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    CRJ Radio Module attmept 1

    Ok so I have been messing and here is my first attempt at the Radio Module for the CRJ

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    2000+ Poster - Never Leaves the Sim Michael Carter's Avatar
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    Precisely lined and cut holes are why I abandoned trying to cut my own 727 instrument panel. It was more expensive to buy, but a lot faster to install.

    About $400 US for the entire instrument panel over to the landing gear panel with only three Korry indicators missing (two of which I picked up for $30) and all switches included. some of which I deleted for the -231 model.

    No one would be able to touch that in the third-party world.

    Do you have a CNC machine? I'm not certain about this, but the light plates use a continuous radius around the panel fastener cutouts. No squaring of the cutouts are used at least on Boeing specified equipment. Might be different for your manufacturer though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackWidow View Post
    Ok so I have been messing and here is my first attempt at the Radio Module for the CRJ
    Stunning.

    Looks great. I can't wait to see your first completed radio. I think you will find great joy as I did building your own panels.

    Happy Cutting. If you mark your material with pencil and measure twice and cut once, you will get the results your looking for.

    Great work!

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    The great thing about where i work is i have access to a flow jet and CNC machines.

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    Well I had the radio module cut today as a test so here it is with the PSOne LCD screen. I still have to have the back milled so that the screen will fit perfectly in its new home and the guys did forget to add the circle cut out but nothing I cant do with a drill press and I think I will do as BSW suggested and have a bevel placed all the way around the frame. Also I think the holse for the panel mount fastners needs to be opened up a little.


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    Fantastic work. Looks outstanding.
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    In case you're needing the measurement, the cutouts for the mounting plate holes are 11.5mm across.

    Looks good!
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    Perfect thanks I was trying to figure that out with THE BEST GUESS lol

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    What material is everyone using?

    What material do people use when making there own panels, both the main panel and the individual instruments. I had a piece of pvc type plastic from the old modeling days.. Anyone have a better idea for basic woodworking tools?

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    I have used acrylic in the past but have switched to PVC Type II for it's durability.

    My panels have been completed for some time, and the last of them are being replaced with Boeing equipment, but I'm now using the PVC for instrument bezels.

    It's quite durable, easy to work, and will not crack or shatter as acrylic does during some operations.

    You can cut it with a jig or scroll saw, it files and sands well, and readily takes a variety of paint.

    It's not suitable for backlit panels, but it's great for just about anything else.
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