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Cockpit

Post by Pete Coleman » Wed May 19, 2010 11:13 am

Some pictures of where I am with the cockpit so far:
I hate these warts-an-all blown up photos, the weathering/shading never seems to come out properly! :roll:

Rob, where can I get a decent seat harness for the mossie in 1:24th?

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These two likely lads will not be present in the finished model!
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Finally a couple of shots of the T.1154 Transmitter and the R.1155 Receiver:
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The cockpit glazing undergoing the Klear/Future proofing.
The canopy is now completely masked up ready for spraying, the inner frame has already been painted.
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Now on to the cockpit side walls.....
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Re: Cockpit

Post by Rob » Wed May 19, 2010 12:55 pm

That’s looking very neat Pete. I do have one question, will you be adding harnesses?

Masking tape and some of Derek’s telephone wire should do the trick if nothing is provided in the kit.

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Pete Coleman » Wed May 19, 2010 1:03 pm

Rob, you must have been reading the post as I was editing it to ask you about that!
Do you think the following is correct?

http://www.hannants.co.uk/product/ED23005

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Rob » Wed May 19, 2010 1:31 pm

Hi Pete,
I have put some links which you may find useful. To make a full set of harnesses for both seats you may have to buy two Eduard sets! It is possible to make your own, a bit of careful “posing” can conceal the tricky to make buckles and other fittings but the beauty of the Eduard set is that it would be pre-coloured and will include stitching etc.

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FvPN ... &q&f=false


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De Havilland Mosquito Seats (late pattern harness)
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=h ... s%3Disch:1



http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=h ... s%3Disch:1

I would be tempted to have a go at making your own first, cannot be any more difficult than a Victory skylight can it?

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Wed May 19, 2010 3:14 pm

Nice detail Pete, the weathering looks pretty authentic to me; Not bad detail on the crew figures - the Navigator seems to be saying 'More throttle Ginger, or we'll never clear those trees' :shock:

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Re: Cockpit

Post by tullins2004 » Wed May 19, 2010 5:49 pm

Thats a nice start to the build Pete. Very nicely painted although the crew look pale. Reminds me of one of the crews from the film 633 squadron when the are trying to bring the mountain down. I think they flew into the rockface ........no wonder they look pale. :lol:

Keep up the good work. As for seatbelt your Admiralship (or should that now be Air Vice Marshalship) you could try with some sealant from the red stuff. Kills two birds in one.

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Pete Coleman » Thu May 20, 2010 2:21 pm

A couple of extra shots of the instrument panel:
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Re: Cockpit

Post by Pete Coleman » Sat May 29, 2010 10:27 pm

Some shots of the Navigator's panel and main fuse boxes:
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Pilot's throttle stand, compass e.t.c.

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Maurice Wilcox » Sun May 30, 2010 12:20 pm

Brilliantly clear photos Pete, far superior to my efforts with the kodak :?

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Donald » Fri Jul 23, 2010 2:07 pm

Cockpit is good, for your seat harness try MDC they produce a Sutton Harness in 1/24 scale, which is probably available from Hannants.

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Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:55 pm

Thanks Donald, I'll check them out.
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Re: Cockpit

Post by Old CWO » Fri Jul 30, 2010 12:39 am

Pete,

I have taken a break from catching up on back HMS Victory posts (still working through Rob's fantastic build diary entries) and went through your Mosquito build section

Back in your May 19th post you have a canopy picture with mention of a Klear/Future process. I suspect it's some treatment with acrylic floor wax. Would you mind educating this novice about the process and its purpose? I'm not planning any aircraft builds, but am intrigued about an unfamiliar process.

Thanks,
Ed

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jul 30, 2010 9:20 am

Hi Ed,
Yes, you are right in your assumption. Johnsons' "Klear" or "Future" as it's known in the USA is indeed an acrylic floor wax.
You simply dip a cleaned and polished canopy in a small bath of it and let it air dry. It is great for hiding small scuffs and scores in the surface of the plastic and also imparts a tough and very shiny finish to the dipped part.
It is also useful when sprayed on the model as a pre-decal gloss coat, decals seem to love the smooth finish imparted and will settle down very nicely even without using "solvaset" or some other decal softener.
The only fly in the ointment, so to speak, is that Johnsons' have now re-formulated the product, and it now has a definate yellow tint to it (whereas before it was beautifuly clear).
There is some old stock still left in some supermarkets if you can find it.
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Re: Cockpit

Post by bondoman » Fri Jul 30, 2010 3:49 pm

Also, Klear will go yellow on you over time. I find the stuff lasts about a year.
One other advantage, perhaps a major one, is that it solves the problem of clear parts getting fogged by the proximity to super glue fumes.
Another thing is that it is ammonia soluble, so a base coat of clear before weathering allows one to remove and redo a lousy weathering job, by soaking the model in Windex.
Beautiful De Hav, your Excellency. I'm strictly a 1/72 guy, but that's a real detailed thing you have going there. I did just participate in a round the world build of a certain new 1/32 RAF subject. Mums the word, need to know, secret mission till the crate comes in safe and all that, old chap. But my section included the construction of the Merlin, and I decided it would be a great idea to add ignition harnesses. Hmm, well a month of work I'd say. And at the next station they reported back that it all had to be moved around to fit the engine carriers.
But, you make me want to set the Victory aside and crack out that Anson...

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Re: Cockpit

Post by Pete Coleman » Fri Jul 30, 2010 5:18 pm

Thanks for your further information and kind comments Bill!
I have been using "Klear" for a few years now and have not noticed any yellowing over time..... :shock:
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