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Old 01-27-2019, 07:37 PM
iamtheari iamtheari is offline
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Default Build Canopy Fairing On Fuselage?

The plans offer that you can do the canopy fairing work with the canopy on the fuselage. This seems like a good idea to me, since it ensures a match between the two even if the fuselage isnít perfect. Has anyone done it this way? Other than risking spilling epoxy on the side skins, what are the downsides?
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:06 PM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
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I did it with canopy mounted on the fuselage and would do it again that way. I was able to set the fuselage on a table at a comfortable height to reach the fairing.
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:33 PM
Bavafa Bavafa is offline
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Same here, did mine mounted on the fuselage but mine was not on the gear otherwise it would have been easier on the table. I think building the fairing on the fuselage has the advantage that there is far less chance for misalignment caused by the canopy.
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Old 01-27-2019, 08:51 PM
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We did it on a table that we made sure was absolutely level in all directions. Our canopy fit turned out great!

I think the reason we got such good results is that we were really sensitive about any twists during the canopy frame build.
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Old 01-27-2019, 10:31 PM
n982sx n982sx is offline
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Did it on the fuselage, no problem at all.
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:39 AM
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Built mine on the fuselage. Perfect fit. Masked off the fuselage to prevent epoxy from getting on parts they were not meant to. Would do it the same again. See the Kitlog link below.
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