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    Oct 22, 2006, 9:12 PM - #1

    After looking for three years I finally came across a Martin Baker MK4 ejection seat that I will use to make the Nav Chair inside the Falcon.

    The same seats are also located in the cockpit behind Han and Chewi's seats.

    I'm looking forward to this project, which I plan to start on next year.

    I don't think it will be too tough and if anyone has any ideas of what to use for the round base on the chair or anything else - let me know.

    Also - please post good reference photos.
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    Oct 22, 2006, 9:30 PM - #2

    Okay, educate me. How is this a 'seat'?
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    Oct 22, 2006, 9:32 PM - #3

    Isnt that the top part that extends to make sort of a headrest? I can't quite picture it in my head right now.
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    Oct 22, 2006, 9:37 PM - #4

    Yeah, it looks like the headrest for the Falcon. But surely that isn't a complete seat, is it? Looks kinda cool, but it also looks like there's a lot of work ahead. What kind of work is involved in bringing it up to a seat looking Falcon chair???
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    Oct 22, 2006, 9:48 PM - #5

    And where on earth do you find something like that???

    Cheers,

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    Oct 22, 2006, 10:29 PM - #6

    Great piece.
    Were you able to get the rest of the seat?

    Now you need a tupperware lid like on the Sandtrooper backpack to go on the seat back.
    I think that's the only other known part.

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    Oct 22, 2006, 10:38 PM - #7

    Wow. Cool find.
    I was asking about this just a couple months ago in this thread:
    http://www.therpf.com/index.php?show...02&hl=ejection

    Some nice ejection seat links there as well.
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    Oct 22, 2006, 11:33 PM - #8


    Chris - thanks for the tupperware tip - any idea on where to find one...or is that the trick?

    It was a complete seat, but due to the expense and difficulty of shipping, I only purchased this part. The rest of the actual ejection seat was not used.

    Here is what needs to be done.

    Weld pipe on bottom to attach to base and weld piece to make the chair part. Finally make wood backing and cover, make cushions, and wood arm rest.

    Any ideas on how to make the banding on the seat back would be appreciated.

    The cushions are the same tan padding that is all over the Falcon.

    I know it's easier said than done

    <div class='quotetop'>(dcarty @ Oct 22 2006, 06:48 PM) [snapback]1343089[/snapback]</div>
    And where on earth do you find something like that???

    Cheers,

    Dave C
    [/b]
    Let's just say it wasn't easy. Also, unless you find a U.S. ejection seat junky, these things are not here. So everyone in the U.K. has a big advantage.

    From what I can tell this seat was never used in any U.S. military aircraft.


    Also - there is a good picture of the seat on page 73 in The Art of Star Wars.
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    Oct 22, 2006, 11:55 PM - #9

    <div class='quotetop'>(Stormy320 @ Oct 23 2006, 04:33 AM) [snapback]1343151[/snapback]</div>
    Chris - thanks for the tupperware tip - any idea on where to find one...or is that the trick?
    [/b]
    The Tupperware lid is that round disc in the center of the dark ridged section just below the ejection seat head (see AoSW p.73 pic).
    It should be very easy to find, Tupperware still makes 'em plus you can pick up vintage ones on Ebay all the time.
    I don't know the exact size or name of the pitcher it comes on (I know there are 2 sizes), but I'm sure that info is around. Braks Buddy would know for sure since it's a Sandtrooper thing.

    PS - That's one of the coolest pieces of vintage aircraft scrap I've seen since the IG-88 head.
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    Oct 23, 2006, 6:15 AM - #10

    Great find, looking forward to seeing this project complete.
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    Oct 23, 2006, 6:53 AM - #11

    That's a nice find. It'll make a very interesting and unique project - good luck

    A few years ago I met the bloke who supplied the ejection seats for the falcon set, along with a lot of aircarft parts that he either sold or loaned to Elstree for dressing. I talked to him about types of seat on behalf of someone who was planning to doing the same as you, not sure he ever achieved it though, the stuff's incredibly hard to come by apparently.


