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Old 01-27-2019, 06:37 PM
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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, 07:06 PM
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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, 07:33 PM
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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, 07:51 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, 09:31 PM
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Did it on the fuselage, no problem at all.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:39 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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Old 01-28-2019, 07:34 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I think I will build it on the plane. I feel like my fuselage is probably straighter than my workbenches.

Meanwhile, for those who left the forward top skin (section 35) off as long as possible, did you have to rivet it on to get through the canopy section? I am thinking I may be buying my panel earlier than originally planned so I can rivet that skin on without having to wire things from below later on.
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Old 01-29-2019, 06:41 AM
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Mine is a slider canopy and I have elected to build the slider canopy on the fuselage, install my avionics, put on top forward skin, and then install windscreen.

I am just about ready to put on the top forward skin. It sure made it convenient to install the avionics and do all of the firewall work.
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Old 01-29-2019, 08:20 AM
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Mine is a slider canopy and I have elected to build the slider canopy on the fuselage, install my avionics, put on top forward skin, and then install windscreen.

I am just about ready to put on the top forward skin. It sure made it convenient to install the avionics and do all of the firewall work.
The RV-14 is tip-up-only. So I have to balance the risk of damaging the canopy skin by opening it with clecos in the top forward skin against the conundrum of spending money on panel components to install before putting the skin on.
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Old 01-30-2019, 07:09 AM
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Sorry,

That shows my ignorance on the 14 model.
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