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“The cab will start to take shape in this next stage as you combine the central console with the cab floor, install the engineer’s and captain’s seats, and add more all-important rescue equipment. Note how all seats, except the engineer’s seat, have air packs located in the back of the seat so all fire fighters have to do is hook them on their shoulders.“
Materials: The Steering Column and the Magnets are metal, but everything else is plastic.
CAUTION: The Magnets may shake loose from their slots in the Cab Floor Section during shipment, so check your parts bag thoroughly!
NOTE: Save any spare screws left over at the end of each stage of this build. They may be needed in later stages!
Cab Floor and Engineer’s Seat
Cab Floor Section
Retrieve your Central Console assembly from the previous stage. Fit the two tall posts under the Central Console into the matching holes of the Cab Floor Section, as shown:
As you are fitting this Central Console, make sure the two lower tabs of the Cab Divider Glass slide into these matching slots:
Also, make sure the Speaker wires are coming out the front of, and not trapped between, these two assemblies:
Secure the Central Console to the Cab Floor Section from below with two (2) Type H screws (from Stage 13):
Fit the peg and post of the Seat Support down into this location on the Cab Floor Section, as shown.
The instructions would have us mount the Seat here first, but I found it easier to install the Seat Support alone as it can be tricky to line up.
Fun Fact: On real fire trucks, this thick support base is typically an air ride suspension system under the front seats:
Secure the Seat Support to the Cab Floor Section from below with one (1) Type H screw (also from Stage 13):
Press the two tabs on the bottom of the Engineer’s Seat into the matching slots of the Seat Support, as shown.
We normally super glue these seat-to-support connections, but the instructions do not mention it. If your seat is loose, simply glue it to the support:
Installing the Captain’s Seat
Retrieve your Captain’s Seat from the previous stage. Fit the post on the bottom of the Seat Support down into the matching hole at this location of the Cab Floor Section:
Secure the Captain’s Seat Support to the Cab Floor Section from below with one (1) Type H screw (again from Stage 13):
Rear Cab Details
Press the D-shaped post of the Thermal Imaging Camera into the matching hole at this location of the Cab Floor Section:
Press the two pins of the Halligan Bar into the matching holes at this location of the Cab Floor Section:
If you find this a tight fit, just spin your PH00 screwdriver in the holes to open them up a bit:
To ensure these details are firmly secured, check that the pegs are poking through the underside of the Cab Floor Section:
Each of the four Magnets has a red line on one side:
Similarly, the four magnet ‘pockets’ of the Cab Floor Section have the same red line:
These two red lines should face each other when we install the Magnets. If the red lines are not visible, retrieve one of your Doors and stick the magnet to the lower Inside Door Panel, as shown. The side of the Magnet that sticks to the door is the ‘red line’ side:
Carefully apply a little super glue into two of the magnet pockets under the Cab Floor Section:
Place a Magnet into the recess with the red line side of the Magnet facing the red line of the Cab Floor Section and let the glue set:
Repeat this process with the remaining Magnets so all four are secured in the pockets, as shown:
A couple of seats, a couple of tools – we are trucking right along, pardon the pun! Safely store all of the unused parts from this stage until we need them later, including the: Steering Wheel, Steering Column, Steering Strut, Steering Bracket, Securing Tab, and any remaining screws.
Stage 16 – Cab Inner Roof, MDT Frame/Keyboard/Screen, Dome Lights, Wing Mirrors