Pilot / Co-Pilot Center Console
The following are the initial construction photos for the Center Console. More will follow as I add the cover for the control stick and the console below the instrument panel. Check back for more progress.
|The center console is being constructed to be removable to allow access to all the controls. A nice storage compartment is provided below a hinged top. A 1/2 inch of Confor Foam will be added to the top to provide a comfortable arm rest. I did some testing with the seats in place and the position should be right for resting the arm while using the center control stick. (Hope!)|
|I used 1/4 inch plywood to form the bulkhead required at the back of the front seat. I used this to make the bulkhead stronger to compensate for removing more material than would have been removed for the normal seat back. I added a bith of 1/4 inch foam to the back of the plywood and glassed over the combination. This formed a very strong edge just in case people use the bulkhead as a step when getting in and out of the rear seat. (They Will Too!)|
|The center console continues to take shape. It has been extended to meet the instrument panel extension. I added sides to allow something (like a pen) to be laid on the console without having it roll off. The opening has been made for the center stick and provision made for installing the leather boot for the control stick. I also added some internal guides to help the lid close correctly. It has been sanded and is ready to start the finish work. I still need to locate the fuel control valve and add some Woor Burl Trim.|