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Old 11-08-2018, 06:20 AM
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Minor thread drift here, but, so long as we're talking about the wingtip lenses, how exactly should one cut them?

I'm thinking of a cutoff wheel (perhaps a little one in a Dremel), but am open to other suggestions.

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Old 11-08-2018, 10:48 AM
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The wing tip lens material does not cut like the canopy plexiglas. It melts with a Dremel cut-off wheel or sanding drum. The best way I came up with to cut it was with a Japanese pull saw. Then, trim to the line with a sharp block plane. There must be an easier/faster way, but I couldn't find it. These lenses were a slow, tedious process to fabricate and fit and they still did not come out as well as I had hoped. I am not too thrilled with attaching them with only two screws, according to the plans, either. Good luck.
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Old 11-08-2018, 07:37 PM
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You can cut the material with tin snips, believe it or not. Then sand to final shape. The two screw fastening system works well. Never heard of one falling off.
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Old 11-08-2018, 08:00 PM
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I used a low feed rate on a metal cutting bandsaw. I taped over the cut lines first.
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Old 11-09-2018, 09:32 AM
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WD-40, the oil. It will remove stuff similar to MEK but without hurting the plexiglass or the painted finish. Not as powerful as MEK but for some reason WD-40 removes glue, ink, grease, icky stuff and leaves the underlying finish alone.
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Old 11-09-2018, 06:55 PM
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Hardware store Kerosene will work. I have used on delicate materials...Goof off is 70% Kerosene...Check on a discarded piece to ensure it does not craze the material, shouldn't.
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