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Sep 17, 2008, 01:10 PM
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That's sweet, I love the tint
Sep 17, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Very nice. Thanks for the idea.
Sep 17, 2008, 02:42 PM
Gelei Imre
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OK! Just do it!
Sep 18, 2008, 09:11 PM
My plans are in my blog
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Wow, looks simple to do. I just need to buy a proper heat gun.
Sep 18, 2008, 09:35 PM
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Good idea thanks for sharing it.
Sep 19, 2008, 10:06 AM
Gelei Imre
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From Balsa easier to prepare the mould, than from a pinewood, but I have no balsa.
Oct 01, 2008, 12:07 PM
Gelei Imre
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Larryross!
Post for me some photos of your canopy!
Oct 01, 2008, 02:49 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gelei Imre
I make canopy from pop bottle, with mould of pinewood, see pix:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=211
Been there---Done that. The cowl and the canopy!!!
You did a nice job with yours, and yes I too like the different color.
C-YA RL
Oct 01, 2008, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Rusty-Gunn
Wow, looks simple to do. I just need to buy a proper heat gun.
"Proper?"
For me that's just a propane bottle! I use this technique too, great for pod/boom planes. Nice Job!
Oct 01, 2008, 07:56 PM
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I did one also. Check it out....
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...r#post10190431
Oct 01, 2008, 09:40 PM
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What a hoot! Great minds. . . . Just used a pink foam "mold" to heat form a water bottle top into a cowl for my blu ripper. I agree the blow molded bottles are perfect for cowls and canopies!

Bet you could do it with a hair dryer! Doesn't take much heat to start the shrinkage.
Oct 02, 2008, 06:52 PM
Gelei Imre
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My newest canopy on my Raptor:
Oct 05, 2008, 02:30 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Gelei Imre
Larryross!
Post for me some photos of your canopy!

The canopy I need to make is for a 6 foot WS Pitts. I am making a foam one first then later I will use it to make a mold for a plug and try your clever idea. Will be a while before I get it done.

Larry
Oct 05, 2008, 05:50 PM
Jack
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You want to add something to the process, try sealing a plastic bag around the edges of the piece of plastic cut from the pop bottle. Then stick a small vacuum wand into the plastic bag and tape that for a seal.

What you want is that the tip of the vacuum source does not get plugged up when the vacuum is turned on (use some porous foam or something).

Then apply the heat from the gun, turn the vacuum on, and you can pull some wildly complex and symmetrical curves. It all boils down to having a nicely shaped block and getting the plastic to give in the the suction.

Remember, vacuum forming sucks!

Jack


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