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    My REAL cockpit - Converting a business jet nose into a 737

    Hi,
    I have been thinking about building my home cockpit for a while now and have gone through various designs and builds, not being truly happy with the results SO I saw this cockpit on Ebay for 950 and decided to buy it. It was up for 700 so I made him an offer of 800 which he accepted, I then gave him 150 to deliver it. What fun we had getting it off the trailer and into my garage.
    Did I get a good deal? I think I did as it still has many of the original feautures including the rudder pedals and throttles.
    I dont know what plane it is so if anyone can shed any light that would be great.
    Now the fun begins......
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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    I just found out it is a Hawker Siddeley 125-700 Executive Jet.
    Now Mrs Notgotaclue will want me to take her to the South Of France in it.

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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    Hi,

    At the bottom of the ebay listing it had some questions, and it reveals which plane it is.

    I indeed posted the link to this ebay listing on mycockpit too.

    Its a Hawker Siddley (BAe) 125-700 exceutive jet.
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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    I noticed after I asked......
    Did I get a good deal?

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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    Did I get a good deal?
    Only you can ask yourself that, depends on what your going to do with, i.e. rebuild it back to its former glory or just gut it out and turn it into a generic jet. Personally, its prob worth its value in scrap so i guess its a win win situation! Any shell is expensive but you got a jet for under a grand so i think you done well!

    Good luck and lets see how it turns out!
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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    That's a fantastic shell, I think you got a **** of a deal but my wife thinks you got taken to the bank

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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    I think you have made a very good deal when you consider you would spend three times as much trying to build a simpit to that dimension and construction.

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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    Looks fricken nice to me. With exec jet. The possibilities are pretty limitless.

    - Emergency medical transport (patients, transplant organs)
    - Overnight cargo
    - Executives.
    - Rich and Famous

    Not really a personal flyer unless you are one of the above. But there are a ton of R&F that fly their own jet. So one could be you

    When I think of a cockpit I imagine the job of the aircraft and when building it's good to maximize the possibilities to there fullest as you have a large piece of hardware it's important to get the most use out of it. For instance in my skywagon I can run floats, amphibs, skis, wheels, tundra tires, or I can switch to it's large sister the 206 and go turbo (higher ceiling and speed) with the same gear assortment. So there is no end to the fun. It's important to have a way to extend the use if it's a cockpit. I feel anyway.

    Best of luck on your build. First I'm thinking though a bit of house keeping is in order. Take a ton of photos of everything. Document it all. Then when you take it apart label your photos (part number on the tag) then when you rebuild you know where everything goes. E-jet manuals aren't that easy to find but perhaps..

    Oops just found one.. Hawker 800 POH (online but you can download all the parts in PDF too)

    Just for fun

    At Airliners.net
    Raytheon Hawker 800 (BAE) HS-125-700 (DATA)

    Hawker 800 Images

    At Wikipedia
    Hawker 800
    - That does have a bit of fleet info

    Complete production listing
    (every Hawker 800) that are still flying

    Looks like a lot of work but it will be spectacular when your done..

    Cheers
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    PS: I just had a thought as it's a actual aircraft fuse/cockpit you have it would be cool if you could track down the actual plane it's from..
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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    Thanks for all the replies, especially Ronson for the links.
    I too think it will be fabulous when I finish it (in about 5 years )
    I find myself wandering down to the garage for no particular reason except to stare at it like a schoolboy at Christmas. Then sit on the non-excistent seats, pull on whats left of the yoke and push the rudders pedals (which work brilliantly ). The immersion factor is total at the moment - I shudder to think of what it will be like when I finish.
    I am going to spend a few months stripping it back to the shell before deciding on the set up. I think it is crying out to be done well and not just bung a piece of MDF as a MIP on it with a generic layout.
    I have told the wife it will cost 5,000 to complete and she has said that I can spend that, she has no idea that 5,000 is only the first years spend.

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    Re: I just bought a REAL cockpit - did I buy well

    my wife saw & said no way, but me thinks i will start looking for a dc3
    well impressed. well done.
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