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    Touchscreen

    Hey Chris,
    Not to hijack the thread or anything (okay, baltantly hijacking the thread!) but I take it that is a touchscreen you are using there on your pedestal? How do you find it? Happy with it? I'm planning on using one just for the FMC for an Airbus cockpit.

    Seems all I do these days is 'plan.' Where's that lottery win I was promised!!

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    Nigel,

    Yes it is a touchscreen for the lower Eicas and the FMC. It works just fine and especially since I have both the Project Majenta Complete Suites for the Boeing and the Airbus, so if I decide to fly the Airbus instead of the Boeing aircraft, I can still have the Airbus FMGC on the lower screen to plan the flight.

    Having said that, I have since bought the Engravity CDU for the FMC and will be removing ( or rather moving sideways a bit the screen ) the screen to accomodate the CDU and still have the Lower Eicas below and have a Touchscreen type FMC for the Co-Pilot's side. Saves me buying another CDU for the co-pilot's side and yet still able to use the FMGC for airbus if needed.

    One of my plans in future is to build the A320 cockpit and place it beside my current B737NG cockpit ( once I have a new room built in an extension to my house ) and have the PC's have output splitters to go to both cockpits so I can have a choice latrer to either fly the Boeing cockpit or the Airbus cockpit.

    All sounds ambitious and extremely costly....but I'm going to go with simple cockpits and make it myself just like what I did with my overhead for my B737 cockpit using poster blow up of an overhead picture and then placing switches in it to get it to work with a joystick card controller from Leo Bunar.

    Cheers mate...
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    Hi Joe,

    Where did you get the picture of the overhead from?

    Many Thanks

    Rob

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    Sorry guys, last post should have been addressed to Chris.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisdanker View Post
    Nigel,

    All sounds ambitious and extremely costly....but I'm going to go with simple cockpits and make it myself just like what I did with my overhead for my B737 cockpit using poster blow up of an overhead picture and then placing switches in it to get it to work with a joystick card controller from Leo Bunar.

    Cheers mate...
    I love it! So the picture of the overhead panel is behind clear plexiglass or something like that I assume?
    Matt Thomas, CFII
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    Thumbs up thanks for sharing

    Where a question can lead to. I enjoyed reading all the answers about the choice of material. Eachone has his or her own methode. By that it helps others. great, thank you questioner and replyers.
    happy landings and take care, Yos.

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    Mounty / Matt,

    The overhead was made using a picture of reasonably good resolution of the overhead of the fwd overhead and then I took it to a local shop that makes signages and posters for advertisements. Got them to blow it up to full size and the picture kept relatively clear and not pixeletted. The size I made it was about 26 inchs x 26 inchs and the poster print was on self adhesive print and stuck it onto 5mm clear perspex ( for future backlighting) and then put in all the switches and selectors that I got from a local electrical / electronics shop and some from the online shops for the Boeing knobs etc.

    All this with the switches in place looks nice and as long as I can get the feel of using the overhead for landing lights selection , engine starts using the start selector switches and boost pumps selection...etc...etc. and then using the Leo Bodar joystick controller card to control the software side of the switches to the simulator, then I' a happy man for flying my cockpit as I dont have quite the funds for buying the high end overhead panels that cost a bomb. All in all , I paid for the overhead ( including Leo's card ( GBD45) about EUR 140 for my complete overhead....

    Hope this info helps., have attached the picture of the overhead that I used for blowing it up to full size.

    Regards, Chris
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    Hey,

    Chrisdanker, where did you find the pictures of the overhead? And are there other pictures forexample for the pedestal of the main panel?

    And does anyone know where I can find those pictures to blow-up for airbusses?

    Nout

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    Nout,

    This site may be interesting for you since you are an Airbus builder...:

    http://www.simpit.de/a320dim/page_04.htm

    Will look for more in my other laptop later.

    Hope it helps.

    Chris

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisdanker View Post
    Nout,

    This site may be interesting for you since you are an Airbus builder...:

    http://www.simpit.de/a320dim/page_04.htm

    Will look for more in my other laptop later.

    Hope it helps.

    Chris
    Thanks, I already have seen the site and it was really helpful for me.

    Hope you can find some more site on ur other laptop!

    Nout

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