The landing light was mounted on an aluminum
foil-covered bracket set into the wing’s LE.
The rivet template and the applicator tool used to make glue dots.
The interior floor with cargo box and seats. The fuel tank and radio
system are hidden inside of the simulated cargo.
A molded-resin instrument panel was an
option for the kit. It was detailed by gluing on
instruments, painting knobs and switches, and
adding colored pins for the engine control levers.
The battery hatch is used to access two of the
clear plastic sheeting, and the mounting
ring was made from 0.01-inch aluminum
sheet held in place by #0 screws.
The front seats used several
techniques. The seat frame was vacuum-formed using 0.04 sheet styrene. This
was my first attempt at vacuum forming.
It was not as difficult as I expected. I
built a small forming box and connected
it to my shop vacuum. The tricky part
was waiting long enough for the styrene
to soften in the oven.
The seat cushions are carved from
balsa blocks. The pedestal is a block of
balsa sheeted with aluminum glued to
the balsa. The seat belts are a piece of
shoelace. The working seat belt buckles
were fabricated from aluminum sheet.
The control column is fabricated in
I chose to install cockpit detail,
which meant moving the fuel tank
to the center of the fuselage. I then
decided to hide the fuel tank and radio
system inside of the simulated cargo.
While building the cargo, I discovered
that I could run 1/64-inch and 1/32-inch
plywood sheets through my inkjet
printer and make stencils on the cargo.
Having gone that far, I figured that
I had to put some sort of lining on
the inside of the cabin, so I sheeted
the inside of the cabin with 1/64-inch
plywood. I did this before sheeting
the exterior of the fuselage and before
installing the firewall. To fit it in smoothly,
I had to do some trimming on a couple of
the bulkheads. This step also meant that I
had to install some of the wiring early.
A molded resin instrument panel was
an option for the kit. It was detailed
by gluing on instruments, painting
knobs and switches, and adding colored
pins for the engine-control levers. The
bottom of the cockpit area was covered
in 0.01 aluminum sheet to simulate the
unpainted cockpit floor. The engine fuel
lines were run under the raised center
section of the cockpit floor.
Fuselage Porthole Window
The location for the porthole window
was not shown on the plans, so careful
measurements from the three-view
drawing and photographs were required
to locate them. A sheet of 1/16-inch
plywood was laid on the fuselage with a
cutout for the window, and then raised
to allow for the sheeting thickness on
the rest of the fuselage.
The glazing fit on the inner side of
the plywood after painting. An internal
frame holds the glazing in place. The frame
was initially fabricated from wood and
plastic, and then molded and cast in resin.
The battery hatch is used to access
two of the servos. The hatch is held in
place by two magnets. The hinges are
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