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    A320 Overhead panels

    Hi Folks,
    Longtime lurker .... new poster here.

    I am working on an A320 cockpit and was looking for decent panels for laser cutting. When I couldn't find them, I decided to make my own. I have just uploaded a zip file containing the all the A320 overhead panels to the file library - it is in the moderation queue at present.

    The panels are designed in Sketchup - and can easily be output to DXF and cut/engraved on a laser cutter. I use painted clear acrylic which engraves white and backlights beautifully.

    As I complete the panels for the Glareshield and pedestal, I will upload them also.

    I also have construction files for building the carcasses out of MDF - tabbed and ready to assemble - if anyone is interested.

    Finally - I am prototyping a throttle and will post that when I am happy with the design

    Cheers,

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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Hi Jim,

    I would be interested in seeing your final cut Panels -- thanks for sharing!

    If you need a pedestal let me know (wooden and metal).

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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Hi Ben,
    I've tried to upload some pics here - hope it works.

    I will precis by saying these are prototypes and not the final panels. They are painted acrylic, cut and etched with a powerful laser cutter. Ignore my prototype Korry switches - I am working on a better solution. Also, I have now figured out how to get Sketchup to draw proper circles instead of polygons.


    Flight control panel


    Flight Control with backlighting



    Side view showing layered structure


    Lighting Panel


    With Backlighting


    Closeup view

    I have already built my pedestal (I have Sketchup plans if anyone is interested) but thanks for the offer.

    Happy building,

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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Oops - I did a quick reply and it wasn't posted to the thread. Let's try that again. Apologies if it double-posts

    These are still prototypes .... painted clear 3mm acrylic cut and etched with a laser cutter. Ignore my crappy Korry switches.



    FLT CTRL Panel


    From the side, showing layered structure



    And backlit


    Lighting Panel


    Backlit


    Closeup view of lights

    Happy building

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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Hi Jim,
    If you would upload construction files for building the carcasses out of MDF - tabbed and ready to assemble. I would appreciate it.
    Thanks
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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Hmmm .... I replied to this thread a couple of days ago and included some pics of the panels, but it hasn't shown up here so I must have done something wrong

    I will try again with only 1 pic this time. If it works, I will post more.


    Nice Backlighting

    The panels are 3mm clear acrylic, painted and laser cut/etched. The engraved parts come up white and backlight really nicely. They are designed on Sketchup and exported as a DXF. This is still a prototype. I'm working on better Korry switches and have finally figured out how to get Sketchup to draw nice circles.

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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Hi Les,

    I have uploaded the construction files for the Pedestal - it is in the moderation queue - hope it is useful

    Happy building,

    J

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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Thanks Jim.
    Those panels look great.
    You have done such a great job, ive now been sucked in to go further than planned.
    Would you upload the rest of your carcasse drawings, The pedestal was well done.
    Thanks
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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    Well done on the panels Jim, looking forward to seeing them in your setup. Im sure there is lots of pride knowing these parts are made yourself.
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    Re: A320 Overhead panels

    To be honest ...... I have been very surprised by how proud I am of my work so far

    I have so enjoyed the problem-solving aspect of building a cockpit. I made a conscious decision very early on that I would try to design and fabricate everything myself. Being a member of a hackerspace with access to CNC, lathe and powerful laser cutters has been instrumental in this, as well a great group of geeks and tech-heads. I will shortly be entering the world of Arduino and Lua with almost no prior knowledge. Eek!!

    Communities like this are fantastic too

    Happy building.

    J

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