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Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 14, 2018, 08:01:20 AM
Hey Everyone,

The CB seems a little quiet lately, so how about this...tell us what you did for your flight simulator today, no matter how big or small, just say what you did regarding your project.

Mind you this is not just for members who have fullsize cockpits, but everyone no matter what you have, if you fly it (or plan to), then it counts! Plus, I have seen so many new user names, but not many posts from them. So, why not post today on this thread? Even if you're just researching or dreaming about your project, tell me/us all about it.

Oh yeah, even if you did jack-diddley nothing on your project, then just say that, or how about a joke? You could even type your wishlist for 2018...heck yeah...Wish List Day! Post your wish list for your sim project or desktop sim, doesn't matter just get the conversation going...  :idiot:

- I will start by saying I posted my cockpits that are for sale on Craigslist. Yes, sounds funny, but I sold the fire truck simulator that way, so who knows, I might sell the cockpits this way.

- Regarding my simulator project in general; well, Karen and I purchased a floor buffer to shine and protect the simulator hanger floors, which are concrete that were not sealed. Therefore, water has been soaking into the floor, as well as ice melting salt has left some scarring because we used it the first winter and it's not a good idea to use salt for at least a year or so on new concrete. We found that out the hard way...lol...get it? You even get a joke out of that one...

- In regards to my project(s) for today, we got our CR-10S 3d printer delivered yesterday and I will be putting it together tonight. My plan is to print out some knobs and such or at least try too. I have never used one before, so it's time for trial and error learning...yep, I purchased 6 spools of plastic filament, hope that's enough to print at least one knob...lol!

Okay, now it's everyone else's turn, so please post today...it would be awesome too see 100+ people reply to this thread.

Have a great day!  :)

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on January 14, 2018, 08:52:02 AM
I am chasing problems with my sim. Purely by coincidence, when installing Prosim v2, I lost my rudder inputs (hardware failure) and most of the gauges in the forward overhead. And yes - purely coincidence, but it took me hours to convince myself of this since they are all hardware issues and not software. So today I hope to at least get rudder inputs back on line.
Next weekend (Saturday) a local high school Jr Air Force ROTC unit is flying my sim. So it needs to be nice.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on January 14, 2018, 09:56:32 AM
Waiting for my hangover to end...


But i did some measurements research today at least. :)
Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: archen on January 14, 2018, 10:40:23 AM
Not much time over for my own sim which is in pieces in our storage.

I'm planning on something smaller at the moment, more like an IFR training module to keep my IFR skills up to date.

Still researching what aircraft to use and the design of the module. I want an aircraft which is simple to get up and running and not too complicated. I've tried carenado 350i, nice aircraft but don't like the avionics. Now waiting for PMDG J41.

The goal of the module is to have it small and compact so you can easily remove it from the desk. It will not be a copy of any actual aircraft. It will only be a couple of screens and switches for the most important functions.


Br,
Anders 

Skickat från min SM-G955F via Tapatalk

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 14, 2018, 11:09:10 AM
Got a New 3D Printer, and I am printing Gauge Faces for my 5 CoPilot Gauges, which will be controlled from my arduino. 

I also installed my Overhead And have to print some roof filler pieces to stop the back light from bleeding out around it.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on January 14, 2018, 12:17:13 PM
Researched replacing the Analogue Gauges in our 737-800 Sim, and tried to figure out why the Potentiometers on the rudder pedals weren't centering up.

Have almost accepted I may have to take them out to determine the issue....maybe!  :huh:

Managed to get some fun time in, took the sim around the Mach Loop is North Wales. Need to look at integrating TacPack at some point so we can go Sub Hunting P-8 style.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on January 14, 2018, 12:54:01 PM
Spent the last tree days dismantling  my small 3DOF motion platform and moving it into
my garage for selling. Found out the door was to narrow  to get it out. My garage is hellish
hot at this time. As expected things dont work properly so now have to spend more time
working out whats wrong.
Currently working on a FCU/EFIS (DIY) for a A320 Cockpit.
At least i can still fly my Cessna C177 OEM based console to keep me sane.
Hope you all had a great Xmas and those of you experiencing winter are not FREEZING.

Les
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on January 14, 2018, 01:33:43 PM
I too bought a 3D printer and I have been printing like mad. Yes I have printed parts for the cockpit. I am also in the middle of a massive upgrade to the cockpit on several fronts. First stage is installing the new to me MIP. That is getting there. With the help of my brother 2 of the  panels are wired and ready to interface. Should finish the rest in the next couple of day. All the brakets for mounting are all installed and waiting for the MIP panels. This will be a huge upgrade. Next up is to completely re-do the overhead... OUCH.. That one is going to hurt. And while all this is going on I have a new to me TQ hat will be delivered at some point and that will need to be installed.... Lots going on!!! Just too busy to sit and type.. Oh well out the door!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 14, 2018, 02:33:47 PM
I did alot!

-My MIP is up and running in Prosim 2.0 using a SYS4X card.

-I've got the second system up and running to get the DUs working.

-having fits calibrating my flight controls

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 14, 2018, 02:51:54 PM
I decided to build a small GA sim to keep me flying while the 737 is (STILL) under construction.
It took me a weekend to build using my CNC; of course the radio stuff is Go-flight and the yoke, trim and pedals are Saitek. But it's great to be back flying again.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on January 14, 2018, 06:58:21 PM
Hi All,

Well..  I had a day that was exciting and depressing. A CP Flight rudder trim gauge I had purchased came in. That was really exciting and I couldn't wait to get home to install it in the sim. Sadly, 10 minutes after I installed it, I fried it with a shot of static electricity. It took me by surprise. I guess it was a combination of dry winter air, my cloth covered auto seat and a non grounded OEM pedestal. So now, I'm researching best practices of grounding the sim.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on January 15, 2018, 06:35:08 AM
I haven't done much since last November but I did move it back three feet do to a roof leak, now is not dripping on the windshield, I have a bucket collecting water between the screen and the sim when it rains, tried to fix the leak for the third time but I give up, can't find the sucker.

I need to upgrade to Prosim 2.0 but I'm waiting a bit longer till the bugs are sorted out plus I'M SCARE!!!!

Question: Is it 3D printer season?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 15, 2018, 07:09:34 AM
Glad to see everyone posting, so if nobody minds, let's extend this for the week that way the people who do not check the CB as often can chime in...please?

It's amazing too hear what everyone is doing with their projects and that makes Cockpit Builders site the best in my book.

Hi Sam, yes it seems too be the latest trend and with the Thingiverse website that has 3d print files for free downloading, it's making the task of learning to use a 3d printer much easier. I checked on the trending models and it seems the CR-10 S (with upgrade) is the most sought after unit because of it's size and reliability. I purchased mine through GearBest.com for around $500 US and I also got 5 spools of plastic (not ABS though, I will use that once I know how to use the machine better).

If you're interested, look at Gear Best and watch some YouTube videos like this one:

https://youtu.be/kbmdwBwm7BU

He is talking about the CR-10, but he also has another video on his chanbel about the S models and what the upgrades are about...

John

Ps avoid using the "save money" or "promo codes" links in any videos because most are outdated or can be scams...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on January 15, 2018, 12:29:11 PM
My latest upgrade was BFF Shaker for my vibration system. Works good, however I miss my Accu-Feel that does not work with P3Dv4.1 and nobody knows for sure when it will be upgraded.
For last year quite a lot of things happened:
 - my second GT720projector failed and I replaced my visual system with Optoma GT1080 Darbee projectors (still working with old screen so far).
- I moved from P3Dv3.4 straight to P3Dv4.1 (had to upgrade to 256 GB SSD for Windows drive and 1 TB SSD for P3Dv4.1).

Most of my backlighting in overhead failed - it was a bad batch of LED stripes and I had to replace all LEDS in it. (Another LED batch in MIP backlighting works for 4 years with no problems).  Now it's all working again.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/No0QJ4CEs11ULHuEFp9Kz-HDz44kceXuju__mlYFExKaG_tkPptA_6PHhbzKGFin-A1C2Q7lc3cKrqjzLhVQh1l4jkXPF_RGkmiUd8QtXLbd54xParbuTDy54Lt-ICWpYuqlioqpRNh07Vr4Vj13zXZuCwuVKXiRa0zyZIVIk1uFrSysdUb9zP69joyglsLepuKz1BMSzTTp3Ns2Y7yRF5UCNlqZWaUSA4hEIYwYehRDfbc8dO2Sg-3DuKyOoDpwJcpS3QCqnQX7sUGlAVXsrrRTf4kukWtBvOfpY2bayPQW8HQGtSHBq7wJUNY-HdGLLYIemR6s4wB_AEtG8VI_peI22FQaVJJ8rj5T-zLWJJdREoxF6uFycWlFakTCW1MPAgiUAZM9ZPd2QmizAQVJ4e8TzM3TEhsUhBdNP4ssnh2tqnV3LyLC2W1nx5etcjjH16po7-cb9sHwO1hebCqCjefuU7jgXXUiwTKLVx4PRGuw9lhX9VGBbBHWo6DF-hVcKAV-iqXAg-SF6fcjX0uCvdavrhHuD_E42ifinyhmpktwiyDU-Ip3NDSAdBHCer6YnY1EA6mX_3Zge8J3XXhicTswbYHPZhbJ30mciaU=w493-h877-no)

- Recently installed UT Live for traffic and Rex Sky Force for clouds and playing with combinations of all texture/shader/weather packages.

