Sunday February 5th, 2006|
More Fitting Of Canopy Frame
My parents came to town this weekend so I didn't get too much done on the project. We sat around and watched a couple of movies...which is something I never really do anymore. It was good to relax.
I think my digital camera is crapping out. It's taking more and more blurry pictures these days. Anyway, I continued fitting the canopy frame and I drilled the canopy frame skin to the frame weldment. You can see on the right side the fit is absolutely perfect.
...and in the center...perfect....
But on the right side? Doh! The problem is that the frame seems to be too long on the left side. The canopy frame skin is supposed to rest up on top of the forward canopy decks on each side. When the skin is on the left deck I get this. When the skin overhands the left deck it lies flat. I know that others, including the infamous Checkoway have experiencd the same issue. Gotta see what the deal is here.
I did discover that part of the problem was the hing part of the frame as it extends backward. You need to make sure that there are no clecos holding the skin up off the weldment. Oh yeah...no comments about my hatchet job of filing out the hole on the hinge. I'll clean that up when I remove the center subpanel for cutting it up for the avionics.
Ok...after removing the offending clecos the skin sat down quite a bit better...but I'm still not happy with it. As I said, I need to investigate this some more.
This is something I hadn't really thought about before. You can see how the ribs of the canopy frame extend down and cover part of the subpanel. This is one of the caveats of the tip-up canopy...you have to be very mindful of where you put radios. They can't be placed at the top of the panel where they would extends backward and interfere with the frame.