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  • #31
    Smart... Didn't think about that
    Justin Johnson
    XJJohnsonX
    [email]XJJohnsonX@MSFlights.net[/email]

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    • #32
      I have been tinkering around with a tablet but haven't really found anything really useful with my setup
      Last edited by XJJohnsonX; March 31, 2013, 06:50 AM.
      Justin Johnson
      XJJohnsonX
      [email]XJJohnsonX@MSFlights.net[/email]

      Any questions about the VA send me a message.

      [img]http://www.msflights.net/pilots/phpvms/lib/signatures/MSF0045.png[/img]


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      • #33
        Great job! This project looks great. Keep up the good work!
        Happy landings,
        Lazer


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        • #34
          Thanks Lazer!

          Today I built the bases for the cockpit. I started off with a 2x4 structure. Then added 1x4's of nicer wood around the outside of that.


          Then I just had to put a skin on the sides. Unfortunately I only had that crappy wood, so it's not super great.


          For the right side one I added additional structural support, then cut a V into the top. Into the V I installed my throttles in a wooden surround. To route the cables out of the throttle enclosure I used my Dremel to carve out a channel for the wires, then drilled holes to run to the back of the base. So I do still need to figure out how I want to do that last side. Due to the wiring I will need to be able to get access, so it must be removable. Perhaps I will get MDF for that side...


          I need to cut the bottom plate to width and screw down the rudder pedals. I'll then tilt it on end and screw the bottom plate into both bases.


          I got some L brackets to attach the dash to the bases, but they are too small, so I'll have to go get larger ones, then it should be rock solid.

          Oh yeah, and paint too... but honestly right now... I don't care.
          - Michael
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          • #35
            Very nice!

            What you need is a 55" monitor hanging on the wall behind the dashboard.:encouragement:

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            • #36
              That's awesome, Waterman! Very nice even unpainted.
              Greetings from Dale
              Sound 4-U! - A Tulsa based sound company that provides sound reinforcement and mobile recording services.

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              • #37
                Here's some new pictures...

                http://imgur.com/a/9LNVv/#0
                - Michael
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                • #38
                  Looks Amazing Waterman! Keep us posted
                  - Mulder

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                  • #39
                    Amazing stuff you got going there.

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                    • #40
                      Looks great! I am rebuilding my cockpit soon too because I built this when I was 9 and kinda outgrew it. I like your ideas with the throttle quadrants, I think I will steal your ideas.
                      If it ain't Boeing I ain't going.

                      [img]http://www.msflights.net/pilots/phpvms/lib/signatures/MSF0024.png[/img]

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                      • #41
                        Thanks guys! I'm liking the TPM panel. I feel like I can fairly easily/somewhat realistically replicate single engine piston planes, up to 4 engine jets (I use the 4 in the middle with far left axis for spoilers and far right for flaps). The triple monitors though are not working, so while it looks awesome I'm going to drop back down to 1. At that resolution I can't keep the framerates up.

                        Wheeled, I'm mixed about the throttles... it looks cool, but I definitely put them in the wrong location, and they are pretty much stuck there. Doing it again I would probably find a way to temporarily mount them to the inside, so I could move them forward or back as needed, or remove them all together and put my joystick in it's place. I also wouldn't be opening up the inside to route cables through it.

                        Hrmm... now I'm thinking I should just do that, and try to fill in the holes, or cover them up. I'll have to think about that....
                        - Michael
                        Check out my cockpit build!

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                        • #42
                          You could always mount your throttles above your head and off to the right....like in a goose.
                          [img]http://www.msflights.net/pilots/phpvms/lib/signatures/MSF0027.png[/img]

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                          • #43
                            That would be kinda cool, except he would have to turn the axis backwards and would not get the reverse thrust notch thingy when you pull them back to idle.
                            If it ain't Boeing I ain't going.

                            [img]http://www.msflights.net/pilots/phpvms/lib/signatures/MSF0024.png[/img]

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                            • #44
                              It could easily be done. Just mount them correct to the Goose, and program the rest! Axis' are reversible and everything is programmable!
                              - Michael
                              Check out my cockpit build!

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                              • #45
                                As the sheetrock in my basement is nearing completion, and I'm hiring out the mudding/taping, I've started to get the itch to fly. I can't bust everything out currently, but it doesn't mean I don't want to. In the next month I'll be ordering a new Warthog, and have decided to build my own GPS.

                                For the GPS I started looking around at all the pre-made ones. There are some beautiful ones out there to buy, but the price would be just too high. Then I started looking at the home brew ones and came across the GarSIM 530 (http://forum.avsim.net/topic/266481-garsim530/). The builder of it even posted some of what he did in a PDF that is in multiple places on the internet (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_bT...hl=en_GB&pli=1). Unfortunetly the links to his project files are dead, so you can't get the PCB file or the 3D model of the front panel. The creator of this went on to create Emuteq (http://www.emuteq.com/GNS530.html), so I could understand him not reposting the old files, but his has been a large inspiration for me.

                                So for me to build my own I didn't want to follow his PDF exactly. For example the screen he used is an accurate sized 4"x3" display... for $250. I picked up a 7" LCD off Amazon for $40 (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I2K45X8/?tag=msflights-20). Just saved $200. It arrived yesterday and I immediately took it apart (easy with just 2 screws) and found it will work perfect for this project. I started building the PCB a couple days ago, but decided I should build the front panel first to have the buttons where I want them. Last night I started and got it pretty much designed. So here's where I'm at currently.


                                The question is should I just etch the labels for the buttons on the side of them, or try to get them put on the buttons directly. Getting them on the buttons would most likely involve getting a dry transfer sheet created special for me and applying a clearcoat on top, where as just etching it on the panel doesn't seem to affect the cost of the panel. I'd love to hear everyone's opinions on which way to go. (You can see an example of it on the side with Desktop Aviator's GPS switch panel: http://www.desktopaviator.com/Produc...2420/index.htm)

                                Another question.. Should I keep the large square button caps for the RNG, or use the same smaller caps the other buttons use, perhaps turned vertical like on the left side, and the GarSIM 530? The real GNS530 has square buttons, but they are smaller than the ones for the switches I'm using.
                                - Michael
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