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mattevans
08-07-2009, 09:03 PM
Can anyone point me to an alternative to the Simkit/TRC Cessna simpit glareshield and enclosure?

Please note I am interested in pre-built (or at least ready to build kits) stuff, not custom builders or plans of how to build my own.

Jackpilot
08-07-2009, 10:25 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-Cessna-337-Instrument-Panel-Covers-P-N-K1513780-9_W0QQitemZ390077449647QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Aviation_Parts_Gear?hash=item5ad26d85af&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/CESSNA-172-INSTRUMENT-PANEL_W0QQitemZ330349628547QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Aviation_Parts_Gear?hash=item4cea5f4c83&_trksid=p4506.c0.m245

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cessna-182-Aircraft-Instrument-Panel-Overlay_W0QQitemZ350232782265QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Aviation_Parts_Gear?hash=item518b8025b9&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cessna-182-A-Instrument-Panel-Aircraft-Experimental_W0QQitemZ220251764815QQcmdZViewItemQQptZMotors_Aviation_Parts_Gear?hash=item334807384f&_trksid=p4506.m20.l1116


As for the enclosure and glareshield, sorry, but building it yourself is about as complicated as building a box. Cant go wrong.
Or visit GA airport maintenance shops for a scrap part.

autocadplease
08-07-2009, 10:29 PM
http://www.sgsim.com/

I know nothing about them. I just remember the site.

CessnaGuy
08-08-2009, 03:41 AM
Glareshield for the Cessna is easy....

Get a 4ft x 1ft slab of insulation block (styrofoam) approx 75mm-100mm thick and a hot wire cutter or coping saw......

Draw on your shape of the glareshield onto the block as 1 piece...

Cut out the shape of the glareshield using a hot wire cutter or coping saw....

Sand and smooth round all edges....

Prime with white emulsion paint (emulsion only...any other paint will melt it)...

Then prime again.......

Then paint black using black matt emulsion....

Then paint again.....

If you dont like the painted look, then you can always cover it with dark grey or black letherette (make sure it stretches 2 ways, not 1 way).....But make sure if you do decide to do it this way, that you cut out an mdf or plywood template to glue your styrofoam piece to so that you can staple you letherett e covering to it as your buggered without this as you will have nothing to staple to as you cant staple styrofoam...

As for the box......

MDF for the box, bendy MDF to provide the curved 'top part' of the box...

If you are willing to put a little time and effort into it, then you can make all this very cheaply...without going down the simkits route!

OTHERWISE THERE IS NO OTHER PRE-BUILT ALTERNATIVES TO THE SIMKITS/SEAGULL KITS OR READY MADE'S!

I know the GA sim market very well, and there is nothing out there in terms of boxes and glares, apart from like what jackpilot has pointed out by looking on ebay etc!!!

Good Luck....

Alex

mattevans
08-08-2009, 09:05 AM
OTHERWISE THERE IS NO OTHER PRE-BUILT ALTERNATIVES TO THE SIMKITS/SEAGULL KITS OR READY MADE'S!

I know the GA sim market very well, and there is nothing out there in terms of boxes and glares, apart from like what jackpilot has pointed out by looking on ebay etc!!!

Good Luck....

Alex

Thanks, that will save me some time searching without results.

cjellwood
04-11-2010, 10:52 AM
http://www.aircraftspruce.co.uk/catalog/appages/doorsealsAcc1.php

Better late than never

CessnaGuy
04-11-2010, 10:58 AM
Is this the aircraft spruce add on cover, literally something that fits over an origional glareshield?

cjellwood
04-11-2010, 11:02 AM
Is this the aircraft spruce add on cover, literally something that fits over an origional glareshield?

I do believe it is the whole thing but you are right to be suspicious for that price. I have sent them an email asking about the fittings etc because there are lots of variations over the years but this looks generic.

Chris

CessnaGuy
04-11-2010, 11:07 AM
Are you building a GA Pit, Cessna type?

Alex

cjellwood
04-11-2010, 11:20 AM
yes, I finished the design this morning so just needs to be cut. Although I did do a test cut earlier to check gauge fitments and to see if the Saitek gamble had paid off :)

http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/cess1.jpg

http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/cess2.jpg

http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/cess3.jpg

The hardest part of this project is modelling the plastics for the G1000 SVT. I have nearly finished the software but expecting a hefty bill for the prototyping.

