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    Building my 737 Overhead

    Hi all,
    After finishing my first contract for Trevor Hale I am back working on my own sim and have started building the overhead panel.
    http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/s...php?photo=1052
    This picture is the one piece 6mm PVC base panel that all of my overhead 'sub-panels' will eventually be attached to. It took approximately eight hours on the drill and jigsaw to cut the 495 holes. Light will come through these hole to illumnate every word printed on the sub-panels. How I make the backlighting panels is soon to be featured in Computer Pilot magazine. All of the 737 bitmaps I made for printing will soon be available from MyCockpit.org
    I will use this thread to document the progress for anyone who wants to follow this method, (OK Bob!) This method is quite labour intensive but I should be able to complete it with switches for about US$400. Engravity Boeing knobs are on the way because I can't make them myself.

    Gwyn

    737NG using Prosim737, Immersive Calibration Pro, Aerosim Solutions motorized TQ & cockpit hardware, CP Flight MCP & FDS SYS1X, SYS2X & SYS4X, FDS PRO FMCs, AFDS units & Glarewings, Matrix Orbital ELEC display, Pokeys Landing & Cruise alt display, Buttkicker Gamers, 3 x BenqMW811ST projectors with a Matrox Th2Go
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    Wow mate - that is something else! I only have to go near plastic with a drill or jigsaw and it shatters!
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    Gwyn,

    I was just looking at your beautiful O/h.

    Dude I have to ask... Did you ever think when you were almost done what you would have done when you were cutting those close holes together if you had chipped or broken one of the tiny spacers between a couple of the cutouts.

    Tragic.

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    OMG. I can't imagine cutting that many holes at a time. It looks great Gwyn, but I'm glad I could use Boeing equipment in my overhead.

    I would have grew bored in short order with that tedious task.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Westozy View Post
    Hi all,
    After finishing my first contract for Trevor Hale I am back working on my own sim and have started building the overhead panel.
    http://www.mycockpit.org/photopost/s...php?photo=1052
    This picture is the one piece 6mm PVC base panel that all of my overhead 'sub-panels' will eventually be attached to. It took approximately eight hours on the drill and jigsaw to cut the 495 holes. Light will come through these hole to illumnate every word printed on the sub-panels. How I make the backlighting panels is soon to be featured in Computer Pilot magazine. All of the 737 bitmaps I made for printing will soon be available from MyCockpit.org
    I will use this thread to document the progress for anyone who wants to follow this method, (OK Bob!) This method is quite labour intensive but I should be able to complete it with switches for about US$400. Engravity Boeing knobs are on the way because I can't make them myself. (yet!)

    Gwyn
    WOW. That looks sweet. Thats alot of holes to cut but man it looks really professional dude!

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    Thumbs up

    As Radar picks up his jaw from the ground!

    You should have your own company and supply all of us who can not do that beautiful work.

    Great stuff Westosy.

    In advance of you having you company,I would like to be your first customer. I need a TQ for a 737NG. under $400.00.

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    I wanna be the 2nd customer!

    I need a 747 panel with all the buttons, nobs, annunciators the whole works and all I gotta do is plug it in lol. I'm willing to pay $1500 for the thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by visualchaosfx View Post
    I wanna be the 2nd customer!

    I need a 747 panel with all the buttons, nobs, annunciators the whole works and all I gotta do is plug it in lol. I'm willing to pay $1500 for the thing.
    Got news for you chaos... LOL that would barely cover the parts, and surely not the amount of Labor Gwyn has spent on this thing. Poor guy probably would have rather spent 1500 on something like that then the amount he has sweat building it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor Hale View Post
    Got news for you chaos... LOL that would barely cover the parts, and surely not the amount of Labor Gwyn has spent on this thing. Poor guy probably would have rather spent 1500 on something like that then the amount he has sweat building it.
    Ok ok. How about a 747 Throttle quadrant? Realisticly, how much would someone on here charge to get something like that built?

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    Thanks guys, good feedback is always a buzz and most welcomed.

    "Aerosim Solutions" officially opens for business making custom flightsimulator parts in January 2008. (I really want to finish my own sim first and I think it will be reasonably complete by then). I will be looking at providing non available parts for members of MyCockpit when my time is freed up a bit next year, until then.....stay tuned!

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