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    Airbus A320 fcu

    Hi guys,

    For a couple of months, I've been building my a320 FCU and cpt EFIS with a low cost approach, and I'm so proud at my first building attempt I have to share it . Since I have very limited space for the moment (wife don't want to give up the bedroom...), I intend to build desktop sized elements separately before going for the full mip pedestal etc... so after the FCU, plans are for a MCDU or throtlle quad, self made with quality in mind but low price (3000 for a throtlle quad seems really disproportionate to me ).

    For the housing I used PVC sheets which are quite rigid and easy to work with using simple tools (a drill, a saw, and a box cutter!).

    The panels were made by Schaeffer with Front plate designer, so they feel really pro and are custom made so it makes planning a LOT easier! The backdraw is they can't be backlit but in my very own opinion this is not an issue, I prefer daylight flight and graphics engine means I want to see things outside

    For the interface, Opencockpit cards and their switches, rotaries etc...
    The push-pull rotaries were homemade, with inspiration from Matt O.'s tutorial (dated a couple years ago on this forum).I ended up with a pretty easy solution using the built-in push button of opencockpits rotaries. I actually made a google sketchup of this solution here. It's very basic but it works.

    If you want to see pictures, I've posted some on MyCockpit gallerys here.

    See ya.

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    Sounds nice. Post some pictures for us to see.

    PVC sheet is extremely easy to work with. I love the stuff.
    All of my instrument bezels are made from it as well as a few other items.
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    I had posted a link to a gallery on Mycockpit but if you ask that nicely, here a few ones.
    I forgot to mention I'm currently using VasFMC which is really great and free.
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    Awesome work there! Just shorten your pot shafts and you'll be good to go.

    Don't want to poke an eye out with those!
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    Looks nice!! Keep up the good work, and keep us posted!
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