Several years ago Sig Mfg. sold three old time kits that had profile pilots as part of the kit. You can still buy the kits or just the pilot figures directly from Sig. Click HERE to visit the replacement parts page. Then view the parts for the Antionette, Demoiselle, or Deperdussin. The Demoiselle comes with torso, arms, & legs. The others just come from the waist up. You can order online.
The Scout looked unfinished without a pilot figure. So I came up with a solution similar to one I used before with the FT Old Speedster. Check that post out HERE. There is a hole in the foam board that is the top of the fuselage in the cockpit. I used a couple of pieces of foam board to make a base, then cut a slot for the profile pilot head to fit in. You may or may not want to glue the pilot in permanently.
One of my friends looked at a picture of my FT Speedster. First thing he said was, “Where’s the pilot?”. Good question. I decided to come up with one. Years ago I built an old time Sig kit called the Demoiselle. It came with a profile pilot. You can still buy just the pilot from Sig, but i decided to go another way. Did a Google search for pictures of vintage pilot with leather helmet and goggles. Came up with one that looked pretty good, then downloaded the file. I opened the pilot picture in a photo app that I have on my computer and applied a hatch filter. Then printed it out. Then drew in a mustache and cigarette. Then scanned the drawing and sized it down 50%, which seemed to be about the right size. In order for this to work properly you need a left side and a right side. The Preview app on my Mac allowed me to print, flip, and print. Then cut the figures out and glue them both to either side of a 3″x 5″ index card and cut it out. The pilot figure has a tab behind his head. That fits into a vertical slot that I cut in the turtle deck just behind the pilot.
While assembling the wheel pants on the FT Old Speedster I realized that the sides were a bit closer together at the front. So the poster board would not fit properly. A small one inch “L” shaped spacer will keep the two sides the correct distance apart at the front while you glue the poster board on. I decided to go with black instead of white poster board. Don’t glue the spacer in and be sure to remove it when the gluing is complete.