Pilatus PC 21, 1/32 Scale Scratch Build, Part 9
Well, back in the saddle. I arrived back from the Congo on Monday late and I have spent a bit of time with the family, visited my Brother in hospital, and decided it was time to sit down and carry on with the PC 21, I have been looking forward to starting with the detailing of the cockpit.
What I did originally was build the cockpit sections in modular form, so that I can remove them when I start to paint the aircraft, so that I don’t need to stress out about any over spray messing up the painted detail in the cockpit.
Firstly I cut out the multi function display’s out of 0,25mm plastic card, sounds easy, but quite a mission to get them square and looking just right.
I then started on the side walls, making all the switches and throttle leavers, mechanical instruments and head up display control panel, by the way, this was not too difficult, just mark out the area where you need the various switches, use a small drill, and insert some stretched sprue.
I then glued in the side wall panels after painting the cockpit tubs the light grey for the interior. Some places on the side walls were masked off and painted a very dark grey.
Then I sorted the seats, these are quite dull in the sense that on the real aircraft everything is black, including the harnesses. So I fiddled a bit with various shades of grey to get some variation, and a black oil wash after dry brushing. it turned out ok, but I will let you guys tell me, overall the construction of the seats and harnesses was quite easy.
I will start with the instrument panel covers next, and then prime the aircraft, and start scribing the dreaded panel lines next.
Please PM me if you need additional info regarding the build.
Hope you like it so far.
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