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Old 07-03-2013, 06:17 AM
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Always great to see one of your builds in progress, and this is a beauty!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:19 AM
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The cockpit is absolutely gorgeous!!
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:08 AM
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That looks great! You've done an incredible job replicating the cockpit.
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Old 07-03-2013, 07:33 AM
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That is so nice, I love the way you take the DC-3 to the next level, thanks
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:13 AM
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That looks fantastic. Bravo Zulu.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:51 AM
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Jim, I'm glad to know there is an officially recognized medical term for our affliction. Absolutely great addition to the base kit...I hope it becomes available (hint, hint, hint).
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:07 AM
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Well done, sir! Thank you for sharing your work with us. If only I could reach that level of ability...
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:20 AM
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Thumbs up

Jim, a very fine cockpit indeed!

All the DC-3 and C-47 aircraft I flew had matt black paint on the cockpit floor, wall and roof. The instrument panels (including the eyebrow panels that I see you have modelled beautifully!) and centre quadrant (where the engine levers, fuel tank cocks etc are) were also matt black. But then they were military aircraft, so there wasn't much cheeriness in the cockpit colours! Of course, civilian operators wouldn't have needed to stick to boring old matt black!

However, I do recall that the aircraft I flew did have some of your quilted green material laid over much of the cockpit rear bulkhead, up the sidewalls to about window level, and on the rear parts of the roof, if I remember correctly.

Forgive me if I do make a couple of observations, though:
1. I feel sure that all DC-3/C-47 had spherical knobs on the ends of the lever pairs.

2. And left to right, those pairs of spherical knobs were coloured white (RPM/prop pitch); black (throttles); red (mixture). Each mixture lever also had a short thumb-lever on the rear (aft) side of the lever, just under the knob. This was pressed to unlatch the mixture lever from the detents that were on the quadrant. If I remember correctly, those detents were Emergency rich; Auto rich, Auto lean; Cutoff .... but it has been a long time ....
This pic here looks very much like the cockpit of the variants I flew (dark!), but this one shows the levers and their respective colours much more clearly. The DC-3/C-47 was the only piston engine aircraft I flew where the throttles were in the middle - the usual convention nowadays is to have the throttles on the left, and the RPM levers in the middle!

You have done a great job, Jim, and your cockpit makes a very worthy addition to the Alan Rose DC-3.

Do you have any plans to release it ....... pretty please?
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:28 AM
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I'd imagine that making spherical knobs at this scale would be a bear.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:52 AM
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I'd imagine that making spherical knobs at this scale would be a bear.
Oh, I don't know ....... steadily work some small bits of paper in to tight balls ..... harden them with some glue ...... and paint or use permanent markers? Just an idea, LOL!

I am not sure what scale Jim is working in there, but it looks big enough! Perhaps it might be close enough to use coloured map tacks as lever knobs?
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