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Vacuum-Forming Custom Scale Canopies — It is easier than you think!

Vacuum-Forming Custom Scale Canopies — It is easier than you think!

Vacuum-formed canopies are a must-have for many warbirds and modern-day civilian aircraft models. In a kit, the clear, formed canopy is a factory-made part that comes as part of the package. But when you are scratch building a scale model, you will have to make your own. Sometimes for popular designs, specialty companies and/or designers of published plans offer formed canopies. Sig Mfg. has an excellent collection of formed bubble canopies in several styles. But more often than not, the scratch-builder is faced with the task of “growing his own.” It is right of passage to make your own vacuum-formed canopy for a model where there are none available.

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Here’s how it’s done…

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Updated: June 22, 2016 — 2:01 AM
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