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One piece Lexan Door

Postby FredHoffman » Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:00 pm

I think I have seen a few Highlanders with one piece doors that have eliminated the opening window on the door. Can the one piece of lexan be bent to fit the door, or does it have to be cut in two pieces? I was hoping that I could just bend the one piece but not sure its going to work, don't want to mess it up and end up buying more lexan.

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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby gkremers » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:08 pm

Hi Fred,
I elect to not install the opening windows in the doors. The lexan in still 2 pieces.

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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby gkremers » Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:10 pm

Sorry,
Lexan "is" still two pieces......
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby AV8R Paul » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:46 pm

Have you considered doing bubble doors? I have a website that shows how to make them, if you are interested.
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby sonex293 » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:52 pm

Please post the door website. Still working on the wings, but the doors still need to be constructed.

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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby AV8R Paul » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:18 pm

I will look for the Building Website. I thought I had it bookmarked but I can't find it. I'll keep looking. Kind of ticks me off I thought I Book Marked it!

Here is a website for Aero Plastic, they make Bubble Doors for Kitfox's and other Aircraft. It would probably be cheaper to buy ready made, if you can find one to fit.
http://www.lpaerodirect.com/index.php?p ... _str=&pg=2
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby AV8R Paul » Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:39 pm

I found it. I am currently flying a Kitfox, and thinking of selling it to get a Just Aircraft. I really like the Bubble Doors on my plane, in my opinion, they are the only way to go.

Here are some Pictures
https://clearedtolanddotme.files.wordpr ... 9_0001.jpg

It shows how to build the door frames, how to build the blowing fixture, and how to trim the door. It is very in depth. Click on each of the topics and there is more in depth explanations. Actually looks like fun!
https://clearedtoland.me/2013/10/

Plexiglas
https://clearedtoland.me/tag/plexiglas/

Fixture
https://clearedtoland.me/tag/fixture/
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby FredHoffman » Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:53 am

I like the bubble door Idea. Oh no, that will add another 100 hours to my build ! I should put it off till mine is already flying 5 year build is long enough, just have to put the lexan on the doors, roof and turtle deck and it's done.
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby accent air » Mon Apr 17, 2017 8:04 am

You can make the door lexan in one piece. need to make about a six inch cut middle rear of door then that section over laps a little works great. Call me if you need help. 727-249-6109
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby gkremers » Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:22 am

Kris,
Can you post a couple of pics.

Thanks
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby AV8R Paul » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:43 am

That why I included a place that sells them ready to install. They would take at least 80 to 100 hours to build the fixtures and blow the doors.
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby taildrgfun » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:31 pm

If you fly in hot weather the windows that open are awesome! there is no way I would build myself an airplane without them.
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby scubarider2 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:39 pm

Use my windows all the time!
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby marl59 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:20 pm

Ditto on the operable windows. Love them on the ground an in the air!
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Re: One piece Lexan Door

Postby gkremers » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:58 pm

On the ground I just open the door if it's warm.
In the air I've got nice vents on the door. Michigan never really gets that warm..
defenitly don't need them in the winter.

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