    Jeremy
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    Oct 23, 2006, 8:06 AM - #12

    I don't evny your work ahead but look forward to the end result.

    It looks heavy, does this mean you will have to bolt it to the floor to stop it tipping over?
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    Dec 30, 2006, 12:56 PM - #13

    Excellent find.
    When you get around to starting the work, take measurements. I'd love to get the dimensions so I can scratchbuild the major components since I'm sure I'll never find a real one, let alone 3 of them.
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    Dec 30, 2006, 1:33 PM - #14

    This is all I've got. Must be others around here.

    [IMAGE]http://img272.imageshack.us/img272/1474/falconcockpitesb4ne.jpg[/IMAGE]
    [IMAGE]http://img286.imageshack.us/img286/4040/falconcockpit5yi.jpg[/IMAGE]

    Good luck with your project.
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    Jan 3, 2007, 10:35 PM - #15

    Between work and finishing up R2, I haven't been able to start on this project yet.

    I have many ideas on how I'm going to complete it, but if anyone has thoughts on how to build the flower pot base, I would love to hear them.

    I was trying to post a picture of the original chair from the DVD but it says I only have 13.6 k left. I don't know how that could be. Does anyone know any free software for MACs that is good at shrinking photos?

    Also, I will be happy to pass along dimensions.
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    Oct 23, 2007, 1:21 PM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #16

    Sorry to bump this thread so far, but some of the pics have disappeared.
    Has anyone got good shots of a MB Mk IV seat? I have a project in mind and I'd like to see how much work would be involved.
    Or for that matter, any good clear shots of the seats in place in the Falcon's cockpit.
    Thanks for any help!
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    Nov 29, 2007, 2:05 AM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #17

    superjedi said: View Post
    Sorry to bump this thread so far, but some of the pics have disappeared.
    Has anyone got good shots of a MB Mk IV seat? I have a project in mind and I'd like to see how much work would be involved.
    Or for that matter, any good clear shots of the seats in place in the Falcon's cockpit.
    Thanks for any help!
    Here is a picture. I hope to post some more pictures of my seet in the next few weeks .
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    Sep 7, 2008, 2:46 PM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #18

    I have an F4 ejection seat that is not the correct one for the NAV chair for sale if anyone is interested.
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    Sep 14, 2008, 9:42 AM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #19

    Any progress on your seat build?
  20. RPF Premium Member Stormy320's Avatar
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    Jul 11, 2009, 7:50 PM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #20

    Started working on the seat.

    I'll try to post some pictures in the coming weeks.

    Not much to look at yet.
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    Jul 12, 2009, 1:42 AM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #21

    Yeah, I can't wait to see this either!

    Not to get off topic but does anyone know what was used for the steering wheel?

    Thanks for posting those pics!
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    Jul 12, 2009, 1:56 AM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #22

    Yea! And can you repost the pics? Your links are all dead.
  23. RPF Premium Member Stormy320's Avatar
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    Jul 26, 2009, 5:14 PM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #23

    Sorry I haven't posted any pictures yet. I will.


    I'm tying to make the base.

    It's difficult to find tubing to make the round piece. I purchased a Tapeese Plywood cylinder with an outer diameter of 9 3/4" diameter that might be too large.

    I'm thinking about going for this 8 5/8" tube at McMaster.

    http://www.mcmaster.com/#8705k96/=2x2581

    Just wanted to see if you guys had any ideas. I think I need something around 9".
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    Jul 29, 2009, 12:48 AM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #24

    I can't upload the old pictures anymore??

    More to come...
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    Jul 29, 2009, 4:09 PM - Re: Found Falcon Nava Chair Ejection Seat #25

    8-5/8" is the standard outside diameter for 8" pipe. I'd think it wouldn't be too hard to come up with a piece of that just laying around. I see them laying 8-12" lines around me all the time. I'll see if I can find out if it's the same size.

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