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09-18-2009, 09:09 AM
Here are a few of the pix I just posted in the GA photo gallery of my C-172 simulator. Next step is building an enclosure.
http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/thumbs/IMG_1846.JPG (http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/IMG_1846.JPG)

http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/thumbs/IMG_1845.JPG (http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/IMG_1845.JPG)

http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/thumbs/IMG_1844.JPG (http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/IMG_1844.JPG)

http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/thumbs/IMG_1834.JPG (http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/IMG_1834.JPG)

Matt Olieman
09-18-2009, 09:56 AM
VERY NICE setup. Could you give us a list of parts used?

Thanks for sharing your project, excellent. :) :) :) :)

Matt Olieman

09-18-2009, 10:47 AM
Ultimate Traffic 2
Flight1 Cessna 172
FSGenesis Mesh
Ultimate Terrain X USA/Canada/Europe
Natural TreesX

Nivida BFG 9800 GTX+ 1Gig
Nvidia 8600 GS
3 22” LCD monitors (outside), 1 18”LCD monitor (gauges)
K9N4 Motherboard with AMD Athlon 5600+
TH2GO Digital edition
Saitek Eclipse Red backlit keyboard

Simulator Hardware:
Go-Flight Modules: GF-166, GF-46, GF-P8, RP48
DeskTopAviator: Avionics panel, throttle quadrant, carb heat
AirMap 600C GPS
Cessna 172 parts: trim wheel, flap switch, panel decals
Home-made: flap indicator, brake release, trim wheel, chair
CH Yoke, modified and extended
CH Rudder pedals
Sporty’s Flight Timer
Cirque Touch-pad (replace mouse).

09-18-2009, 11:16 AM
Fine piece of work. I like the use of a touch pad good idea. Your setup seems really quite solid. Do you have any plans for the future?

Great work..

09-18-2009, 11:27 AM
Hi...is your glareshield pipe insulation?

You can get the same results using styrofoam!



09-18-2009, 11:41 AM
Alex Jay - yes, it is pipe insulation. Cheap, self adhesive and looks ok for now. I would like to eventually replace it....Please let me know if you have some suggestions on how to build one from styrofoam.

Ronson2k9 - Future plan is to replace the glare shield and build some type of enclosure. I have purchased some PVC pipe and polystyrene sheets to build a prototype. I also have a Phillips Ambx "ambi-light" I would like to try to figure out a way to integrate as well.

09-18-2009, 11:48 AM
Here is the Radio stack close-up.
http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/thumbs/IMG_1843.JPG (http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/data/532/IMG_1843.JPG)

09-18-2009, 11:53 AM
Hi For glareshield out of styro, is easy!

Use a 50mm thick sheet of 4' x 1' blue foam.

Draw on shape of complete glareshield (aprox 1.5" thick)

Cut out using bread knife or coping saw, dont bother with hot wire cutter as it is added expense (unless you have one or can make one cheap)

Sand all corners of glareshield smooth, prime with white emulsion twice, spray with black paint or textured black paint, DO NOT COVER with vinyl or leatherette as it you will have to include a 'crease' at one point when you cover it, this crease will ruin the whole thing!

Screw a few screws into the glaresheild from the MIP or use a heavy weight glue, but make sure the glue doesnt melt the polystyrene, The glareshield will be light weight so just a few screws and a little glue will do the trick!

Mount LEDs into the glareshield to give light to the MIP (optional)!

That should do the trick my friend!


09-18-2009, 11:58 AM
I must admit, your sim is one of the nicest full length cessna home pits I have seen in a long time, keep up the excellent work!


09-18-2009, 12:37 PM
Thanks Alex. I am really looking forward to redoing the glare shield. I love the idea of installing the lights as well!

09-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Nothing beats a decent glare shield, it bring the MIP to life!

If you need any more help, give us a shout!

(I still have mine to do, so will thoroughly enjoy making the glare!)

TIP: Take your time, measure twice, cut once!



10-05-2009, 04:01 PM
That's amazing.

10-25-2009, 12:07 PM
What flight sim program are you using? I noticed that the nose of the plane is seen on your screens.

10-25-2009, 07:15 PM
I use FS9 and FSX. The nose of the plane is a "custom" panel I built using a picture of a cowling from inside the cockpit. It adds a nice 3D effect and gives me a reference of the plane outside of the cockpit.

10-27-2009, 06:50 PM
How did you make that? It's brilliant!

10-27-2009, 07:52 PM
Thanks - I used Panel Studio and created another panel with the cowling image as the background. You are welcome to it - PM me if you would like for me to email it to you.

03-20-2010, 05:12 PM
Thanks - I used Panel Studio and created another panel with the cowling image as the background. You are welcome to it - PM me if you would like for me to email it to you.

any chance you could send me the cowling image?