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Offline crazydunc

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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #175 on: April 14, 2018, 04:10:27 AM »

Duncan regarding your MIP clocks and the screens, where did you buy them? Also, what program are you using to generate the image? Nice to see this being done...


Fairly straightforward to be honest:
2 Raspberry Pi 5" screens from Amazon, and two USB to HDMI adaptors, again from Amazon. Using the Sim-A Clock display module (i believe ProSim has a similar function) Mounted them using 3M Command Strips.

The Plan is to add microswitches to the clock bezels in the future, but for now, they look pretty good!



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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #176 on: April 14, 2018, 11:46:59 AM »
Managed to get the radio panels assembled and installed into the MIP, and nearly finish the wiring.  Just waiting for a PCB to arrive to make the connection from my LED Flaps board to the I/O card a wee easier.  Waiting on the display frames I had 3D printed at Shapeways to arrive as well. then it time to program (and maaaaaybe start an overhead, heh)

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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #177 on: April 18, 2018, 12:50:32 PM »
Hey Guys,

Jonathan here, and hello from sunny Arizona!

Had a free morning today so I thought I would finally post up my BeechMax 1900D.  I’ve been a long-time reader of this site, unfortunately I have always been in the build and experiment stage so never got around to posting anything up.

I started out with building my King Air B200 simpit.  I don’t have the room for a full size enclosed sim (although rest assured that's coming next year) so I have always had to make do with a "single seat trainer" style sim.  I worked in real life in the Regionals and always liked the B1900D, Dash-8's, Saab 340’s etc so I wanted to go down that path when building my sim. 

It’s also nice to do something different rather than the same old 737 and A320, and to be honest while I love seeing the amazing detail and realism that come with these two platforms, I don’t think I could actually sit there for hours on end in a 737 or A320 so a regional commuter aircraft doing short hops seemed like the appropriate choice.  Having said that, I also wanted something more involved than just a Cessna 172 or light GA aircraft.

Building a Dash-8 floated around in my brain for a while, but eventually that was out of the question.  Majestic make nice software, but virtually nobody makes any panels or even has attempted one so that was just too much of an unknown to try go down that path.  So my next logical choice was the B1900D. 

With that said, I went ahead and built a King

Yes, my first attempt was my B200.  There were a lot of reasons at the time why I went with a KA instead of the 1900. I wanted a G1000.  I wanted pre-made panels.  I wanted something that other people had already done so I didn’t have to re-invent the wheel, so this was a logical choice at the time.  Flight1 make the King Air with a G1000.  From everything that I read it was also the most realistic version, far better than Carenado so the B1900D was out and the KA was in!

Long story short, I got it to about 60% functionality until I decided I really wanted that B1900D. Ray’s 1900 also inspired me, and I always look forward to his posts, so I can sit there and be envious....

The major factors to change it was so that I could simulate Airline Operations and not charter work and I wanted to switch to Xplane.  It felt a bit silly pulling up to the gates at airports in a KA....   I won’t get into it about which platform is better, everyone has their opinion and needs and mine is that Xplane is far superior, so I decided that I would go ahead and convert my KA to the B1900D.  Luckily these aircraft are almost one and the same so major modifications were not necessary, just a remake of the MIP.  I also decided to go ahead and build a center console which I didn’t have on the KA at the time.

Downside to all this is that I have to use Carenado, who are well known for their lack of system depth regarding the avionics, but they are the only ones who make one, so beggars can’t be choosers as they say.  It also meant going back to steam gauges, but I don’t mind, I’m sure one day you will start to see the 1900's retrofitted with more modern avionics.   On the upside, Air Manager has all the gauges for the 1900 so this has made the transition a lot easier.

I chose to just use all my Saitek gear rather than invest in more expensive solutions, I think I will wait until I can build my full-size set-up then I will start to look at outfitting it with some custom-made gear.  I'm getting a few quotes now on getting the lower switch panels made and will also start getting quotes on the rest of the panels eventually.  Until then I just built most of them myself, MDF, paint and dry decal lettering is pretty much all I’ve used.  I have used a couple of 3D printed parts that are available on Thingyverse and the like.

My big thing was my twin GTN750's.  I wanted a better solution than the old Collins radios and a 430. There is not a lot of 1900's around with them, but I found a picture on of one with twin GTN's so I decided to emulate that using Reality XP's version.  I built the bezels myself, and the dual rotary encoder, and Direct and Home buttons both work as well, and they are mounted in front of an 18" touchscreen, so they function perfectly.  It’s really a pleasure to see them in action.

The rest so far is all a work in progress but nearing completion (yeah, right...).  Waiting on a couple of screens to arrive for the rest of the MIP and fuel panel, and in the meantime reading up a lot about how I could go about integrating functioning upper and lower annunciator panels and trying to wrap my brain around teensy, Arduino etc etc.  Software for this it seems is non-existent, so Im open to all suggestions or ideas...  Also, would love some advice on where to get some fire-pull handles...

Well guys that’s it for now, I will try to post up more pics with any latest progress.

A real 1900D with twin GTN's

My BeechMax 1900D

The original build, my KA B200

Offline Trevor Hale

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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #178 on: April 18, 2018, 01:35:25 PM »
Wow, that's a pretty nice looking project.  Nicely done.  Although I would have stayed with the King Air LOL..  Just kidding.  Looking forward to seeing more as your project progresses.

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Offline RayS

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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #179 on: April 18, 2018, 07:54:21 PM »
Cool! Another B1900D project!
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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #180 on: April 18, 2018, 09:30:58 PM »
 I sat in it and flew it... Not much else to say  :huh: ;D
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Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
« Reply #181 on: April 19, 2018, 06:18:50 AM »
Rob, when is the -"Updated my plastic MCP to OEM" coming in this thread? =)  ;D




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