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    Want A Cheap Solution To Cockpit Building

    Can anybody tell me how to get a good quality cockpit but an affordable price?

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    Thats a very expansive question!

    Simming on a budget is very achievable. Usually through a DIY approach to keep costs down. However, you get what you pay for and so quality will suffer.

    I would also recommend against going for the cheapest aircraft just because it is cheaper if it isnt what you want to fly.

    To help you further what kind of an aircraft would interest you? Small aircraft like Cessnas and Pipers, Regional/Business jets like the Learjet, Medium Iron like the 737 or Heavy Iron like the 777/747? (Other Airbus aircraft are available!).

    Its hard to give advice on what you can get without knowing what interests you.

    Where abouts in England are you? There are many UK builders (myself included) that can help you out.

    Tom. Stafford UK.

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    "good quality cockpit"
    What type of airplane, cockpit, what is your idea of good quality ????

    "an affordable price"
    What is affordable for some is out of reach for others

    Rule: you get what you pay for...

    (exception to the rule: Throttle knobs!!!...lol)
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    Another thing to keep in mind is time frame. If you are not in a hurry, you can build a better cockpit as you can buy the parts. If I had to go out and buy all my parts at once, my cockpit would never be.
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    Thats one way to look at it but on the other hand building a pit takes a hugh amount of time so i chose to do it once, start at the deep end jump in you will soon learn how to swim(sim) hehe . Dont forget you are not alone here at mycockpits ..... I started my build in august ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruiner494 View Post
    Can anybody tell me how to get a good quality cockpit but an affordable price?
    Iím assuming your talking about a complete cockpit with all the bells and whistles. IF so, I think you would come up short if you make an average income to find an affordable solution. This is a very expensive hobby no matter how you look at it. A lot of guys will tell you to do go the DIY route but remember that gets expensive too with time, time is money.

    Personally I would just start out with the joystick and add monitors, go from there. But remember keep your sim flying at all times. Bob reed is an expert at this.

    Good luck.

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    I am interested in 737 or 747 mainly the heavies. I have began using pro flight rudder pedals, throttle quadrant and yoke which i think are a much better realism than a joystick or keyboard. I have a lot of time to build this at the weekend. I have ooked at websites but everything is so expesive. I have a very low amount of money. So Far, £6! I am at the moment trying to fund raise by selling things that will not be any use to me anymore like my old joystick.

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    I've decided the 747-400 but need the cockpit dimensions so i can make a rough build out of wood to start with. I have a good throttle quadrant, yoke and rudder pedals. Just trying to work out a cheap solution to visuals. Any ideas?

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    First, £6 wont even buy you a soldering iron. Sorry but I think you need to think realisticly about the £6000 mark. Even a homemade sim is likely to cost this and more!

    Second, if you are building out of wood why not make it high quality first time. A rough build will only need replacing later on increasing your cost. Trust me I did that!

    Third. Glad you are looking to build this weekend. But have you PLANNED your build. What will you be building and what order? Do you need a base for dual controls? How are you powering it? Where are your computers going? etc.etc.
    Plan well and you will have less mistakes. I would spend this weekend drawing plans.

    Tom.

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    There is nothing cheap about this hobby. There are certainly less expensive ways of doing things, but it all costs real money and a lot of it.

    Do you have any experience in electronics, woodworking, metalworking, writing code, creating a computer network, etc?

    Looking at cockpits here on the site and deciding you'd like a 747 in your bedroom with £6 isn't much to go on.

    I don't mean to discourage you, but I think you should give some serious financial thought to how you're going to even start a project of this size, not to even mention completing it.
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