Sign in to follow this  
D_Dragon

D_Dragon's Boeing 737-800 home cockpit

Recommended Posts

After flying for quite some time where I bought more and more hardware (and software), I started thinking of building a more realistic cockpit. I made several drawings until I was finally satisfied. Today I broughr the sawplan to the DIY store and collected the panels a little later.

 

In the mean time I have started building the frame for my new cockpit. You can find a full report on my activities (wit pictures) on my site http://thair.nl/eng/?p=1088.

 

Greetings,

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post
Help AVSIM continue to serve you!
Please donate today!

Welcome to the drug known as cockpit building. Nice workshop btw. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post

pict6625_k.jpg

 

Finally finished with the woodwork.

Today I finally finished the woodwork. The last two scores were the window and a small console for the Saitek TQ.

 

For a full report (with more pictures) see http://thair.nl/eng/?p=1136

Share this post


Link to post

Wow, you are quite the craftsman, can't wait to see the final product.

Share this post


Link to post

Me and my wife were fascinated with your planer picture, didnt know they had electric planers.

Share this post


Link to post

Fortunately they do. It is my second one, I wore the first one completely down and it had to be replaced. The beam I am planing in the picture is a 2x4 of 160cm (64") long. I almost had to plane half of it of and it took me less than 5 minutes. Compare that to a 'manual' plane ;-)

Share this post


Link to post

Who needs 5-7K's worth of plastic panels when your a dab hand with a saw, eh?  B)

 

Nice, detailed work Theo.

 

Will be watching this build closly, thanks for posting :-)

Share this post


Link to post

pict6627_k.jpg

Nothing on TV...

So I did some work on the 'electrical department'...

 

For a full report see my site.

Them's alot of plugs.

Share this post


Link to post

Impressive planning, organization and quality!! Look forward to following your progress ;) Thanks for sharing!!

Share this post


Link to post

Don't think that I have lost my appetite for finishing my cockpit, but a little over a week ago I had a heart attack and was rushed to the hospital. At the moment I am back home but still recuperating and awaiting a tripple bypass in about four weeks. I don't think I will be able to work on the cockpit in the meantime, but you never know..

 

Greetings,

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post

:O

 

Sorry to hear that Theo

 

Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery - Get well soon.

Share this post


Link to post

Rest up and take care of yourself first!

Share this post


Link to post

Welcome to the drug known as cockpit building.

 

True that!

Share this post


Link to post

Thanks guys. I will surely take care of myself in the first place, else there won't be anything left for flying ;-)

 

Greetings,

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post

Good luck Theo, I have been there 15 yrs. ago and survived just fine and, you will also.......

Share this post


Link to post

After having had a triple bypass in the beginning of june 2013, I am now recuperated enough to be able to continue the build of the cockpit. During the past hot days I have done nothing (I can’t stand the heat), but now I have been busy with the gear lever.

 

This afternoon I routed the sounds, through ProSim737, to the computers and thus to the speakersets. This meant that I had to hook up speakersets on two of the four computers. The sound of the APU now comes from the flight preparation computer (for now a 2.0 system, later a 2.1 system) that is located on the other side of the room, so when you’re flying the sound indeed comes from the back of the cockpit.

 

I then divided the sounds available in ProSim737 to the two supporting computers. When the cockpit is finished, one speakerset (2.1 system), with all the GPWS sounds, will be fitted behind the front side of the Overhead Panel and the other speakerset (for now a 2.0 system, later a 2.1 system) will be placed behind the rear side of the Overhead Panel.

 

The main computer will produce the normal flight sounds and the speakers (4.1 system) will be mounted in both the cockpit and behind the rear side of the Overhead Panel. All speakersets have a (wired) remote control or will have one on the new speakersets. This enables you to control the volume while flying.

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post

Cool Idea. I thought about using a NetBook with Prosim to separate the sounds within my pit.

Share this post


Link to post

In fact it is quite simple, although without the manual you will probably not be able to split the audio. The tric is that you have to right click in het ProSimAudio window (with the error text) on each client to get to the configuration window in which you can enter the IP-address of the ProSim737 server computer. After that you get a listing of all the sounds available. Then it is just a matter of checking the boxes with the sounds you want on that specific computer and clicking on the Test button to hear that sound and you're done. The sounds will automatically be 'downloaded' from the server so no hassle.

 

If you want sounds that are not readibly available then you have tot get those sounds from somewhere (I use the sounds from PMDG which I had before converting to ProSim737) and put those sounds in a (separate) folder on the ProSim737 server computer. Then, on the server, you select Configuration / Sound add-on and add those sounds, their names and locations, to ProSim737. After that you can select (in the normal Audio screen) to which gate that specific add-on sound will have to react.

 

I added the sounds for APU starting (once played), APU running (continious played) and APU stopping (also once played) and selected the gates for those sounds and they all became automatically available on the (client) computer on the opposite side of the room thus playing those sounds from the back of the cockpit.

 

The GPWS and TCAS sounds normally come from behind the front side of the Overhead Panel, the other alarm sounds normally come from behind the back side of the Overhead Panel. In those spaces it must not be too hard to 'hide' the (small) speakers. If you have got 2.1 systems, then you can 'hide' the subwoofer somewhere in the cockpit (behind the MIP or so). I find it very convenient to have remote controls for each speakerset so I can fine tune the volume of each speakerset while I am flying in the cockpit.

 

Greetings,

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post

I still had an old computer (Pentium 4 on 2.0 GHz), so I added this one to the cockpit. I installed the web interface of ProSim737 on it so I can look at it whenever I want / need. This gives more space on the 'normal' screens and when the original cockpit is finished this screen can be mounted against a side wall of that cockpit.

Share this post


Link to post

I'm quite shamed to not update this site with the progression of my simpit. :blush2:

 

But I have not been sitting still in the mean time. I will show you a short excerpt of my activities in the past 10 months.

 

First the 'surroundings'. I have bought a new beamer (BenQ W1080ST) and I am very pleased with the result.

 

IMG_0395.JPG

 

Then I bought a (second hand) overhead panel. I added quite a lot of switches and interfaces until it suited my wishes.

 

IMG_0507.JPG

 

I created backlighting in my (OC v2) MCP)

 

IMG_0564.JPG

 

And made quite a lot of aluminum parts to fit the shell thus creating my MIP

 

IMG_0573.JPG

 

And finally I am just ready with the paint job (only the paint still has to dry)

 

IMG_1291.JPG

 

Tomorrow I can bring the last panels upstairs and I can start dismantling my current setup and start mounting my DIY shell package.

 

Greetings,

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post

Looks good, I wish I had your craftsman skills.

Share this post


Link to post

For those who want to see all the 'in between' activities (and they are quite numerous) see my site http://www.thair.nl and click on the English flag...

 

Greetings,

 

Theo.

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this