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    Cocckpit Covering

    I'm building a 737 cockpit but have little idea what material it should be covered with (inside and out) bearing in mind the various curves. Advice would be appreciated

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    Hey Martin,

    In the past I have used 1/4" Drywall, because it bends quite easily. More recently I have used Fiberglass cloth.

    Just my $.02

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    I like that $0.02 worth!

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    Trevor

    The guy helping me says what about the fumes? I'm building this in my dining room. Unfortunately the ground floor is completely open plan!

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    Nothing smells better than fiberglass and resin!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Cumming View Post
    Trevor

    The guy helping me says what about the fumes? I'm building this in my dining room. Unfortunately the ground floor is completely open plan!
    Ohh, you would be smelling resin for months. Not for use in the house especially if you have small kids or pets.

    I took my wood roof section out to my garage and laid it upside down, What I did was place a layer of cloth (upside down over the roof section so it hangs down like a bowl) and used a paint brush to secure the resin to the frame. Once this resin was dry I painted the Bowl with resin, so it would hold its bowl shape.

    It works great, but you really should have an outdoor place to do it. Even with proper ventilation it will reek.

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    So let me get this correct. With fiberglass mesh fastened to a frame, all you have to do is cover it with a resin and let it set.. and i assume you can add multiple layers and sand it smooth????

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    You got it! Mine could have been sanded smoother, but It is dark, and you never see it anyway.

    Bad picture, but you get the idea.

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    I am considering a white vinyl cover made by an upholsterer that buttons on to my roof frame similar to say the roof of a convertible. When my roof framework has the external ribs to form the proper shape, a good upholsterer could form the cover. Then it would just unbutton to access overhead panel wiring. I haven't really paid much attention to the external appearance of my sim yet. It's pretty much out of view anyway but I will eventually dress it up a bit.

    What do you guys think of this idea???

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    How would it keep the concave shape since the material is not rigid?
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