I am in Southend

Chris

CessnaGuy
04-11-2010, 11:31 AM
Brilliant mate, I live in Basildon.

I am building a Cessna 150, but on a budget, and have no space for the sim, so it's just a desktop sim for now that is setup when I want to fly and packed away when I dont.....

Nice to meet ya pal....Alex

cjellwood
04-11-2010, 11:43 AM
my budget kind of went out of the window on this but if I get it done before the bailiffs arrive then all is good :)

If all goes to plan then this will be an instructor cockpit for Southend Airport. I will give you a shout when it is done so maybe you could pop up and have a fly? Maybe get a real flight too? Sometimes the pilots are in a good mood

Chris

CessnaGuy
04-11-2010, 11:49 AM
That sounds excellent my friend,

I have had a few trial flights at Southend, not much in the log book mind, I fly my sim out of Southend quite a bit.

Please feel free to contact me when it's up and running, you know that a local is always willing to visit, and a real flight would be superb, not flown GA in a while for real, I could chip in on fuel maybe?

Congrats on the build, superb quality.

Stay in touch.

Alex

cjellwood
04-13-2010, 09:57 AM
whilst browsing for encoders i stumbled across this :)

http://www.cockpitsonic.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=256&category_id=46&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27

CessnaGuy
04-13-2010, 10:37 AM
Very similar to the simkits glareshield!

cjellwood
04-13-2010, 12:16 PM
100 Euros cheaper than Simkits listed price.

Simkits price dont include tax and extortionate courier charge. Expect to pay near on 500 Euros for the simkit version once all the additional costs are added.

CessnaGuy
04-13-2010, 12:26 PM
Simkits are a joke with their pricing, totally not good value for their products, I had their gauges, and what you get for you money is VERY little.

kermit
04-13-2010, 03:10 PM
Remember prices that are displayed on US sites are also without taxes and shipping.
The total costs will exceed Simkits.
And as you know Alex I`m not sharing your view;)
I`m waiting on a new CCU2 and warningpanel from a Mycockpit fan,
this will complete my search for the Simkits instruments for my Cessna set up.
greetz

CessnaGuy
04-13-2010, 03:37 PM
Lol, Kermit......

Our views on simkits are always best not spoken ;)

Eviljonbob
04-27-2010, 04:23 PM
Simkits all up C172 cockpit with panels and controls .........you can almost buy two real C172's for the same price.

cjellwood
06-01-2010, 12:39 PM
I bought the glareshield from cockpitsonic view here (http://www.cockpitsonic.de/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=214&category_id=43&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=27) but after 3 weeks of waiting nothing has arrived. No contact from the seller either so will be issuing a chargeback.

Gripe #2

Simkits are a bunch of tards! I bought the cessna trim wheel and flaps switch second hand that included the simkits stencils of which I based my design on. Upon fitting the parts to my cockpit I find that there is a massive error in the cutout caused by the stencils simkits provide being completely wrong! Simkits deny any responsibility even though I sent them these pictures. They said, "the stencils are to be used as a guide only and may need modification" WTF
btw, the trim wheel is clever but the flaps switch is seriously bad design and not worth the money.

http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/stencil_error.jpg
http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/trim_error.jpg

oh and guess what, they removed my post on their forum about the error stating that the simkits support forum was the wrong place to post support queries. Somehow I think they need a bit of competition in the sim market

Chris

Eviljonbob
06-01-2010, 02:09 PM
....

Simkits are a bunch of tards!
....

oh and guess what, they removed my post on their forum about the error stating that the simkits support forum was the wrong place to post support queries. Somehow I think they need a bit of competition in the sim market

Chris

Well theres your problem. You shouldn't have put a support question in the support forum. It needs to go in the "Builders that we don't care about" forum.

For me Simkits is a great idea and concept, but when the gear costs more than the aircraft it is simulating, then I have real issues with it for the home builder market.

I realize that in order to come up with a quality product and design, it takes time, effort and money to tool up for it however. They appear to be going well in that they are still around, so more power to them.

