Frank's Collection Of Scale Model Aircraft
Scale Model Cockpit Project Table of Contents!
At the moment I do not consider myself to be a very proficient "cockpit builder"! So one of the purposes of this "Cockpit Project" is to see if I can improve my building skills. At 74, my hands are rather shaky, and my eyesight a bit limited (color blind in one eye with some tunnel vision induced by glaucoma). I have a 7" magnifier (with fluorescent lamp), but so far I have not been able to "do work" under the magnifier. To see the part well, the magnifier must be too close to the part to allow my hands and brush/pen to be working on the part. I have only been building plastic models since March 2005, so at the moment I have completed 11 builds. To see these use this link as a starter. Back to cover page.
For the last 20% of the F-14 Aires Cockpit project, I've been using a "Optivisor" and it seems to be helping!
An additional goal of this study is to show that if a person of such minimum skills as myself can construct a rather reasonable cockpit, then all of you reading this should be able to do the same or potentially much better!
And of course I hope that I can provide you with a comparison of "Out Of The Box" pits with various aftermarket pits! Most of the pits in this study are modern Jet fighters.
However because of the tremendous interest by scale modelers world wide in the Messerschmitt BF109, I now plan on comparisons with OOB and three versions of MDC 109 pits!
The following kits are now here in my stash for this project. F-102, F-104, F-105, F-106, F-14, F-16, F-18 (1/32), F-4B/N,E, F-5B, F-8J, and the Lightning MK6.
After Market Pits being studied include Cutting Edge, Black Box, Aires, Verlinden, FM, MDC, Legend, and True Details!
This project is just now in its embryonic stage. I plan to expand it as time permits!
As a side note, I am not an "Accurate Scale" type modeler. I build for the fun of it and if it pleases me after I finish it, I'm quite happy. Thus in these cockpits, I may often deviate from a strict scale venue in order to achieve what I feel is a nice visual effect.
I'm using Verlinden and Squadron reference books --- but just as guides -- not "Bibles"!!
Construction details are provided and all pages are cross linked so you can switch back and forth with ease!
A Cutting Edge F-104 Cockpit showing relative size compared with a "dime"!!
Comments and Questions are always welcomed.
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