So, as mentioned, I've started work on the cockpit interior. I should have taken some earlier pics but I'm a bit lazy on this build. Best I can tell from the pics, it's pretty much the same color scheme as the AH-6C above, ie overall black for NVG compatibility and light grey stretched nylon seats.
Starting with the kit cockpit, I've made the following changes / upgrades:
Hollowed out the external power receptical under the pilot's seat and added two electrical prongs. EDIT - in looking at the prongs in the pic below, not happy with them. I'll replace them with something smaller.
Carved away the sides of the crappy kit seats to better replicate the steel tube / stretched nylon pilot's seats. Added mouting tubes out of streched sprue. Only have the co-pilot's seat mounted so far. Will be adding another coating of grey paint to it.
Added PE rudder pedal adjustment brackets from Eduard's OH-6A PE set. This is a really nice set, getting a bit tough to find these days.
Added Cobra's rotor brake behind the co-pilot's position
Added Cobra's avionics rack behind the pilot's head. In the cargo compartment, I added some supports for the rack and some additional wiring. The supports were noted in some pics I had of an early model Littlebird. Given that many of the interior details of N1111U are unknown, I added this avionics rack since it was present on Littlebirds flying in the same time frame as N1111U and it stands to reason that to some extent, this helo would have had similar layout to AH/MH-6's flying at the same time. To this rack, I added a couple of red "zeroize" switches. These were also present on the AH-6C, but in a different spot. Their purpose was to wipe out all radio frequencies and secure communication codes in the event that the helo was forced down and about to be captured. EDIT - in looking at the pics I just posted, noted that both of these switches have apparently fallen off. I'll get them back on at some point.....
I added slots in the housings of the collectives. The kit part is just a solid box with the collective sticking out of it. I've only added the co-pilot's collective (still not fully painted), the pilot's collective housing is much different. Dragon provides two identical units, so I'm working on scratchbuilding the pilot's housing.
Added the cables for the pilot's inertial reel shoulder harness locks. These run down to levers on each side of the center bulkead, close to the inner side of each seat. They connect to tiny PE harness locking levers that come with the Eduard set.
Added the Cobra center console. Again, I assume that 1111Uniform would have similar bits and pieces to what the Littlebirds had. Added the wider floor mounted instrument panel that came with the Dragon kit. I figured with the SATCOM and all those extra antennas, this helo would need larger instrument panels to house all the special gear. This panel also comes with a small display screen, maybe used for it's long range navigation system or to operate the SATCOM? Who knows....
I added the Cobra AH-6 ammo box to the rear compartment. I know it's not appropriate for the unarmed 1111U but I'm trying to "busy up" the rear compartment which undoubtedly had a good amount of gear in the back, either avionics or maybe a fuel cell. It really doesn't matter that much, the real thing had heavily smoked glass on the aft doors, which I intend to replicate. Just want to be able to see some rough shapes through the glass.
I shot everything with Testors acrylic Aircraft Interior Black. I really like this stuff, don't know how it's possible but it's a different shade of black than normal flat or gloss black. After that, I picked out all the instruments and switches/knobs with gloss black with a few items in red or silver to add some variety. Also added some very fine squiggles in white to replicate some labeling. Not sure I'm thrilled with the bare metal weathering on the cockpit floor. I'll probably touch this up a bit.
I painted the pilot's inertial reel housings silver to brighten things up a bit. Don't mind the gouges in them, those slots will be filled with the PE harnesses and will look fine when I'm done - trust me!
Anyway, that's it for now. Here are a few pics, note that everything looks pretty rough. I'm still in the early stages, I think it will look better down the road. Thanks for looking.