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cotlet

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Leather seat cushions
« on: June 19, 2012, 04:50:40 PM »
I would like to show you how I tried to replicate leather seat cushions for my Piper L-4 project. Hope someone finds it useful  ::)

For this example I used the back, observer's seat which has very simple shape. The cushion has a rectangular shape, there are some buttons and seams on the sides. The leather out of the factory was usually black.



Here photo how the back seat looks in restored aircraft.

I was aiming at used and wrinkled look.

1. First I prepared and laminated two 1mm pieces of soft cardboard. The cardboard used for laser cut formers is perfect for this - don't discard lefovers, it's worth keeping them  ;)
I used the kit's part as a template for the dimensions of the seat.
2. I sanded lightly sharp edges and corners
3. Next I applied thinned O'glue and when it was absorbed but not completely dry I pressed the middle with the spoon shape tool. This was to simulate depression made by observers behind  ::)
4. Then using pipetting needle I embossed the buttons. A blunt stylus was used to make all kinds of wrinkles. Again before embossing thinned O'glue was applied to the area. It helped to make the cardboard more malleable and after the glue dries preserved the new shape.
5. I used stretched sprue for the seams on the sides. Thin wire will work as well. I used thin CA glue as an adhesive.
6. The seat was painted with mix of black and gray acrylic. It can be further weathered with washes, etc.



That's it!
Cheers,
Tomek

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Re: Leather seat cushions
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012, 07:13:34 PM »
Wow.  Very nice effect
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Re: Leather seat cushions
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2012, 08:36:18 PM »
wow, the overall effect is fantastic.

The buttons are way too big, and really detract from the realism.
Can you make them more to scale?
if so, I think you would have a tough time telling this from the real thing.
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Re: Leather seat cushions
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2012, 04:54:11 PM »
Thanks for pointing it out Dave. I worked on the seat using my memory rather than looking at the photos of the real thing.  Lesson for the future, I'm too lazy to star over  ;D

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Tomek

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Re: Leather seat cushions
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012, 03:27:30 AM »
Great tutorial Tomek, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Leather seat cushions
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2012, 11:47:52 AM »
On the other hand, small details are often lost if properly scaled ... unless you are using a zoom lens ...  The buttons may be larger than scale, but I think they will look fine on the model
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Re: Leather seat cushions
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2012, 11:44:56 AM »
Nice trick!
Thanks for sharing!
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