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weemanreturns

Hobbycraft1/72 Avro Arrow

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Hi,

I am currently constructing (hacking!) the above kit (first issue). It has been a labour of love, and everything that could go wrong, has!. I have now got the kit to a reasonable level, but having problems with the ejector seats. The kit ones are hopeless so have been 'launched'. I found two seats in my spares which were suitable. I painted them, but the paint was suspect and didn't dry properly. So, I put them in some thinners to strip the paint. Then forgot about them. Oooops!. When I checked them they were just like rubber sponge. I now have nothing to work with. I cannot ask on the 'wanted' forum as I have less than 100 posts. Anybody got any ideas or help?

Best Regards

weeman

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Give that so little of the cockpit can be seen inside of the Arrow's canopy when closed, I'd grab some seats from any 1:72 scale jet and use those. The Arrow used Martin Baker MK C5 seat. You might find something similar (close enough) from other MB seats from the 50s. Even a F-4 Phantom seat could be modified to work well enough considering what you can see.

The other option is to put a decal over the canopy windows and blank them out completely. That's fairly common with Arrow models.

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Hi David. Many thanks for your reply. Wasn't sure what would be the closest to the Arrow e/j seat. I am building this 'beast' with the front canopy open (masochistic aren't I !!!!). Made some rudimentary cockpit side panels and instrument panel. Not brilliant but it doesn't look too bad. Just wanted to sort the e/j's out so I could complete the cockpit interior and move on. I will take your advice and see if a pair phantom seats from one of my kits will do. Ah well, on with the project.

Best Regards

weeman

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