With Saitek jumping on board and coming out with instruments and radio/nav panels for a very competitive price (and real cheap compared to $imkits), I hope to support them in competing in that market, which will hopefully mean that they will come out with more for the home pit builder. I just bought a saitek pro flight yoke, throttle quad and pedals to replace my old CH gear. I am going to get the radio and nav panel next. My plans for the instrument panel are to use an lcd monitor behind a cut-out with rotary encoders. I will mount the saitek radio and avionics panels next to the monitor in the appropriate places. It isn't going to be a 1:1 scale of a Cessna 172, but it will be close enough. The increase in fidelity to get it 1:1 with every nut, bolt and instrument in exact place is a cost factor of at least one zero in the cost. I will be using that differential to actually pay for time in a real aircraft and fly (hopefully!). I may look at a separate Tach and ADF gauge next to the yoke so that I can mount the yoke in the right spot and place the LCD above. That way at least I will save on the cost of the other gauges and indicators.



I am looking forward to seeing how you progress with your project!

cjellwood
06-01-2010, 02:34 PM
Either way you look at it, there is money to fork out. Personally I am suprised the Chinese have not jumped on the simulator band wagon. So far I have done well avoiding simkits by sourcing various gauges and parts from other suppliers but the trim wheel and flaps switch had to be bought from them. An alternative to the flaps switch is a simple 3 pole circular switch connected to a lever. The simkits flaps switch does not have any 'click' or any resistance whatsoever actually which is not good.

For the glareshield it may be a case of having a custom prototype made from foam or fibreglass.

Chris

CessnaGuy
06-01-2010, 03:03 PM
You should of got Chris @ inflight simulations to order the glareshield for you through his cockpitsonic uk distribution website (www.cockpitsonic.co.uk), that way Chris would of tracked your order every minute of the way, and he and his wife will always alnswer the phone in the office, he is a top bloke. Maybe contact Chris through his Cockpitsonic UK website because I know that he will certainly be able to contact them.

By the way, I never knew about the stencil thing, why sell simkits stencils if they don't represent the product they are designed for.....Stencils to make your own MIP so that you can use Simkits gauges..... but the instruments won't fit what you have just cut out.......because the simkits stencil needs modifying to fit the simkits gauges......that is one BIG flaw here!

I will say no more about simkits........

cjellwood
06-01-2010, 04:27 PM
funny you mention the UK cockpitsonic.co.uk because I tried calling them earlier to see if they sell the glareshield but they not answer the phone lol. The glareshiled is not listed on their website so I wondered if they could get one. I emailed them instead, waiting for reply.

The irony here is that if all the cockpit builders put their heads and money together, there would be no need for all these expensive niche items. The companies are already waiting for bulk orders before they ship anyway. Take FlightIllusion for example, 8 week delay before shipping any item. That is because they are storing 8 weeks worth of orders so to bulk buy the PCB's etc with customers money. Not because it takes 8 weeks to produce the parts.

Oh and where is this motorized force feedback cessna yoke that FlightIllusion were teasing us with a few months ago? Obviously they are taking orders and deposits which is actually paying for its development :)

Say for example we all needed a glareshield for a Cessna cockpit like I do. We can pay 」300 - 」400 each for a piece of plastic, or all agree on a design and manufacturer to then each pay 」100 for the part to be custom made. (」500 estimated cost for 5-off production). Then there is a mould left over for any future orders where each part ordered will only be around 」70 if a few are ordered. The same goes for electronics for radios etc. Where the **** do simkits get off charging 」400 for a single AP or radio unit without control board? It is buttons and LED segments ffs! 1980's technology lol

Chris

Eviljonbob
06-01-2010, 04:57 PM
The irony here is that if all the cockpit builders put their heads and money together, there would be no need for all these expensive niche items. The companies are already waiting for bulk orders before they ship anyway. Take FlightIllusion for example, 8 week delay before shipping any item. That is because they are storing 8 weeks worth of orders so to bulk buy the PCB's etc with customers money. Not because it takes 8 weeks to produce the parts.

Chris

Chris,

You hit it on the head and I have been looking at crowdsourcing for a while now, but didn't really think about it again until you triggered it with this post. I am a subscriber to Make magazine as well and consider myself handy, but there are times when we just don't have the time or tools for stuff that we need. A while ago I looked at a site called Ponoko http://www.ponoko.com/ .

It is basically a front end to manufacturers and 3D fabricators for small production projects. This could be one answer..... We could upload some designs, get some prices and just do it ourselves. Some sort of shop or link to the manufacturers could be put up in the forum with minimum orders required (if any). Food for thought

EJB

cjellwood
06-01-2010, 05:32 PM
hmmm, sounds good but this sort of action requires trust on behalf of all parties to work fluidly. Earlier in the day I sent details of the simkits glareshield to a fabrication company local to me so will be interesting to hear what they say about it and the price they quote from simkits example picture. For my part I can make a 2D dxf file of the glareshield base so all is then required is for it to be raised into a 3D sketch (which I am no good at).

