As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. Kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect
The similarities are remarkable! You have elevated an airplane to high Japanese art!
1/2006 Started build
10/19/2011 First flight
11/26/2011 Phase 1 Done
12/25/2013 First coast to coaster HAF to K88 to JYO
However despite all of the above, the main reason I would be very cautious about using the Sikaflex approach is because it may be bonded to Vans powder coating which itself has no known quality control and therefore provides no guarantee of adhesion.[/quote]
Great thread here!
This is the first time I've seen a solid critique of using Sikaflex - guess I need to do more research as I was planning to do the same. Bob, I would guess you used Van's methods / rivets?, or is there a better way available?
Yes Sgt..... no Sikaflex on mine. Coming up to 300 hours and no problems so far. But it's still early days.
I oversized all my holes and used surgical silicon bushings to allow for thermal movement. All my stainless canopy screws were ground to remove the thread inside the thickness of the canopy. Rivetted canopy holes are all countersunk and have tinnerman washers to distribute the load.
No fluted countersink tools used on my canopy. Solid stone countersink only.
All my holes and all my canopy edges were meticulously finished to avoid microscopic chips and discontinuities.
No cleaners/degreasers/adhesion promoters used on my canopy during fabrication other than mild detergent in water and very conservative use of kerosene (followed by immediate wash with mild detergent in water) if absolutely required.