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Old 12-16-2019, 11:52 PM
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Default Waiting for the warm weather

Bad timing: I'm ready to start working with canopy plexiglass but it's in the freezing middle of winter. Nope! Gotta look for some other stuff to do in the mean time. Looks like there is plenty of canopy related work, but the plans have you doing them after the plexiglass is in place. Any reason that some or all of these can't be done before the plexiglass work? Canopy reinforcement brace kit, side skirts, canopy lift struts, aft canopy latch lugs (the parts that engage with the latch "fingers"), interior canopy handle. Do I really need the plexi fit to do these?

If I really have to wait, I guess I can set the canopy frame aside and work on the engine mount or something. Or start fiberglassing the empennage. Or start installing avionics. Or the wiring harnesses. Or the stick grips. Or pull the trigger on a panel. Come to think of it there's plenty of stuff to do at this stage!
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:15 AM
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We don't usually see Livermore, CA and "cold weather" in the same post. Why not knock together a small workroom out of 2x4s and Visqueen and put a small heater in it?
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Old 12-17-2019, 06:20 AM
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I put an electric space heater inside the cockpit of the airplane for part of my canopy work...
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Marietta, GA
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Old 12-17-2019, 08:54 AM
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I moved on to working on some engine mount / firewall stuff. There is also the brake assemblies. Well there is always plenty to do it seems...
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Old 12-17-2019, 09:34 AM
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Default Same Boat

I am in the same boat. Ready to start canopy. But I think I will wire up tail cone and work my way forward. I am not sure if I can do firewall forward without gear on. Plane is too tall for garage with gear and I am height challenged.
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Old 12-17-2019, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by PilotjohnS View Post
I am in the same boat. Ready to start canopy. But I think I will wire up tail cone and work my way forward. I am not sure if I can do firewall forward without gear on. Plane is too tall for garage with gear and I am height challenged.
I did my 7 tipper with the fuse sitting on short supports while doing the canopy, FWF stuff as well as the panel and most wiring etc. (Same issue with the low garage height). I then had to remove the canopy to install the gear while doing the brakes, fairings, cowl, wheel pants etc. I found most tasks were a lot easier with the fuse at a lower height off the gear. Still remember being at the 90 percent done and 90 percent left to go stage!
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