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Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

Scale Cockpit Coaming — Recycling old Leather Hand Bags

I am always looking for things I can use in my scale modeling projects. So when I was finishing up my latest project I needed something to duplicate the leather coaming that protects the pilot from the cockpit opening edges.

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I found that an easy way to make good looking coaming right at a local yard sale. Old, worn out leather handbags with shoulder straps have nicely stitched and rounded edges.

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With a good pair of scissors, you can cut sections of the strap’s edging free and cut them to the size coaming you need.

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Remove the inner core piece then cut them to length. Peel the two open edges apart and attach to the  edge around the cockpit.

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Glue in place with a touch of CA adhesive or some white canopy glue.  Voila’!  An inexpensive, easy to fabricate scale detail with almost no effort.  You can now proudly say: “My cockpit coaming is a “Louis Vuitton,” or a “Prada.”

Gary Brounstein, Sparks, NV

Updated: March 24, 2015 — 1:02 PM

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  1. Great idea,what makes it even sweeter is the recycling issue

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