3 ounce S-glass. Once the entire canopy was rigid, I filled the gaps with epoxy and micro-balloons, then filled and primed. The contour is correct, so just a bit more filling is needed. My plan is to paint the entire canopy sky blue. Ultimately it will provide the form to make a new clear canopy. For the `09 flying season it will be okay, but not great.

We're getting there!...Continue Reading
Posted by SPasierb | May 08, 2009 @ 09:40 AM | 4,605 Views
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Index of sailplane manufacturers: http://www.sailplanedirectory.com/manufac.htm

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