I also havea good idea for a flaps switch which is very simple but everytime I pay someone to design the electronics for a radio etc they disapear off the face of the earth half way through the project. I may strike lucky soon. But for now lets tinker with the glareshield idea and see where it goes.

Here is a pic of my cockpit showing just the gauges that arrived today from a good small company www.homesim.de (http://www.homesim.de)
It took them a few weeks to make these gauges for me which is ok but unfortunately they only build half size cockpits which leaves several open holes in my design that will be filled by FlightIllusion reluctantly.

http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/SP_A1886.jpg
Forgive the rust, this is only a test cut. If anyone fancies a go at this design, the laser cutting cost is around 」100 all in. The square cutout at the bottom left is for a Saitek control panel which is shown in one of my earlier posts.

Oh and by the way, I have 2 x 32" LCD screens going cheap if anyone is looking for a dual screen setup display
http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/SP_A1467.jpg

Chris

AK Mongo
06-02-2010, 01:13 PM
Never heard of home sim, but their prices seem very reasonable! You have any feedback on how they are performing? The website shows full size instruments, are they not available yet? Sorry to hijack the thread, but this is pretty interesting and I would like to know more!

cjellwood
06-02-2010, 01:29 PM
The only homesim parts that I have tested so far is the radio module, a small gauge and VS gauge.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZeE4sDp9Wc

It takes a while to set up the control panel with all the parts so I will be testing next week some time when my final cockpit cut is made. HomeSim are not really into selling one-off parts, they prefer to sell bulk items. The control panel that runs all of their gear requires input from their switchboard to operate properly, but on my cockpit there is a Saitek switch board doing the switch work. HomeSim were great and created custom firmware for me so that the switchboard could be left out of the equation and work from FSUIPC data, not the HomeSim switchboard.

Today I got a tracking number for the glareshield so will do a quick review for that once it arrives.

Chris

cjellwood
06-02-2010, 01:48 PM
oh and btw, you can only pay them by wire transfer. Here is a couple of pics of their mixture stick which is just simple good design and cheap :) The throttle stick is the same but with red knob. I have some original Cessna knobs but they want a 6mm shaft, this is 4mm. May need to drill it out

http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/stick1.jpg
http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/stick2.jpg

Chris

CessnaGuy
06-02-2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the video's, this HomeSim is looking very attractive indeed! At long last a cheaper alternative to the way over priced plastic on the market today. Seagull Systems, Simkits and FlightIllusion all have one thing in common, WAY OVER PRICED! This HomeSim stuff is very good value for money. A six pack for under a grand? PERFECT! Excellent Value Indeed!

BigBlueSaw
06-02-2010, 02:03 PM
This could be one answer..... We could upload some designs, get some prices and just do it ourselves. Some sort of shop or link to the manufacturers could be put up in the forum with minimum orders required (if any). Food for thought


At Big Blue Saw, we regularly work with hobbyists and small businesses who need control panels. Typically we will waterjet cut the panels if the customer wants aluminum or stainless steel, or we laser cut plastic control panels. I don't know that we've ever done a control panel for an airplane or simulator, but we have made plenty of panels for boats, cars, DJ mixing boards, and other miscellaneous electronics.

BTW, I'm really impressed by the quality of some of the cockpits I'm seeing on this forum. Keep up the good work!

AK Mongo
06-02-2010, 02:06 PM
oh and btw, you can only pay them by wire transfer. Here is a couple of pics of their mixture stick which is just simple good design and cheap :) The throttle stick is the same but with red knob. I have some original Cessna knobs but they want a 6mm shaft, this is 4mm. May need to drill it out




http://www.fsuipc.co.uk/img/stick2.jpg

Chris

...Very uncivilized of them to require wires transfers, but such is the nature of International trade. So everything interfaces through their control board? Was thinking it was individual USB instruments.

How long did it take to get delivered from ordering? Were the gauge faces customizable like Simkits are? They look very smooth in your video. Is the setup you are talking about related to your panel, or do the instruments/radios take a lot of fiddling?

cjellwood
06-02-2010, 03:13 PM
How long did it take to get delivered from ordering? Were the gauge faces customizable like Simkits are? They look very smooth in your video. Is the setup you are talking about related to your panel, or do the instruments/radios take a lot of fiddling?

