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    Potential for a short kit...



    This is a generic "single seat, jet" cockpit which grew out of discussions had after creating this one last week:




    I'm trying to find out of there is interest in this kind of thing. I've gotten some good comments from other sources, but I'm looking for more.

    The cockpit is not based upon any specific type as creating scale cockpit shells can be insanely expensive to do. The type shown in the top image is 72" long and 45" wide at it's widest point. It's designed to accommodate 8" wide side consoles (not drawn yet) and a standard automotive seat. I'm using a mid-90s Corsica seat for my testing.

    Cockpit floor to canopy rail is 26" and the canopy rails are about 34" apart.

    For those that aren't familiar with the term "short kit", it means that the kit would only contain a rib & short longeron set. The builder would supply all the sheet material for the floor, etc. The cockpit is built entirely from 7/16" OSB with the exception of the canopy rails which are 3/4" pine. The kit would include building instructions and plans for the larger components not included in the kit (base of the left & right sides for instance).

    I'm also thinking about offering a plans version that would allow the user (via a tile-printing program) to make the templates they need to cut all the parts themselves instead of buying them from me.

    The price range would hover somewhere between $150-$300 for the short kits, and $40-$75 for the plan set version. Not including shipping of course.

    Questions? Comments? Epithets?

    Thanks for reading.

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    See....

    Now, thats the best way I have seen Grant OSB used. Keep up the good work boys, the more of that you can use, the safer my Job is....

    I think you could use some more spars don't you? LMAO


    The Pit looks great, Thanks for showing
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    Well if you're responsible for that stuff, can you at least try to get someone to do a little maintenance on the gadget that controls the thickness of that stuff? It's all over the map.

    There isn't a single spar there. The skinny ones are stringers, the bigger ones are longerons. You'd be amazed at how strong that structure is, even before skinning it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geneb View Post
    Well if you're responsible for that stuff, can you at least try to get someone to do a little maintenance on the gadget that controls the thickness of that stuff? It's all over the map.

    There isn't a single spar there. The skinny ones are stringers, the bigger ones are longerons. You'd be amazed at how strong that structure is, even before skinning it.

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    LOL.

    I actually am responsible for Corporate security for Grant Forest Products. And I had actually heard there have been some recent issues with thickness management LOL. I assure you those issues have been addressed

    Other then that, I appreciate you knowledge, I didn't know what they were called, but Longerons, sound good to me.

    I am building my shell in a similar manor, with similar material.

    your Kit, looks amazing.

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    Thanks Trev. It's not quite amazing, but it's getting there.

    The hope is to be able to offer a whole line:

    Single seat fighter, jet
    single seat fighter, prop
    tandem seat fighter, jet
    dual seat fighter/bomber

    single seat, half-panel GA
    single seat, full panel GA
    dual seat, full panel GA

    Should be interesting...

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    Well Congrats, I can see you have a lot of talent.

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    Nice Work Gene,
    I mean that sincerely now lets talk business, how much will you charge me to make me a F15 1:1 cockpit (im serious) including the side shelves so I can put inthe joystick thrust lever panels etc myself/ Let me know,
    Thanks in advance

    Tim

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    Very nice work Gene. Let me know when you finish plans for the dual seat GA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warvet View Post
    Nice Work Gene,
    I mean that sincerely now lets talk business, how much will you charge me to make me a F15 1:1 cockpit (im serious) including the side shelves so I can put inthe joystick thrust lever panels etc myself/ Let me know,
    Thanks in advance

    Tim

    LOL How much for your F15 pit!

    Great to see the progress I've been following this over a couple sites/forums! I think I might be interested in at least plans if the wallet (errr wife) maybe even a kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by warvet View Post
    Nice Work Gene,
    I mean that sincerely now lets talk business, how much will you charge me to make me a F15 1:1 cockpit (im serious) including the side shelves so I can put inthe joystick thrust lever panels etc myself/ Let me know,
    Thanks in advance

    Tim
    Tim, while I appriciate the request, I just don't have the time to design a scale cockpit based on the F-15.

    Now as far as making you an F-15, I'll give it a shot...

    *waves wand* *POOF* Tada! You're an F-15! (runs)

    g.

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