Like this:

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 :2cw:




Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Aerosim Solutions on January 15, 2018, 05:20:31 PM
Not exactly today but last week I installed a remote volume controller for one of the slave computers in the cockpit. I have two speakers in the roof available for when we are using VATSIM. The headsets still work but we can turn up the ATC for others to hear, I have always had this but it meant going around to the front of the sim to make volume adjustments. It was a bit of an ordeal to remove the control pot from one of the 5.1 system speakers and extend the wiring but it is in now and so successful I added iTunes to that PC so we can play music in the cockpit! The next major job is constructing a back wall to mount a set of real circuit breakers. I want to have this back wall removable and the plan is to hang the two box sections on a trolley rail so they can be pushed outwards out of the way. Cheers Gwyn
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 15, 2018, 05:34:15 PM
I've spent the past several weeks interfacing a Garmin MX-20 to X-Plane 11 via Teensy. (With little to no documentation on the X-Plane side regarding this process.)

Had to first reverse-engineer the serial conversation coming from X-Plane, fix it, then eventually resend to the MX-20.

This project requires a ton of coding because with every step forward it takes 3 steps back.



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: XOrionFE on January 15, 2018, 09:19:26 PM
Spent 8 hrs Saturday working on the -300 Pressurization Control Panel after Rob had replaced all the belts and did much of the wiring to the teensy.    I had the code just aboutbsorted but noticed the FLT ALT was Inop....

Upon removal and further inspection found a broken shaft....ugh...

One step forward, two steps back...

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: XOrionFE on January 15, 2018, 09:33:37 PM
So after that ....

I worked on this...

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on January 15, 2018, 11:11:02 PM
Ahhhhh, so you still have that!  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bravolima on January 16, 2018, 01:19:29 AM
Clean up! Galley check: fridge, coffee machine. Vacuum cleaner work. Load Ball Units at the F/O Seat replaced, Rails cleaned and some unevenness fixed.
I´m a good cleaning worker! Don´t tell my spouse......

special Items ahead: System change PM to ProSim 2.0
                                   Fine tuning Calibration Pro/DisplayPro
                                   Rework the  opencockpits pedals (exchange the plastic..)

Sim flying:                    circling with fixed power settings
                                    training of RNAV approaches
                                    Online-flying and testing EFB Software
                               
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Garys on January 16, 2018, 02:37:42 AM
I changed out a pc that wasn't running the greatest, tested and some new software and then did some touch and go's at Kai Tak. Once I was done I spent a few hours waiting for a parking spot.  :laugh:

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on January 16, 2018, 06:24:12 AM
Thank you John for the 3D printer information, maybe next year, way too busy right now to learn 3D printing.

Cheers!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 16, 2018, 07:27:45 AM
I´m a good cleaning worker! Don´t tell my spouse......

Funny, we all seem to be good at keeping the sim areas clean, but the rest of the house we are no good at that. LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 16, 2018, 08:19:46 AM
funny... must be a winter virus
Did some clean up too after the SimA install
Put the center post fairing and the glareshield back on, dusted the shell.

Still have to
-replace the led strip over the MCP (do not fit with the new MX MCP.)
-wire the OXY test
- rearrange the rats nest of wires and cables in front of the shell, this time only two computers instead of 5...better.

Flew my first approach RTT to LOWI overcast low vis. and winter. (with the new ORBX scenery)  Whaoo!

Scott: I love those blue belts! nice panel..there was another one recently on EBay reasonnably priced...rare
Gary: Your 74 is gorgeous ...more pics !



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on January 16, 2018, 08:36:36 AM
Uhmmm....This past weekend was spent helping out on a home improvement project at my daughter and son-in-law's place in Arlington VA.

My sim has been down since right after WorldFlight to accommodate a major upgrade of all my computer hardware and software....6 computers total.  This involves building 4 new I7-8700K computers to run my WideView visuals and re-purposing 2 old Visual computers for avionics.  Also involves moving ahead to P3dv4 for the visuals and SimAvionics 1.80 for the avionics.  All that is a tremendous effort loading software add-ons across 4 computers for WV, not the least of which was f---ing WIN 10 updates screwing things up along the way!

The project is 90% complete now.  P3Dv4 is running truly amazingly on the hardware!  SimA also has many new features...working through some minor issues there.

Of course one thing always leads to another with this hobby.  Seeing the amazing results for the P3Dv4 visuals I decided to also invest in the newer Optoma GT1080 Darbees that will replace my older Optoma GT1080s.  I have never really been satisfied with the color uniformity across the Optoma projectors (that is, one vs. the other), and in the 3 -4 years that I have had them such has been deteriorating further.  I am not sure if this is due to the lamp life or deterioration in the chip electronics.  So I decided to do a leap of faith in investing in the new Darbee version which promises improvements in color representation and detail sharpness....so we shall see.  The only good thing about the Optomas is the price.

I will report separately on what I find with the Darbees, and I will be putting my old Optomas up for sale if anyone is interested.   Each one works fine as a stand-alone, but I would not recommend them for a multiple projector setup given the color uniformity issue.

FredK
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 16, 2018, 09:15:03 PM
So I have been pulling my hair out trying to get my Revolution Simproducts Motorized TQ working again.  I really really wish I was better with SIOC coding.  On top of that it appears one of my motors may not be working...

I have now resorted to open-TQ surgery to determine the root of the problem.  Anyone have a v1.5 motorized TQ script from RSP that works?  Its the one with two DC motorcards and a joystick card for the buttons.

It's one step forward, one step back here as I try to remember how to do all this stuff again.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 17, 2018, 09:30:11 AM
David, highly restpected SIOC Doctor could probably help you... ::)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jon Boe on January 17, 2018, 04:09:01 PM
Updated from P3D v3.4 to V4.1  Much smoother operation for the visuals than with V3.4.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 17, 2018, 09:46:40 PM
David, highly restpected SIOC Doctor could probably help you... ::)
I'll figure out the mechanicals this weekend and then I can figure out exactly what isn't working right on the script.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 05:10:10 AM
Hey Warren, very interesting to see inside that TQ, who designed that jumble of levers, cogs and switches. It looks very confusing, so good luck sorting that out  ;D ;D

I've started building a new TQ myself but I've decided against motorising the throttle levers, I can''t face the complexity of the design, or the programming of the motors for that matter. Once I get my deck up and running I  may have another go at it, let's see if I get bored at some point.  :idiot:

Lots to do on this yet, but it's starting to look like a TQ, thanks to the trim wheels from my mate Gwyn at Aerosim Solutions.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 18, 2018, 09:02:48 AM
Aluminum...yeah!
 Gwyn made my flaps gate too, years ago , bulletproof !
Try to get some black Otto push buttons for the AT disc. the red mini push are too flimsy and the feel is so much different
eBay auction: #202110224380

Jack
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on January 18, 2018, 09:25:20 AM
Just so that folks know this - my OEM TQ that was rebuilt for simulation use by Northern FlightSim and using my electronics design has NO, repeat NO coding what so ever. The electronics are natively controlled by Prosim.

So take the fear out of building a TQ by knowing that there are designs that require no coding what so ever.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 18, 2018, 10:15:29 AM
So.. what are those designs?  :-\
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 10:49:28 AM
So lay it on us, show us these designs....  :) :) :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 11:02:19 AM
Jack, I did have some bigger switches (more substantial), but they looked too big in relation to the real ones.

Incidentally those Otto switches cost $10$ plus £20$ postage, they're even more over here.  :(
These are the other switches I have in stock... which one?

Joe.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on January 18, 2018, 11:09:29 AM
Ok - glad folks are interested in a TQ design with no coding. Let me put together a document this weekend and I'll post it. Glad to share all I have found from others on this forum.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 18, 2018, 11:48:15 AM
Jim: Thank you, open a new post for that..

Joe those black push buttons are OK but they are "soft". The Otto (or other aero brands) have a firm click when you push.
No big deal anyway.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 18, 2018, 11:57:41 AM
I used 4 of them on the aft overhead

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/a5EkAN.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 12:02:26 PM
You're right Jack, they are soft. I'll see if I can source better ones locally.

Jim,
I'm really looking forward to that, might even change my current design and try for the full motorised deal.,  8)

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 18, 2018, 09:31:09 PM
That would be great Jim!  Look forward to seeing that document..

Joe... it is actually pretty ingenious for its time.  Works great when it does, and solid as a rock.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on January 19, 2018, 05:10:30 AM
I am on the road for a couple of months rolling out a new IT system so have not had any sim time since November, but this thread is getting me keen to restart when i am finished :)

PS, for those in the middle of winter, spare a though for a fat man ripping offices apart and re-fitting them in the heat we have here at the moment  :-[ :-[

(https://i.imgur.com/sBobKIf.jpg?1)


Thats 115 degrees in "old money"
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 19, 2018, 10:02:25 AM
Was -37 C Here last Week,  I wish I was in that weather lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: zillmer on January 28, 2018, 04:13:47 PM
Thought I'd keep this thread going with a post of some of this weekend's work on the sim. I'm currently in maintenance and upgrade mode so there is a fair amount of fairly tedious, but none the less important work going on.

I've been working on the sidewalls, adding in the cup holder and document holders. These are 3d printed (professionally) from designs I found by Winston on thingiverse. The mounting plate for the cup holder is some 3mm plexi that I had laser cut to size and shape. First photo is the initial fit before painting.

(https://i.imgur.com/6ssd1ig.jpg)

Second photo is after painting and installing them:

(https://i.imgur.com/enKoHPQ.jpg)

You can't see it but I've also tidied the wiring that is behind the sidewall. I've got the FDS map light panels and dimmers, so there are 3 2-core cables leading out from the sidewall to connect elsewhere, as well as the new cable for the test switch on the oxygen mask panels, which are on order with FDS. All the cabling is now attached with cable clips to the back of the sidewall, and terminates in a junction box for easier connection.

I've also done the same on the captain's sidewall, but also have mounted a new Bodnar card that I will be using for the Tiller axis and the push-test switches on the oxy mask panels on to the back of the sidewall as well. Previously the tiller was connected to the Bodnar card that is on my rudder pedals.

