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Old 03-19-2005, 12:25 PM
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Default Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

This is the beginning of a rather long thread showing the build of a custom cockpit kit made for the Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54. The complete photo kit only weights a couple of ounces. I built this kit out of 30+ digital photos, that were retouched, distorted, illustrated into cockpit photos that look like you are seeing inside the Yak 54. The photos I used are all from real aircraft very similar to the Yak 54. Most of my images came from photos of a Pitts M12. Given that, this cockpit is scale quality, but not exact scale to a actual Yak 54. To wet your appetite, here are the photos of the finished kit installed in the Yak canopy. As you can see the canopy still needs to be painted for the panels lines and edges. I have created a rear cockpit with a pilot in the seat. The torso of this pilot gets covered up by a regular pilot bust and looks great. I also have a version of the rear pit witout a pilot at all. This version is just darkened with shadows so it does not look like a floating shark biten pilot bust that is floating when installed.

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Old 03-19-2005, 12:27 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Step 1
I made exact templates for all of the needed cockpits and dash panels.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:29 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

More templates...
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:31 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

This shows my final templates. I trim to fit just right and then scan them into my trusty Mac.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:32 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Step 2
Use black marker and hide several areas of the canopy structure that will be visible after the kit is installed.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:34 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Step 3
Many, many, many hours of photo retouching later I have developed these photographic cockpit visuals and fit them perfectly into the new digital templates.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:36 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Step 4
Build the rear dash board and cut the slots in the base for the dash attachment. Carefully cut the individual tabs and fold them. Do not tape to base yet.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:38 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

More rear dash assembly. Cut slot holes in the base for an easy slide fit.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:47 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Step 5
Remove the rear dash and start inserting the individual templates into the canopy. Carefully curve the graphic prints to fit in through the rear. Do not bend or fold. Anchor each piece with heavy duty 3M fiber tape from the bottom of the canopy. Support each panel from the inside with your hand to get a tight fit and firm tape surface. Install the assembled rear dash before adding the front graphic panel (see photo).
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:49 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

More installing and taping...
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:50 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

More installing and taping.... After all panels are installed add additional fiber tape for a strong bond.
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:55 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

That takes us right back where we started. I will add some type of wood brace under the floor print for the pilot bust to be attached. The rear photo panel showing the inside of the back fuse can be installed last or removed to intall your pilot. This is a bit tricky without having a hand inside for support.

Getting a nice pilot bust to go with these rearlistic visuals. I suggest the www.litepilots.com pilots. They are very light and look great. I can change the shirt color to generally match a pilot but if required.

So. What does everyone think?

Kregg
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Old 03-19-2005, 12:56 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Very innovative, I like what you have done. The only thing I might throw out there is for anyone using this plane for IMAC, I am not sure it meets the requirement. Good work.
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It will meet the requirments once you add a pilot.
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ORIGINAL: JWilliams

The only thing I might throw out there is for anyone using this plane for IMAC, I am not sure it meets the requirement.
I took that as a joke, he he. I think it looks fantastic, so are you going to sell these as kits? or just sharing ideas with us?
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

That looks awesome Kregg. I think if one were to add the head of one of those foam pilots or use a 'helmet head' pilot with it, the result would look fantastic. Awesome job!
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Very, very, VERY well done sir.
Inovative, original, and obviously time well spent.
Kudos and thank you for your effort.
I'll contact you when I get the Yak...for sure.
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Thanks for all the nice comment guys. Its great to hear from you to Jon. I hope life is treating you right in the NE. I hope we run into each other sometime this year. The kits will be ready to ship out on Monday or Tuesday if anyone wants one.

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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Kregg,

I sent you e-mail and PM advising you that I'm encountering a problem with your e-mail reply. Please answer PM message.

Roy
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Several people have asked what the rear cockpit looks like without the pilot. I do not have my good camera here at home, but below you will find a low quality pic with NO PILOT. I will also attach a pic of my Pitts 12 cockpit, since this one uses the NO PILOT floor photo. You will notice in this pic that my pilot bust looks good even without arms and legs. The addition of the arms and legs was just an extra touch that I thought everyone would like. I can do the prints either way.
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BTW: My e-mail is working fine and that is the mode of communication I need from everyone. One person has a issue, but everything is working just fine. My system has been scanned and is virus free. I sent Roy a PM for his issue.
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Old 03-20-2005, 08:11 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Again, great stuff Kregg.
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too cool, please post when kits are available....

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Everything is ready! Send me an e-mail for info.
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Old 03-28-2005, 11:20 AM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

The pic below is from a Cap cockpit kit of mine, but it shows how a pilot bust will blend with the pilot body that I include in the cockpit visual. Many people have asked what it looks like with a pilot bust installed. This should give you a pretty good idea. You can still have it with or without the pilot body visual. I think it looks good either way.
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Old 04-02-2005, 04:49 PM
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Default RE: Extreme Flight 87" Yak 54 - Cockpit Build

Kregg,

Although I have not finished putting the kit together inside of the Yak canopy, I thought I would post some pics to express how thoroughly satisfied I am in having invested in the purchase of your unique idea. This kit complements the 87" Yak completely. Even my wife was awestruck when I pointed to the custom shading of the hands that I requested. She thought that I had sent you a pic of my hands. Now I have to continue shading my pilot until "it works" as you have laboured to make this kit work for us Yak owners.

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