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Old 06-27-2012, 04:56 AM
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Default SikaFlex Finished on my Tipup Canopy

I finally got my website updated, showing all my work with the SikaFlex job on my tipup canopy. I have added lots of pictures and description of my efforts, starting with the final prep work here:

SikaFlex Job on My Tipup Canopy

Meanwhile, here are just a few highlight shots:

After a lot of prep work to get everything ready, cleaning and special primer, a V-shaped Sika bead is being applied to the canopy frame:

After the canopy is all in place, smoothing out the filets while the Sika is still soft. I used popsicle stick spacers under the front of the canopy, to lift it a bit for a nice bonding layer of Sika.

Here's a shot of how it turned out, after 2 days of work, riveting, and cleanup:

Here's a closeup of the side. No more clecos! No holes in this canopy, and no hardware.

How it came out on the interior, over the aft canopy frame:

Later on, back on the plane:

Again, these are just a few highlight shots. There's lots more, and a lot more detail in my log pages. Click on the link above if you'd like to see more. I'm pleased with how this is turning out.

I'll have pics soon of the standard fiberglass layups and fairing I'm doing across the front of the canopy.
Bruce Swayze
RV-7A Standard Build
First flight November 3, 2019!
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:16 AM
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Nice work, Bruce!
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:19 AM
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Congrats Bruce! Big milestone for you...considering....
Ron Duren
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Denver, CO (KBJC)
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:00 PM
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Old 06-27-2012, 01:32 PM
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highly recommend dripless gun instead of the one you used (for those who are taking notes)
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:28 PM
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Default Nice!!!!

Very nice work Bruce. Lots of good information on your site. Have fun on the next part!!!
Darwin N. Barrie
Chandler AZ
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RV-7 N717AZ Painted and Complete
2021 Gold Lindy Grand Champion Kit Plane
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Old 06-27-2012, 08:32 PM
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Default Bruce

Your timing is perfect. Just this past weekend, I cut up my tipper canopy. I decided long ago to Sikaflex my canopy. You are an inspiration! Thanks for posting the pics.
I've followed your website for years, 'cuz I'm over 5 years on my build as well. It's not a race. I think I'm enjoying the project as much as you are.
It's a great feeling reaching milestones. Congratulations.!
Now, if you're free and can spare a week end, I could use an experieced pressure!! It' s only a 6 hour drive.
RV 7a tip-up
Pre-cover MD-RA Inspected.
Canopy completed. Bonded with Sika-Flex.
Up on her mains, Firewall Fwd and wiring on going.

Last edited by lorne green : 08-08-2012 at 11:31 PM.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:54 AM
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I have bookmarked your page for near-future reference since I plan to bond my canopy to the frame. Thanks for the help. You have now entered the rarefied position of being among the likes of Dan Horton and Paul Dye! You do good work!

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Old 06-28-2012, 09:16 AM
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Default Well Done

Congratulations Bruce on completing this major milestone. I am hoping to successfully SikaFlex my canopy in the next couple of weeks. I have been planning and working up to it for months now and I am so ready to be done with this canopy! I'm sure your experiences along with others posted on the forums will help me immeasurably.
John Harrell
RV-7A Tip-up, Aero Sport Power IO-360, Dual PMags, AFP FI, Catto 3-blade, Dual Dynon Skyviews
Flying since August 2014
Mission Viejo, CA
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:17 PM
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Nicely done Bruce.

I am glad you will be flying long before I will so I can invite you down to my build to help me when I get there!

Keep up the great work!
Jason Hess
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