The main focus of the maintenance is cable management and redoing the electrical parts. I have mounted a 12V and 5V supply onto the inside of the FDS shell, and connected them to a fusebox ( a new addition to provide fused protection for everything). Feeds from the fusebox will then be routed onto the MIP and Overhead. Picture below:

(https://i.imgur.com/vSVEBJm.jpg)

This side is for all the LED flood lights, backlights and so on that use PWM dimming. I am separating out all components that use PWM and powering them with separate supplies because I was having various issues, such as audio interference.

An almost identical installation on the opposite side of the shell will provide supplies for the other components.

Will provide another update in a couple of weeks with more progress.

Regards

Simon.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on January 29, 2018, 09:45:19 AM
Today will be a big day for the cockpit. I should get the MIP installed, monitors lit and start to adjust all the Project Magenta software to be in it's right place on the screens. I will be streaming this live. The stream is nothing fancy. Just me working on the simulator and chatting with anyone who wants to Skype. If the demand becomes great enough I will start using my TeamSpeak server to allow more folks into the voice. The entire thing is a growing and fluid endeavor. My Twitch channel link in now in my signature. Thanks for the idea Ray!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 29, 2018, 05:08:24 PM
This week will be spent designing the printed circuit board for my "X-Plane to Garmin MX-20" interface, after final touches this past weekend proved my circuit design works as expected.

 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on January 29, 2018, 11:17:47 PM
So here is what my last month of work looks like....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on January 30, 2018, 06:24:06 AM
This week?, hummmm, well we had a cold front coming thru and of course it rained and I had to move the sim again, it seems like its following the sim, now I have two roof leaks, my sim is having a tour of the warehouse!  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 01, 2018, 12:27:35 AM
Hey Everyone,

This thread is working out great and I like seeing all the things happening with everyone's sim builds, as well as more new members posting.

I want to add if you're a new member here or have been one for a long time just researching without ever posting once, please go ahead and post something. Tell us who you are and what you're hoping too build (desktop or full size doesn't matter). You will find that many other members are waiting to help you along your journey and believe me we all have been where you are now.

Best Regards,

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on February 01, 2018, 12:33:43 AM
What a difference a day makes....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on February 01, 2018, 06:18:17 AM
Looking good Bob!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 01, 2018, 12:01:50 PM
Hi Warren and all:
I have been a bit backed up with the forum and just noticed what you did to the RevSim TQ.
I have one with the two SIOC Cards as well, and it is working as it is supposed to with ProSim 2.0 and P3D V4.1, I even got it to work with SimAvionics but it was a pain. The script I use was modified by me for a smoother operation and to minimize hunting of the levers. I can send it to you for your review, it may need some tweaking on your part. The calibration is done in a separate script from the one that actually drives things. The script does not work with recent SIOC versions. I am not sure why. I do have a problem with the motor shaft attached to the trim wheel, it is worn out and requires frequent tightening. I just switch it off. Anyway, if you think it may be of any help to you I will be glad to send it to you.

And as far as what I have done for my Sim lately, I have been working on the KBOS Airport (Boston-Logan) scenery, the actual airport. The stock one has all the taxiways wrong, and a commercial one appears "buried" in the ground ( made for FSX), so I took it upon myself to get the scenery up to date. I am almost done. All taxiway signs, ground signs, and gates have been done from scratch.
So far, my weakness is the actual dwelling of the Airport since I do not possess the Architectural skills or software necessary. The iconic Logan Tower is still here though. It has been done with ADE. I will post it in the forum as a .zip file when I am done.
It works with P3D V3 and 4 though I have compiled it with the V3 compiler since there is a problem with the V4 one and ADE that to my knowledge has not been fixed.

Cheers


joaquin
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on February 11, 2018, 07:58:35 PM
Back at it. New Master Caution panel. Have the FO side as well.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 12, 2018, 01:18:04 AM
...today was spent removing 27 pea bulbs from a Beech 1900D Center MIP section. New ones to be installed this coming week.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 16, 2018, 10:50:33 PM


Hi to all:

As previously stated, here is my first version (beta) of the Boston Logan Airport
(KBOS), created with the Scruffyduck ADE. It is my first one so I am ready 
to take all the flack :). The README.txt file has all the necessary info.
Feel free to contribute to it ,not with money but with talent, which is abundant here ;)

JF
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 17, 2018, 01:05:16 PM
Joaquin, I will have a look at this this week.  I bet you have done a marvelous Job.. I can't wait to see it.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on February 17, 2018, 01:20:58 PM
Well more progress. I now have the 6 packs and Master Caution programmed and working. This thing is starting to look pretty good.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on February 17, 2018, 01:38:07 PM
Lookin'good Bob.
Advancing fast!
Jack :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 17, 2018, 01:53:09 PM
Tks Trev.

More sets of eyes see better than just two.
I am ironing out the ground markings on the gates.
The problem with ADE is that letter size does not go below 1 meter
which is necessary in order to be able to write the aircraft types at the gate.
So just the stripes for now.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on February 18, 2018, 04:45:09 AM
Finished painting! Next is to insert floor.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on February 18, 2018, 08:34:04 AM
Got my IRS panels installed and fully integrated into the Sim. Uses a Teensy for switch inputs and outputs controlled with Teensy and uln2803   Another Teensy handles the Arinc429 data.   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 20, 2018, 12:14:45 AM
Starting "retirement" proceedings (For any Bladerunner fans out there....) for the flythissim.com Avidyne Avionics software I currently use. (Or rather being held hostage by...)

Only because my pea bulbs haven't arrived yet...

It'll be replaced soon by the Ellie Systems Avidyne Avionics software.. the brainchild of Don Lafontaine and tweaked just a bit by me over the years....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 20, 2018, 12:20:36 AM
Well more progress. I now have the 6 packs and Master Caution programmed and working. This thing is starting to look pretty good.

Bob, your sim continues to amaze me. Looking really good!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 20, 2018, 02:01:42 PM

Hi all:

Here is an update of the KBOS scenery with some minor patches, which may be the last
I post here. All the gates now have their ground signs, and taxiways are properly signed as well. I know that for most people here, including me, the hardware is "the thing" but, hey, no fun without software. Until a good commercial scenery for Prepar3D of this airport appears in the market, this should be good enough since the stock one really sucks.

Joaquin.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 20, 2018, 05:19:59 PM
Guys,

This is what this Hobby is about.  I love this...  Joaquin I Promise to look at your scenery this week, Likely tomorrow.

Thank you.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on February 20, 2018, 11:47:33 PM
About ready to go feet first with my sim-pit.  Narrowed down what round one will consist of and getting ready to pull the trigger:  OVH and Aft OVH panel, MCP and EFIS, MIP, single projector, and ifly CBE.  Phew.  Will post pics once I get started.

As far as my current sim, got an old tablet setup with Virtual Avionics and using it as my FMC with my iFly 737. beats having to point and click.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on February 21, 2018, 08:59:48 AM
I have been grounded for a few days as I had one of my main outside view monitors go poof.... So I tore up the sim and installed an old FDS CDU which is full color and I like the tactile feel of the keys. I put the Engravity CDU in the FO's side. Took lots of cutting and hole drilling but I got it all to play well together. Here are a couple photos....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 22, 2018, 01:07:32 AM
Hey Everyone,

Thank you for keeping this thread going and I am truly amazed too see all the work being done!

You guys are sincerely inspirational to us all; be it a new member or a long time one, the talents you have and share are incredible...keep those pics coming.

Best Regards,

John

Ps remember this is for all simulators...desktop, fullsize or anywhere  in between, please share what you've done for your simulator today or any day!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on February 22, 2018, 09:38:27 PM
I have my monitor back in place. Finish up the upgrades to the cockpit tomorrow and back in the air!! Whoot!!!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 23, 2018, 01:32:48 AM
I have my monitor back in place. Finish up the upgrades to the cockpit tomorrow and back in the air!! Whoot!!!!

It'll be good to have you back in the air. I miss your Twitch feeds!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 25, 2018, 08:57:06 PM
Hi to all:

Here is the latest KBOS scenery with few additional corrections.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on February 28, 2018, 11:09:47 PM
I opened the door today, got this in the mail. My first real aircraft part. No matter how much time you spend in CAD, real life just always looks different. This thing is massive! Look at it compared to my mouse!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 01, 2018, 05:52:30 PM
For the first time ever, the Ellie Avidyne flies!

Still a few bugs to work on, but all the critical functions work.
 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on March 01, 2018, 10:14:16 PM
Feet First?  Cannonball?  Whatever phrase you want to use.  Purchased my MIP, EFIS, Overhead, Aft Overhead, Gauges, switches, LEDS, buttons (and such), and interface boards. Waiting on a bid for a used MCP too.  Hoping to have the room framed up before they get here so I can setup shop and start the 'fun' of wiring.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 02, 2018, 10:12:14 AM
Feet First?  Cannonball?  Whatever phrase you want to use.  Purchased my MIP, EFIS, Overhead, Aft Overhead, Gauges, switches, LEDS, buttons (and such), and interface boards. Waiting on a bid for a used MCP too.  Hoping to have the room framed up before they get here so I can setup shop and start the 'fun' of wiring.

My suggestion to you is to take one step at a time.... Take all this stuff you bought and pick one area of the aircraft to build. Concentrate on that one area and get it at least close to done/ If you try to do the entire thing all at once you will become frustrated and in a few months we will see all these parts up for sale on this board. Seen it many times.. Just a suggestion....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on March 02, 2018, 12:45:52 PM
Built a cockpitbase with to weak wood so i have to tear it down... :-\
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 05, 2018, 01:54:03 AM
Completed the upgrade to XP 11.10.

