Mar 8, 2013 - Dave Gardea, builder of a 601/650 hybrid based in Shelbyville, met me at Hendricks Co. Airport.  I was able to take some measurements and photos of his canopy.  


Mar 11, 2013 - Dave Gardea helping me make the initial cuts on the front edge of my canopy.  Very tedious work.  Measure, remove, cut, fit; measure, remove, cut, fit; measure, remove, cut, fit; over and over and over.


Mar 11, 2013 - Canopy starting to fit a little better.


Apr 8, 2013 - Still working on canopy.  The front is fitting a little better each time, but the back won't settle down on the rear support hoops.


May 15. 2013 - Gary Reynolds, friend and EAA Tech Counselor, came over to help re-profile the rear support hoops to fit the profile of the canopy.  Gary is using a jig to slowly bend and straighten sections of the aluminum tubing.


May 15. 2013 - The canopy now sits down on the hoop.  Gary re-profiled a second hoop to match this one.  Three hours of constant work.  Thanks, Gary !!!


May 15. 2013 - Rear of canopy requires cut off to be flush with the baggage bulkhead indicated by the rear rivet line on the baggage floor.


May 16. 2013 - Drilling and cleco-ing the forward top skin, which covers the instrument panel wring, cabling, etc.


May 16. 2013 - Trial fit of canopy with rubber seal temporarily attached.


May 27, 2013 - Testing the rear top skin around rear portion of the canopy.


May 27, 2013 - Massive amount of canopy needs to be trimmed.


Canopy along side rails also needs trimmed.


May 29, 2013 - Trimmed rear sides of canopy to fit inside the fuselage.  Canopy fitting better.  This area will be covered with flashing later.


May 29, 2013 - Next is to trim to the side rails.


May 30, 2013 - Cut off rear portion of canopy to match bulkhead.


May 31, 2013 - Installed nutplates on panel and firewall for attaching the forward top skin.


May 31, 2013 - Forward top skin attached using #8-32 truss head screws into the nut plates.  This will permit future access to the panel wiring and other components.

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