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    737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Hello all,

    I would like to ask for your experience and opinion in helping me to make my 737 overhead build.

    I am quite happy in understanding the on/off requirements as well as the 45 or 30 degree rotations, but my question is on the ideal physical size of the switches.

    I'm building the Simworld overhead and I'd specifically like to know what is the best diameter for the switches,the ideal length of the protruding toggle switch and the ideal diameter of the toggle part. As well as tha, what is the ideal size for the rotating switches, the case diameter, the hole diameter and the shaft protrusion length?

    Any guidance you can provide would be super welcome!

    Thanks a lot,

    Steve

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Hi Steve.

    Your choice on switches is limited to what's available off the shelf. You'll find there's a pretty standard range of fixing holes and toggle lengths and fortunately, the 737 switches are all pretty close to what's widely and cheaply available.

    First off, is your overhead pre-drilled? What sizes?

    Two popular toggle size cut-outs are around 6mm and 12mm (miniature and standard I guess). Note they are only approxiamate sizes, give or take a few fractions of a millimetre. Typical toggle length would be around 18mm.

    Rotary switches cut out is around 10mm. Shaft length depends on what your putting on the end, but typically around 10 - 15mm.

    Download the Honeywell catalogues for the TL and NT ranges of switches. That's what they use in the real thing (NT for the normal ones, TL for the locking ones). The dimensions are on the last page. If you cant find the catalogues, I can send you a copy.

    I'm wiring my overhead as we speak (Engravity) and have most of my hardware, so feel free to ask any questions. I've also got a few toggles spare which you may be interested in.

    Sean

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Thanks very much Sean, that is very much appreciated.

    Best of luck with your overhead build!

    Steve

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Steve

    A point to bear in mind is backlighting. If you want backlighting, and do not have integrally lit fascia panels, then you will find that in some locations the standard sized toggle switches are too large and will obscure the backlight getting to the front fascia lettering.

    David

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Thanks very much David, that is a great point as I will be backlighting the overhead.

    What size should the switches be then in order that they are not too big to obscure lighting or lettering?

    Thanks, Steve

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Excellent point David, something I overlooked as my panels are internally lit.

    In that case, you may as well stick with miniature toggles throughout, except perhaps the guarded switches which may have to be standard. Go to your local electronics store and pick up 1 of each, they are only a couple of quid, then you'll be able to see where you might clash with the lettering. The Equip Cooling switches look like an example, just looking at mine.

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    This is my overhead. The majority of switches are miniature with white toggle caps. They were all supplied from FlyEngravity and all the various switches are listed here...

    Flyengravity.com - build your own jetliner!

    I am upgrading nearly all of them and would be willing to sell you the ones which I'm changing. Let me know if your interested.

    Sean
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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Steve

    As Sean suggests, I went with miniature switches, except for the guarded toggles. My overhead build is documented here

    http://www.737ng.co.uk/djb/Overhead%20Article.pdf

    David

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    Out of interest any idea what they charge for the genuine locking switches, like on the bleed panel for example.

    i was once told that the switches haven't changed since the B17

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    Re: 737 Overhead knobs and switches?

    The Honeywell locking toggles range from around $25 - $50 depending on its operation. Look for the TL range.

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