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8 hours ago, Spookytooth said:

Yep, that is exceptional work there Chris.

Eye strain of the major league .

 

Simon.

 

5 hours ago, Pete in Lincs said:

I'll second that. 

Thanks Simon & Pete - I've tried a couple of magnifying jobbies to help with fine work but I'm not 100% any of them as aids - some nice bright morning sunlight seems to be the best.

Chris

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10 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

A fantastic update Chris, phenomenal work on the hinges, they are awesome.  The gearbox representation too, wow.

Great work

Chris

Thanks Chris, I'm a bit relieved it all seems to be working out!

Chris

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Hi all - I decided to pay some attention to the cockpit area in preparation to install Hendies cockpit upgrades - consoles seats etc.

I started by adding some framing to the cockpit side walls from strip. I also added some detail to the rudder pedals referring to photos - the results are basic but will add to the cockpit clutter.

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I sprayed the cockpit area Tamiya flat black and the quilting Mr Hobby H50 Lime Green - Hendies cockpit consoles & seats were also sprayed flat black & dry brushed with silver with some additional parts picked out in red and grey.

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I am a bit unsure on the RAN Wessex seat colours so if anyone has a in service photo of the seats, I would appreciate seeing it or a link.

Do the preserved Wessex have genuine original cushions/survival packs etc or replacements? -  I have not been able to find a clear photo of the seats.

Thanks

Chris

 

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Chris if they were anything like the UK versions, the emergency pack - the big curvy part of the seat base - that was yellow, with a sheepskin bum comforter laid on top.

That might be completely useless information for you, I'm not sure.

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Thanks Alan - I will see if anyone provides any info on the RAN seat colours otherwise I will run with what you advised

Chris

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I couldn't resist gluing in Hendies centre & rear bulkhead consoles & I think they really bring the cockpit to life - the windscreen wiper motor & cyclic sticks still need to be fitted between the rudder/yaw pedals & to the left of the seat respectively - happy with that.

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I also experimented with painting the seats & modelling the sheepskin covers which looked ok until I took the close up photo above - it looks a little bit like a sheepskin cover but it looks a bit too messy & coarse I think - I will look at it again tomorrow & may strip it all off & try another method.

EDIT method#2 (wife's suggestion) - I glued a piece of thin felt over the second seats survival pack with PVA & I think it gives a slightly better effect than my previous effort so I will redo the other seat with felt - using felt worked out well.

In the last photo I have coloured the felt with Tamiya buff acrylic & this has helped to restrain the fibres that stick out.

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I think that once I add seat belts it will look ok.

bye for now,

 

Chris

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1 hour ago, hendie said:

ooooh very nice, Chris

The sheepskin looks fine - those covers always looked really tatty and dirty

Thanks Alan, that's encouraging to hear - my wife gave me a piece of felt to try out to represent a sheepskin cover so I might see how that looks too and then decide.

I decided on painting the seat back in olive drab & placed the sheepskin cover (the fibres are scenic static grass) over the yellow survival pack.

Chris

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The seat covers look good to me from where I'm sitting, even if it is 140,000000 miles away! I sometimes make the cover out of Miliput, wet the surface and then pat at it with Mrs Martian's tooth brush,  :oops:,  I mean an old tooth brush. That gives quite a nice effect. The downside of course is the wait for wet Miliput to dry, not to mention the aggravation I get from Mrs Martian if I get caught! :dalek1:

 

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5 hours ago, Martian said:

The seat covers look good to me from where I'm sitting, even if it is 140,000000 miles away! I sometimes make the cover out of Miliput, wet the surface and then pat at it with Mrs Martian's tooth brush,  :oops:,  I mean an old tooth brush. That gives quite a nice effect. The downside of course is the wait for wet Miliput to dry, not to mention the aggravation I get from Mrs Martian if I get caught! :dalek1:

 

Battered and Bruised of Mars 👽

Thanks Martian that is a good tip & is noted for future use! - maybe you could placate Mrs Martian with a tube of tooth whitener?

