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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:05 pm

You bet Dave I'll bring one for you :D
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby Dave Krall CFII SEL SES » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:11 pm

stede52 wrote:You bet Dave I'll bring one for you :D


Cool, plus now, the whole convention's expenses is a business expense!
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:45 am

Just finished up my own heat box for making the windshield, this comes just in time because the company which had the oven I was using will probably be out of business by year end.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby SheepdogRD » Sun Jul 01, 2012 12:54 pm

That has to be a pretty big box, Steve. What are its dimensions?

Is this your own design, or did you follow plans?
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:41 am

The inside dims are 60"x30"x20", and not a light weight :shock: it was the mininum size I could make it for a windshield and still get air circulation. it also has a insulation layer between the metal interior box and the outer wood box. It's all my own design. it heats to 350 in about 10 minutes and the actrylic takes 7 minutes to get maluable for molding. I'll be making my first windshields out of it next weekend. I'm hoping to have the new pulley cover mold ready next week also.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:44 pm

Just an FYI, I just finished a batch of twelve clear molded windshields and I have 6 left for immediate shipment. I've also been able to find a light tined acrylic that is now available thru my supplier. As you can see in the picture, the tinted windshield against the white surface is fairly light and should work well during dusk or dawn hours. The tinted windshields are $360 due to the increase cost of tinted material.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:17 am

I just want to know how you made the mold.

Also, I got one of your windshields, and though I have not actually installed it yet, it looks great. Well made piece.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:23 am

Dane,
the mold is made of aluminum sheet covered with flannel, plywood base to set the shape of the boot cowl faring, a wood structure matching the fuselage windscreen frame, and 3 or 4 tries to get it correct :D
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby danerazz » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:29 am

Thanks, I was having trouble wrapping my head around how you might have built it. The oven looks almost professional. I can only say almost because I have never seen a professional one.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:27 pm

Hey Guys,
Those of you who are having Just AC build your Highlanders and would like one of my windshields, I'm sending a couple of windshield to the factory next week. I can fit 3-4 windshields per box which would save on shipping and box costs. The going rate for Fedx ground to Just AC is $85 for a box of 4 windshields and hardware. The box and shipping cost would be split based on the number of windshields. If your are interested in this offer let me know ASAP. 425-417-7943 or [email protected].
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:45 pm

Guys,
I'm got another shipment of Windshields being sent to Just AC the first week of Feb. Let me know if you want to get in on the order. Sofar there are three going in the box and I can fit one more. I will have a light grey tint available for that shipment.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby jak » Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:17 pm

Steve just finnished fitting the windshield I talked with you about. All I can say is WOW. This thing looks great! Easy to do will finilaze it tommorrow night and be done. Jak
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:12 pm

Thanks Jak, glad it worked out :D
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby stede52 » Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:48 pm

I've got space for 2 windshields going to Just Aircrft the first week of Feb. This will reduce your shipping and box cost by a total of $45. I will also have 2 tinted and two clear windshields available.
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Re: Molded Highlander windshields

Postby richjen » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:58 pm

I picked up my windshield that Steve made, while I was at the factory. A very well made, quality unit ! This is going to save considerable time and effort when the time comes for it's installation. In my opinion it is worth the money.
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