Rigging and Instrument Panels (Was Re: How about a WWI FSM Speci

Matt Bittner (meba@cso.com)
Fri, 20 Oct 1995 14:23:16 -0500

On 20 Oct 95 at 14:55, Wallace, Jim typed diligently:

> What I'd like to hear about is everyone's rigging techniques and
> everyone's instrument panel techniques. (Off line of this topic.)

I use .006" Brass wire (called "tubing") put out by a model railroad
maufacturer called Details West. Using a chemical found in the
model RR section - called Blacken It - I blacken the wire. Not
totally to scale - nor real world - but it works. I then use
drafting dividers to get the correct length of the area I want to
rig, and cut a piece of brass wire a little longer. Once I've tested
and fitted it correctly, I then adhere it with a "super glue".

I've also used Airnocker Things stainless steel wire (.004"), but it
came rolled, and nothing I did seemed to straighten it. So, until I
can get some "non-rolled" .004" stainless steel wire, I'll continue
to use this method.

As far as "instrument panels", most of the earlier planes I enjoy
didn't have any. One or two instruments placed here or there -
which easy to simulate using round sprue, an "instrument face"
decal, and a "Jolly Good Bezel" from Fotocut. Add a wire leading
from it to the "front of the plane", and you're good to go. For the
Albatros D.V I did, I used a plastic facing plate with the "correct"
holes drilled out for the guages, then put decals on a plastic
backing plate (either left white, or painted white) and sandwiched
the two together. However, the Fokker D.VII I did was easier: I
bought the Rosemont photoetch cockpit set and Viola! The only thing
I had to two was the backing plate and (if I would have had them)
instrument decals. For the hole in the facing plate, I drilled them
although this would be a great application for Waldron's Punch and
Die set - if I only had the money!

Which leads me to me own question: Does anybody know of a good
source for early instrument gauge decals? I've got a set from PP
Aeroparts. Although they're meant for "newer" stuff, some of the
decals can be used to fake it. Even though they're not humming...


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, semi-new dad,
meba@cso.com PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska
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