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    PC12 Overhead

    Well I've finally go my overhead done (well the panels anyway). I decided to make my own panels using Acrylic plexiglass and labels printed on my inkjet. This method is certainly not new and has been suggested/documented before but I never really could get a satisfactory result. I ended up using A4 size self adhesive printing label paper. One for a top layer and another as a black mask underneath. Simple, easy and cheap! And I'm very pleased with the backlighting ability, although the panel edges still need sealing. It was so easy I uploaded another tutorial for others wishing to go this road.

    Here are some pix of the progress and completion.

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    Very nice results and the same method I used for the single panel I made.

    I bought a stall warning panel two years ago that didn't have a lightplate, but I got it cheap and thought it would give me a chance to experiment.

    It worked out OK. I woudn't do it again, but it worked.

    Try some extremely thin strips of closed-cell foam for the light leakage between the mounting screws either on the panel or on the overhead frame.
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    Thanks a million for sharing! Great tutorial!
    I'm just starting my overhead and was going to try this approach.
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    My main gripe with using this method is my inability to cut straight lines with a bandsaw. The result is some of the panel edges are a bit wonky! I tried using an edging bit on my router but it hacks the edges too much and looks worse. Any tips on that front would be welcome. Being overhead you really can't notice but I wouldn't want them staring at me on a glareshield or MIP. Still more work to do on it not least of which is wiring up the switches so it actually works!

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    The best solution I can think of is to cut outside the lines with the bandsaw and hand file the rest of the way. When I was still building panels I'd always cut a 1/16" outside the line and hand file it to get it smooth before sanding the edges.

    It's tedious, but it's worth it for the results.

    I didn't see any problems with the panels in the photos except for the light leakage. They all looked great.
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    Ken,

    The night lighting looks great. What livery are you flying with the PC12. Is it RFDS?

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    Thanks Mike but I am envious of your patience. Cut & run is my motto However as I said in the overhead you don't notice the jags (but I know they're their). Once the edges are sealed and proper backlighting installed (I was just using a home fluro for the pix) I reckon it'll bit a beaut!!

    And Darryl, yes I'm using the RFDS liver of VH-MWO done by Jason Rivard. I also have VWO repaint by Mozz Graphics over at VOZ. Both Perth girls of course.

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    Hi Ken, I'm just going to have to come and see this beasty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennair View Post
    bit a beaut!!

    And Darryl, yes I'm using the RFDS liver of VH-MWO done by Jason Rivard. I also have VWO repaint by Mozz Graphics over at VOZ. Both Perth girls of course.

    And lovely young ladies too!! Legs up to there, climb like homesick angels and that kero perfume that drives me wild.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westozy View Post
    Hi Ken, I'm just going to have to come and see this beasty!

    Gwyn
    Anytime Gwyn just let me know.

    And Darryl, very poetic and I totally agree (which is a worry)

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