Fellow builders:  do you have any photos/ suggestions on how to provide padding protection for the trailing edge of the glare shield on a CH701? The drawings refer to it as the front top skin, part # 7F14-4

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Comment by Normand Lambert on December 15, 2011 at 7:35pm

Hi Don,

I used an aluminum 'L' on its back which I formed to the contour of the glare shield. Then, I used foam to stuff the top part and make it smooth. Finally I used leather sewn over it. To attch it to the top of the panel, I used metal screws thru the glare shiel screwed in the aluminum 'L'. You can see the end result in my pictures (Instruments 001 + 002) .

Enjoy !


Comment by Mark Colbeck on December 15, 2011 at 6:06am

I have heard people using automotive door trim. However I wanted to keep my glare shield straight and not get the wobble that i see in some panels. So i took Aluminum fuel line 1/2 id I think it was. I cut it lengthwise and opened with a flat bar. Dry fit it to the curve and then painted. Installed it, looks great and provided a blunt edge instead of the head cutter edge and my glare shield is now rigid and keeps that straight edge.

Comment by Harmen van der Velden on December 12, 2011 at 6:00pm
rubber fuel line with a longitudinal slice by utility knife, not fancy but hey, we are talking bush plane here.
Comment by Phil Smith on December 12, 2011 at 12:10pm


Someone suggested a trim item available from JC Whitney, a supply house out of Chicago. I ordered up a package of the trim in black. It is the trim with a steel spring clip liner - kinda a vinyl pebble grained product. I slipped it over the dash end that was exposed - I have abourt 20mm over hang and it works and looks great.  If I had it to do over, and I will fix it some time in the fuuture, I would put a doubler of AL under the overhang for support.  I also used the trim to put around the bitter edge of the wing root pieces to protect the cabin top plexiglass. Additionally, I used it to trim out the vertical fin to horizontal stab junction. I was originally worried about weathering but I hung a piece out in the Idaho sun and winter for over a year with no defgradation.  If you can't find it contact me on line at madriver42@gmail.com.  Also see my site here on Zenith.


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