Making a cockpit dash from scratch.

While building the 1/48 scale J2F Duck, I had to make many parts from scratch. One of the items was the cockpit dash. Here is a walk-thru on how to make a dash.

This was the dash that came with the kit.

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I started by doing a google search for J2F-2 cockpit. I located a photo of the dash and opened it up with Photoshop. I removed the background, increased resolution from 72dpi to 600dpi. Next I measured the width of the fuselage (.5″) and sized the width of the photo to match.

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I printed out the photo twice. I then carefully cut out one of them and taped it to a piece of stock styrene. An X-acto hobby knife was used to trim the styrene to the desired shape.

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I then printed the photo on to a clear film decal sheet. Trimmed the decal and applied it to the styrene dash. The photo shows all the steps together.

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The edges of the dash were painted black to match the decal. I fitted the rear of the dash with a tab to make installation easier to align. The dash was finally installed into the fuselage and I taped the fuselage together to check alignment and fit. Here are the installed photos.

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Let me know if you have any questions or comments below.

Thanks for looking!

To make your own decals, here is a good starter kit: Testors Custom Decal Kit

For full size clear film sheets: Waterslide decal paper – Clear film

1 thought on “Making a cockpit dash from scratch.

  1. Geoffrey Grew May 31, 2018 — 3:58 pm

    Very nice work, it will be some time before I reach your skill level oe ever. Thank you. Geoff

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