It take around a week for small part orders but can take upto a month for large orders. The proprieters of HomeSim work normal jobs and do private aviation projects so it is really just a matter of what they have on their plate at the time. I dont think they are customizable but will check later. HomeSim sent me the DXF files for the radio and gauges so it was just a matter of getting the design cut and screwing them in. No calibration required, just plug it all into the pre defined control board slots and away you go. If you dont want to use their switchboard in your cockpit then they will send you the custom software so everything works through FSUIPC instead of the switchboard.

That reminds me, the gauges are backlit too but I forgot to press the lighting switch in FS to test the lights.

What is really concerning me now is the extra radio modules required such as the AP unit and a few others. If anyone knows an electronics engineer that designs PCB's then please let me know. I will pay and already have the software ready to connect via USB to a PIC18F4550 with the radio AP data etc. All design for the required boards is waiting and parts are ready too, just need the pcb's designed for print and firmware written.

Chris

It is a shame they do not do all the gauges but the range they do sell is better than a kick in the nuts from simkits.

cjellwood
06-02-2010, 03:18 PM
You should of got Chris @ inflight simulations to order the glareshield for you through his cockpitsonic uk distribution website (www.cockpitsonic.co.uk), that way Chris would of tracked your order every minute of the way, and he and his wife will always alnswer the phone in the office, he is a top bloke. Maybe contact Chris through his Cockpitsonic UK website because I know that he will certainly be able to contact them.

I will say no more about simkits........

Chris from the UK cockpitsonic contacted me a moment ago. It seems that he gave the Dutch side a boot in the *** earlier which resulted in the appearance of a tracking number this morning for the delivery :)

CessnaGuy
06-02-2010, 04:00 PM
Funny you say that, I just got an email from Chris a few hours ago. He's a top bloke believe me, he's prob just been very busy with all the other stuff going on!

Alex

cjellwood
06-08-2010, 02:33 PM
Glareshield arrived today :)

http://www.leons-world.com/img/glare_400.jpg

I was suprised it is made of fibreglass, not ABS. I dont think fibreglass is the best material for this product considering the thin sections that warp and can break easily but generally it is good quality. But I expected it to be cheaper being made of fiberglass

Chris

AK Mongo
06-09-2010, 12:13 AM
Is that the cockpitsonic one, or the locally fabricated?

cjellwood
06-09-2010, 04:31 AM
Is that the cockpitsonic one, or the locally fabricated?

It is the CockpitSonic glareshield. Sorry I should have stated that in my last post, I presume everyone is psychic sometimes (so my other half says) :roll:

Chris

CessnaGuy
06-09-2010, 04:53 AM
Can I ask what your radio stack is, is it the Saitek stuff?

Cheers,

Alex

cjellwood
06-09-2010, 05:41 AM
the current stack is the HomeSim COM/NAV and XPNDR Click here to view (http://www.homesim.de/products/components/radio/index_en.html)

That leaves me short 4 units which I have attempted to have custom made but was let down on several occasions by the engineers that I employed for the job. I sent the design files to Chris at cockpitsonic last week, he said he would help me get them developed. Unfortunately (as is normal) he has not replied to me since sending the files.

Chris

CessnaGuy
06-09-2010, 06:42 AM
Cockpitsonic GA radios, this could be interesting, are you expecting chris to develop them cheaper than what is already on the market?

Cheers, Alex

cjellwood
06-09-2010, 09:55 AM
well I hope he can produce them cheaper. I think HomeSim should be a guide as to what is a proportionate price for this sort of equipment because they are very reasonably priced and I am happy to pay those prices (when I have the money to pay it if you know what I mean). I dont feel like I am having my arms pulled off when buying from HomeSim.

There is nothing stopping us from all chipping in to have the units built ourselves. To complete the stack we need AP, DME, ADF and Audio panel of which the master unit would be the AP module. Just 4 people chipping in 」150 each would pay for the professional design and construction of the AP master unit so that pays for itself, then the other units will be much cheaper following that design base. Here is my DXF sketch of the master radio unit which is very simple and would probably cost no more than 」80 each to produce (including assembly) after design costs. I will get a quote for the AP master unit development and post it here when it arrives.

http://www.leons-world.com/img/bid_desc2.gif
http://www.leons-world.com/img/3D1.gif
http://www.leons-world.com/img/AP.gif

Chris

Chris

AK Mongo
06-09-2010, 06:52 PM
Can I ask what your radio stack is, is it the Saitek stuff?

