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    New Window Latch

    With help from photos and measurements that Joe at Project 727 sent me I reproduced the window handle that opens the #2 window for my 727.

    Cut from 2x4 and I used a 1" PVC gray electrical pipe for the handle. Took only a few hours. The base plate is 20 ga. sheet steel cut and bent, then filed, sanded and painted.

    Pretty easy sub-project for filling a few hours when you don't have a couple of days for a larger project.





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    Very pretty!

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    Nice job Mike!!!!! You're a talented man!!!!

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    Thanks Matt. Yeah, maybe when it comes to hardware.

    I guess I'll have to go back to college for programming skills.
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    Mike, you do some of the very best self-made parts that Ive ever seen. It's encourageing!

    That piece looks just like it was molded or machined. No one (from the photos at least) would ever know it was wood and plastic.
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    Nice craftsmanship Mike, Eric is absolutely right it does look machined.Make sure nobody tries to open it to get air though it looks that deceiving.

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    Three coats of sanding sealer will produce a surface as smooth as steel. Final sand is a 600 grit.

    I really get a kick out of making stuff like this.

    Besides, it's not like you can bop on down to the Boeing store and pick one up off the shelf.

    Working on the #3 window trim right now.
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    Very nice to watch your progress. The work you do is just outstanding.

    And you are patience and dont rush anything. I like it very much. Your work is much better than mine. Thats for sure

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    Ivar, I wouldn't say mine is better than yours. Your cockpit gave me the idea to build mine, and your example of craftsmanship is second to none.

    If mine were half the airplane yours is...oh, wait a minute, is IS half the airplane yours is.

    I'm getting closer to painting every day. I'm going to paint the bottom half before finishing the upper half. I'm just getting tired of looking at so much white material.

    Aft window trim cut from a single sheet of ABS plastic. Double sided 3M tape (the gray stuff, not the cheap white stuff) along all of the edges and the entire perimeter hold this to the wood framing. Look ma, no screws or glue.

    I did a little touch up work in the corners with some body glaze and this section is good to go.



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    hehe, you almost got yourself tricked there. You are building half the plane

    Looking very much forward to see the beauty painted. That will be something for the books.

    Thanks for your comments Very nice that my work could inspire you to do even better. Amazing what can be done almost just by looking at pictures

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