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    My Home made 737 Panels

    Hi All
    After chatting here ( and making a couple of members some panels). I thought I would start a topic showing the 737 panels I have made so far.

    I have all my panels in bubble wrap awaiting a move to a new house (when I can build my pit finally)

    This pic is the basic panels for the FWD Overhead...this was one of my first projects on getting the laser machine...I have never been one to start gently in at the deep end every time!
    fwd-ohead02.jpg
    This is with a few switches fitted and screwed to the back panels (the back panel is made up from 9 or 10 A4 sheets).


    I also made the annunciators
    Fwd_ohead annun.jpg

    I made one set for a fellow builder.
    Here's the finished item
    Phil-ohead.jpg

    The, working, gauges in it are also my work.

    John

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Here's a few more pictures.
    The Aileron trim panel mechanism caused much head scratching and quite a few failed attempts But am very pleased with the result (though I do say myself)
    Aileron-trim01.jpg

    Here's the bare VHF Radio front panel
    Bare vhf01.jpg

    And the assembled one
    finished vhf01.jpg

    And alive and being tested

    vhf-being tested.jpg


    John

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Very nice job on those panels! Can you tell me more about your laser?

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Hi Warren

    Thank you for your kind words

    With regards to the machine you may be sorry you asked

    Well it started out as a very cheap Chinese K40 machine off Ebay.

    I had read reviews about how the control boards pack up and how horrible the software is.
    They sell hundreds of these things so you ask yourself 'can they really be that bad?' so I bought one, expecting the worse, well I got what I expected ...the worst!!!!. After a month the controller board went wrong (although while working I was surprised how well the machine worked)..I returned this to the seller as requested and they claimed it never arrived (even with proof of delivery!)
    So I bought a 'proper' control board with the necessary drivers for the stepper motors...Then I had to buy a new power supply as the one with the machine was "the wrong type". Add to that some decent quality mirrors and lens (although the supplied one did do the job).

    Anyway to cut a long story short I have an expensive cheap Chinese laser but the upgrades do mean I can use the stuff to drive a big machine up to about 120 watts (i think).

    All in all I guess it has cost 1100 or so...still cheap for a laser though and now its a decent laser ..Thank God for my credit card.

    It is probably the best purchase I have made especially for the sim...as soon as you get used to thinking in flat sheets and 2D then you'd be amazed what you can make
    This for example

    yw8.jpg...made from LOTS of bits cut on the laser glued together a bit of car body filler and paint.

    also the knob on the Aileron panel.

    Its capable of very fine work too I get accuracy to about .3mm

    Not sure what else to tell about it if you have any questions feel free to ask


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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Warren
    Just checking your site out...way cool !!!!!

    I love your excitement of having a real pilot plop in the left seat !!!

    John

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Thanks John. We have an epilog at work for engraving plaques and gifts and I've been itching to buy one for my hobby. I have a CNC and a 3D printer and I can use them fairly well. I guess I just like new tools.

    I love my 737 but my ultimate goal is to build my next sim by myself.

    I wish I had more time to document my progress. I'm on vacation right now so I was able to kick back in front of the TV and knock out some updates. Plenty of time when I'm away from work and the sim.

    Thanks for the info on the laser. I've looked at the ones from China and was hesitant. I guess I'll wait a bit more.

    Cheers!

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Hi Warren

    If you do go the Chinese route drop me a PM as I have fairly well documented the alterations/connections/setting up as well as having sourced the parts way cheaper than I paid ...*sigh*.

    I cant wait to move to the new house I will then have room to assemble my sim.

    John

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Ok another panel I made from scratch

    Oh BTW a question for the moderators ...should this thread be somewhere else? like in the blog section ????

    ok Cargo fire panel

    This was bought and built by a guy in Utah.
    cargo_fire.jpg
    All assembled and lit up

    Beware if anyone wants one of these there are around 60-80 parts in the kit..Though I will supply instructions.

    and in his pedestal
    cargo_fire_Install.jpg

    He's made my work look good !!!!


    John

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Hi, I've been trying to source a suitable flip cover for the discharge push button. Could you tell me what you used ?
    Great job, by the way!

    Thanks

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    Re: My Home made 737 Panels

    Hi Martin

    Thank you for the kind words.
    I made the flap up in two halves and sprayed a thin coat of blue windscreen tint spray.
    Its designed to fit with the button boxes I make.
    What have you there that you need to hinge onto?
    (if you have access to a laser I can send you the drawings)
    Having said that though have you seen these?

    http://www.geremy.co.uk/shop/article...LB14%252385%26

    at 2.99 its worth tearing one apart for the bit you need??


    John

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