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    Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Hi everyone,

    Just kicking off with my build of 737NG, in fact it's so new I have only just cleared a space in the garden for my 'Sim Shack'! Thought I would say hello and ask couple of inane questions!

    I have been reading up for the past few months trying to get a handle on the best way to start the build and most importantly keep spending to the minimum possible, it's going to be tough!

    I think I have decided my approach for the early part of the build and to this end Geremy at GLB, Chris at Cockpitsonic UK have been very helpful as has Manolo at Hispapanels.

    One thing I cannot fathom though is whether or not I [U]need[U] to use PCBs with the panels that I plan to buy from Hispapanels and the overhead from Geremy. I have a desktop setup a the moment using a Leo Bodnar card, switches and rotaries and do not use a PCB. Do I need to use PCBs, they add quite a bit to the cost? I plan to build the panels (add knobs, switches, lights etc.) to keep costs down but will have to learn electronics, so pardon me if this is a silly question. If I do not use PCBs, any tips on back lighting the panels?

    Anyway, quite enough for my first post I think!

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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Welcome to the insane, Gatwickman. Hope you'll find the answers here (well I'm sure of it actually). There are no silly questions. Backlighting? Well, I'm experimenting with self adhesive LED strips. Maybe a thought?

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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Thanks for the welcome JWS.

    Dave

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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Hi Dave,

    Welcome!

    Generally it's - LED's or LED strips for lighting.
    LED's will need to have a resistor wired in whereas the LED strips can be connected directly to a 12v power source (this obviously depend on what's used!)
    As far as PCB's... don't see why you have to, they obviously save space and most purchased solutions use them but there are many home built cockpits that don't.

    Cheers
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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for the reply and guidance.

    Dave

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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Quote Originally Posted by egkkman View Post
    One thing I cannot fathom though is whether or not I [U]need[U] to use PCBs with the panels that I plan to buy from Hispapanels and the overhead from Geremy.
    Hi Dave, Welcome to the forum. Glad you are considering our products in your flight simulator.
    No PCB's are required with our panels, and if they decide you want one (although if you count the Leo bodnar card that is technically a PCB) they can be mounted away from the overhead thus not hindering the backlighting.

    If you shoot me a message i can sort out for you backlighting with any panel you buy.

    Hope that helps.

    Once again welcome to MyCockpit.org. Great to have you here Dave.
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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Hi Geremy,

    Thanks for the welcome, appreciated.

    I'll be in touch.

    Best

    Dave

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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Dave,
    I'm a couple of hours away in Somerset and also part way through my 737NG build. I'm using a Poldragnet MIP, Open Cockpit MCP and plug and play pedestal modules and just working out the cheapest way for an overhead. I like the GLB idea but can't wait the 3 months they quote for getting stuff out, so may well go for an Engravity overhead. As for backlighting, I'm just using the 12v adhesive LED strips you can buy from Maplins - they are pretty cheap, great quality, and you can cut the lengths you need really easily.
    Good luck and let me know if I can help - as I said I'm just aroumd the corner!
    regards.

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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Quote Originally Posted by stanhargs View Post
    I'm using a Poldragnet MIP, Open Cockpit MCP and plug and play pedestal modules and just working out the cheapest way for an overhead. I like the GLB idea but can't wait the 3 months they quote for getting stuff out, so may well go for an Engravity overhead.
    Have you looked at getting the Poldragonet overhead? I have one and would thoroughly recommend it - and best of all, its cheap! I bought the kit version and wired it up myself.

    I'm in Southampton, so let me know if either of you want any help or advice!

    Cheers, Dan
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    Re: Hello from Portsmouth UK

    Current waiting times for the full overhead are around 8 weeks if that helps. 3 months is at peak period - we can usually improve on this.
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