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Old 06-29-2017, 06:25 PM
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Any one know the company sell ready made fiberglass for rv12 canopy!!

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Old 06-29-2017, 08:54 PM
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Here is the link but don't do it, first its almost $300 and it will never fit as good as the one you will make.

http://www.shop.vikingaircraftengine...ing-Shield.htm
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:21 PM
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Old 06-29-2017, 09:47 PM
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Build the canopy skirt yourself -- it is not difficult. Follow Van's plans. SEARCH for construction tips on the VAF RV-12 website. See Van's RV-14 video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVEE...XngVlY&index=1
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Old 06-30-2017, 07:10 PM
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Build the canopy skirt yourself -- it is not difficult. Follow Van's plans. SEARCH for construction tips on the VAF RV-12 website. See Van's RV-14 video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVEE...XngVlY&index=1
could u list me the materials I need .
In my knowledge, I need raisin, fiberglass cloth. and hardener.
PPl are saying ,micro balloons, cotton fiber flock and polystyrene foam, Why do I need them.

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Old 06-30-2017, 07:35 PM
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I laid a sheet of plastic on the work bench, then laid down the fiberglass cloth and resin, then put another sheet of plastic on top and rolled it with an old empty paint rattle can, like using a rolling pin to squeeze out the excess resin.
Do not forget the PEEL PLY. If I am not mistaken, it is Dacron cloth. The peel ply will save you LOTS of time sanding.
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Old 06-30-2017, 09:15 PM
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could u list me the materials I need .
In my knowledge, I need raisin, fiberglass cloth. and hardener.
PPl are saying ,micro balloons, cotton fiber flock and polystyrene foam, Why do I need them.

Thanks
Go to a marine supply store and get "west systems" epoxy (the dispenser in each can make it a no brainer to mix). About 2 yards of fiberglass will do it.

The micro balloons are mixed into the epoxy to make a thick putty to fill in voids on the lay up (after your initial fiberglass hardens).
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Search in the forums for the topics started by " DanH ". I learned a lot by his topics.
For example:
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=22931
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ight=cab-o-sil

You need micro balloons to make a good sandable surface,
cotton fiber for strength and cab-o-sil (fumed silica) to make the epoxy thicker/less running.

The RV-14 video is very good. You can also have a look at mykitlog site.
Have fun, fiberglass is great stuff!
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Old 07-01-2017, 03:21 AM
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I too was experiencing PFSD, or pre fibreglass stress disorder. It is curable.
Read and reread those instructions. Spend some quality time on YouTube watching fibreglass tutorials until you feel you can do it in your head, then have at it. It's a lot easier than it sounds to the inexperienced. The canopy project is a bit daunting, but if you follow the directions, it is fairly straight forward.
This is where you get to put your own touch to your project. You will feel ten feet tall and bulletproof when you gaze at the beautiful flowing lines of the canopy fairing you created from a bunch of resin and stuff.
Go for it. It's really only plastic after all. Forgiving stuff on rework, and a good skill to develop.
For me, the hard part is knowing when enough is enough. You can work endlessly towards perfection, or stop when you think you are close enough.
Hope you find this helpful
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Old 07-01-2017, 12:22 PM
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Default canopy fiberglass

I bought the "pre made" version. Tossed it and followed the directions from Vans. No big deal...actually, it was fun...
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