So after messing around with the 47 and with there being little chance of a usable 206 for a couple of years I’ve decided to put some effort into making a panel for the 47 and possibly flight controls.
I have some Bell documents including the illustrated parts manual (which is where I get a lot of the basic shapes from) to get me started.
I wasn’t allowed to ship my model paint collection when I moved to Switzerland last year so now with lockdowns easing I hopefully will be able to start building a new collection!
The first item I’ve tackled is rather small and it’s a four way magneto switch. It uses a standard rotary switch with 3D printed enclosure and lever. I’ll print a decal for the face after I paint it.
A very small part of the puzzle, but a good start!
I will be focusing on the instruments, grimes instrument “browlights” and the mixture/carb heat quadrant first and then design the panel itself. It looks to be pressed metal giving it curved edges. That actually makes a bit tricky so I’ll need to think more about that one.
Next up the quadrant and the Carb air/Filter Air Temp gauge.
Here is a quick screenshot of the quadrant render. It’s off to the printer now!