The road to 11.10 was convoluted to say the least. Flythissim.com software refused to work in 11.10, so... time to gut it and replace it with Ellie Avionics Avidyne PFD.

1. 4 months of code work on the Ellie PFD
2. Connect the Ellie PFD to a MySQL backend (For things like V-Speeds, etc.... This will grow exponentially this year)
3. Reprogram the Avidyne PFD buttons and knobs to work with Ellie
4. Reprogram the Avidyne autopilot to work with Ellie PFD
5. Upgrade to XP11.10

All in all, it was a painful but rewarding process. All of this work was to get to 11.10 so I could benefit from the bug-fix of corrected ground-effect modeling. (Something the developers inexplicably left out of 11.05, causing the aircraft to nosedive right before touchdown, among a few other aerobatic surprises...)

There's still some work in the Avidyne, since I'm now taking advantage of the autothrottle system... I have to add various bits to display the Autothrottle status in the PFD.

Incredibly, the only nuisance in the sim after all this work is that my "Landing Gear" light refuses to extinguish.

I'll take that, and enjoy the fact of no longer paying a $300 annual maintenance fee for FlyThisSim!  :) :)

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on March 06, 2018, 12:18:24 PM
Its Fixed...  But Craig will have to repost his post.

This time don't break it LOL

Too funny.

Be careful when you keep adding and adding and adding, your better off making a new reply!

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 06, 2018, 01:36:36 PM
Ok,
So as I was saying........
I have mostly  finished my projector screen. I used 1” square aluminum tubing and had a friend of mine who has a machine shop bend it in a 10 1/2 foot radius ( all the room I have).  I used vertical support made from aluminum screen enclosure parts found at Home Depot.  Then I covered it with 3 mm expanded PVC  sheets.
 I still have to paint it with a projection screen paint for best results but that can wait. So far the results are pretty awesome.

Ok, here goes!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 06, 2018, 02:50:54 PM
Superb...
Where did you get those PVC expanded sheets, what brand, because here (north) they stare at you blank when you ask for PVC sheets (in my neck of the woods anyway  :D  )
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 06, 2018, 03:34:04 PM
Jack,
I get it locally at Piedmont Plastics.
https://www.piedmontplastics.com/products/pvc-foam-sheet (https://www.piedmontplastics.com/products/pvc-foam-sheet)
As far as “brand” I really don’t know but it may be Sintra or Celtec.
A 4’x8’ sheet is $27 US.

Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 06, 2018, 03:39:09 PM
Thanks...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on March 06, 2018, 03:47:24 PM
One eighth inch Masonite sheets are bendable and work well for a smooth screen surface.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 06, 2018, 03:49:53 PM
Jack,
Are you near here?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 06, 2018, 04:33:57 PM
Thank you I will call them tomorrow.
Hope they are not wholesale only...
 ::)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 06, 2018, 07:11:50 PM
Mine here isn’t.
 I just walk in and buy it.
 I have purchased about a dozen times from them.
Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 06, 2018, 07:53:17 PM
I have been working on a lot of stuff you can not see. Like the air file and other "hidden" things. I have made a few cosmetic changes in the old girl. Lights under the MCP have been swapped out for some "soft" white lights. Some minor adjustments to the the way PM is adjusted inside the bezels... But here are a few pics just to let you see....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 06, 2018, 08:20:48 PM
Your TQ looks great !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 06, 2018, 09:29:33 PM
Your TQ looks great !

Thank You Jack! Its been good to me for many years.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on March 06, 2018, 10:05:26 PM
Bob, its look great. Come a long way in a short time since i watched you and Ray building
the shell. Keep them coming.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 06, 2018, 10:44:08 PM
Bob, its look great. Come a long way in a short time since i watched you and Ray building
the shell. Keep them coming.

Thank you iwik! It has come a long way and it is so much fun to fly. At the moment I am doing more flying then working, but that is not a bad thing. Much more to do. Keep watching...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 07, 2018, 04:25:34 AM
That is looking really cool Bob!
Great work.

Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 07, 2018, 07:03:02 AM
It's starting to look like an airplane...finally.
Excitement level is going up!
Still a lot of work to do...Rewire the entire overhead and add all gauges, finish throttle rebuild, and all interior finishes.

Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 07, 2018, 07:16:13 AM
Looks like a flyer to me!! Nice job Craig!!  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 07, 2018, 07:48:58 AM
nice shot and cockpit Craig! :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on March 07, 2018, 03:34:19 PM
Short little Youtube video of where I'm currently at with the FDS shell and liners. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acelySDKbqk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acelySDKbqk)


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: zillmer on March 07, 2018, 03:57:12 PM
So progress on the maintenance continues. All the power supplies have been re-sited and connected up to fuse boxes and the supplies for anything PWM dimming related has been separated from 'clean' supplies to minimise interference on the audio.

The Flight Control Panel and Anti-Ice panel have returned from Sismo with solenoid held switches for the Yaw Damper and Wing Anti-Ice, and have been reinstalled. At the same time the pedestal flood light from Sismo was installed into the overhead and connected up with the FDS dimmer in their pedestal.

Recent progress has been delayed by a bout of flu, but I am now on the mend.

Delivered today and therefore the weekend project are 2 buttkickers and a BFF simulations shaker card.

Also arrived today was some sheepskin fabric, which, when dyed grey and then with the magical touch of Mrs Zillmer will replace the fabric seat covers on my OEM Weber seats. Also awaiting replacement foam for the cushions.

FDS Oxygen Mask panels are clearing customs and hopefully will be collected on Saturday as well, so all being well, on Sunday the simulator will be upgraded and back in full operation.

Will endeavour to post some photos over the weekend.

Cheers

Simon.

Still a fair way to go,
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on March 07, 2018, 10:22:03 PM
Today, I opened the door... again:

P.S. Craig, that looks superb!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 07, 2018, 10:23:55 PM
Today, I opened the door... again:

P.S. Craig, that looks superb!

It starts as such a little thing....  ???
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on March 08, 2018, 02:07:11 AM
It starts as such a little thing....  ???

The bottom right one is actually pretty beefy! Again, CAD doesn't do it justice.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on March 09, 2018, 12:55:45 AM
Found a few 5-minute blocks here and there, and ended up with the thrust levers wired to a PoKeys 56U card. Yes! We got power! Or thrust, whatever...  :laugh:
Some progress at last!

Marco
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 09, 2018, 04:50:27 AM
Very cool Marco!
Neat and clean.

Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 09, 2018, 10:35:29 AM
Well I bit the bullet and upgraded to P3D V4.2 and upgraded FSUIPC to 5.124. I can honestly say it has not been a seamless upgrade so far, but I can not say all the issues are totally due to the upgrade. I will know more after some testing today. If things continue I may be switching back to 4.1. Also know that the compatible version of Activesky is only in open-bata. My recommendation is if you are on the fence about upgrading right now... Hold off.....

 :2cw:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on March 09, 2018, 12:05:31 PM
Thanks for the advice Bob. I'm one who is still on the fence concerning an upgrade to P3D.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 09, 2018, 01:05:52 PM
I guess this would be something I did for my simulator, yesterday Karen and I went to pick up a set of Delta Air Filitration Units from a seller on Public Surplus (City of Madison, WI) that look brand new. We're going to put them in the hangar to keep the dust down.

With gravel all around the building, the micro dust from this gets inside little by little each time we open the big door, so filtering the air is the only solution. Up until now we used two inexpensive 20" box fans with 20"x20"x1" furnace filters (all from Walmart) taped to the back. These actually work pretty well this way, but we wanted the Delta units because they have remotes and hangers to place them on the ceiling.

Now we just have to wipe everything down again; oh well better clean then dirty I say. If you're having dust issues (like the fine white dust) I'd suggest getting some type of air cleaners or make the box fan filter units like we did. You will be happy seeing less dust and you'll truly breath easier...no reallly...lol...you will breath easier... :o

John

PS Public Surplus is here: www.publicsurplus.com (http://www.publicsurplus.com)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on March 09, 2018, 07:05:11 PM
Well I bit the bullet and upgraded to P3D V4.2 and upgraded FSUIPC to 5.124. I can honestly say it has not been a seamless upgrade so far, but I can not say all the issues are totally due to the upgrade. I will know more after some testing today. If things continue I may be switching back to 4.1. Also know that the compatible version of Activesky is only in open-bata. My recommendation is if you are on the fence about upgrading right now... Hold off.....

 :2cw:

What was there a reason for you deciding to upgrade? I'm lately of the opinion, get something that is older but stable and well tested.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on March 09, 2018, 11:21:15 PM
Does rebuilding your FS drive on your computer count?  Mistake #1 -> Get new PC, and fancy new system HD, but not upgrade your 3TB HD that is 6 yrs old....Ugh.  Fortunately it is still somewhat alive, albeit with many errors, but it is allowing me to uninstall my apps so I can properly de-register my licenses for re-installation.

Apparently it knew that my new MCP was showing up today, so when I hooked it up to play it crapped out.

Oh well...looks like Saturday / Sunday will be re-install all my simulator apps day.  FUN FUN.

500GB SSD on order.  Using a significantly smaller and newer 1.5TB drive for now and will just move everything over to the new drive later this week and assign it a new drive letter.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 10, 2018, 05:55:06 AM
3d Printing OH YEAH!  :idiot:

Think I'm getting the hang of 3d printing with my Creality CR-10S 3d Printer. I wanted to make some Window Handles for my simulator, so that is "what I did for my simulator today"...uh, okay 1/2 of the set...lol!

From Thingiverse I downloaded the .stl files made by username "fabien" and loaded them into Simplify3D (S3D), then did some location editing (offset, rotation and such). For the Process Settings I used the ones from S3D for Creality CR-10, but I edited them based on what some other users were trying, as well as what I thought would work best.

