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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    Excellent suggestions, thanks I think I will do just that, that is make a mock up with PVC board first then I'll try to work out how to use FSpanel and edit the gauges to fit.

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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    I just laser cut this cardboard this morning. I know I have mentioned I'm working on c208 but this 172 is for my 9 year old son.
    He's into flight simulator and Modern Warfare I'm not sure if he's going to be a grunt when he grows up.Hooah!
    I'm planning to install bezels with rotary encoder in the cutouts. The knobs are laser engraved, I wasted about 10 knobs trying to center legends.

    Anyways, if this cardboard works out fine I will go with aluminum for final result.

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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    Wow Louie, that's looking rather sweet, especially the knobs. Please keep the pictures coming, it's nice to see the process as well as the finished product.

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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    Nice, sure would be handy to have a laser printer, ive started a cutout with PVC board to test. What sort of encoders are you using ?

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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    I'm planning to use CTS 288t, the one in the picture is a different model.
    http://www.digikey.com/product-detai...3002-ND/203827

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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    Hi Louie -

    I'm curious to know what are you using for the instrument bezels in your picture?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    Quote Originally Posted by ddimm View Post
    Hi Louie -

    I'm curious to know what are you using for the instrument bezels in your picture?

    Thanks,
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    It's a VOR gauge bezel. It's too deep, I have to shave it down a bit and enough space for the encoder to fit. After that I will clone it.

    I can make a mold out of CAD but I'm still a total noob using the injection molding i just purchased.

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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    I'm gonna design my own gauge bezel so the encoder is perfect fit.

    I will scratch the idea of molding the original VOR gauge bezel. Too much work just to make the encoder custom fit under it, i'd rather fry some lumpia =).

    More pics will be posted soon as the bezel is done.

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    Sounds cool. Will the lumpia be available at your site?
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    Re: Panel instrument cutouts over computer monitor question

    Yes definitely! I will make a TQ handle out of it.

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