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Copying canopies. Help needed!!!

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Posted by tyamada on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:48 AM

From what I've read on other forums Squadron discontinued the clear plastic for vacuform.  Here is a link to a supplier for vacuform plastics.

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Posted by rabbiteatsnake on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:02 AM
I just got a couple of sheets of clear "Vivac" from Micro Mark,havn't slapped any on to the platun yet but according to them its the best thing since sliced Acrylate butyl nitro styrene.
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Posted by PetarB on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:37 PM
I've found Evergreen clear sheets to be a bit 'hard' for vac or smash-forming a canopy. K&S Engineering ( sell packs of PETG plastic which seems to 'slump' easier than Evergreen's clear sheets, while still maintaining excellent strength once the thermoforming as finished.

I've tried acetate as Hans suggests, and while it does not seems as good as the PETG in a quick 'slump', it's certainly a great and cheap alternative!

Check out this thread to see a canopy created in this way from scratch, using a candle, and PETG sheeting. Scroll about half way down for the pics.

Good luck!
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Posted by Hans von Hammer on Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:50 PM
If you're in the U.S., I can vac-form a canopy for ya as long as it's under 2 3/4 inches long.  As for plastic, I'd reccomend the Evergreen cleat sheets... But the acetate from blister packs that everything seems to be packaged in these days works well for plunge-forming and draw-forming canopies..

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  • From: Neenah, WI
Posted by HawkeyeHobbies on Thursday, May 28, 2009 1:24 PM

I searched their site too with no luck. You can use thin clear styrene sheets. You need to warm them then plunge them over the original canopy or a master made from wood or resin. Otherwise find someone with an old Mattel Vac Form machine and ask them to do it for you.

Gerald "Hawkeye" Voigt



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Copying canopies. Help needed!!!
Posted by amagno on Monday, May 25, 2009 9:12 PM

 Hi folks.

 I need to copy a canopy but i don't know where i find the right material for it, some modelers said that is clear styrene, others clear polysterene, many said Squadron sales a excelent product but i did not find in their website as i tried several names but i didn't know the right name anyone can help me ? I want a product like clear vax from Falcon canopies that don't turns yellow with the time.Sorry if i'm in the wrog forum.

Thanks in advance.



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