richdlc Posted February 20, 2015 Author Share Posted February 20, 2015 *update 20/02/15* Time for an update! Been busy in the front cockpit. There's lots to add, but it's very satisfactory doing so. As with many aircraft of this era, the area is quite spartan (compared to modern aircraft). It's important to try and get period details correct, so I've referred to as many images as possible. As with other builds, I've built up something of a composite of many different machines, but I'm hoping that it will be accurate once finished. For no apparent reason, I decided to skin everything I could with sheet pewter. It certainly looks cool, and I'm tempted to leave the build as a stand-alone model, unpainted. However, I only flirted with that idea briefly! The following images show various parts at various stages of construction. The I.P. is nearly done - a few more details to add. The kit would have you fit decals over a flat surface - very 1980s. I drilled out the holes for each instrument, and added some round tube to the rear of each, leaving a small recess. The idea is to drop in some Waldron or Airscale instruments faces, then either punch out some clear acetate â€˜glass' or cover the surface of each with Klear. In either case, I must plan ahead and remember that the whole airframe will be heavily weathered. I'm guessing that metal parts like the I.P. will be rusted, the instrument glass fogged over etc. I'm taking inspiration from images of the Dauntless recovered from Lake Michigan a few years back, which shows all the metal parts all nicely rusted. I can only assume that a plane abandoned in the jungles of Vietnam for 20 years would show the same level of decay - but that's something to think about for another day! Some of the detail isn't bad (and is actually quite accurate) so I left itâ€¦the rest was sanded off skinned with pewter. The switches on the fuse panel are scale threaded nuts glued into recesses in the panel's surface. A lot of stuff in the kit is basically accurate, but warrants further modification, especially in the large scaleâ€¦like this hand hydraulic pump: these photos should give you an overall impression of how busy the cockpit is becoming. There is a whole lot more to add! More updates soon, thanks for checking in! Rich plane_mc, Uilleann, Anthony in NZ and 2 others 5 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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