This is a "reprint" from the Bi-Liners newsletter: Cockpit Interiors.

"Denis "The Menace" Sez"

by Denis Cousineau

Are you trying to make that 331/3, or stunt ship really scale? Well here is a couple of pointers.

Dashboards; A small piece of 1/8 balsa will serve the purpose. Cut it to a semicircular shape and drill holes of varying sizes in it. Next draw the instrument panel on a piece of cardboard or heavy paper. India ink works well for the dials. The cardboard goes on the back of the balsa with a piece of celluloid between the two as imitation glass. This in total gives the effect of a real dash, with sunken, glass covered instruments. Small beads can be glued on to represent lights.

Sticks; One of several ways is to use 1/8” soft iron wire bent slightly forward. To make a grip on the stick wrap it with fuse wire ¼” - ½” from the top. A little bit of rubber paint over the wire making it quite realistic. A piece of black paper where the stick goes the floor of the cockpit, will look like the pliable rubber cover.

Throttle; The base is just a small scrap of balsa shaped as shown. A hat pin with a plastic (or pearl) head, makes a dandy little handle. To represent the slot, in which the handle slides, a narrow black line does the trick. Note diagram for rudder pedals.

Last but not least as this is absolutely necessary. One thirty second balsa is very good altho cardboard also works well. The pattern below is just approx but should give you the general idea. For the wood just moisten the outsides and it bends very easily.

Byesville Y'All


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