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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2021 8:18 am    Post subject: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Kolbers I am looking for the guy o guys that have forward tilting windshield on their Kolb I am planing on doing the same but I would like to see how you did it please Chris Davis

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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2021 5:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Following….. seems like it could be a good mounting option…

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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2021 11:35 am    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Here's how we did the FF. Get some poster board and make up a windshield template. Use this to figure your size and get an idea of where you want it to pivot.

Get some 1/8" aircraft plywood and make a couple of discs per side, these will reinforce the Lexan at the pivot point. Bolt them together and sandwich the Lexan by countersinking a few model airplane blind nuts to the nose bowl side of the inner one and bolt them together with some model screws. Get another piece of 1/8" plywood and epoxy it to the lower front nose bowl as a bearing surface that the inside windshield disc will pivot on. Blend it in to the nose bowl with a little bondo. JB Weld a flat steel washer to the inside of the bowl to keep the pivot bolt from ripping through.

The windshield is 1/16" Lexan. Once the windshield was cut to size, we used 1/4"x 1/4"x 1/16" aluminum angle from Home Depot as external braces, with a couple rivnuts on each side for the locator pins & lock handle to screw into. It had to be external because we couldn't figure out how to put it on the inside side of the Lexan and still have it work.

Kolb welds several tabs to the inside of the front tubing cage, we used the rear ones to anchor the windshield via pins that stuck through the holes in the tabs, and a pivoting handle on each side to secure the windshield from popping the pin out. Swing the handle up and you can flex the windshield and pop the pin out, gravity holds the handle down and locks the windshield in place. Make scuff plates for each side where the pins and handles live, or you'll poke the locator pins through your fabric. Guess how I know this?

The windshield flexed a bit in flight, but we never got it going fast enough to bend it out of shape or have any problems with it. Pivoting forward sure made it a LOT easier to get in and out of the airplane.


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 8:15 am    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Richard Pike,

Thanks for sharing the pics & description. 1) How are the scuff plates secured to the fuselage & 2) What did you use for the leading edge trim on the windshield? -Richard Swiderski


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PostPosted: Thu May 20, 2021 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

If I remember correctly, (HAH!) I bent the aluminum scuff plates to fit as snug as I could, and then glued them on with either GOOP or E-6000. I don't remember why I made them so big, just looking at the photos, they look like they could have been a lot smaller.

This is the rubber trim that fits around the front edge of the Lexan: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/pnpages/05-02200.php


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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2021 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Thanks Richard, you are a blessing.

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 7:33 am    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

I made the rear bow with a wood form and 3/4" square aluminum. The side are 3/4x1/8" angle and .063 lexan for the windshield. It worked out great for me! It just hinged in the front from bolts through the frame.

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2021 7:43 am    Post subject: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Nice job! Is there a latch to keep it down during flight?

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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2021 5:48 am    Post subject: Re: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

I thought about a lot of different ways to do it, but for simplicity sake I just used a couple of little bungee cords to the handles. You can just see one in the last picture. I discovered that they weren’t really necessary though.

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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2021 7:23 am    Post subject: Forward tilting windshield Reply with quote

Thank you. I didn't see it. Nice looking plane.

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