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More or less I am satisfied with the look of that step

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May be next step would be a little less stressful

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But overall not bad in my personal opinion

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All right a bit of homework and video guidance this morning from HomeBuiltHelp.com. Spend a good hour working on understanding of Gus' approach to the Canopy Conversion. Some of his ideas are definitely a must. Starting from removing all installed tubing except the rear canopy support 65C3-10 and rear canopy frame 65C3-1. Also put together the forward top skin just good enough to make the visual frame available

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The rear part of the canopy bubble has to be trimmed firmly to get inside of the baggage area

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Drilled and clecoed the pilot side of the canopy to the frame

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The bubble overlays the cockpit and will be trimmed later at this moment we have to work on the positioning and securing the plexiglass over the frame

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The big mistake that I made - was inserting the edge of the bubble under the welded steel tab - it was a good positioning point but created an extra tension

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As a result - the bubble cracked while I was drilling the pilot hole for the frame

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TO stop exposure of that crack - I drilled the hole at the end and applied a few cure staples to hold two pieces together

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Later used a few drilling points to secure the plex from expending

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Have to find the way of how to recover that broken glass

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May be using the extended version of a side cover will help

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All right use of the gentle technique definitely prevents that from the happenning

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right now the time to take the measures and trim the bubble to get the edging done

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Taking the bubble off for trimming

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I am using a Dremel tool for cutting the plexiglass

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The good side is covered with 1/4" studding just for protection

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And the trimming is accomplished

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Now is the time to install the bubble back on top and fix the missing holes

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The broken side is also clecoed gently with all the cautions applied

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Drilling and clecoeing on the pilots side is done

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Rear side of the canopy was installed without any issues

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Smooth transition from the tube to the skin is available to share

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The pilot's side drilling is much better and persist

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Overall I am happy with today's results

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A couple of days ago we left clecoeing the bubble only to the rear tube. The bubble is trimmed and has nicely inserted into the fuselage. Now the time to cut that bubble gently in two pieces. Starting from taping the line - approx 10 mm from the clecoed central circle

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The goal would be cut the bubble off of the rack

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Put it on top of the wings box, firmly hold it and start cutting using the dremel metal disk

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Just in case of reducing the tension - used the small ladder underneath the third point

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Ran the cut from center down , from bottom up on both sides

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No pressure - just gently moving the disk up and down

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The rear part of the bubble is off

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Time to install the front part back onto the frame

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The rear tube with the support are removed to make the front part of the bubble easy managed

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The front tubing is trimmed to get exactly lined up with the edge of a front part of the bubble

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Time for clecoeing
 

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After that is completed and re-attached all the pieces - time to bring the remaining part of the bubble back on top

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Make sure that everything is lined up

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Not bad work - lots of trimming to go

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Victor and Daisy helped me a lot today

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But we all worked hard on that project

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Till new day - and drilling the remaining tubing

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One extra month since the latest update and some progress to report. The canopy is about 90% done and waiting only wrap to complete the siding

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Here how was it done. Trimming the plex is essential

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The side langerones are tricky when not connected to the skin

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The idea was to keep the shape as close to the bubble as possible without changing much of a skin

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And finally I was able to rivet that part

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Not bad came along finally and looks nice

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Of cause it took a lot of preparation and accurate trimming from all remaining parts

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But over all I would say I am happy to see what is came up from that task

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Thinking of polishing and using the plastic edge but that is later

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At this time I need to come up with empinnage tuning and installation. But becase it was assembled one year ago and I used cortec it bonded firmly into the skin. Using hinge threat to get removed did not help

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And the installation was not possible in an assembly collected.

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So I started the disassembling the one year old assembly

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Firstly - removed all the rivets from the hinge on the firm set side of the stab
 

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Then used the pin and the stainless ruler to unbound the hinge. But the biggest help came up when I applied a lot of paint remover

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After may be two hours of a battle - I was able to rescue my stab

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And after that - the leveling process started

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Used the laser pointer to find the exact position of my stabilizer - horizontal part

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All across the plane - leveled every single corner

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And overall I would say it is succeeded

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