Jump to content

Welcome to Large Scale Modeller
Register now to gain access to all of our features. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more. This message will be removed once you have signed in.
Login to Account Create an Account
Photo

ME-163 Cockpit Progress


  • Please log in to reply
6 replies to this topic
efrick
  • Members
  • 141 posts
  • PipPipPip
  • LSM Member
  • LocationMemphis, TN
  • Last active: Yesterday, 04:53 PM
  • Joined: 07 Jun 2013

Good Morning All!

 

Here is the result of my first pass at the Grand Phoenix cockpit for the Hase 1/32 ME-163. The upside to this cockpit set is the simplicity (although there wasn't much to the ME-163 cockpit to begin with). Even in it's simplicity, however, it is light years ahead of the kit cockpit. I am becoming a devoted fan of resin seats with molded-in belts; I always found etched brass belts to be realistic, but tedious to work with. Test fitting of the cockpit tub in the fuselage halves reveals that it will be a perfect fit (whew!).

 

One online reviewer of this cockpit set stated that he would "leave the accuracy of the cockpit set up to the builder". The shape of the box on the right console (electrical box?) does seem to be at variance with photos of the actual cockpit. Additionally, I couldn't find any clear evidence of what color the cylinder-shaped thingy at the rear of the left console should be. I went with RLM blue, just to give a bit of color to the spartan grey of the cockpit. However, if anyone has a definitive answer as to what color it should actually be, let me know! It is certainly not too late for a quick re-paint! Ultimately, as is so often the case I suspect most of the sidewall detail will disappear into the shadowy recesses of the fuselage interior.

 

The leather headrest will get several washes of heavily diluted black, red, and brown to tone it down and give it a more "leathery" patina. There is also still the diluted brown wash to come throughout the cockpit tub, then a bit more dry brushing, and finally a flat coat to tone it all down and blend everything together.

 

Comments welcomed and encouraged!

 

20130821_211027_zpsa43fdd97.jpg

 

 


  • harvey boyer likes this

Martin
  • Moderators
  • 1,629 posts
  • WNW Bitch
  • LocationLSM Devon HQ
  • Last active: Oct 02 2014 05:30 AM
  • Joined: 23 Feb 2013

Thats nice, very very nice :-)

Martin.


  • efrick likes this

efrick
  • Members
  • 141 posts
  • PipPipPip
  • LSM Member
  • LocationMemphis, TN
  • Last active: Yesterday, 04:53 PM
  • Joined: 07 Jun 2013

Thats nice, very very nice :-)

Martin.

Thanks Martin!



efrick
  • Members
  • 141 posts
  • PipPipPip
  • LSM Member
  • LocationMemphis, TN
  • Last active: Yesterday, 04:53 PM
  • Joined: 07 Jun 2013

The cockpit is now assembled and has received a flat coat to tone everything down a bit. I was distressed by the fracture in the seat pan (the resin there was less than paper thin). The fracture occured during installation of the seat; it is much more visible in the photo than upon visual inspection. I suspect that it would only make it worse should I attempt a repair, so I'll leave it alone (this kit was never going to be a contest winner anyway). Additionally, the kit will be buttoned up with a closed cockpit, so only the most eagle-eyed would notice it.

 

I'll be fitting the cockpit tub into the fuselage halves this evening...test fitting reveals a perfect fit.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

20130826_190617_zps0611b76c.jpg

 

20130826_190550_zps66d1cb0a.jpg


  • Martin and harvey boyer like this

Cees B
  • Moderators
  • 1,937 posts
  • Moderator
  • LocationAmstelveen, below waterlevel near Amsterdam
  • Last active: Yesterday, 07:33 PM
  • Joined: 25 Feb 2013
You can always explain that Hermann Goering tried to sit in it.
Nice sheen on the cockpit parts.
Cees
  • Matt_ and efrick like this

Matt_
  • Members
  • 649 posts
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • LSM Addict
  • Last active: Yesterday, 10:29 PM
  • Joined: 02 Mar 2013

Nice work..

 

Matt



JeroenPeters
  • Moderators
  • 1,576 posts
  • H.U.B.R.I.S.
  • LocationAmsterdam
  • Last active: Yesterday, 08:33 PM
  • Joined: 23 Feb 2013

Nice work there! I made this pit too some time ago. Remember it fitting not that great. How's your fit??

Cheers!

Jeroen