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Date:  6-20-2009
Number of Hours:  1.50
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Brief Description:  Made the Big Cut!

Today I made a small trimming cut to the right side of the canopy and then I set up everything for the BIG CUT. I purchased some plastic spring clamps from Harbor Freight (on sale for $.50 apiece) and I used them to clamp down the sides of the canopy to the canopy frame. I then put a piece of cardboard in between the windscreen frame and the canopy frame to help me visualize where the cut was supposed to be. Five minutes later, it was finished. Not a real big deal, although many builders fret over this step for weeks before they get the courage to make the cut. It came out fine. Now, I will put the windscreen aside and focus on making the aft canopy fit the frame perfectly before gluing it into place.
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Canopy clamped onto the frame with cardboard between the windscreen frame and the canopy frame

Canopy clamped onto the frame with cardboard between the windscreen frame and the canopy frame

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Closeup of the cardboard with blue tape to mark where to cut (along the right edge)

Closeup of the cardboard with blue tape to mark where to cut (along the right edge)

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Canopy now separated from the windscreen

Canopy now separated from the windscreen

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