canopy holes...skirts...RV8

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canopy holes...skirts...RV8

Postby stanman » Thu Aug 27, 2009 7:12 am all...i.m currently working on canopy....have trimmed it ....made the big cut...drilled it to slider far so windscreen drilled it for the countersink screws....what size should the holes be opened up to prevent the screws looks a bit tight...anybody recommend a good technique...i.m reluctant to open them up with a larger drill.....also i.m trying to figure out how the fibreglass side skirt butt up to 821 skin on the sides...some seem to have the forward edge of the skirts in line with forward edge of the canopy on the slider...which seems that the 821 skin should be cut back a little...any pictures and advice welcome...rgds stan

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Postby Mike Balzer » Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:14 pm

If you have to open up holes in the canopy I recommend using a uni bit. They make them in various sizes and step increments. I believe the holes in the canopy need to be larger than the srew size for expansion and contraction from hot and cold temperatures. I have not done my canopy yet but have installed windows in various aircraft and have worked alot with plexi glass and lexan.

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