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Old 11-19-2014, 08:46 AM
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Default Overhead console attachment

I've not read that anyone has done this yet;probably for good reason. However I was planning on fiberglasing the overhead console to the cabin top and rear bulkhead. My plans were to finish the joined surfaces and paint all those surfaces the interior color I have chosen. I understand that will be more work than using an adhesive. It seems it would provide a good seal and "seamless" transition between the console, bulkhead and cabin top.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:56 AM
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My overhead console is fiberglassed into the cabin top and smoothed out so that it looks like everything is one piece. However, it just sits tight against the baggage bulkhead with a piece of weatherstripping in-between for a tight seal.

You're REALLY going to want to install the console to the cabin top before the cabin top is mounted on the plane if you want to blend it in. I think I would have rather sold the plane than do all that fiberglass and filler work over my head inside the plane, rather than with the cabin top sitting upside down on a bench.

If you then want to fiberglass and blend in the rear flange to the baggage bulkhead, I guess you could... but many people just make a bulkhead cover that covers the whole bulkhead, and also covers the interface between the overhead and the bulkhead.

Here's a video I shot about how I fit my overhead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNUGjxtQ6RI
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Old 11-19-2014, 10:01 AM
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What Ed said.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:18 PM
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Ed described exactly what I did.

Just make sure you have a tight fit to the bulkhead, then use weather stripping to ensure a tight seal.

I also have a bulkhead cover too.

You also only have to blend in from the joggle forward if you use one of Geoff's headliners. The labor savings alone justifies that purchase.

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Old 11-19-2014, 12:29 PM
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I made my own with about $20 in fiberglass and form materials. I made it removable held in by 8 screws.
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David,

I would love to see your console if you're willing to post some pictures.

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Old 11-19-2014, 06:13 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance. I plan to glas the console before attaching the cabin top to the fuselage.
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:43 PM
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Thanks for the reassurance. I plan to glas the console before attaching the cabin top to the fuselage.
And paint it too! It's much easier upside down......
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:32 PM
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David,

I would love to see your console if you're willing to post some pictures.

David
Here a a few pics David. Sorry i do not have any of the installed product but I am very happy with it.
Upside down raw canopy. Sanded down and ready for overhead build

Cheap 1" foam as the form.

Two way taped down, waxed and ready for glassing. I also added a couple wire chases on the canopy where the windscreen attaches that start where the overhead ends at the windscreen.
Wire chase form.

Overhead form and chase ready for glassing.


3 layers of RAF 8.8 oz BID and peel plied.

Popped off and trimmed after cure. The chase's were cut off and permanently installed on the cabin cover.


No photos but after Establishing 8 mounting points, I painted the overhead with faux stone paint out of a rattle can that compliments my interior color. I covered my canopy cover interior with fabric that I ordered with my Interior kit by Flightline Interiors, the cover goes on that. 8 screws holds it in place. I have a few eyeball lights mounted in the overhead along with dimmer switches. I use a Molex disconnect for the lighting when I remove the overhead. It also covers a couple antenna coax cables and connection points for the roof top antenna's.
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:08 PM
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Very nice!


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