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Offline Dan Berry

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Open Cockpit Vector
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:46:16 PM »
OK.
I am trying to get a Vector40 completed in time to have it trimmed for the John Gunn Meet in early May.
last night I ventured into the area of fitting the canopy. I have not rounded the forward deck enough to allow the kit canopy to fit into place. The deck is hollowed so I really don't think that I can round it over enough to make the canopy work.

I am seriously looking at just setting it up with an open cockpit and a calling it a Vector PT19 or something.
I need to get this plane into the air. Is anyone gonna hammer me if I just put a windshield onto it?


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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2018, 07:56:19 PM »
Dan,

Go for it, I don't see why that would be an issue.  Nice way to put your own touch to it.

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2018, 08:16:45 PM »
  Why would anyone hammer you?? There have been several recently published models with open cockpits. The Chevelle is one that comes to mind. I think there was a photo of one in the construction article with an open cockpit. Just make sure you have a pilot figure in it with helmet and goggles and a silk scarf flying in the prop wash!
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2018, 11:51:35 PM »
Here's my version of an open cockpit Vector from a few years back. It was received very favorably and flew great! Inspiration was the previously mentioned Chevelle.  8)
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2018, 05:14:14 AM »
I really like open cockpits, its your plane do what you want!

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2018, 07:14:40 AM »
Well then. A decision has been made.

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2018, 05:29:52 PM »
last night I ventured into the area of fitting the canopy. I have not rounded the forward deck enough to allow the kit canopy to fit into place.

Huh?  Canopies always need to be trimmed to fit well.  Just trim a "U" into the center of the canopy in the front; everything else will settle closer to the fuselage.  Fit, look, trim, repeat, if you have something bigger than a half-dollar when you attain fit, then proceed.
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2018, 09:15:22 PM »
   The Chevelle is one that comes to mind.

 A GREAT looking design.  y1
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2018, 09:39:48 PM »
  The Chevelle is one that comes to mind.

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2018, 04:24:44 PM »
Who's Chevelle is this?

Looks great!
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2018, 05:12:26 PM »
That Chevelle belongs to John Sunderland.  Sadly John died this past year at way too young an age.

He showed me how to build the windscreen w/ 1/64 plywood and Carbon matt.  I've built two open cockpit models since with that technique

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2018, 04:33:49 PM »
You could carve a block for the canopy.
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2018, 05:07:31 PM »
Canopy on mine was made by cutting off the front part of a Sig WWII canopy. Top block was slotted so canopy fit into it. Blended into fuselage with Superfil. Frame was suggested by covering the area I wanted to remain clear with two layers of masking tape then applying Superfil to the unmasked area. The Superfil was smoothed, shaped (while taped) and painted. The effect is slightly raised canopy frame that is more realistic (IMHO) than just painting on a frame. I may try John's method on the next one.  8)
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2018, 10:28:14 PM »
That Chevelle belongs to John Sunderland.  Sadly John died this past year at way too young an age.

He showed me how to build the windscreen w/ 1/64 plywood and Carbon matt.  I've built two open cockpit models since with that technique
302406 happens to be my AMA number.  I built the Chevelle pictured above, still have it. This picture and several others are in my album on the Ringmaster Brotherhood site.
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2018, 10:39:21 AM »
That open cockpit is going to create 'dirty air.'

Everyone talks about dirty air created by less obvious things?

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2018, 09:47:16 PM »
302406 happens to be my AMA number.  I built the Chevelle pictured above, still have it. This picture and several others are in my album on the Ringmaster Brotherhood site.

Apologies Allan,  Your model looks a lot like John's original

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Re: Open Cockpit Vector
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2018, 07:38:58 AM »
I believe that John left the green one, as well as the (later?) red one at my feet when I was judging him.
He was a terrific woodworker, both on models and Furnature....


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