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Old 05-05-2016, 03:53 PM
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Default Canopy rear stop

Well, it's now happened twice. Despite my perfect guidance to the rear pax, they let go of the canopy and the locking handle struck the rear seat bulkhead/skin hard enough to make a little ding. I carefully smoothed out the ding and I'm picking up the touch up paint tomorrow. Has anyone come up with a rubber bumper or some other way to ensure this doesn't happen again?

Thanks for any advice!
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:26 PM
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I started with a short section of 1/4" auto fuel line that I cut to length (about 2 inches) and put in the slider tracks. That way the roller hits that just before the handle contacts the rear wall. After loosing my sections of hose a few times I got a bit of rubber block from another builder. It's very dense solid rubber (like a rubber mallet would be made from) and cut just the right size to slide into the track. serves the same purpose, but now is captured by the square shape of the track and has worked great ever since.
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Old 05-05-2016, 04:26 PM
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I made a stop out of a scrap piece of 1/2" thick nylon. I cut it into a rectangle that fit into the canopy track at the aft end. A little RTV to keep in there and it provides a perfect stop to the canopy from sliding too far aft.

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Old 05-06-2016, 11:25 AM
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Default Rubber block

Here is what Andy is referring to. I drilled relief holes. Seemed to make a better cushion.
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:53 PM
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Piece of rubber hose, snug fit, about 3 1/2 - 4" long. Gives a nice cushion.
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Old 05-07-2016, 05:16 AM
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Thanks guys! Going to mod mine next week.
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:38 AM
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Default Ditto:

Me too, some fuel hose cut to fit inside roller track on both sides works just fine. Yours, R.E.A. III #80888
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Old 05-07-2016, 06:06 PM
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Does anyone use the sliding canopy latch offered by Van's? Or is this a waste of time?

http://www.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/...t=canopy-latch

I guess I'm also interested if/how it would also work with the Supertracks from Flyboys?

Cheers,

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Old 05-08-2016, 11:50 AM
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Does anyone use the sliding canopy latch offered by Van's? Or is this a waste of time?

http://www.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/...t=canopy-latch

I guess I'm also interested if/how it would also work with the Supertracks from Flyboys?

Cheers,

Tom.
Nope, but I installed this other one that worked great.

http://www.flyboyaccessories.com/Sli...tch-p/2101.htm
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Old 05-08-2016, 05:15 PM
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Thanks Andy. A very ingenious solution. Brilliantly simple yet amazingly effective.

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