Creating a cockpit

In this world of photo-etch and resin enhancements for model kits, I have not tried to do any scratch building for years.  Instead, the strategy has been to hone my painting and highlighting skills to create wonderful renditions of scale interiors.  As discussed in my last post I started down that path with my current build, a UH-1D Huey by purchasing a UH-1B etch set.  They are not compatible with the “D” model so off to real modeling we go.


I used the “B” set etch instrument panel as a form from which to start making an interior.  Armed with my micro drills and trusty Waldron punch set I am creating the instrument panel.

I am also experimenting with adding small switches or handles.  I poke a small hole in the plastic then add a small radius wire with super glue and clip off with sharp scissors when set.

I also added a scratch a pair of rudder pedals when the kit’s set went flying from the tweezers and lost to the garage monster.

The tail of two cockpits continues

After a couple of days off I went back to work on the ProModeler F4U-5N and Monogram Kingfisher cockpits.

The F4U kit comes with two instrument decals for it’s instrument panel.  I don’t think I’ve seen this done before where you paint the panel black and apply just the white highlights in a decal.  Here is a shot of the other (non-radar) panel decals.


I took the other copy and, using my trusty Waldron punch set, knocked out each instrument and applied them individually to the panel.  Seem to look okay and was better than painting them but might still be lacking that little something.



We’ll have to see how it looks inside the plane.

Started weathering both cockpits; applying a raw umber wash and once dry tomorrow they’ll get pastels and dry brushing.  Looking forward to sealing both kit’s fuselages up as I think the builds will go really fast after that.  (Note the painted kingfisher panel for a different look than the decals!)

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