With these Process Settings being tested and used on four of my other prints that turned out really nice (the Cat that comes with the Creality software and Baby Groot from Thingiverse), I decided to continue using them. Thus, when I printed the Window Handles they turned out just as good as the previous prints. It took 3 1/2 hours for the handle and about 2 hours for the under plate, so not to bad time wise.

Here is a link for Thingiverse file location:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2521835/#files (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2521835/#files)

Note: If you decide to use these files, download them, then after that you must rename the .stl files first because there are some weird characters in the names; otherwise, when you save your factory file in S3D, then try to reopen it, you will get an error message and the factory file will not reopen/losing your work. Also, two of the file names have ABS in them, just ignore that and rename the file(s) (I used handle1, plate1, handle2, plate2) then use whatever filament you like (I used 1.75mm PLA Grey).

Attached are some quick and dirty pics...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 12, 2018, 12:02:26 PM
Well after more testing, I still have no idea what is going on with the sim. It was flying so well... Why did I have to mess with it? Well for one I was looking for better frame rates.. NOPE.... I lost on the average about 8 frames. And I have picked up these huge stutters when I am on approach. I get frames at these airports that should allow ok motion but I am getting stutters. It may be time to throw the entire mess to the street! (Trevor... ;) )
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 12, 2018, 12:15:03 PM
Bob,

Can you system restore it back before this all started?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 12, 2018, 12:22:34 PM
Bob,

Can you system restore it back before this all started?

John

No I think I have system restore turned off and I have physically changed some of the files which system restore can not fix. It is self inflicted and I will get over it.. Or not... A new system is not in the cards for some time so I need to make this one work.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 12, 2018, 03:59:48 PM
Far from being PC litterate I take great care at documenting each and every change I make, wether it is deleting a file or adding something, all FSUIPC assignement etc...
Proven useful when you have to go backwards

Just 2¢
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on March 12, 2018, 04:46:56 PM
Bob,

Can you system restore it back before this all started?

John

No I think I have system restore turned off and I have physically changed some of the files which system restore can not fix. It is self inflicted and I will get over it.. Or not... A new system is not in the cards for some time so I need to make this one work.

Don't give up Bob. Seems to me everything started to go south when you made the move to 4.2. Sure seems like something big is eating up the resources for you to have all those stutters. Windows..  anit-virus software?   I'm not a computer guru either..just trying to think of what could be eating up the resources. Have a beer..wait it out and have another go at it.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 12, 2018, 05:09:30 PM
I think Bob and I both attended the same sim-finishing school. "If it works, break it!"

I've been neck-deep in a major MIP overhaul, all because I needed to "re-adjust something". The adjustment ballooned into "Well.. I'm here, may as well do that too"

Hang in there, Bob!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 12, 2018, 05:36:42 PM
Ha.  I used to be that way.  The way I solved the problem?

Now I put so much thought and effort into making sure I get everything working before moving on, and being able to easily upgrade parts or make repairs without a complete overhaul, that I can't seem to actually finish!

Much better this way, as I can continually upgrade without actually taking anything apart, and...  easier on the wallet as I have just convinced myself its better to spend all my money on the sim now, while I still have a job and can afford Top Ramen, than wait until I'm retired without an income!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on March 14, 2018, 08:37:55 PM
Ha.  I used to be that way.  The way I solved the problem?

Now I put so much thought and effort into making sure I get everything working before moving on, and being able to easily upgrade parts or make repairs without a complete overhaul, that I can't seem to actually finish!

Much better this way, as I can continually upgrade without actually taking anything apart, and...  easier on the wallet as I have just convinced myself its better to spend all my money on the sim now, while I still have a job and can afford Top Ramen, than wait until I'm retired without an income!

Yes but when everything is working 'just so' it's massively rewarding.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on March 15, 2018, 05:24:40 AM


 I have just convinced myself its better to spend all my money on the sim now, while I still have a job and can afford Top Ramen, than wait until I'm retired without an income!

Warren, I convinced myself of the very same thing..buy as much as I can now before I retire. Hoping to have most things bought and enjoy retirement putting it all together. Nevertheless, my retirement budget includes a token amount for sim parts :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 15, 2018, 10:56:58 AM
Well the sim is back up and running... and I have made some headway in other areas that I will share in a bit. So you guys can stop driving by the house on garbage day.. The sim will not be there! lol YET....  :P
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 15, 2018, 11:30:07 AM
That's too funny Bob! Uh, still...what day is garbage day...just in case?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 15, 2018, 07:13:19 PM
Well, I just enjoyed the sim ...no update to new builds (too afraid to change what works fine) so today It was a short  trip Montreal- Albany and return overcast with heavy snow....

Leaving FL 210 for 4500'  :D

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/Qo6R9J.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on March 15, 2018, 09:14:13 PM
Just completed building the FO side circuit breaker panel and back wall to my sim. As you can see form the CAPT side picture the wall is on hinges so it can swing away either for maintenance or for training purposes. I'll finish mounting the FO side tomorrow on hinges as well.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on March 16, 2018, 05:12:57 AM
Jim,
That looks great!
I wish I had done something like that...hinged back wall.
With all of the building and rebuilding I do on this thing it’s a pain squeezing the seats in and out of that tiny door.
Great setup.
Next time my wife drags me to Mickey’s Playground in Orlando I will have an excuse to skip the torture of the parks and crowds and spend the day at your place instead.

Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on March 16, 2018, 06:12:03 AM
WOW! I love it Jim!, great design for tight spaces!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on March 16, 2018, 07:23:32 AM
Brilliant idea Jim, and superbly executed.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 16, 2018, 09:25:09 AM
Clever idea!

Mine is unfortunately bolted in but I made the door wider to allow seats removal

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/o6iHPQ.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 17, 2018, 01:56:26 PM
oooooh.  Thanks Jim!  Perfect timing!  That is a great idea that I plan to steal!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on March 17, 2018, 08:33:38 PM
98% done. Still need to put the handle on the FO side door along with the door stop/latch at the bottom edge.

Then it is on to mounting the new MIC and CLOCK buttons on the glareshield.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 18, 2018, 09:09:23 AM
great design !
Is your fire extinguisher Halotron type ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on March 18, 2018, 11:46:34 AM
Ha - the fire extinguisher was one laying around the garage that fit   :)

I have no idea what it is.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 18, 2018, 04:16:34 PM
Halon, (still allowed on commercial airplanes) is now banned
Halotron has taken over.
Not a bad idea to have one in the cockpit as it spays a gas, versus powder  (or even worse water) which do not create an horrible mess in electronics.
$50-80 on Ebay, worth the investment.(IMHO)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on March 18, 2018, 04:43:19 PM
The garage itself does Halon units in several places. The extinguisher on the back wall is for demonstration purposes only. 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on March 19, 2018, 04:45:06 AM

This weekend I have been mounting the thottle quadrant for my a2a comanche simpit.
The levers come from and a real aircraft. Some 3d printing to fix pots and support to join the cockpit.

(http://www.subirimagenes.com/imagedata.php?url=http://s2.subirimagenes.com/otros/9842203img20180318190325.jpg)

Here is a vid with some testing of the levers and some other things:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl-fdAYiQpU&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl-fdAYiQpU&feature=youtu.be)

Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on March 20, 2018, 08:43:13 PM
Opened the door today and found some more switches :).
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on March 20, 2018, 09:47:15 PM
Assembled this bad boy in my basement this weekend!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Steenos on March 20, 2018, 10:10:47 PM
Assembled this bad boy in my basement this weekend!!

Looks great Jason!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on March 21, 2018, 03:46:08 AM
I played with a new toy......

(https://i.imgur.com/RrRIQD8.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/diuR3uq.jpg)


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 21, 2018, 08:18:04 AM
Holy smokes Jason, you got that up fast!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 21, 2018, 08:25:15 AM
Well done Jason, you got the best deal !
You have a nice space to work in... congrats.
Jack
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 21, 2018, 09:06:15 AM
I did a stream for the first time in over a week. Lots of "tweaking" to do after the .42 upgrade. I had one stutter on approach that I need to look into but other then that the flight was great! Scenery looks better then ever and the frame rates where good!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 21, 2018, 03:15:46 PM
Thanks for posting the updates guys and I ask everyone to keep doing so, as it really encourages us all...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 21, 2018, 05:35:39 PM
Today found a way to display superb colors and contrasts with the Optoma 1080 and P3D4.
Check
http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?topic=7021.msg50401;topicseen#new (http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?topic=7021.msg50401;topicseen#new)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on March 22, 2018, 12:23:20 AM
Went to the post office today to collect this. About half the toggle switches have now arrived.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on March 22, 2018, 06:56:35 PM
I've just completed the mechanics for my first set of new pedals, based on a design I found on the ProSim forum created by NAX (Geir).

This is one of the simplest designs I've seen, yet is very strong and quite rigid. I still have to make the cover but that should be pretty straightforward.
Geir has put a video of his version on YouTube, if anyone wants to see the link is below.

https://youtu.be/Wc-xTZuM884

Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 22, 2018, 07:19:07 PM
Whaooo  impressive
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on March 22, 2018, 08:25:03 PM
More than impressive !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on March 22, 2018, 09:56:07 PM
Hi All,
What an amazing last 8 days. I had the pleasure of hosting a sim build week at my house, Jorg from Brazil and Tom from Texas were here helping me on the 733 Sim. Scott couldn't make it, something about being stuck on a warm sandy beach. :huh:   ::)
At one point all of us were on our laptops coding different parts of the sim.  So much added and or improved and special thanks to the aforementioned gentlemen for helping me in this endeavor.
I'll touch on the highlights,
Assembled Arinc 429 interface,  4 RX ch and 2 TX ch Teensy controlled and software and design by Jorg
Does low and High speed arinc

Got the real MCP in and fully functioning.

