POTEZ 58 : The aircraft pedals and yoke

POTEZ 58 : The aircraft pedals and yoke

I’ve started reproducing the pedals. I couldn’t find a representation of the systems on Potez 58. There’s no documentation available. But the Potez 58 is a direct derivative of the Potez 43, so I used photos of the 43 to copy to the 58. I think that way I won’t be too far from the truth.

For the axis, I used 3 mm aluminium tube that I ovalized with a pair of pliers.

For the footrests, idem, 3 mm tube not ovalized this time.

I made a dremel slit in the pedal rest. I then inserted the axle in the slot and glued it. I glued the washers to the end of the footrests. At the bottom of the axle, I drilled and inserted a thin metal rod. This will be inserted in a metal plate glued on the floor support. The yoke is made of a 3 mm piano wire and an aluminium tube and a washer.

j’ai reproduit en contre-plaqué de 1 mm les plaques métalliques pour supporter les pédales sur le plancher.

A small coat of silver paint gives a certain look and resemblance.

If we look carefully at the original photos, the pedal was covered with a rubber band and grooved, to prevent the foot from slipping. To reproduce it, I first used black sewing thread.

La photo de la pédale à reproduire, la pédale maquette et le fil noir qui sera utilisé pour reproduire la bande caoutchouc. The photo of the pedal to be reproduced, the model pedal and the black sewing thread that will be used to reproduce the rubber band

I made laps with 6 turns of threads per stripe, lightly glued with cyanoacrylate and spaced very evenly. I used a surgical type of pliers to position the thread in place.

Then I used a fine brush to add black paint on the top of the pedal. The result is satisfactory. The piece is only 1 cm long and the pictures below are taken in close-up, but the rendering in real life is better.

Drilling a hole for the yoke. For the fixing, I will use washers and a clevis pin to keep the mobility of the handle as on the real one.

Then I glued the yoke and pedals in place. And here is the result in pictures.

And two photos with me as a bonus, on the one hand so that you have a better idea of the scale, and on the other hand because I’m happy with myself.

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