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OK..I got my first phase of my cockpit done!

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Here you go. I've been wanting to build this for a long time.. and I have been collecting the pieces.. And finally got it together for the first phase.

 

The Cockpit. (GA and Airliner)

 

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Looks great, it really does. I particularly like the display out the front window. Could you explain a little of what you use to achieve it?

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. I particularly like the display out the front window.

 

I am not following. Which photo and are you referring to the outside 3 monitor setup?

 

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Looks amazing!, Goes on my wish list. Is it difficult to set up the 3 monitors? What kind of card do you have and what type of specs are needed to run multiple monitors?

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Looks amazing!, Goes on my wish list. Is it difficult to set up the 3 monitors? What kind of card do you have and what type of specs are needed to run multiple monitors?

 

Not difficult to setup 3 monitor view for FSX anymore.

 

The 6xx series nVedia card supports 3+1 monitor. 3 monitors with DVI-D or HDMI input can be used. HDMI --> DVI-D cables are cheap that can be had for $10

 

GTX 670 or GTX 680 would be prefered card. NVedia is a must for FSX. Forget ATI/AMD cards. No good for FSX.

 

For a new PC Build, a good Ivy Bridge i5 3570K or i7-3770K And Z77 MB build which can be easily OCed to 4.5Ghz with most air coolers out there would be sufficient to run it smoothly with addons. If you already have a 2500K, 2600K or 2700K Sandy Bridge, then that would be good too.. no need to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge.


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Looks great! Could you tell us more about the panels and materials you used? :rolleyes:

 

Cheers


Andreas Paul

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My Prize possession! They work flawlessly and is a solid performer.

 

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Flight Illusions gauges. I custom built that panel cutout using Front Panel Design s/w

 

You can instead put a 20" or 17" flat screen monitor instead with a cutout for the 8 pack and give a very close to real feel. This is a cheaper option if want.


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Looks great! Could you tell us more about the panels and materials you used? :rolleyes:

 

Cheers

 

I used a flat hardboard. Initially I was thinking of ordering a 3mm Aluminium panel but that would be too permanent. Instead the hardboard is easy for cutouts and I can remove and replace it with another, if I have new gauges to add. So I like the hardboard option better.

 

The frame used was a combination of MDF and regular shelf wood planks. The shelf wood plank is actually lighter than the MDFs and I already had plenty of them in my garage so I used it.

 

I then painted it with a spray paint (in a can 2 pcs) from Lowes of color "Matte grey STONE". This gives a rough texture to the whole thing. This saved me the trouble of using some faux leatherette.

 

I think got one of those strip LEDs that is very easy to cut to any size you want and install along with a $5 dimmer switch and a 12v power brick. This small low hanging fruit, lifted the whole ambiance for night flying to another level.

 

LEDs

 

http://www.amazon.co..._1055398_a1_4_p

 

12V power Brick

 

http://www.amazon.co...=I38KNJ0O10DICX

 

Dimmer switch

 

http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_cp_hi_2

 

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The equipment/Gauges I have used are the above mentioned Flight Illusions gauges. But you can also simply put a 20" monitor instead and get the Project Majenta or other 6/8 pack gauges for about $100 instead. That was my original intent before I got the FI Gauges.

 

Then I have the Flight Link TR-1 for Avionics. I got that used. But you can simply go with a set of Go Flight modules. I added a few GF Modules in there.

 

I then added a couple of Saitek gauges. This is easily modifyable depending on what aircraft I want to fly. I can use it as MP and RP Gauges or ADF and RPM gauge or there are just plenty of options here. This saved me some money from getting those expensive FI Gauges.

 

I then have the Go Flight MCP Pro and GF EFIS for the PMDG 737NG and 747 and Lvl D 767

 

I also have a Saitek Yoke and two sets of Saitek Throttles for twin engines.. I have the Saitek Cessna Rudder pedals... its not anchored yet.. WIP.

 

Working on the switch panel ... That's my next phase. so I can replace or compliment that SAITEK switch panel.


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Not difficult to setup 3 monitor view for FSX anymore.

 

The 6xx series nVedia card supports 3+1 monitor. 3 monitors with DVI-D or HDMI input can be used. HDMI --> DVI-D cables are cheap that can be had for $10

 

GTX 670 or GTX 680 would be prefered card. NVedia is a must for FSX. Forget ATI/AMD cards. No good for FSX.

 

For a new PC Build, a good Ivy Bridge i5 3570K or i7-3770K And Z77 MB build which can be easily OCed to 4.5Ghz with most air coolers out there would be sufficient to run it smoothly with addons. If you already have a 2500K, 2600K or 2700K Sandy Bridge, then that would be good too.. no need to upgrade to an Ivy Bridge.

Thanks for the advice, again great pics!

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Phase II - Starting out. Knobs and Switches. Proof of concept done..it works! B)

 

I have some of the components. I am learning the hardway... that there don't seem to be much standards for PCB Boards. I have some switches that have nuts where I have to simply drill a hole on a panel..push the on/off switch handle from the back and then put a nut over it and hold the switch in place. Behind , I have to solder two or three wires from the switch to the I/O Board like my BU0836X.

 

But I have a few rotary knobs... some expensive ones.. like the Dual rotary with a push button (for the Garmin G1000 that I have in mind) don't have this nut thingi... so it needs to be placed on a PCB board of sorts. But it doesn't fit the standard Breadboard structure you can buy at Radio Shack.

 

I have the same problem with those tiny square push buttons you see here. Not sure how to mount them. Those push buttons were meant for the G1000 buttons at the bottom row...10 of em and for the GPS Direct to, Menu, FPL, Ent etc....for the Garmin G1000 MFD.

 

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Thanks for the info! :-) That's a decent amount of money you had to spent, but from what I can see it was worth it.

 

What software do you use in the background to put all the things together and get the data out of the FlightSimulator and back in?

 

Cheers


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Phase III - Enclosed Cabin So I do not see my room in my peripheral Vision. Thinking and Idea Stage only at this time.

 

I like this one the most so far..Thanks to Youuuuu Toobe!

 

 


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Thanks for the info! :-) That's a decent amount of money you had to spent, but from what I can see it was worth it.

 

What software do you use in the background to put all the things together and get the data out of the FlightSimulator and back in?

 

Cheers

 

You know...except for the Flight Illusion gauges... that cost me about 3K, I did not spend much if you think about it. I paid a carpenter $450 to put that contraption together over 2 days. Go Flight modules etc I bought em over a 5-6 year period. I have the 4th monitor (Touch screen) for the G1000. I could have not used the FI gauges at all ..instead put the 4th monitor to run the gauges instead. That would have cut down the budget a lot.

 

And no additional software used other than FSX and the drivers that came with the hardware... for FI Gauges and TR-1 avionics and Go flight modules and Saitek stuff.

 

It all runs on one PC.

 

But I was thinking of using Wide FS running a second PC to have side window views.. LOL :)


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