it's been about 16 days since my last surgery (I had 3 of them in a 30
day period), and I am nowhere near able to build yet, I AM able for the
first time, to type with both hands. Right now, I figure I have
50% mobility of my right hand, but it is getting better the more I
practice. I figured editing these photos I took right before
surgery- and typing this log would be good practice......
(It seems like so long
ago...) I started by using the seats from SSM Technik in
Germany. The headrests have beautifully machined aluminum posts,
and the texture of the fabric is embedded in the mold! Anyway, I
started by disassembling them completely.
On the outboard side of
each seat, I drilled a number of holes for the detail I want to add
later. The inboard side is right against the center console, so no
detail needed there.
I mixed up the color for
the seats and airbrushed them, then used a tiny brush and some Tamiya
Red for the piping. I don't know if any of the piping will be
visible once the pilots are seated and strapped in, but what the heck,
it was fun.
After painting the base a
mixture of Tamiya Metallic Grey and Black (a color I am really getting
to like), #00 Hex screws provide detail, along with a small, aluminum
door handle from Baumann that is pressed into service as a Rescue
Handle. The Rescue logo is a dry transfer made during my last
batch from Ambient Graphics (Now Cliff Digital). That
horrid-smelling matte clear protects the base assembly when done.
All that was left at this
point was final assembly, I was pleased at how they came out!
A "test fit" in
the cockpit, and these are ready to pack up and go on the shelf until I
can get the helmets and Pilots assembled. Then I will use Vario
Seat belts to strap them in, and pack them up until needed. I
think I am going to take another week before trying to do this level of
detail work.. I just ordered a plane that I will try to put
together first. My flying is still laughable, I am still at the
SR-120 stage (and crashing it frequently)- I cannot get my right
hand to move fast enough for heli's yet.