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    Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    Hi everyone,


    I'm new at this forum, so I'll start with a short introduction. I'm Bart, I'm 22 years old and live in Belgium (sorry, can't help that ). I play flight simulator since FS95, so that's for many years! Now I've decided to make my own home cockpit of the Boeing 737NG using real panels. The panels can be bought from many companies all over the world, I just pick the cheapest ones. Let's list what I have so far!

    - Autopilot module (MCP) 345
    - Throttle quadrant 737 500
    - Landing gear 737 159
    - Rudder pedals 135
    - Overhead panel (*) 1233
    - Flaps indicator 57

    (*) This is made by a kit, which means I have to assemble it myself. The price includes the panel (prob PVC), the knobs, switches, gauges and leds, it just needs some electronic cards and wiring.

    Now I'm not sure what to do with the Primary Flight Display (PFD), Multi Funcion Display (MFD) and the Engine Instrument (EICAS), should I buy them as hardware (if yes, where can I buy them?), or should I just put some LCD's there and let FSX display them in those LCD's (so just rendered by software)?

    I started a blog where people that are interested can follow-up my work in progress, so if you're interested, here it is:
    http://homeflightsim.wordpress.com/

    I made in sketchup a quick very first 3D model of my thoughts, but it need some tweaks ofcourse



    Feedback, tips or other comments appreciated!


    Kind regards,
    Bart

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    You should try prosim737.com its in a beta stage so you can download for free and play around with PFD ECAS and MFD, it is the best software out there i think it is very easy to use. I would recomend just using LCD monitors and networking couple of computers...

    Have fun!!!!
    Tony

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    Thanks, great tip!

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    Anybody had experience with Mycockpit harware and especially the SIOC codes?

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    At first i had some trouble with setting up my opencockpits EFIS,, chekc out my Thread that i posted here to get some help with it

    http://www.mycockpit.org/forums/show...tup?highlight=


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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    Hi Bart,

    Nice start of your NG.
    Some things to consider:

    - There is no place for a CDU. This is an essential part of your cockpit. In prosim737 you have software CDU so you can display it on an ipad or touchpanel and use it with the touchpanel.
    - You are about to spend a lot of money, so why not make a more realistic MIP stand? I made a MIP stand out of MDF. It does not cost much but it is way more realistic.

    I hope it works well. It is a very nice hobby and you can put all your knowledge into it.

    Steef

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    I'm sorry for my late reply! Well actually i'm trying to create a as-good-as-possible cockpit of a 737 but with a low budget. I should be able to get everything I want with 3000, that would be perfect! I ordered my MCP by Opencockpits, I hope it'll arrive soon! Next thing is the overhead panel! I decided to create the FWD Overhead panel with the kit that Opencockpits offers (so, the pvc, buttons, switches,.. separated). But can anybody help me with that? Are there manuals included in the kit of how to wire it all up? And secondly, anybody that can provide the SIOC for the overhead please?

    I'll post some pictures soon!

    Bart

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    As promised here some pictures:



    As you can see it's still nothling like a cockpit. It's because the room where my cockpit will come is only available from April 2012, so untill then I stack everything in my rather small room.

    Here a close-up of the 737 MCP:




    Bart

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    Hello Bart, I see you purchased the OC MCP. I was wondering if you like it so far and whether the VOR LOC and APP buttons have both the amber and green leds in them?

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    Re: Started on a Boeing 737NG cockpit

    Hi Bas

    As far as I've tested it only has the green led's. It's the cheapest MCP around so don't expect miracles, but it works good! I enjoyed it!

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