Hobbyboss 1/72 A-7K Corsair II

After a day or so of work, the rear cockpit and seat is more or less done bar the instrument panel. The original seats from the Aires sets I was going to use are of the earlier Stencel type and not applicable to later A-7’s as Escapac seats replaced them around 1983.

Luckily I had some Aeroclub Escapac seats in the stash so I’m using them instead. I had to rework the rear seat rails to better fit the Aeroclub seat so now instead of being a butt-fit to the rear bulkhead they are now forward of it by around 3mm and to be honest they do look much better.

The seat itself was further detailed with belts made from masking tape and the retracted canopy breakers on the head rest made from scrap styrene sheet.

Now to do it all over again for the front cockpit! I might use the Airwaves etch for the side consoles but I must admit I’m enjoying scratch building a cockpit again. It’s no match for a resin one but at least mine fits plus nobody makes a resin A-7K cockpit anyway.

Edit; the front cockpit went together much quicker so apart from the instrument panels the cockpits are more or less done. The Aeroclub seats are useable, they just needed some extra detailing such as the canopy breakers on the headrests, seat belts and a bit of wiring.

I forgot the pull handle on the front seat….duh….

Published by andyk21

I've been a modelmaker for a verrry long time and still show no signs of growing out of it after 50 plus years. I mainly build tanks, aircraft and paint figures but generally do whatever takes my fancy whether it's historical, Science-fiction, a 'what-if' or because it has pretty colours and looks nice. I'm hoping that you find my blog interesting and useful, particularly if building a model that I have built and documented here.

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