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Old 06-14-2014, 04:05 PM
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Default Lower Canopy Rail Gusset...

Installed left and right reinforcement gussets to canopy rail.

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:01 PM
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Good idea. Think I will add one too.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:22 PM
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Tom do you remember what gage of that aluminum is? We just removed the canopy for fiberglass trimming it looks like a perfect opportunity to add the stiffener.
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Old 06-14-2014, 07:47 PM
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Tom do you remember what gage of that aluminum is? We just removed the canopy for fiberglass trimming it looks like a perfect opportunity to add the stiffener.
Actually, I'm not sure. The aluminum came out of the floorboard of a 1947 SeaBee. As with you, it looked about right so we used it. It had original primer on it. We just cut, drilled, lightly scotchbrited, reprimed, then installed.

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Old 06-14-2014, 07:50 PM
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I'm using 0.025" from some spare fuselage skin that I have. That will be plenty for this job. After all, that's all that supports the other side.
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Old 06-14-2014, 09:38 PM
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I'm not sure what problem this addresses. Have people had problems with the canopy frame?
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Old 06-14-2014, 11:21 PM
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I buckled one of these upper frames by accidently leaning on it during the build with just a few clecos securing it to the skin, so that doesn't really count. However, I tend to grab that area of the rail when getting in or out of the plane and think a little more stiffness there would be a good thing. And it gives me an excuse to make something.
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Old 06-15-2014, 05:05 AM
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I'm not sure what problem this addresses. Have people had problems with the canopy frame?
I am not very flexible. Sometimes I will bear some weight on the rail while settling into or getting out of the seat and have noticed some flexing of the rail. Until I lose more weight (have recently lost 15 pounds) or inherit a more flexible body, I thought this modification would better support that area.

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Old 06-15-2014, 10:45 PM
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Thanks. I thought there was another generic gotcha out there.
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Old 06-16-2014, 05:07 AM
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What is that object just below the slot, looks like maybe a locking mechanism?
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