Got the TCAS display fully working

Got Resolution Advisory on VSI working

Got FD bars on ADI working with ixeg

Lnav crosstrack error now displays on CDI inside HSI

and many other smaller but no less important improvements in code and wiring.

Fun times!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 22, 2018, 10:23:28 PM
Cockpit Building PhD Class there Rob! You guys are doing unbelievable work, way beyond even my OCD'isms... Thank you for sharing all of this fun!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 25, 2018, 02:06:55 AM
...not a damned thing, other than try to figure out why, when flying on PilotEdge, my frame rates drop to 5 when inbound to KSBA after being handed off to LA Center.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Aerosim Solutions on March 26, 2018, 01:02:27 AM
I spent about seven hours stripping the remaining wiring from a full set of OEM 737 circuit breaker panels which reduced their weight by about half. They are dated 1990 and came with 28 years worth of dust and grime. Next will be the restoration of the panels, new paint and labels. They are in reasonable condition already but I think an overhaul is due...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bindook on March 26, 2018, 06:58:42 AM

Finally started stripping the sim for rebuild.

 New panels and rewiring was long overdue.



Michael
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 26, 2018, 07:24:17 AM
Looking at what everyone is doing on a daily basis in this thread is so encouraging, it has made me more focused on what I want to do. Instead of 3 cockpits, going back to 1 and I’ll be happy.

Plus, things have changed so much over the years that the hardware, software and interfacing is a lot easier. All of you posting are showing this...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Aerosim Solutions on March 26, 2018, 05:48:13 PM

Finally started stripping the sim for rebuild.

 New panels and rewiring was long overdue.



Michael

Hey Michael come up an have a fly of VOZ738 again!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bindook on March 26, 2018, 09:42:37 PM

Will do Gwyn....mines gonna be out of action for a while.... i also need to see you about getting a panel engraved.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 26, 2018, 11:55:42 PM
Working on a cool blue Christmas tree. (Or a Center MIP)

Hopefully soon I can get this installed... A Ton of work involved with moving everything on the MIP left one inch....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mikeybear on March 27, 2018, 05:45:03 PM
Another linear potentiometer input device, this one is destined to be the parking brake on my C208B panel.

Partly inspired by the Inertial separator  control I made recently, partly inspired by Peter's questions regarding linear pots.

I set out to make something that's generic that could be used for many different controls.

( the ends have just been put in for the photo, and were left over from my TQ ) in practice , this will be panel mounted , hence the thick end plate,
and have a t-handle fitted . total cost of parts was around $20 (excluding the ends )
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 28, 2018, 12:19:26 AM
Tonight marks the end of using FlyThisSim.com avionics software. It's a little bittersweet. The software has served the Beech 1900 well, but after integrating the Avidyne software from Ellie Avionics, it highlights several areas where FTS.com software falls short of expectations.

SO... no more of that, and no more paying hundreds a year just to have the software. On deck is a Beechcraft center MIP section that will comfortably house all my Collins radios and a nice Garmin MX-20 Moving Map system using a custom built circuit from yours truly. I'll also be able to re-purpose the genuine center Avidyne MFD for the first officer side, with working controls. (Finally!)

Here's how the end of that era was marked:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 28, 2018, 04:26:01 PM
I spent the day re doing my visuals. Pretty happy with the results. I hate doing visuals! lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 28, 2018, 05:37:35 PM
I flew Calgary to Vancouver ..over the Rockies
I used complete VNAV LNAV from runway to runway.
Nice to know it works perfectly but it is..
incredibly BORING !!
Will not repeat.

 :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on March 28, 2018, 11:47:52 PM
Washed my pilot, co-pilot, and jump seat covers. Re-did the foam padding on the co-pilot and jump seat....word to the wise, wash covers on delicate and then let them AIR DRY.  I dried mine on extra low heat delicate and they still shrunk.  Think I almost pulled a muscle trying to get all the snaps back on!!!

Pic 1: Seat without covers..yuk.  Worn out and needs TLC
Pic 2: Using good seat cushion as a template.
Pic 3: New cushion trial.
Pic 4: An hour, a drink, and a lot of sweat later.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on March 29, 2018, 06:01:15 PM
Busy few days at the Sim for us!

Amongst other things, I Installed new On/Off Switches for the Avionics Computers to replace the case ones, mounted in a project box, at the rear of the Sim. So that we don't have to snurgle around the front of the sim to turn them on and off. It would have taken about 90 mins less if i hadn't have had the Motherboard diagram the wrong way round and plugged the new Switch cabling into the Reset Switch headers on the Mobo, rather than the Power Switch. I may have been pulling my hair out for a while trying to figure out what I had broken this time  :huh: :huh:

I also got a chance to test fit the new 5inch Raspberry Pi screens for the MIP Clocks - little bit more adjusting needed, but they should be good to go tomorrow! Making use of some USB3 to HDMI adaptors for the visual outputs. Made more sense than putting a whole new rig in for just clocks!

Visuals are getting more tweaks on Saturday, and need to do some more work on the Rudder Pedals Link bar whilst thats happening!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on April 03, 2018, 02:53:17 AM
Looking at what everyone is doing on a daily basis in this thread is so encouraging, it has made me more focused on what I want to do. Instead of 3 cockpits, going back to 1 and I’ll be happy.

Plus, things have changed so much over the years that the hardware, software and interfacing is a lot easier. All of you posting are showing this...

John

Yes, concentrate your efforts.

What else I learned form this thread is just how good OEM parts are. Alas, I don't think I'll ever be able to get OEM panels for my plane so will have to make do with custom made pretty much everything.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 03, 2018, 01:12:24 PM
Work continues on the Beech. The color difference between my MIP and the B1900 center MIP is going to bug me and activate my OCD.

Debating if I should try to color match the 1900 piece and spray the entire MIP that color....

Thoughts?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on April 03, 2018, 02:35:49 PM
Much easier to paint the central part I think !
Same as main MIP or really contrasting color .
IMHO
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 03, 2018, 02:39:49 PM
It's difficult to see in the image but that center MIP is backlit with a ton of lettering. Not sure that's the way I want to go. :-)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on April 03, 2018, 02:45:52 PM
Yep, I see it now....not much choice :o
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on April 03, 2018, 06:33:59 PM
I find the two-tone rather charming, personally. Since it is all real parts, I think it looks more "aged", as you'd expect to see in many aircraft that have been flown for hours and hours.
Then again, I'm a little biased since most of my parts have scuff marks from use and (some) tearing and storage abuse  ;) I thought about painting center pedestal, MIP, DU frames...decided to just leave them as-is.
My feelings only...great looking sim, Ray!

Marco
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 03, 2018, 07:05:53 PM
If it were me I wouldn't be able to sleep knowing the colors were different.  May as well take it to the street if your not going to paint the other two...

Just my opinion LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on April 03, 2018, 07:07:00 PM
Hey Ray... What day is your garbage day?? I think I will be doing a drive by.....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on April 03, 2018, 09:26:30 PM
Duncan,  can you share the details of how you did the clocks and what you used?  You can PM me about it if you don't want to post here.  Very interested.

Thanks.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on April 04, 2018, 03:44:07 PM
Added a "back"kicker in my seat...convincing effects

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/922/VasJ9c.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 04, 2018, 06:36:51 PM
Hey Ray... What day is your garbage day?? I think I will be doing a drive by.....

You just missed it. I carted the entire sim to the curb, too!

Seriously though.. I am warming up to the idea of having different tones. I am going to re-spray the entire MIP though to a color just slightly darker than what it is now. It won't be a perfect match, but the color difference won't be as severe..
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: GyverX on April 04, 2018, 10:07:42 PM
Added Stronger rubber band.. eer Stretchy things to the inside of my yoke.
No more indents and smoother than default.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 11, 2018, 02:46:54 AM
After months of hard work, the MIP is finally upgraded!

1. NOS Beech 1900 Center MIP section with backlighting
2. Garmin MX-20 Moving Map Display, with home-brew interface to X-Plane
3. Added Fire extinguisher handles and left/right Caution Silencers
4. Color change on the rest of the MIP. I couldn't get an exact match for the B1900 center MIP but I think it's close.
5. Removed a few miles of wiring.
6. Moved the old OEM Avidyne MFD unit to now function as the F/O PFD
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jeffreyk on April 11, 2018, 03:10:49 AM
Looking really beautiful Ray! Nice work :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 13, 2018, 04:50:51 PM
OMG! Look at all the amazing things you guys do! Ray is totally making it happen, glad to see he got his " non-color blindness" worked out...lol! Just like Bob hates doing visuals, it sometimes has too be done; otherwise, it drives you crazy.

Then, there is Jason and Jason...lol! You both would make Karen proud. By redoing the seat cushions, like her making some, it shows true desire for a comfortable seat. Plus, with using those hair bands for centering shows how simple things can be used to fix some complex issues with sim building....

Speaking of simple, Jack says his flight was boring and it may have been a simple one, but he is flying his sim none the less and that is the most important thing about sim building...keep flying no matter what! Although, Jack with that new back massager, you won't be bored anymore that's for sure...lol!

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...

And, for all the other builders, thank you for posting in this thread. I cannot tell you how many days I just want to quit simulators, but I look at this thread 4-5 times a day to keep reminding me that there are reasons not to give up. 99% of them comes from you, my fellow builders/members, so thank you and please keep posting updates here...

John  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 13, 2018, 08:31:27 PM
I cannot tell you how many days I just want to quit simulators...

I've been in that mindset many, many times. Early on in this hobby that minsdset usually resulted in me making rash decisions and selling off gear. Later I would discover this to be a huge mistake.

