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HelicopterAudacity Models P6 Pantera - Tiger 50 › New Raptor 3D FRP canopy on a Pantera?
01-23-2007 08:10 PM  10 years agoPost 1
GScott

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Anyone try to fit one of the new style Raptor 3D fiberglass canopies on a Pantera? I have a Raptor Titan w/Kasama head I'm thinking of selling and replacing with a Pantera. I have a few of these new style canopies I was going to paint this winter and would like to know if they will fit a Pantera.

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01-24-2007 01:32 AM  10 years agoPost 2
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Your guess is as good as mine - but we offer an epoxyglass Pantera canopy. It's part number PDR0099, $55

It is however, not gelcoated and has pinholes, etc. but being epoxyglass instead of regular fiberglass it's both light and tough. However, it must be primed and painted the old fashioned way.

Presently I am seeking another manufacturer.


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01-24-2007 03:54 AM  10 years agoPost 3
uragem

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3D Raptor Canopy won't work. Holes don't line up. Raptor canopy doesn't go around muffler as the Tiger/Pantera. Also profile is too low.

Indy Jeweler

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01-25-2007 04:29 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Juice_oo7

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what about the airskipper 50 canopy, they are fiberglass and look alot like the pantera canopy, anyone tried one of those?

AJ
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01-25-2007 06:54 PM  10 years agoPost 5
jvanscoyk

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I think the Pantera canopy has some very nice lines.
Why would want to stick something else on there anyway?

Jim

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01-26-2007 12:35 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Juice_oo7

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I like the Pantera canopy alot too, but its plastic right so you cant paint it, would be nice to customize it just a bit to make your bird unique compared to everyone elses birds. Thats why I was wondering about the Airskipper, looking at picks of thoses choppers the canopys look identical except one is fiberglass and the other is plastic

AJ
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01-26-2007 02:07 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Learn to Fly

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You can paint the plastic just fine.

Do a search on here and it will tell you how.

I have painted 5 plastic canopies now with ZERO issues...until it hit the ground!!!

Jeff


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01-26-2007 02:35 PM  10 years agoPost 8
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AJ,

There's a flame technique detailed as a sidebar withinthe Tiger White paper available on our website. The purpose of the paper is to compare the Tiger to the Raptor, but the sidebar deals with painting plastic canopies . . . . and the information works for all of them! Finally, we offer an epoxyfglass canopy for the Pantera. It's not gelcoated or primed when you get it so there's more work involved, but I'm looking for another source to manufacture them as we speak.

My 2¢


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01-27-2007 01:42 PM  10 years agoPost 9
Juice_oo7

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Thanks John I think I will pick one of those up when I order the Pantera, it will either be this weekend or early next week.

AJ
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01-27-2007 02:02 PM  10 years agoPost 10
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Just be aware it's an epoxyglass canopy as it comes from the mold. There's a fair amount of work still to be done. Perhaps someone who has purchased one of our canopies will comment about it. I mention it because I don't want you unhappy if you're used to the superb canopies coming out of the orient which are finished in gel coat and ready for paint.


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01-27-2007 02:20 PM  10 years agoPost 11
flybarless

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Hi John,
I did one of the canopies for my Tiger. BIGGEST difference is it is made from Epoxy not polyester resin.
And yes it does need a little more work than a Trex canopie, there will be a few flash lines to sand and a few pinholes in the glass to fill. I ended up spraying about 8 coats of rattle can auto primer, before I learned about the high build primer the auto shops use.

I airbrushed laquer then stopped by the autobody shop for a cpl of coats of auto clear to fuel proof.

Like any project, the finish is only as good as the prep work.

This is the abreviatd process, if anyone wants details,feel free to email or pm.

Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.

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01-27-2007 02:46 PM  10 years agoPost 12
Herc

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Fiberglass Canopy

AJ,

I've painted 3 of the FG canopies now. I'm very new to the painting process but found them to be quite okay to paint.

Prep work is standard. Like mentioned the canopy doesn't come almost ready to paint like a gel-coat canopy. It is easy to fill and prime though.

I started mine by trimming, washing it and rubbing it down with a green Scotch Pad (3M I think). I found there were some areas that needed reinforcing and I did this from the inside with some 2 part epoxy glue, thinned with Isoppropyl and some fiberglass cloth.

After the initial prep it was time to prime, fill, sand, prime, sand, until all the "blemishes" and high spots were gone. I used KlassKotes 2 part epoxy primer, paint and clearcoat. Really easy to use and holds up very well to nitro - no softening or bleeding of the paint yet. The only drawback to KlassKote is that they don't have a real wide selection of colours available - mainly designed for scale builders I think.

The thing I've found with painting, if you are new, is it takes a lot of practice. I practiced on old and new bleach bottle canopies and am getting better every job. See my gallery for some pictures of my attempts.

Cheers, Shayne

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01-28-2007 01:55 PM  10 years agoPost 13
Learn to Fly

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YES!! high Build primer, made by SEN, works great on the pin holes.

I have a Tiger canopy in my gallery, with real green flames.

Any one want to buy it? make me an offer.

Jeff


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