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    Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    I'm looking into Hispapanels' overhead for the sim. Has anyone dealt with them before and can give me a quick feedback analysis of the company.
    (ie. quality, delivery time, cost)

    The overhead for 400Euros looks ok. However do Hispapanels make their panels from metal or are they plastic. I can't seem to find any hints as to the answer. Anyone help?

    Finally are the companies panels backlightable? (That will be the determining factor)


    Your experience would help me out, Cheers

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    Hi,

    Manolo from Hispapanels is the nicest guy you can imagine. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable.
    His overhead panels are somewhat more realistic than the OC panels. They're both perspex, both backlightable, but Manolo's panel has the light grey parts on the Fuel, Bleed air, Hydraulics and generator panels, the OC panels are all dark grey. Manolo's panels are maybe a little bit cheaper as well. Delivery time for both is excellent.
    Hope this helps.

    Martin

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    Agree with you Martin, bought an EFIS and MCP panel some time ago. Panels are also good quality and Manolo keeps you informed of every step until the shipment.

    Will not hesitate to buy more panels from his shop.


    Regards, Wendy

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    You've told me what i wanted to hear people! Thank You.
    There's an 80% chance i'll be investing in their full fwd overhead.

    Thanks again for the pleasing, encouraging comments. I wouldn't have expected anything less from a flight sim provider
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    Re: Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    I am also looking at Hispapanels products. They appear to be far more reasonable than others so that's what's enticing to me. I guess where I am confused is how it all hooks back into the computer. Like the MCP panel looks to not have a USB, etc. Also do I have to do all the wiring for everything myself? How do you mount the MCP for example since there is no fitted panel like Cockpit Sonic or Flight Deck Solutions. How is the quality of this compared to those brands? Thanks for the info.

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    Re: Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    Well, partly because it is so reasonable, you'll have to be quit creative. They're just panels, nothing more. You'll have to buy all the electronic parts, wire it all up, think of some creative way to backlight it, connect it to some sort of interface card and program the card to do what you want it to do. So, if that sounds daunting you're probably better off buying a plug and play solution. The opencockpits is very reasonably priced at 300 something euros and is more or less plug and play, as far as I know.

    cheers

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    Re: Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    Indeed just panels, but as an option you can order all the components that you need for building the MCP. For me I have fun making all the parts myself, that's what this hobby means to me. Think about how to, try to solve it, build it...

    There is a complete tutorial for the MCP on the hispapanels website, here is the link:

    http://personales.ya.com/micabina737.../mcp/mcp1i.htm


    Regards, Wendy

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    Re: Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    Hi Guys

    Just an opinion ...been there done that..

    Building a sim takes thousands of hours, some components are highly sophisticated and costly, some are doable with ingenuity and little money.
    The success is often to allocate time and money wisely according to one's own capacity at doing things and financial resources

    Unless you are very good at electronics (and I mean very good) resist the temptation to build the MCP, Efis and radios from scratch. The cost of all parts versus a plug and play unit is ridiculously low, but the hundreds of hours you will allocate to that to end up with a so so result are rediculously high. Buy one ready to use , new or second hand (lots avail today) plug it and fly your sim while building something else..

    On the other hand, instead of dishing out thousands for a Throttle unit, which is nothing more than a mechanical device easy and fun to replicate with some aluminum parts and everyday tools, start buiding it, or your Mip stand or your pedestal box...

    If you are super good at electronics and unable to drive a nail, do the opposite but I think most people are the other way

    To sum it up, avoid the risk of "burnout and quit" syndrome which has killed some very nice projects because their builders lost their enthousiasm in front of a never ending task..

    Just my few cents..

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    Re: Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    I am willing to do the wiring and buy the components but the issue is the programming and buying an interface card. Does anyone have any experience with how to do this and what is involved in it. Also I was under the impression that Hispapanels overhead was prelit. The other stuff may not be so that could be an issue but...The way I'm looking at it I would rather do this whole thing for 3000 instead of 15000 even if there is extra work involved.

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    Re: Hispapanels feedback, review, advice etc. For possible purchase.

    Looks to me like the necessary components includes LED's for backlighting. Correct me if I am wrong. So that just leaves the interface issue. Anyone with input on this, what I'd need to buy, how much, how hard, etc.

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