The last week has been spent wondering how to authentically reproduce the rows and rows of buttons at the front of the avionics pack. I thought long and hard about using Archer or HGW rivets but in the end decided they wouldnít give me enough depth. I looked again at the Eduard PE part and drew the same conclusion (again). That took me back to scratch building. After some unsuccessful experiments on a thick sheet of plastic card I decided that I really had to put the work in. Iím going to reproduce every little knob, well actually just enough to give a good impression of the original, and hereís how itís getting doneÖ
Starting with this plain surface.
I used double thickness Tamiya masking tape - made by simply sticking one strip on top of another - to mark out the rows. The tape sticks of course so it can be positioned on the part and the double thickness stops it from wandering when I push a pencil against it.
After a few failed attempts with wonky lines or uneven spacing I got a good guide.
Next up I ran Rosie the Riveter 1/32 scale, along the pencil lines. That give me a row of evenly space depressions which I opened up further with a small point and then drilled right through.
After some sanding to clean up the mess I was left with this.
It actually took less time than I thought, and looking at it now Iím wondering if I will simply leave it like this. Even though I have holes rather then raised buttons I could get away with it - the visual effect is similar because the buttons are black. But then it wouldnít be the best I could do. So now I have two ideas to make the buttons, which areÖ
Ögoing to be revealed in the next instalment. Hmmm, maybe Iíve been spending too much time watching Netflix. S1E7 coming soon.
P.S. This gem has helped me to keep my sanity while I figured all this out, at least thatís what I tell myself.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvFH_6DNRCY