1. April 2014 by Peter
I feel a need to somehow “shell” the cockpit. What I mean is I want some roof and sidewalls that adds to the feeling of being in the cockpit and not in the basement.
I have had a very hard time finding usable measurements for the ceiling of the B737. Almost impossible. But finally I found some good window dimensions.
An so this week I thought why not make those eyebrows to get things going. So last night I cut 16 pieces of wook (4 pieces for each window).
The alignment was not the best seen. They were not completely symmetrical. But good enough to be mounted in the cockpit.
A bit of sanding, some filler for the corners and then RAL 7011 paint.
But it turned out things not was going to be that easy.
I know thew picture is a bit dark. But notice the difference in angle/width between the two windows (Where I am pointing).
I asked on a forum a few weeks ago for some measurements for the ceiling, but the only answer I got was “You have to make you own dimensions. No cockpit is alike”. That answer frustrated me a bit. But now I see why. Because each cockpit is in fact unique.
Two way to solve this:
- Buy some pre made parts. Such as eyebrows. This will force you to use the correct measurements from the beginning.
- Face it and deal with it. Find pictures on airliners.net and translate them to you own cockpit. Make it so it fits your build and don’t pay too much attention to the angels.
I am going with solution two, and has made a rebuild. Now first stem is putting up a bar from the “A-pillar” and to the end of the AFT overhead. This will frame the first eyebrow window. Same procedure for the second. However with this second I need to figure the angle of incline.