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Old 04-17-2008, 09:48 AM
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Beginning to cover my US 60 in Ultrakote. What do you all do under the canopy of this sort of plane? Paint, covering material, nothing? I'll probably dye the canopy some moderately dark color.

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Old 04-17-2008, 11:23 AM
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Frank: One alternative to building/installing cockpit detail and a pilot figure would be to paint the canopy.
I have a large Kaos, upon which I have put a canopy. It is a SIG WW2 generic "fighter" canopy. I sprayed the interior with a gloss black. The results are impressive. Best of all, it eliminated the need to detail the interior. I would not use this method on a scale plane where it would be judged for detail. For sport flying it's a quick way to finish the ship.
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I like a pilot in my planes. Not all of them have pilots but I do like them. To do a simple cockpit I just paint the inside flat grey and put in a pilot, not a troll or some other silly character, but a figure that looks like a pilot. On some planes I put in an instrument panel and some I don't, it just depends on how simple or complex I want to get. If you don't put a pilot in it who's gonna raise the gear or maybe more importantly lower it? However once you start using pilots it's hard to stop.
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Frank: One alternative to building/installing cockpit detail and a pilot figure would be to paint the canopy.
I have a large Kaos, upon which I have put a canopy. It is a SIG WW2 generic "fighter" canopy. I sprayed the interior with a gloss black. The results are impressive. Best of all, it eliminated the need to detail the interior. I would not use this method on a scale plane where it would be judged for detail. For sport flying it's a quick way to finish the ship.
Happy landings, Tony. )
If you're painting the inside of the canopy, you could use flat finish paint. It dries a lot quicker and in my experience, is a lot easier to work with. Since you're really looking at the "inside" of the paint, the sheen or gloss is determined by the plastic material of the canopy itself.
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John: I used gloss spray because I had half a can of gloss spray at hand. I always, well almost always, use a pilot figure in my planes. I opted for the spray because it complimented the color scheme of the ship. It is yellow over white monokote with a black cut (seperation) line. The black canopy accents the top of an otherwise flat upper fuselage.
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Thanks, Everyone. I think you've pretty well outlined my options. I'll probably paint the wood under the canopy some neutral color then stain or paint the canopy.

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I don't think I'll use a pilot figure on this, my second plane. It will probably have a pretty early expiration date so I don't want to go overboard on detail[)].

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Oh I understand completely. I have 1 pilot I put in 3 different planes. None of them lasted more than 2 years so he was fired.
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I like to "upholster" my cockpits w/ felt. Wallyworld or any craft shop should have several colors to accent any color scheme.. Then add pilot. I do not care for "trolls" or other stuff like that for pilots either... I believe the felt comes in 1Sq. FT. sheets.

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Paint it with Fleck Stone!
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Thanks for the ideas, guys. I kind of like the idea of using felt, if I can find some handily.
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