Along the right cabin wall behind the right spotter seat were three box seats that doubled as equipment storage. Technically, the boxes differ, but in size and colour only, so from a modelers perspective hardly worth the effort to acknowledge the difference...at least in 1/72 scale. The most noticeable difference in the seats was the colour of the cushions and the boxes themselves. Along the wall, both variants used only the back of red nylon troop seats. Just as often as the red nylon webbing was in place, the webbing was removed for any number of unspecified reasons, but more likely than not to gain a view of something other than the dark and stinky interior of the helo.
Labrador seat cushions arrived from the factory covered in red nylon. Voyageur seats were locally manufactured, accounting in part for the different size, so the cushions were covered in whatever material was locally available. In my experience, red, blue or tan leatherettes were common.
The locally manufactured boxes used in the Voyageurs were made of sturdy gauge aluminum that was left unpainted (aluminum) for several years. Voyageur boxes were all the same dimensions were as the front two Labrador seats were shorter, than aft most box which were slightly longer to accommodate FE equipment. Voyageur seats were also marginally (perhaps 2 or so inches) taller than the Labrador seats. Labrador boxes were painted the same colour gray as other interior features.!
|Robert Pionteck's photo above is a fairly typical representation of an operational Labrador.|
|Note the blue cushion covers on this 113.|
|Full backed trooped seats can be seen through the window of this Edmonton based Voyageur. Photo Bill Ewing|