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Old 12-17-2017, 08:15 PM
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Default Break edges of skin around aft window?

For those who have fitted the aft window, did you find it necessary to break the edges of the upper skins (F-01474-L and -R) where they meet the plexiglass in order to get a nice fit? Plans don't mention this when building the tailcone, and if needed I'd rather do it before painting the inside of the skins (I paint interior parts prior to riveting).

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Old 12-18-2017, 12:04 AM
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I did, but very slightly. Seemed to help, especially along the top. Best to do it before you dimple, but I imagine most folks have already dimpled at that point
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Old 12-18-2017, 01:12 AM
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I did so, needed?
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Old 12-18-2017, 06:41 AM
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Yes the plans call for it. See p38-03 step 13. I found it difficult to break the extreme forward edges near the roll bar.
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:54 AM
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At least during the construction of the tail cone, the instructions says not to dimple and no mention of edge break for this area. I guess I need to double check those pages. Remember, this part does not get riveted but screwed, there will be a thin layer of proseal or other type seal used for water proofing and you want an straight skin so the aft canopy part can easily slid in-out for fitting.
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