Chris

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That cockpit is astounding, well done you and Alan.

 

The buff felt looks exactly the way I'll want mine to appear as a seat cover, nailed it.

 

 

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Hi all

I Continued working on the Wessex cockpit area - scratch built seat belts were made from Tamiya tape stuck to adhesive alumium tape & cut into strips.

I added an assortment of buckles I had from the spares box, unfortunately I have had not much luck finding suppliers of etched sheets of seat belt buckles other than L'Arsenal way over in France & postage is a disincentive on sending for them. The seat colours are a bit of a mystery so I took a guess and painted the seat back khaki & belts olive drab although I might paint the belts a darker grey. The cyclic sticks have been added but still to be painted matt black. The red fire extinguisher is from one of  Hendies boxes of bits & pieces & a coiled wire lead added to the back console copying from @hendies HC2 build.

 

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The overhead console was added inside the canopy & the canopy was masked with Tamiya tape.

Must not forget to add the rotor brake handle to the overhead console and do a check to see what else needs to be added to the cockpit area.

Chris

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22 minutes ago, hendie said:

that is looking very impressive Chris.The extinguisher is a nice touch.

Don't forget the wiper motors on the floor. 

Thanks Alan - got them in place already between the yaw? pedals- a bit hard to photograph that part of the cockpit- I think it's getting close to closing up the fuselage halves so hope there is nothing else significant to add - then I guess the canopy can go on.

Chris

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Ah, just saw 'em after zooming in.

If you want to add a further splash of color to that gearbox area, the swash plate was normally a grey color. Check out the HC2 in the walkrounds area - there's some good shots of the gearbox and rotor head at the end of the thread.

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On 4/12/2024 at 11:34 PM, CJP said:

Thanks Martian that is a good tip & is noted for future use! - maybe you could placate Mrs Martian with a tube of tooth whitener?

Chris

Living dangerously again Martin...

 

Colin

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On 4/17/2024 at 9:56 PM, hendie said:

Ah, just saw 'em after zooming in.

If you want to add a further splash of color to that gearbox area, the swash plate was normally a grey color. Check out the HC2 in the walkrounds area - there's some good shots of the gearbox and rotor head at the end of the thread.

Hi Alan - I have been provided with some RAN Wessex photos by @abat and as luck would have it they show the main rotor head area on  RAN HAS31's as being painted white matching the upper camouflage colour - hope this is useful for anyone contemplating a RAN Wessex build.

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cheers Chris

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Lovely work! You are making me want tackle another Wessex/SH-34 kit. Someone save me from myself!

 

Easily Led of Mars 👽

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53 minutes ago, Martian said:

Lovely work! You are making me want tackle another Wessex/SH-34 kit. Someone save me from myself!

 

Easily Led of Mars 👽

well now that you mention it that sounds like a great idea! - detailed with that airframe detail you do so well & you could save yourself some work & time using Hendie's detail sets😀

Chris

2 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

Shat a great catch up Chris , love the seats and your use of the felt, cockpit is looking fantastic.

Great work

Chris

Thanks Chris - I put the instrument panel decal on today so almost ready to glue the fuselage halves together.

Chris

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4 hours ago, Martian said:

Lovely work! You are making me want tackle another Wessex/SH-34 kit. Someone save me from myself!

 

Easily Led of Mars 👽

Settle down Martin, no need t torture yourself!

 

Colin

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53 minutes ago, heloman1 said:

Settle down Martin, no need t torture yourself!

 

Colin

Dont be daft Colin its an excellent idea, come on me ol' alien get with it

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On 4/19/2024 at 8:41 AM, Martian said:

Lovely work! You are making me want tackle another Wessex/SH-34 kit. Someone save me from myself!

 

Easily Led of Mars 👽

 

No Chance!

 

Gondor

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