Nowadays when this hobby exhausts me I simply shut it down, lock the door and walk away for a few days/weeks. Inevitably the bug strikes and I'm back in, with renewed vigor, new ideas and new enthusiasm. This hobby can be immensely satisfying but also incredibly, mind-bogglingly frustrating.

Over the years I've learned to ride the waves with grace.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc 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...

John,

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!

Dunc
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Nolatron 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)

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping 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 Air.....lol

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 Controller.com 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







Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale 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.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 18, 2018, 07:54:21 PM
Cool! Another B1900D project!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on April 18, 2018, 09:30:58 PM
 I sat in it and flew it... Not much else to say  :huh: ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on April 19, 2018, 06:18:50 AM
Rob, when is the -"Updated my plastic MCP to OEM" coming in this thread? =)  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: GyverX on April 21, 2018, 04:42:55 PM
Today Since it was such a pretty day I spent some time and built "Phase one" A Test Bench for Created Panel gauges.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 21, 2018, 05:07:14 PM
What a great Start.. Nicely done Jason...  Awesome Job.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 23, 2018, 01:20:44 AM
I'm in a bit of a holding pattern until my custom PCB arrives....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 23, 2018, 09:18:01 AM
One of these days, you're going to have to tell me the story with the Giraffe.  Apparently one go hurt when you crashed the other day, and now I see a Giraffe, on your new custom PCB.

Needs to be a story behind it. :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 23, 2018, 04:52:42 PM
That's a story best shared in person. :-)

Remind me next time we get together. It involves giraffes and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on April 23, 2018, 05:25:46 PM
Oh no... Take a look at this!


http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/giraffe-captured-after-escape-from-fort-wayne-zoo-exhibit/1135970505?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_News_8_WROC_Rochester (http://www.rochesterfirst.com/news/local-news/giraffe-captured-after-escape-from-fort-wayne-zoo-exhibit/1135970505?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_News_8_WROC_Rochester)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on April 23, 2018, 08:19:50 PM
For that article, a Bell 407 woulda been a great sim! Any builders?  ;)

Marco
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on April 24, 2018, 11:00:26 PM
It was a rainy day here today, so it provided an opportunity for me to finish my CB panels.

I had been thinking about finishing the back walls of my cockpit for some time now.  John's "spring sale" here spurred me on.  I acquired the FDS circuit breaker panel kit that he offered for sale.

There was quite a bit of work involved with building out the kit.  I needed to fabricate Lexan panels (they are not part of the kit), apply the decals, and assemble and mount the CBs.  Much of this work was mindless activity, but sometimes I find that relaxing and very therapeutic.

I had to reorganize the positioning of some of the panels to fit my wall space since I have a larger than standard opening into the cockpit.  So there was some actual thinking with all that.

I am happy with how it all turned out.  It has added a "cozier feel" dimension to my cockpit.

Oh....and many thanks to Jack for his helpful advice on a number of aspects.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on April 25, 2018, 05:04:07 AM
Following Michael's video tutorials, I decided to fill in my cockpit walls and windows. So yesterday I built this at my friends CNC workshop, it beats cutting MDF out by hand. Now on to the windows.  8)

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 25, 2018, 06:20:01 AM
OMG! You guys have been busy...

-Fred, you gave the CB kit life and here I let it sit for a couple of years and then you get it done in a few weeks! Ther build up of the back walls for the CB panels really shows your dedication to the details...it all looks very natural. Plus, like you said "It has added a "cozier feel" dimension to my cockpit.", and that is the biggest thing about back walls, they close out the outside world that much more...everyone should have a back wall.

Awesome job!

-Joe, just like Fred, you make leaps and bounds to surprise all of us. Going for the CNC MDF cutout job shows how much easier it is these days to get this accomplished. Let's face it, the OCD...uh, devotion that Michael has is amazing and knowingly, we all wish to have his talents, but hand crafted wood work is a world of it's own that takes years to learn. Thus, for us non-craftsmen, getting the CNC work makes perfect sense and as I mentioned, it's much easier and more common place nowadays. Way to go!

-Jason, thanks for posting and you show us what can be simplistic done to get started. It is a proven point that no matter how you start, you just need to start somewhere and you've done that very well! Keep posting updates because I am sure there are a lot of guys who just read posts or "research" for weeks, months or years before taking the plunge, that are watching your project, saying "I can do this!".

And, not that there is anything wrong with waiting for a while to get started, but I encourage everyone who has never posted or mentioned your project before, please do it now. I assure you, no one will ever say anything negative about your build or intentions; instead, there are so many members that are just waiting to help you.

Why? Because the Cockpit Builders' website is about helping others and remaining professional like the real pilots we are or aspire too be...real or simulated... :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 25, 2018, 12:02:26 PM
Well-said, John!

As for me, my custom circuit cards arrived yesterday and I wasted no time in getting one put together. (I did make one mistake in the design, but nothing a simple jumper couldn't fix.)

Now the coding begins....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on April 26, 2018, 07:11:22 AM
As for me, I opened up my motion platform electric motors for a “what the heck inspection” SURPRISE!!!!

Not a happy day!

John: here is the YouTube link,
https://youtu.be/Wu4mLPscQy0
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 26, 2018, 07:56:50 AM
-Ray, thanks for posting about your card and I am curious, will it be plane specific or can it be used for other aircraft types? Also, what programming are you using?

-Sam, went to watch your movie, but iPad not pulling it down...can you YouTube it? Otherwise, some pics would work, I really want too see your electric motors...

-Jonathan, hey what an amazing project you got there! Thank you for posting about it and if would like, do a new member post and tell us more about yourself, link here:

http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?board=10.0 (http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?board=10.0)

I know Ray is really going to like you and who knows, his hardware cards might be of interest to you...?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on April 26, 2018, 08:55:34 AM
Quote
As for me, I opened up my motion platform electric motors for a “what the heck inspection” SURPRISE!!!!

Not a happy day!

That is not good!

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 26, 2018, 10:25:23 AM
-Sam OMG! That totally sucks with all that water! Are they salvageable at all?

Thanks for posting the YouTube video.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 26, 2018, 12:54:39 PM
John, the card is pretty much X-Plane Specific. The programming is done using Arduino/Teensy libraries. As the code evolves I'm trying to keep it non-aircraft specific, but it's tempting to look up the datarefs for the Carenado 1900D and see what I can do there.

It is possible to convert the card code to P3D, but then you'd have just another joystick interface card.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on April 26, 2018, 03:57:22 PM
Ray, I'm new at that level of coding - where would one find the datarefs published for an airplane such as the 1900?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: GyverX on April 26, 2018, 04:57:25 PM
Ray, I'm new at that level of coding - where would one find the datarefs published for an airplane such as the 1900?

Look at datareftool  Not Editor. and read the readme.md
You can set it up and then click a button in the virtual cockpit and if the tool is set up correctly you can see the ref that is changing as you click the button you are looking for say like Landing light button

Link here https://github.com/leecbaker/datareftool

Also if you have access to a spreadsheet program like excell or google docs make a list of what you want to get datarefs for so you can make a list and copy and paste the ref in your spreadsheet. Its a way to keep things organized
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on April 26, 2018, 05:28:18 PM
Great info - thanks
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 30, 2018, 01:32:50 PM
I had the joyful experience of uncovering a bug in X-Plane this weekend. While programming the MIP switches I noticed something I had experienced on a flight from a few weeks ago. A set of landing lights were still on, even though the gear was tucked and all my landing lights were switched off.

X-Plane 11.X introduced a bug that prevents the wingtip landing lights from turning off, but only when the view is internal. In any external view they work fine.

Thinking perhaps that maybe I just needed to address --> ALL 16 <-- landing lights in X-Plane, I set the controls for the heart of the sun and proceeded to program all 16 landing lights.

No dice.

...and that's how I spent my Summer vacation.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 30, 2018, 02:36:43 PM
Ray, I'm new at that level of coding - where would one find the datarefs published for an airplane such as the 1900?

For the Carenado 1900 in particular, there's a folder called "DRFS" within the aircraft folder. There's some files in there that contain all the custom datarefs and commands.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on April 30, 2018, 06:05:57 PM
Thanks - I'm learning  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 03, 2018, 11:44:46 AM
i brought the besst a new dedicated home   she does not play well with other aircraft   lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 03, 2018, 11:47:17 AM
Hi Bernard,

Any pics?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on May 03, 2018, 11:13:56 PM
Over the past week, I spent a few hours building a rolling temporary platform for the sim. Even though I plan to use the real shell in the final build, I don't have a permanent place for it yet. So in order to prepare wiring harnesses, interface, test and fly from within my office/ sim building shop in the basement, I'm building a makeshift shell to mount MIP, overhead, pedestal, etc.

Marco
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: GyverX on May 04, 2018, 06:46:56 AM
That not only really good idea, I think its super smart. If you think about it. The controls and electronics in a real aircraft are ment to be removable and replaced. No reason to be able to get everything working the way it should and move each piece into a new home. Looking good
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on May 13, 2018, 05:06:23 PM
Little by little...  did make a successful flight from KTNT to KTPA today.  What stood out?  I've forgotten how to fly the 737 :(

I've given up being methodical...  It's taking way too long.  I'm just throwing shit together now so I can start throwing the roof and sidewalls in.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Goodenough on May 13, 2018, 05:26:12 PM
Warren you have a very nice set up. Thanks for posting. Good advice for those who just want to fly. I realize some have enjoyment building.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on May 13, 2018, 05:30:50 PM
Thanks!  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy building too...  unfortunately this is just a reassembly...  and it is taking waaayyy too long.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Steenos on May 13, 2018, 09:49:19 PM
I'm wondering if I'm going to have to build a platform for my sim. I bought a overhead structure from opencockpits that bolts into the floor. Obviously I'm not going to try and bolt it into my carpet...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 13, 2018, 10:22:14 PM
Yep platform, you'll be happy that you did... Also, kudos for finding that elusive throttle assy. Now, it's my turn...hopefully  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 14, 2018, 12:25:56 PM
Hey Warren,

Glad to see you flying again, now if I just can follow your flight plan per se, lol...I will get mine up. With all the encouragement from this thread it has gotten me going, as I covered up my camera gear and LEGO city tables, so Karen and I can focus on putting the FDS shell together.