Looks like the Homesim units http://www.homesim.de/products/components/radio/index_en.html

Cheaper than Goflight heads, but realistic look and function.

CessnaGuy
06-10-2010, 12:20 PM
Cheaper than Goflight heads, but realistic look and function.

Go flight do the job nicely but look nothing like anything you would see in a GA aircraft!

cjellwood
06-10-2010, 12:27 PM
I had an opportunity to buy some Go-Flight radios but they do not pay much attention to the cosmetics i.e. big chunky buttons and 'in yer face' LED sections, so gave them a miss. Today I went to see a company that does plastic moulding for the glareshield. A quote for that is around the corner and also for the radio modules from a different company.

Chris

cjellwood
06-16-2010, 06:39 PM
Tommorow afternoon I have some time in a Cessna cockpit armed with my tape measure so if anyone has a request let me know.

Chris

cjellwood
06-18-2010, 11:03 AM
ok guys, just so nobody can say I am all mouth and no action, today I sold my remaining kidney to pay for the creation of the afore mentioned glareshield. Tooling is the most expensive part @ 」1400. Then after tooling we have ABS quality glareshields at 」130 a pop rather than 」350 from Nether-Nether-lands. This has been done primarily for my own production interests but anyone is welcome to get their hands on a piece at this moment.

A few slight modifications had to be made from the base example to add strength at critical areas but nothing major.

The radio module idea is yet to be addressed no thanks to Chris from cockpitsonic UK who decided to take my design files then disapear.

Chris

Cessna172sim
07-04-2010, 01:15 PM
We made our instrument panel from aluminum and water cutted it in a local company called Tampereen Vesileikkaus:
http://www.tampereenvesileikkaus.com/?ad=GoogleLSA

It was very precise and good quality work. I'm sure they can also ship the panel outside Finland. All they need is a CAD-document via email.
http://www.lentosimulaattori.1g.fi/kuvat/assorted+construction+pictures/Simkits+%2C+Instrument+panel/03.JPG
http://www.lentosimulaattori.1g.fi/kuvat/assorted%20construction%20pictures/Simkits%20%2C%20Instrument%20panel/

cjellwood
07-14-2010, 01:38 PM
The Cessna throttle friction blocks are very easy to make from aluminium hex rods. Here is what arrived from my engineer today all ready to fit apart from a couple of tap to put screws into to hold in position.

http://www.leons-world.com/img/friction_blocks_sm.jpg

Later I will show some pics of them in the cockpit with original throttle knobs and hopefully the manufactured glareshiled if it is ready.

Chris

CessnaGuy
07-14-2010, 01:40 PM
Hey Chris!

Pm me of you have a couple more of these fella's!

I need two!

Cheers Mate!

Alex

cjellwood
07-14-2010, 02:03 PM
They are custom made to fit my cockpit which has specific throttle bar lengths etc but not a problem because you can have a set custom made. I will send you the design file and you can go from there to make modification to suit your needs :).

Chris

CessnaGuy
07-14-2010, 02:09 PM
Nice one Chris, no rush matey, thought that they looked really good so thought I would ask!

Keep up the great work!

Cheers,

Alex

cjellwood
07-14-2010, 02:18 PM
howz your setup coming along, is all going to plan?

Chris

CessnaGuy
07-14-2010, 06:07 PM
Yeah its coming along slowly, nothing can be furthered until I get the panels sprayed, I have 」500 still to pay for me holiday in majorca at end of august, so looks like It will be finished after then. Apart from that I have everything and all the parts ready to put together. My CNC panels are top class, got the leo bodnar card and LED card all sorted, encoders working, led's working with the default cessna in fs9. Radio stack is pretty much a goflight module for now until I can get something better! Just need to save up for the spray jobby!

All the best!

Alex

cjellwood
07-14-2010, 06:39 PM
Yeah its coming along slowly, nothing can be furthered until I get the panels sprayed, I have 」500 still to pay for me holiday in majorca at end of august, so looks like It will be finished after then. Apart from that I have everything and all the parts ready to put together. My CNC panels are top class, got the leo bodnar card and LED card all sorted, encoders working, led's working with the default cessna in fs9. Radio stack is pretty much a goflight module for now until I can get something better! Just need to save up for the spray jobby!

