Monogram 1/48 F-84F 'stores configuration study model'



Instructor seat

At a late stage I realised that if I wanted to do *everything* the RNLAF hung on their F-84Fs, I needed to do the instructor seat too. It was used to teach student pilots taxiing, and probably unique to Eindhoven airbase. [note Airdoc / JP p25 (German) and p27 (English) also mention outboard seats]

I only knew of two photos, but they were sufficient to make a drawing in side view. I built two identical side frames from 0.5 mm brass wire, and then added cross bars to make a seat of a guessed width of 60-65 cm. Of course it was a hell of a job, that took a whole evening.
Three simulated planks of wood were made for the frame: the seat, seat back and floor panel. I used 0.4 mm plastic card, simulating a guessed plywood thickness of 20 mm. Here's the interim result with Monogram's F-84F pilot seated.
The seat is attached to two curved beams that hang from the canopy sill. I laminated these from 1.5 x 0.5 mm plastic strip, and installed four 1x1 mm magnets in these strips. In the fuselage side, four 2x2 mm magnets were flush mounted. This combination gives a perfect force to mount and remove the very delicate seat.
The cushions were cut from 2 mm plastic card - the real ones were quite thick. The arm rests were made from 1.5 x 1.5 mm plastic strip. I also added a canted strip at the front of the footboard, something I had previously overlooked in the photos. Lastly I added lap belts to small triangular brackets. The painting is a bit basic, it screams for more color variations and a bit of weathering.




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