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Thought I would share with everyone a few pics of my A320 Project. I recently began retrofitting my cockpit with the new FDS ELITE panels. The Glare and Pedestal have been converted. Overhead panel still to go. A giant leap in overall quality.My building approach generally has been to complete the sim structure and hardware first. I will then interface all the systems and subsystems. Also shown are a couple of pics of my projection display system.

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Ooops! I somehow managed to post the same pic twice. Meant to show the attached pic.

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Looking awesome!! nice lighting on the MIP, also the VIEW!! What a view :)Mikewww.737BBJ2sim.com

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Wow Rick, This look AMAZING.... You know I was at Spring, Texas last weekend visiting a friend coming from Austin. It'd be nice if I could stop by and see your work progresss. Keep me updaed whenever you get your elite overhead panels.

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Robert,You're invited any time. I'll keep you posted on the Overhead. If retrofitting the overhead comes out as good as the Pedestal, it ought to look awesome.

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Sorry Arthur. I don't know where the Robert came from. Chock it up to old age syndrome, creeping alzheimers or something similar. You're still invited none the less.

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Hello Rick,The cockpit is looking great.Good to see you stayed with Wideview.

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Wow, looks fantastic!Is it rear projected your display system? Please tell abit about it. RegardsPeter SkotteA320 Builder (atm. also C172 builder)

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Congratulations.....nice job.Are you using 3 projectors?

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I am using a forward projection system using 3 OPTIMA DLP projectors. They are ceiling mounted on 2-axis mounts that I made for easy adjustment. Projectors are mounted approximately 14 feet from 3 white canvas screens. This obviously takes up a lot of the 20ft X 24ft room the sim is in. I am still not totally happy with the screens. It has been a challenge to get all the waviness out of them. On the plus side, the wrinkles in the screen are barely noticeable when flying. I will eventually do something different, but it suffices for now.

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Wow, I think it looks amazing. This is the sort of thing that gets me motivated.I think the wide projection is a great idea.Keep up the great work.Regards,Kevin

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Rick, Amazing setup man! I live right down the street from you :-) (well FM 1960). Roberto Soriano is actually in town too for a few days. You should join us for lunch! Feel free to shoot me an e-mail.Robert Prather (AirPanther@aol.com)

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AWESOME progress! What a great job...you must have cobwebs in the rest of the house...I'd spend all day in the cockpit!Have you thought of sewing/gluing a 2"-3" plumbing pipe to the bottom of the screens? They are rather heavy and would stretch out the canvas and get some of the waviness out. Of course, you may consider just ironing it out (wife may not be happy!)

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RickAll I can say is wow.I live in Georgetown Texas (just north of Austin). Looks like there are a couple of living in the same general area. Maybe we can get together and share ideas.Drop me a note if interested. dcutliff1@earthlink.net.ThanksDave

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So how much do you think the motion platform is anyway?

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Thomas,We think alike. I hung 2" schedule 40 PVC pipe from the bottom of each curtain. It's quite heavy and helped to smooth it out some. It's still a long way from screen quality, but it's OK for now. See attached.

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The picture of your projection display is BRILLIANT!!!! The feeling to fly in your cockpit must be great and realistic. Blank the body when making turn! Great job. I hope to get my single projection display working this summer. Hope to have 33.333333% of flying feeling in your cockpit.Alkit

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I don't know if you want to try this, but to eliminate those hard corners on the screen...take an 8' (or however far away your screen is) string and nail one end in the center above your cockpit take the other end to the far right. Now put a pencil on that end and draw a line (keeping the string tight) all the way to the other side. You should have a nice curved line. Then you can put your screen on the line.I think this will work, you may need to adjust length / location of the string. My dad did it with his HO model railroad all the time and it made perfect constant curves.

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A technique I have used with succes instead of ironing:just throw +/- warm water on it, let it hang & dry.We did this on a sheet of white tissue which was streched against a wall and was going to be used as a screen for overhead projection. It worked perfect.Think it will not get any waves out .. therefore you'd have to stretch it even more (maybe hang some weight on the 2 ends of the pipe). The trick i suggest is for ... folds ? When the tissue wasn't stored proprely you get this folds .. you know what I mean right :)I should get my english dictionary back to my dorm :(

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I have considered the idea of wetting down the fabric with water and let it dry. I'm not sure if it would shrink any when it dries and even if it did, I am not sure what the result might be. It might even make it worse. I am thinking about sewing pockets into the back side edges of the material and inserting wooden strips slightly longer than the distance across the material. This would slightly stretch the material where needed. I do not expect to fully be able to get the fabric perfectly smooth. As I mentioned in a previous post, once you start rolling down the runway and lift off with all that moving scenery wrapped around you, the only wrinkles you see are the ones made from that big smile on your face.:)

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