GAGB- Cuatro Vientos part 2

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GAGB- Cuatro Vientos part 2

Joined: December 20th, 2006, 2:03 pm

December 10th, 2016, 3:26 pm #1

I didn't want to get too far into this before figuring out how to do the cockpit enclosure. My original thought was to cut out all the windows leaving just the framework which I would fill with carefully cut and glued clear panels. The thickness of the kit plastic put an end to that idea which is a good thing because I think it would have been a real nightmare.

Then I decided I'd try to vacuform the entire enclosure, using the kit parts to make the form. I carefully cut the enclosure area from the fuselage halves, glued those pieces together and added more plastic to deepen and lengthen the form. I wanted the eventual vacformed canopy to fit down inside the sides of the cockpit opening so it needed to be taller. The extra length gives me room to add flanges to the front and rear of the opening in the fuselage that the canopy can sit on. I also made the form a bit narrower to account for the thickness of the clear plastic.



Success! I think this is going to work, so now I can start on the interior.

-Dan
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Joined: August 15th, 2016, 3:52 pm

Incredible and clean

December 10th, 2016, 5:41 pm #2

Well done, ECDan. That's some nice work.

WCDan
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Joined: August 20th, 2010, 11:34 am

I agree with West Coast Dan - that looks like a brilliant solution EC Dan, beautifully

December 10th, 2016, 8:06 pm #3

I didn't want to get too far into this before figuring out how to do the cockpit enclosure. My original thought was to cut out all the windows leaving just the framework which I would fill with carefully cut and glued clear panels. The thickness of the kit plastic put an end to that idea which is a good thing because I think it would have been a real nightmare.

Then I decided I'd try to vacuform the entire enclosure, using the kit parts to make the form. I carefully cut the enclosure area from the fuselage halves, glued those pieces together and added more plastic to deepen and lengthen the form. I wanted the eventual vacformed canopy to fit down inside the sides of the cockpit opening so it needed to be taller. The extra length gives me room to add flanges to the front and rear of the opening in the fuselage that the canopy can sit on. I also made the form a bit narrower to account for the thickness of the clear plastic.



Success! I think this is going to work, so now I can start on the interior.

-Dan
executed and so clean when done. I will file that idea away in the brain cells!!
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 9:41 am

Very nicely done, and something the kit manufacturer should have done in the first place!

December 10th, 2016, 9:53 pm #4

I didn't want to get too far into this before figuring out how to do the cockpit enclosure. My original thought was to cut out all the windows leaving just the framework which I would fill with carefully cut and glued clear panels. The thickness of the kit plastic put an end to that idea which is a good thing because I think it would have been a real nightmare.

Then I decided I'd try to vacuform the entire enclosure, using the kit parts to make the form. I carefully cut the enclosure area from the fuselage halves, glued those pieces together and added more plastic to deepen and lengthen the form. I wanted the eventual vacformed canopy to fit down inside the sides of the cockpit opening so it needed to be taller. The extra length gives me room to add flanges to the front and rear of the opening in the fuselage that the canopy can sit on. I also made the form a bit narrower to account for the thickness of the clear plastic.



Success! I think this is going to work, so now I can start on the interior.

-Dan
Very nicely done, and something the kit manufacturer should have done in the first place!
Cheers,
Mark
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Joined: July 8th, 2008, 10:57 am

Skillful bit of work there

December 11th, 2016, 12:51 am #5

I didn't want to get too far into this before figuring out how to do the cockpit enclosure. My original thought was to cut out all the windows leaving just the framework which I would fill with carefully cut and glued clear panels. The thickness of the kit plastic put an end to that idea which is a good thing because I think it would have been a real nightmare.

Then I decided I'd try to vacuform the entire enclosure, using the kit parts to make the form. I carefully cut the enclosure area from the fuselage halves, glued those pieces together and added more plastic to deepen and lengthen the form. I wanted the eventual vacformed canopy to fit down inside the sides of the cockpit opening so it needed to be taller. The extra length gives me room to add flanges to the front and rear of the opening in the fuselage that the canopy can sit on. I also made the form a bit narrower to account for the thickness of the clear plastic.



Success! I think this is going to work, so now I can start on the interior.

-Dan
This is going to be very nice indeed!

Stuart
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Joined: December 24th, 2005, 1:07 pm

That is.... I'm without words

December 11th, 2016, 9:42 pm #6

I didn't want to get too far into this before figuring out how to do the cockpit enclosure. My original thought was to cut out all the windows leaving just the framework which I would fill with carefully cut and glued clear panels. The thickness of the kit plastic put an end to that idea which is a good thing because I think it would have been a real nightmare.

Then I decided I'd try to vacuform the entire enclosure, using the kit parts to make the form. I carefully cut the enclosure area from the fuselage halves, glued those pieces together and added more plastic to deepen and lengthen the form. I wanted the eventual vacformed canopy to fit down inside the sides of the cockpit opening so it needed to be taller. The extra length gives me room to add flanges to the front and rear of the opening in the fuselage that the canopy can sit on. I also made the form a bit narrower to account for the thickness of the clear plastic.



Success! I think this is going to work, so now I can start on the interior.

-Dan
But magic comes close I think

This really should work - it looks like the bees knees - excellent work Dan - how you overcame this problem is really A++++++ style !

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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 3:06 pm

Impressive Dan...

December 13th, 2016, 12:55 pm #7

I didn't want to get too far into this before figuring out how to do the cockpit enclosure. My original thought was to cut out all the windows leaving just the framework which I would fill with carefully cut and glued clear panels. The thickness of the kit plastic put an end to that idea which is a good thing because I think it would have been a real nightmare.

Then I decided I'd try to vacuform the entire enclosure, using the kit parts to make the form. I carefully cut the enclosure area from the fuselage halves, glued those pieces together and added more plastic to deepen and lengthen the form. I wanted the eventual vacformed canopy to fit down inside the sides of the cockpit opening so it needed to be taller. The extra length gives me room to add flanges to the front and rear of the opening in the fuselage that the canopy can sit on. I also made the form a bit narrower to account for the thickness of the clear plastic.



Success! I think this is going to work, so now I can start on the interior.

-Dan
You nailed that part! This is going to turn out so well.......

Cheers, Vic
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