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    Start of B737 NG Project

    Hi all,

    i decided to start with the MCP. My approach is to make this all by myself. I found great help on the OC site with the tutorial for the MCP. So far i am collecting all the small pieces i need and place them on three plastic boards. At the moment i am using saw and files to make the matching breakthoughs in the acryl. For the input signals to the computer i have the BU0836X - for the LEDS i think i will get a master card from OC. Update will follow.

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    I think its fantastic making your own equipment, I haven't attempted anything as complex as an mcp but i'm researching a few other projects and i had great fun doing my Tq. The best thing is you can have the backlighting, you can choose anything you want when you self build.
    keep us posted on your build please!

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    hey,
    i have here an old mcp panel from hispapanels with some switches, and i don't need it anymore. so if you want i can send it to you. just send a pm.
    greetings from germany too, christian

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    Good luck my friend

    I am in the process of ordering to begin building too. I wish the best for your cockpit.

    And don't forget, one thing that all coleagues here stressed was to have fun and flying time as the process of building goes on.

    Regards from Athens, Greece

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    Hello,

    before i begin with the real deal - i thought it would be a good idea to built a CNC router first. This was accomplished and here is the first work. The MIP Main Panel milled out of 10mm MDF Material. I made 3 pieces - although it would have been possible to make it in one piece. The work table of the CNC router is big enough....

    Next step will be milling some panels out of white plexiglas (acryl) and paint with RAL7011. I hope to get goo results with engraving (removing) the color from the acryl. Then these plastic panels would be mounted on the MIP. Okok - long way to go...



    Cheers Andy

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    Keep up the good work!

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    Hi Andy,,

    You may find this http://personales.ya.com/micabina737.../mcp/mcp1i.htm of help building the MCP, I am thinking of using this as well for building mine.

    Kind Regards

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    Hi my friends,

    i think it is time to provide some updates for my project.

    After i got my CNC machine running (with fixed chinese controller card TB6560) it is possible to do my own parts. So far the MIP structure is nearly finished and the first panel is backlighted. I use the SMD LED stripes for backlighting.

    At the moment i work on the MCP. The front panel is finished and engraved (with 0.5 mm end mill) and backplate also ready. I do not use a 45 or 60 degree engraving mill because i have issues with the height of the panel. What i do is to set Z Axis to Zero for each new block of letter i want to engrave. The workbed is not 100% even so this is the solution which works good for me.

    I did test with a self constructed engraving head but no big success.

    Last week i received my first 500 € shipment from Open Cockpits with important components like master card, output card, switches, buttons and knobs. I did some molding tests to make my own knobs with silicon form and epoxy resin and you can see in the picture what comes out if you can´t wait till the mold is dried.

    I try to get the MIP, MCP and EFIS Panels finished till i´ll move the whole structure into my cockpit room. For software i discovered the PROSIM 737 solution which seems perfect for my needs - not to mention that the package is free at the moment. Next steps will be all the wiring and of course many hours learning SIOC.

    Cheers from Würzburg / Germany
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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    Great job Andy

    Keep on posting

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    Re: Start of B737 NG Project

    I second Nick on that.....top job and I can see an excellent sim coming on!

    Keep up the updates!
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