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Bob Familton

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Is there any good source for various gauge bezel and screw bitmaps? I am leaning to make simple gauges for my own use but can't draw the bezels or screws. Thanks, Bob.

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There isn't a one-stop source, unfortunately. It means trawling the various aviation-related photo sites and hoping you get lucky with a close-up or a large picture. Alternatively, take a camera to your local flying club, explain and ask. It does work... years ago I got into an SD3-60 that way.-Dai

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Is there any good source for various gauge bezel and screw bitmaps? I am leaning to make simple gauges for my own use but can't draw the bezels or screws. Thanks, Bob.
Bob, I've found the online catalog from http://www.GCA.aero to be a terrific resource for hi-res photos of modern instrument bezels, etc.

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There isn't a one-stop source, unfortunately. It means trawling the various aviation-related photo sites and hoping you get lucky with a close-up or a large picture. Alternatively, take a camera to your local flying club, explain and ask. It does work... years ago I got into an SD3-60 that way.-Dai
Hi Dai. Thanks. That's a good idea. Burbank AP is close. Best regards, Bob.
Bob, I've found the online catalog from http://www.GCA.aero to be a terrific resource for hi-res photos of modern instrument bezels, etc.
Hi Bill. Thanks. That site looks great! Best regards, Bob.

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Bob, I've found the online catalog from http://www.GCA.aero to be a terrific resource for hi-res photos of modern instrument bezels, etc.
Sa-wee-t!! Thanks Bill, I've been dieing for something like this forever! "You da man!"

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Actually, now I come to remember it, eBay's pretty good for the closeups too. Some of those pictures can be used almost as-is for creating gauges.-Dai

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Actually, now I come to remember it, eBay's pretty good for the closeups too. Some of those pictures can be used almost as-is for creating gauges.-Dai
GREAT! Thanks Dai. Regards, Bob.

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If you know the "name" of a specific instrument (or the model number), using the "Image" search of google.com is also an excellent resource......especially since google has revamped their "Image" search function and display. All found images are shown as fairly good sized images, hovering the mouse over any image will popup a zoomed view, and right-clicking allows you to copy/paste directly to your paint program! :(

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Here's another good resource:http://www.chiefaircraft.com/airsec/Avionics/Avionics.htmlJim

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Here's another good resource:http://www.chiefaircraft.com/airsec/Avionics/Avionics.htmlJim
Hi Jim. Thanks. That's a GREAT site. Regards, Bob.

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Hi Bob,I think a little knowledge in using a photoshop tool or GIMP would be very helpfull in order to modify fotos in size, color, shadows etc. etc. I know, that the art work takes some times much more time than programming. However, the use of a graphic tool is in my mind in most of the cases always required.Best regards Dietmar

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Hi Bob,I think a little knowledge in using a photoshop tool or GIMP would be very helpfull in order to modify fotos in size, color, shadows etc. etc. I know, that the art work takes some times much more time than programming. However, the use of a graphic tool is in my mind in most of the cases always required.Best regards Dietmar
Hi Dietmar. You are right. Thanks. Best regards, Bob.

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Hey everyone!Sometimes the manufactures have High Res shots in their multimedia galleries.http://cessna.com/single-engine/skylane/skylane-gallery.html#RegardsJavier

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Hey everyone!Sometimes the manufactures have High Res shots in their multimedia galleries.http://cessna.com/single-engine/skylane/skylane-gallery.html#RegardsJavier
Right-o! Cessna, and a few avionics companies provide high-resolution imagery of there products such.I'm thinking pinned?

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Right-o! Cessna, and a few avionics companies provide high-resolution imagery of there products such.I'm thinking pinned?
Usually you got to sign up to access the multimedia galleries but almost all manufacturers web sites I've seen include one.That Cessna 400 glass cockpit is saying me to programme it!!!!, maybe for the new release of Microsoft Flight :D.Javier

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Is there any good source for various gauge bezel and screw bitmaps? I am leaning to make simple gauges for my own use but can't draw the bezels or screws. Thanks, Bob.
Hey Bob, what gauges are you looking for specifically? I happen to have a few gauge close ups lying around, 10MP resolution so even if some might not be 100% sharp they certainly will be once downsized. As far as I can see I could cut out quite a number of screws if you need haha...See this attached sample, which even is a crop and still I had so scale it down by 50% because the original (crop) was over a thousand pixels wide:Sample bezel from a VSI, just blacked out the inner part quick'n'dirty... Too bad, had I known these pics could be used by gauge designers one day I would have payed more attention to quality, perspective and lighting in the first place. Now we have the stupid (and blurred) night lighting bulbs there. Anyways:No idea if stuff like this could help you. :unsure:RegardsEtienne

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Hey Bob, what gauges are you looking for specifically? I happen to have a few gauge close ups lying around, 10MP resolution so even if some might not be 100% sharp they certainly will be once downsized. As far as I can see I could cut out quite a number of screws if you need haha...See this attached sample, which even is a crop and still I had so scale it down by 50% because the original (crop) was over a thousand pixels wide:Sample bezel from a VSI, just blacked out the inner part quick'n'dirty... Too bad, had I known these pics could be used by gauge designers one day I would have payed more attention to quality, perspective and lighting in the first place. Now we have the stupid (and blurred) night lighting bulbs there. Anyways:No idea if stuff like this could help you. :unsure:RegardsEtienne
Hi Etienne. Thanks. Those are what I was looking for. I can't draw the bezels or screws. I'll PM you and maybe you could send those by e-mail to me. I'd sure appreciate it. Best regards, Bob.

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Hi Etienne. Thanks. Those are what I was looking for. I can't draw the bezels or screws. I'll PM you and maybe you could send those by e-mail to me. I'd sure appreciate it. Best regards, Bob.
Hey Bob,check your eMail.RegardsEtienne

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Thanks, glad I could help. Make sure to drop a line in here once you got something done worth to show off! Big%20Grin.gifHave funEtienne

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Thanks, glad I could help. Make sure to drop a line in here once you got something done worth to show off! Big%20Grin.gifHave funEtienne
Hi. OK. Will do. Bob.

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There used to be a set of gauge backgrounds made by Bill Smith, "realinst.zip".I lost my original to a dead hard drive and can't find it any longer.A search turned up nothing except a few references to DFD gauges.Dai, do you know where it may be available?...Thanks...Don

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There used to be a set of gauge backgrounds made by Bill Smith, "realinst.zip".I lost my original to a dead hard drive and can't find it any longer.A search turned up nothing except a few references to DFD gauges.Dai, do you know where it may be available?...Thanks...Don
Hi Don. Thanks for the tip. I can't find it either. I did find several gauges in the series (realinst1.zip, etc.) but not the main gauge zip file. I hope someone can find the main file. Regards, bob.

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There were only about a dozen pictures in that archive. It looked as if the instruments themselves had been scanned and in most cases the colour balance was way off (lots of fun.....). There really are better pictures on eBay.I've collected a shedload of images from eBay. If anyone can offer a public download place I'll zip and send - I don't want to use Avsim because it smacks a little of a private file and I won't use ImageShack, RapidShare or similar because some {insert word here} almost got me with a drive-by from one of those sites a while back and I've refused to go anywhere near them since.-Dai

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