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How do you attach and finish the front windscreen/canopy on any airplane?

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How do you attach and finish the front windscreen/canopy on any airplane?
Posted by CaddMann05 on Monday, March 06, 2017 10:24 AM

How does one attach the front windscreen permanantly and sand so that the seam is none existant? 

If you can't use a glue that crazes the plastic, then what is used? Sometimes the fit is so bad that glue and or filler is required, and due to the pressure of sanding that is applied to the windscreen why doesn't the part continually come off?

Which brings up another point. The windscreen sometimes is without a bottom structure, so that means you are sanding the actual plastic/glass.  That then results in scratches to the plastic which means the widscreen has to be repaired. 

How is it done?

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Posted by Jay Jay on Monday, March 06, 2017 11:16 AM

I use the "lazer" type glue (5 second fix as seen on TV ) to attach my windscreens/canopies. It's crystal clear , doesn't craze the plastic and can be sanded or "smeared" to shape with a finger or Q-tip and is very strong. It's rather pricey but this stuff solves lots of modeling problems for me. i also use it to make small windows in a second.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 8:55 AM

I also have gone to the laser activated glues for transparent parts.

For the windscreens without the bottom frame area, I mask the panels before sanding/filing to protect the clear area.

 

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 2:25 PM

Unless the kit's engineering doesn't permit it, I will usually mask the canopy and then attach it.  I usually use white glue, or styrene glue.  Both of those help with filling any seams.  Then I will prime and paint.  I leave the masking on, till everything else is done.

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 5:49 PM

Like Two below ;

 Jay-Jay and Don use a method I now use .This product , While pricey , can be a Godsend . Normally , I don't put on the windscreen till the plane is done to a point I won't mess it up .

 On those where there is no frame I leave them till I absolutely Have to install them . Lazer - Glue and done . T.B.

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Posted by CaddMann05 on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 12:07 AM

I also have that type of glue.  I used it on a balsa kit of the Wright Brothers Flyer.  It really cut down on build time.

As a matter of fact I also tried the 3 second glue.  Both work fine for me.

On this P51 I am building right now, I did use the 5 second lazer glue to fill in some seams.  It seems (pun intended) to have held up.  I will give it a go on the windscreen.  I will leave the mask on as mentioned, mask for the anti glare panel and viola, it will be done.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:06 AM

While the laser-set glue kit is pricey (10 to 12 bucks, including the laser), I am amazed at the amount of glue.  I have used it for about six kits now and it still is not empty, so the price per kit (if you use it only for transparent parts) isn't that bad. I see online that you can buy just the glue alone, but in big containers at big bucks, so when I run out of current gadget I will just buy another set- I am afraid of the lifetime of those big containers, at those prices.

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Posted by Jay Jay on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 11:19 AM

I bought my 5 second fix from the ad on TV. You get 2 complete set-ups . Well after about 9 months I exhausted the first tube only to find that the second unused tube was empty, so I called their service #

They really stood behind their product sending me 3 more tubes for the shipping price of $5.00

 

 

 

 

 

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