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1972 Ford Thunderbird interior
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 20, 2005 1:54 PM
How could I make some good seats for my ARII 1:24 '72 Thunderbird? I would make the Split Bench Front Seats version. Anyone could help me? What could be the best way to make those seats? Styrene? The original interior of this kit is pretty useless... Sad

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, May 20, 2005 5:54 PM
i rekon you'd have a hell of a task making these seats from styrene. i would wager it would be much easier to carve the seats from balsa or the like. its much easier to sand down froma big block of material than it is to evenly build up from a flat sheet. infact looking at that link i would be tempted to make each seat out of four pieces of shaped balsa (two for the seat-base, two for the seat-back) and then a seperate armreast. gluing these parts together willl allow you to shape the creases running across these seats easily. You could use styrene sheet for the frame though i suppose. (i dont really know what they look like in detail, it's just that's the method i use for scratchbuilding seats.)

enjoy.

Will
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    May 2008
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 21, 2005 2:41 AM
Thank u Will!

That could be a nice idea. I was even thinking of making those seats from a modelable stuff (I really don't know what kind of stuff exactly Blush) I was thinking about "Cernit" a polymer clay which could be easily modeled with some patience and some tools to create that cushion soft look. As far as I remember, Cernit can be put both in very hot water or a oven at about 100 C° for 20-30 mins. then it dries rock hard with a plastic-like look. It can be even sanded and painted with acrylics. Are there other similar stuff that can be modeled the same way?


QUOTE: Originally posted by wehf100

i rekon you'd have a hell of a task making these seats from styrene. i would wager it would be much easier to carve the seats from balsa or the like. its much easier to sand down froma big block of material than it is to evenly build up from a flat sheet. infact looking at that link i would be tempted to make each seat out of four pieces of shaped balsa (two for the seat-base, two for the seat-back) and then a seperate armreast. gluing these parts together willl allow you to shape the creases running across these seats easily. You could use styrene sheet for the frame though i suppose. (i dont really know what they look like in detail, it's just that's the method i use for scratchbuilding seats.)

enjoy.

Will

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