Thread: Calculating the room size vs space required

1. Calculating the room size vs space required

Hi there,

First post on the forum, Iam a keen simmer have been since 1993 and have now come to the conclusion that i'm ready for the next step. I currently use Saitek yoke and 2 throttle quad's with their rudder and 1 x lcd having done research on sim building I have come to the conclusion that:

A: I am going for a Boeing (either 737NG or 777 - I ideally wanted a 747 sim but i think the space is the issue)

B: Will start with MIP and the displays via PM and then shell

Now this is where my first headache comes to play. My experience with knocking 2 pieces of wood together is pretty dire (but i'll learn) so in order to get my pit as real as it gets I am going to purchase the MIP once I have done all my homework for the project from FDS. The dimensions taken for the 737NG from 737ng.co.uk are as follows:

2.43m wide
1.95m high
2.00m length

The only room i have to build this is
2.7 wide
2.5 length
2.4 high

tight fit?
how do you realistically go about calculating if the shell will fit into a room like this as i understand the figures look ok but it all the extras that will go outside that concern me.
would you consider making a mock up out of cardboard.
or re-creating 3d on the pc

what are other peoples first hand experiences of this?
i just dont want to start building around the mip only to realise bugger it aint gonna fit

James

this is a 3d representation of the room with dimensions.

this is the shell i would like to make:

and these are the figures i have found so far...

2. Re: Calculating the room size vs space required

Hi James

It looks like we are facing the same issues, Ive been researching for over two years now and I have a room with even smaller measurments like yours. So for me the conclusion is this: No Shell, just TFTs for the Visuals for now and the baseplate needs to be in some sort of Patchwork system so I can easily move it in to another room or house.
I know flying whotout a shell seems to be not so realistic but in my opinion the chance that we move seems to be more likely possible than finish the Sim. So I think I want to have my Sim flyable and after time we will move and there will be space for Shell and Curved screens etc...

Greetz Simon

3. Re: Calculating the room size vs space required

hi simon,

yes that is pretty much my situation now, focus on the sim and ensure its moveable out of the room and then when i get something permanent put the shell on. Heck for now i could build a rickety wooden hut and i dont think it would really distract from the experience lol