All the best!

Alex

Cool! Dont worry about that radio system, I have an engineer working on that right now :)

http://www.leons-world.com/img/PCB.gif
Combined Audio / AP panel the will do ADF / DME board next. Still sticking with HomeSim for the Com/Nav and Transponder.

Chris

AK Mongo
07-15-2010, 01:58 AM
Hey Chris!

Pm me of you have a couple more of these fella's!

I need two!

Cheers Mate!

Alex

Alex,

It was pretty easy to interface the real TPM cables I got used from ebay. By the time you get the parts custom machined, you might be better off to just use the real thing with some 100 mm slide pots, angle brackets, cable clamps, plumbers tape and bobby pins as I did.

What are you using for your warning panel and OMI lights?

CessnaGuy
07-15-2010, 06:34 AM
For the throttles, as it stands I am using a 60mm slide pot which is attached to a small bracket, the bracket then screws into the MIP tightly with a thin nut. A 6mm rod then passes through this. The throttle knob is attached to the rod. Pretty much as you say it but without the real throttle assemblies but with real throttle knobs!

cjellwood
07-15-2010, 11:16 AM
For the throttles, as it stands I am using a 60mm slide pot which is attached to a small bracket, the bracket then screws into the MIP tightly with a thin nut. A 6mm rod then passes through this. The throttle knob is attached to the rod. Pretty much as you say it but without the real throttle assemblies but with real throttle knobs!

To fit the original knobs you will need a 6.35mm (1/4 inch) rod otherwise the thread grip is a bit loose. The thread type is a terrible rare one too, my engineer had to purchase a die specifically for the job.

http://www.leons-world.com/img/throttle_2.jpg

Chris

cjellwood
07-28-2010, 04:53 PM
It took a bit longer to happen than expected but the glareshield mould is now complete and ready to produce!

http://www.leons-world.com/img/glare1.jpg

Hopefully by this weekend there will be a final product to show

Chris

CessnaGuy
07-29-2010, 06:21 AM
Hi mate, just sent you my latest update via PM, check your inbox buddy!

vamaral
08-03-2010, 07:51 PM
:grin:Hi Guys
My name is Vitor I知 from Portugal and I知 a Flight simulator enthusiast I started to build my own simulator but after that some of my friends ask me o do some parts for them because of that I developed several aircraft parts in a fair price not to win money but to help anyone who loves this hobby let him get a realistic felling, as you can see I知 selling some of them in classified item if anyone is interested let me know I知 developing a G1000 too see my opinion in that forum. I知 open to help you in any develop that you need I知 able to do any parts you would need you can contact me to my email vamaral@portugalmail.com
Cheers Vitor:grin:

cjellwood
08-05-2010, 04:53 PM
nice setup Vitor! Looks a bit tall but maybe that is the camera angle.

Here is a pic of a test cut I picked up today to represent the acrylic top layer. It looks like metal but it is in actual fact a crazy type of foam that is really dense and bendable. perfect for test cuts and will probably do well as a projection screen also which will be interesting.

http://www.leons-world.com/img/foam_cpit.jpg

Chris

vamaral
08-06-2010, 04:30 AM
Hi Chis
Thank you for your words. You are doing a great job too, I known the material you are using that痴 great to do prototypes using cnc痴.
In fact you are right my panel is a little tall then the Real one and the yoke position little lower the main idea is use a 22 TFT that fits perfect and you can simulate all gauges, with this solution you can save to much money or work time building gauges. Are you developing your own gauges? It looks that you will use your panel to integrate the radio stack it that correct? Are you developing it by yourself?
Cheers
Vitor

cjellwood
08-11-2010, 01:23 PM
Hi Vitor,

It would take a decade to explain this project but here are a few pictures of the current panel progress. Apart from a few FlightIllusion gauges, all parts have been purchased ready to be fitted.

This is both layer of the cockpit panel, a 2mm steel layer that holds onto the instruments with a 3mm plexiglass layer. The plexiglass layer will be inkjetted to make the panel look authentic. The white layer shown is not plexiglass, it is a foam material used for prototyping.

http://www.leons-world.com/img/cockpit_layers.jpg
http://www.leons-world.com/img/cockpit_layers2.jpg

Chris