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    Question How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    I'm in the VERY early stages of planning my first pit. Likely a single or twin engine GA with a lot of Cessna influence.

    I'm evaluating how much to build from scratch vs. buy pre-fab'd. Budget is, as with almost everyone, a major factor. As for building skills, I have done more than my share of electronic prototyping and fabrication so not issues there. I can manage most large component mechanical fabrication, but do not have access to much along the lines of metal machining tools.

    Any advice or hard learned and earned wisdom from experienced builders would be welcome.

    At the moment though I do have one specific question on my mind. For those who build their own panels how have you handled lettering and other graphics on the finished product?


    I really want to get as close to a commercial built look as possible. I have used dry transfer lettering in the past and was able to achieve modestly good results but at the expense of a lot of painstaking letter by letter effort. And, lines and other complex graphics always proved to be challenging.

    What other options are there for panel lettering and graphics?

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Cessn...r#ht_500wt_749

    Search Cessna Placard on Ebay...

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    Reid,

    Thanks! Those placards will work for many of the panel graphics. How about graphics other than that like those on the face of the equipment in the radio stack?

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    Or you can get the same decals here for free...

    http://desktopaviator2.tripod.com/Decals/Decals.htm

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    Quote Originally Posted by mocha22 View Post
    Or you can get the same decals here for free...

    http://desktopaviator2.tripod.com/Decals/Decals.htm
    I saw those and rejected them for three reasons:
    1. They will need to be printed on good material.
    2. They will need to be laboriously cut out.
    3. They are marked planeplastics.com. They appear to still sell them at their site, so I did not want to take their work for free.

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    I hear ya...they may not be for everybody because you do have to print them yourself and cut them but they are free to use as they don't sell them on their website. I just mention it becasue it may be an alternative for some who are looking to work within a tighter budget. Hey, I've seen some of the cockpits on here and if people can spend time programming, cutting, wiring etc. then printing and cutting might not seem so bad.

    Also, just wanted to plug them a bit since they offer some good product, great prices and service that is top notch. The website is a bit hard to navagate at times but for those who spend time on the site will find something they like.

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    I have a few DA products that I have integrated into my project. I agree about the product. Choose for yourself, but I am not going to use the labels because they appear to belong to someone else. JMHO.

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    You can find the actual placards used by Cessna in their parts catalog. They will need to be redone most likely as the quality of the PDF isn't the greatest but they do tell you in the parts cat where and why each placard is in the place that it's in.

    It's not to hard to make them yourself with a bit of graphic software I used Paint.net to create the placards from the original versions found in the catalog. You can find sticker sheets at your local big box stationary store. Or you can get them printed on that by them for you (if you don't have a printer). Then it's just careful cutting and sticking. If you're panel is a metal template then you could have them printed on fridge magnet material and then move them to where you find they are the most needed (a wooden template / MIP won't work for that of course).

    Check the parts catalog of the aircraft you are building and that will supply you with the placards you need.

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    For large portions of the panel the purchased or printed placards should work well and will look very much like they do in the real cockpit so I have some good ideas now for that part.

    However, I still need to solve for the graphics that aren't normally stickers such as those on the face of the radio's. I'm sure I could also use tickers there but have seen pic's of SIM's with home built panels that looked more like silk screened or some other very professionally finished look. Is solk screening a practical solution or are there other alternatives. I read a little about CNC etched work but don't have access to the equipment for that.

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    Re: How are you doing the Graphics for your cockpit panels?

    I used the placards from Aircraft Spruce for my Cessna 172 sim....
    http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...lacardkits.php

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