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Offline Steenos

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Building a MIP out of MDF
« on: April 16, 2018, 10:00:53 AM »
So I've done tons of research like all of us have on the MIP. If I was to get a FDS MIP it would be over 3k. It's doable but just a lot of money. And the fact that I'm not using PROSIM for my build and XPlane Peter said there wouldn't really be much support.

What I've seen a lot of people do on youtube is just make it out of MDF. Is 10mm basically just .5 inch in the US? I was going to have Lowes cut the pieces to size because I don't have a table saw and use a skill saw to cut the angles.

What are your guys thoughts? Have you built a MIP out of MDF?

Thanks.

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Re: Building a MIP out of MDF
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 11:33:05 AM »
First of all, what do you call a MIP ?
The flat front instrument panel
Or the whole structure including the front panel

MFDF is not an easy material to work with. (heavy, messy dust, too thick for the front panel, does not hold screws on the side etc)

From experience, I would recommend starting with something like  this:
https://flightdeck-solutions.myshopify.com/collections/b737ng/products/fds-b737ng-mip-main-2-0

From FDS or any other vendor of your choice. You will avoid several months of frustration with MDF, adjustments, doing and redoing, ...for a questionable result.

Nevertheless, the  structure itself (sides, CDU box, shelving at the back etc) can be built out of MDF with ease, but for the front panel with its many cutouts (display units, bezels, landing gear etc) you would be much better off by ordering it from an outside supplier.
I did that for my previous sim and was happy with it...


No point making the front panels yourself IMHO when you see this:
http://www.cockpitsimparts.co.uk/index.php?id_category=16&controller=category
Last tip, stick with one supplier, mixing products is a sure recipe for trouble!
« Last Edit: April 16, 2018, 12:05:46 PM by jackpilot »


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Offline Steenos

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Re: Building a MIP out of MDF
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 12:34:03 PM »
Jack! You're all over it. I just wanted to build the structure and use the panels from cockpitsimparts just exactly like your picture. I've never built one before. But I figured if I got Lowes to cut the pieces to size then I just had to cut out the angles that might make it easier?

I just remember trying to build the overhead frame it was super frustrating trying to get everything to line up. I just thought the MIP structure might be a little easier.

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Re: Building a MIP out of MDF
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 06:49:50 PM »
I suggest the use of 6mm PVC (1/4"), Great material to work with. It paints well with a decent etch primer and you can tap threads into it, glue it, heat and bend it. Most of my structure is PVC.

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