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Date:  5-6-2020
Number of Hours:  5.00
Manual Reference:  Sec 9; DWGs 41-43
Brief Description:  Attach the Windshield to the Roll Bar

The next step in the process is to permanently install the Windshield onto the roll-bar. This involves closing the canopy and installing spacers to level the windshield plexiglass with the canopy plexiglass. The top six center screws were installed into the windshield without spacers but spacers needed to be incrementally added down both sides of the windshield. First the windshield plexiglass was clecoed to the roll-bar to determine if and how many spacers were needed at each screw location. The clecos were removed and replaced with screws/spacers. In several of the lower screw-hole locations as many as three spacers were required. I used washers, super-glued together for spacers and painter’s tape to hold the washers in-place while I inserted the screws. This is the first process I can remember doing that was easy and didn’t require any problem solving…in fact, it was almost enjoyable. I wish more of this airplane building process fell into that category. A friend of mine purchased an RV-14. The -14 is nothing more than an assembly project, with superb plans, parts that fit, and most of the work done for you. He’s actually enjoying building. I’m envious! This is all I will do on the windshield, for now. The next thing to be done when I start the fiberglass work is to fabricate a molding strip on the front, sides and top of the windshield. More on that later.
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Windshield Screws & Spacers

Windshield Screws & Spacers

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Superglue Gel Dots on Washers

Superglue Gel Dots on Washers

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Tape used to Insert Spacers

Tape used to Insert Spacers

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