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    Building Materials: Wood?

    Hey,

    what do you think is the best building material for the cockpit (pedestal, MIP, supporting structures)? Is wood the best? and what thickness? and what is the general price for the wood?

    Hope anyone can help!

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    I think a lot of builders use Medium Density Fiberboard, don't they?
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    Mdf

    Yep, I use MDF. I have not built a lot yet - just a prototype pedestal, but 6mm MDF seems very strong. I've got a friend who used 12mm for his MIP panels - I would imagine it's much heavier than it needs to be. MDF is cheap and easy to work with, except that you must wear a mask when cutting it. The dust is - not good! And you need to prime it with special MDF primer as it sucks up moisture. The primer is available in any DIY store and cheap too.

    So nothing out of the ordinary really!

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    Hi Nout,

    I've been using MDF for all my building, 12mm for the main MIP and 6mm for the glareshield and 9mm for the frame to hold the Engravity panels.
    I've added some working pics for you to see how it turned out.

    Hope that helps,

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    Hi Joe,

    Nice MIP. Any chance of you sharing you MIP plans and dimensions? Are they to 100% scale or like the Engravity MIPs which are 85% scale.

    Regards,
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    I use MDF and plywood. MDF is strong but heavy. Problem with plywood is that the finish is not as smooth as MDF so it needs more attention before painting.
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    Price

    I forgot to say - here in the UK MDF is about 5.50 for a 6mm thick sheet measuring . . . 1200 by 800? or 600? Not sure. I don't consider it expensive anyway!

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    Hi Chris,
    Sorry I don't know whether it's full size or 85%, I made it to fit the Engravity Performance Line Panels. The design I got from this web site and it's a pure gold mine for cockpit builders:
    http://www.737ngproject.be/
    I simply adapted the dimensions found here to fit my panels, but I have no real detailed plans that would mean anything to anyone else. if you look at his photos you'll see how closely I followed his plans.

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    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for your reply. If you have the Engravity Performance Line then it must be 100% scale.

    I have seen the website that you mentioned...does anyone know if the site can be translated into English....but his pictures speak a thousand words anyway.........

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    Hi Chris,

    Google Translate is brilliant, you simply copy the URL into the dialogue and that's it.

    Hope that helps,

    Joe

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