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REFLECTOR: RE: Windows
Al, when installing the windows it is necessary to:
a) hold them flush with the outside of the fuselage
b) keep them from falling through the fuselage into the plane
c) make room for the flange layup.
So do it in that order:
1) use a few sticks on the outside to establish position
2) build up the inside supports
3) hot glue additional outside sticks to both the fuselage and the window
(the window is protected with duct tape)
4) remove the inside sticks
5) build the flange
If you had two people working on this you could probably skip the inside
When I did my last set of windows I needed a few finishing nails on the
inside to push the window flush. I just left a small gap in the flange
until it partially cured, then finished it.
For the windows in the Elite doors I think you can have gravity help you
since the doors can be sitting on a work bench. Therefore they can't fall
into the airplane. I haven't done the doors yet myself. It looks like the
flange will be a different shape because you don't have a layer of foam
around those windows but it should work just as well.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Al Gietzen [SMTP:email@example.com]
> Sent: Monday, January 11, 1999 11:41 AM
> To: Schweitzer, Bill
> Subject: Windows
> Good article in the VV on the windows. One question that has been
> me as I plan on using this approach for the windows in the doors is: when
> you've got that window held in place by stirr sticks and whatever INSIDE
> out, how do you layup a flange? Do you first glue the window in place so
> you can get the inside sticks out of the way?