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    Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    Hi there,

    I am in the process of building out a budget home flight simulator. Looking for any old or unused parts you might have to help me get started. Especially radio panels, multi-panels, gauges, cool multi-monitor set-ups, etc (though i am thinking about using touch-screen monitors for instrumentation). Would eventually like to go to a fully enclosed cockpit w/ motion simulation. I am taking flight lessons in real life and looking to supplement that with the most realistic experience that I can get. Thanks so much! Andrew

    Feel free to email me at goodfella40@yahoo.com.

    So far I have compiled the following.

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    Saitek Pro Yoke
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    Saitek Switch Panel
    CH Pro Pedals

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    52" XBR TV

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    X-Pro Pedestal Rocker
    Speedblack Evo control mount

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    4GB 1033 DDR3 mem
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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    What aircraft are you basing your build on?
    http://juneaucessnasim.blogspot.com
    N58243 (virtual)- Low and Slow...

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    Looking for a two-seat single-engine plane. I'm don't need the instrumentation and panels to reflect any one model. Functional and immersion is all that matters to me.

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    for panels you maybe want tor try to produce them (almost) by yourself. Just design the panel in Photoshop with the correct size and a HIGH resolution - buy some PLexiglass cut into the desired size and then got to a copyshop and let them print it onto the plexi doesn't cost a lot!

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    If you're using this to enhance training, the most important bit is that you consistently treat it like training. A dual-monitor setup would be helpful for the instrument panel, but it's not really necessary as long as the instruments are reasonably legible.
    For each flight, you should have a specific learning/practice objective. Just remember to plan the flight, then FLY THE PLAN. During "training" flights, don't let it become a game.

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    Thanks for the tips. I ended up buying a 7" touchscreen monitor and am going to put the main instrument panel on that.

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    Wow, that's going to be hard to read!

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    Must have more than 20/20 vision all right LOL

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    Re: Newbee looking for entry-level panels, monitors, instruments, etc

    Yup. 20/15 actually and am only 29 so don't need reading glasses just yet. Had my laser surgery done about a month ago and came out pretty happy with the results.

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