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willie spence
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Considering replacing the L&R front windows with 4" bubble windows. Has anyone installed them on their 108? Good, bad, other, source?

 
Posted : 16/02/2019 11:45 am
Will Ware (Webmaster ISC)
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I have considered full glass, rather than the original two piece sliders, and adding a “piper like” flip window.

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Posted : 16/02/2019 1:37 pm
Robert Picard
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When you mention "bubble windows" I usually think of the side windows often used in seaplanes. They do make one that will fit a Stinson door. I don't remember exactly where I saw that. When you mention a 4" bubble window, are you referring to a "snap-vent" type of ventilator?

Bob PicardN6346M Stinson 108-3 Floats/Skis/Wheels
N48923 Taylorcraft L-2B skis/WheelsAnchor Point, Alaska

 
Posted : 21/02/2019 4:12 pm
lawheelock
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Will,

I grit my teeth everytime I see a Stinson fitted with solid, non sliding door windows! If done properly, the sliding windows do not contribute to air, cold air leakage. They are wonderful for photography.

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 23/02/2019 12:09 am
Will Ware (Webmaster ISC)
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My rebuild will have a lot of things that purists do not like, however I’m building it for me.

Will,

I grit my teeth everytime I see a Stinson fitted with solid, non sliding door windows! If done properly, the sliding windows do not contribute to air, cold air leakage. They are wonderful for photography.

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Posted : 23/02/2019 1:11 am
moffetb
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And it’s on my list to put a sliding window on my co-pilots side, for the reason that it is good for photography 😀

Why, I’m modifying it for me. I agree with Larry and Will on this one. But my plane has been modified so much from original that there is no way to restore it back to original.

Brian

1946 Stinson 108-1, Franklin 165, at one time NX8306K

 
Posted : 23/02/2019 2:46 am
lawheelock
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I am not being a purist when I say that I am against solid windows in the Stinson doors. I am being purely practical! Properly fitted, the sliding windows do not provide air leaks in cold weather. But they do provide a degree of ventilation in hot weather and especially on the ground. And someone that has spent as many hours in a Stinson in both high temperatures and cold temperatures, I am simply being practical in continuing to use one of the many great design features of the 108.
Of course my Mooney does not have any windows that open other than the little peek a boo window, but I live with it. There is no practical way to change that. The only advantage I see of the solid windows in the Stinson is ease of installation and cost of providing transparency.
My plane probably has more mods than most. I have no interest in it being in factory configuration. My interest is in practicality, comfort, safety and reliability and the ability to fly IFR or VFR. It has been mine for over 51 years and it is the way I want it to be. I would love to be able to afford the latest flat panel instrumentation but that is not in the cards.

Larry Wheelock, A&P/IAStinson 108 N584LW 180 LycTexas in Winter; Indiana in Summer

 
Posted : 24/02/2019 5:37 am
willie spence
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Bob, the 4” Bubble refers to the radius of the bubble. I’d like more downward visibility. I agree there is value to keeping the 108 as original as possible. I don’t intend to discard my sliding windows, just want to try something I’ve seen and liked on other planes.
Will

 
Posted : 01/03/2019 12:48 pm
j3cubcapt
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After sitting in Brent Hennemans -2, and seeing the visibility that Patrol doors provide, I will definitely be making that mod too.

Will Ware
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Rockwall Texas

 
Posted : 01/03/2019 3:24 pm
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