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 Post subject: Canopy Survival Kit
PostPosted: Sun 22 Jan 2017 19:41 pm 
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Has anyone had experience of using one of these? Not cheap, but given my propensity to ruin nearly-finished aircraft with a poor canopy job I'm sorely tempted - except I have difficulty even with one-off masking sets finding the right piece, and getting it into the right place, so I wonder whether this would just give me unlimited opportunities to make monumental mistakes?

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
PostPosted: Sun 22 Jan 2017 19:53 pm 
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Not used one of those BUT €10 would buy a lot of micro masking tape, I use these guys... http://www.jammydog.com/micro_masking_tape.htm

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
PostPosted: Sun 22 Jan 2017 20:18 pm 
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An advantage of the precut sections is that you dont need to find the canopy frame and cut along it.
I tried doing that with the Airfix Zero and the frame are so fine I couldn't cut along them.

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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I bought one of the sets but haven't had a reason to use it yet. It does seem quite expensive, but you're getting a lot of different designs on the equivalent of an A4 sheet, plus a little bit. As well as curves and straight lines you get numerous triangles, circles, elipses, ovals and squares, some of the latter with the corners radiused. I see the value of things like this in the time and hassle it takes to slice up Kabuki tape for yourself, so obviously your mileage may vary.

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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I paint my canopies in two stages taping using straight tape and dealing with port to starboard frames and then fore to aft. This removes the need to form sharp corners on odd shaped panes. If you leave it a day or so before painting the second set and use low tack tape the chances of any paint lifting are slight and should it happen the touch in is easy,

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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Many thanks for your thoughts, everyone. I think I will invest in one of the kits, if only as respite from trimming random lengths of Tamiya tape. But it will have to wait a couple of weeks now, as we're about to make the final payments on a very expensive pedigree puppy, and the old bank account is looking a bit battered.

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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DD, I've just purchased a set for the 1/72.. Will give an update when I get them. I've just started a Lancaster with all the associated masking that will need, so fingers crossed.


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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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Dazman, thanks, I'll luck forward to learning from your experience. Although I've had trouble recently with a couple of post-War jets, it was really masking with tape for the Fairey Battle 'glasshouse' that convinced me there had to be a better way ...
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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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Wow what a great idea. I have a huge problem with the canopies and on the first 2 builds I just left them clear. My current build (Panavia Tornado) I used masking tape but the paint job still came out very messy and the sticky glue of the tape is stuck on the non painted part :/


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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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That looks great a little pricey maybe but then again you will get a lot of canopies out of it.

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 Post subject: Re: Canopy Survival Kit
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There are now four versions of this set.
A general one for canopies, one for circles, one for wheels and one for curves on nose cones

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