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Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
dressing up 1/48 cockpits
Ontario, Canada
Joined: October 12, 2006
KitMaker: 66 posts
AeroScale: 12 posts
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 08:43 PM UTC
Looking for tips, photos, of how to dress up cockpit detail. Adding styrene bits, painting bits, etc.

Thanks, cheers
Staff MemberManaging Editor
Tennessee, United States
Joined: December 21, 2002
KitMaker: 7,770 posts
AeroScale: 3,174 posts
Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 11:12 PM UTC
Hi Hightower,

You can go the $$$ route and buy photo-etch and resin, or you can do the old fashioned way:

Get a few packs of styrene shapes of various sizes. Collect all the pieces of wire you can. With or without references, just add bits of styrene rod, strip, blocks, etc., and wires for wiring and plumbing. Just a few pieces can make a lot of difference. Also, do not throw away extra parts. Even tail wheels can look like levers in rounded mountings. If you break a model, scrounge things from it. Bomb fuses from the tips of US bombs make nice looking butterfly valves and handles.