Although, we have the raised garden beds to build, gutter/water runoff pipes to install, 85 tons of black dirt to spread on our lawn, more trees to cut away from the shed, build a 10’x20’ shed for our skid-steer and dismantle two old 8’x10’ sheds. So, yep I did everything except work on my simulator!

Okay, wait...I did clear out the area for it too be located; therefore, I get a little...uh, very little credit I suppose...rotflol  :idiot:

In the mean time, I hope everyone will keep this thread going, as it is the best one ever for me. All of you and Cockpit Builders in general are keeping me in this and much like it was when I started, it is your pics and stories behind them that gives me determination...

Kind Regards,

John

PS Last night I saw Maurice log in, but no post from him. I hope he comes back one day because he was such an inspiration to everyone. Maurice, if you read this, sell the boat and come back to the virtual skies...lol! FDS sells amazing turn-key setups now.  :idiot:

Edit for typos  :o
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 14, 2018, 01:05:26 PM
Yesterday, installed new wipers more simil;ar to the OEM units
Before:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/m4szoh.jpg)

Now:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/5BfJur.jpg)

Real OEM:

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/922/aPYvhq.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 14, 2018, 03:45:13 PM
Very nice Jack... but I imagine you hope never to need them.... 8) 8)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: seedosip on May 15, 2018, 03:09:56 AM
After almost a year finally testing the home build dual yoke! Still needs some fine tuning but the overall impression is very nice.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 15, 2018, 03:27:10 AM
Hey Sergej,

Looks nice and even though it's been year, just think how much you've learned about your simulator in all that time... :D

Hey Jack,

OEM wipers are a rare thing anymore, but the ones you got look pretty close...where did you get them?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 15, 2018, 08:09:39 AM

John
Home made, until I find real ones.  :D
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/QIdEIH.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on May 15, 2018, 11:33:17 AM
The wiper blades taken off my car.  :idiot:

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 15, 2018, 11:36:26 AM
So.... you cant use your car anymore in foul weather !  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 15, 2018, 11:52:10 AM
As a matter of interest Jack do you (and anyone else who cares to chip in) have windows in your shell?
I'm about to start enclosing mine and wasn't sure what to do, with or without. I imagine with might necessitate an AC unit in the summer.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on May 15, 2018, 01:40:57 PM
As a matter of interest Jack do you (and anyone else who cares to chip in) have windows in your shell?
I'm about to start enclosing mine and wasn't sure what to do, with or without. I imagine with might necessitate an AC unit in the summer.

Joe.

Yessss. I have AC unit anyway, but also have installed blowers in the cockpit that are operated from overhead switches. Assigned blowers  to Packs Auto switches and 12v dimmers. :)

 :2cw:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 15, 2018, 01:51:34 PM
Yep Have windows  (and backwall)

Much better sound rendering
Keep dust, flies, ladybugs...etc out :P

Apply on the outside of the shell
(easier to remove if needed )

AC no, dehumidifier yes, ventilation yes.

 :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on May 15, 2018, 07:46:51 PM
I have front windows on outside (just lift from holders and remove), and side windows on inside.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HfI_EYsAmgrm5Mq7a05j4wbVFCQatDRabgmfqQ5EvE_dQoLniKgqmRJ3PHkZ3JTZc1Hw2cW6PW8yR7ksFvGJJJbuODDPWKZfrLyelX77PPZpMsShKmbnoIyoM5hQleujlhSE2Ixcr_VzQ9EURyWNSrF-X7gpxI0BA5iSGb4Lnd74dunhvYXfv6G88rW6y7Y39jmIqTRXeUKxgVXB9QFPOrghKaMiCRRZfYjO_NB__1VUN7Lsohx3z8Ee70K0gYo0dzIvRfbqgSlU2RephxuKSuoFwU5rfZ_iQEDiRjZ6zp_xFtyLIUvTtq28IKq7cpznCY98ntFIDXKL47IUrNrxnkOFtm9F-5irYl8-Jt7Tvbxr64EurvMr2MNZfuyG5w2b8mv5AB3CtlzdAXqs3Rs7yfB061YuF9xol4EVfWqPiHNX3DeZKfWJXavYb29VxPBxVZwmlaHYR_ao9EUjFc4wdpyF5L0CZLqvmQyqScsIRe-akjFbb4MevyLWkyK6N8vmY1t5fUylNh6jnHB1E_vYJQhF43-UM2n0x1uo9LZkUYeVLdSlgmpIBAqc4ifKBghjPt1mxR_EKpXSFRVr8S9w-aLdvF11jgxiwfLrEqA=w1307-h736-no)


(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/g2bDSKD3YgMUs5pDkAcXqoQ6HG0enRXMs-UjG_FUqHOYsYdV8rgXrvhOL4KrUgRyLX44BgI_sx4Hm1jpO-DovewDOn2xPxXcYGfLamZ40koX6v3EIxDWkdn4RJeQLnB_nGxLIptBgtm3kLmjKRPLkHY0Mo8-QPJlclrEcZmxySRrpbUWR3svMFPFcik8HTQgSK9pqi5QQlfaLhbtrbnN5-_QYdMXy7vApJsCMBEK9pvRUGgK_bAmg8ScM95Ent9skt1DwfBzJBxfDqBHZhu9slgwcM85SJe1lznvU9uSvyLjl-5WrrvpYif6sw6kWPPTzsQaziGrWW8El4P6_69rbUYUAWqEyQ9Mg1aGM2oy9TUQlaWBXdwPdXOTb6vdVNQ4kVKIKGzyjuzJnnyFKEhEr3tdOYseSaBHkSTf85XtGq29qrwXgBR5-0rNTxh5bQhY6KcLuefHitpzgtQhdCax5Osb0Ldx1GkXcG2ITgUrWs8POWNuuJQNruIKZ82IQGBusQEp9TDRjIWywHTQC7qKNr09RWAgJ4TzttT5QKjPH1cmHmuzbsgTDNh9LNUepcO6X4O3_8uoM2z_tCeezvmoznelcoM6YoeZDVX9oZMW_iezn3PaZCbA3j8UsBvrSF0uH03vUoOH4QHq7BPVnNHRotScpfbRS4lf=w1280-h720-no)

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 15, 2018, 09:18:46 PM
Thanks all for the swift and helpful answers.
looks like I'll have windows then.... ;) :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on May 16, 2018, 01:45:45 PM
While I'm waiting for another circuit card to arrive, I put together a little test circuit that will drive the landing Gear lever latch relay.

http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/hab4047f1#hab4047f1 (http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/hab4047f1#hab4047f1)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on May 18, 2018, 07:24:17 AM
While I'm waiting for another circuit card to arrive, I put together a little test circuit that will drive the landing Gear lever latch relay.

http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/hab4047f1#hab4047f1 (http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/hab4047f1#hab4047f1)

Hi Ray, is that video available for download somewhere? My landing gear lever mechanism has something similar and I've never seen the working of it until now. Would be good to have as reference.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 18, 2018, 08:51:27 AM
Another couple of items finished for the flight deck,

I made a set of clipboards for them and even added a couple of dummy trip counters... well they fill the holes and didn't cost me anything to make.
They're not as pretty as the ACE ones, but I've calculated they cost me about ten percent of the price of those so I'm happy to accept the rough edges.  ;)

On to the next section.... :)
Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 18, 2018, 09:23:49 AM
Played a bit with some offsets, bits and bytes on the SimAvionics Software
 :D


(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/UcF0Sl.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/921/4ZfIik.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/921/Utcli7.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/meESUC.jpg)

Il y a aussi l'alim électrique et les checklists à venir
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 29, 2018, 08:04:54 AM
I've been busy over the weekend.

Made some new panels, mocked up one of the back wall breaker panels and installed the first set of pedals.

Not sure what went wrong with the colour of the Oxy panel it doesn't kook like that in the flesh.  :huh:
Onward and upward... getting there slowly.

In case you're wondering the back wall panel is a copy of images sent  to me by "navymustang"  See below!
I decide to use black screw caps instead of the sticky labels, I think they look better, just my opinion of course!

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 29, 2018, 08:43:52 AM
Good work !
Colors are hard to manage with digit cameras sometimes.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 29, 2018, 12:51:13 PM
Thanks Jack,

It's the first time I've used Emulsion paint and both panels were painted from the same tin. So you're correct digital pics are difficult to get the right colours.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on May 29, 2018, 02:43:22 PM

In case you're wondering the back wall panel is a copy of images sent  to me by "navymustang"  See below!

I am wondering.  :idiot:
Can I get a copy of those images too?

What I did to my simulator last days? Nothing but flying. :)

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/ope3Z4sQFk_OFPtTRC91s6qZxFnjprptgeziYX1tqEQYyQ9wyJqXOvXIG38ydIUTiF207x6K29iJ_MLqZy5NCzYobOyDpyS1nS7D2E3CX2J5q3J7AGdTQg4qvtiw5eMB11CGTwVp2ZBqEENSTZSLRm2HsSt4BSDvQWqoMpAGawTMUC18v6IIfobCBJjMCYibt5628sBIGJtKRjApTDDpMxrBpOkYAVCo9XMt86IXsim16AhfqeiQy_aplE1EJGiJD7zXogok0-v5e49wzPDRs4h_sOXkXzHjYGlHIufuak191pDf-2kpvjvjyKBUOuqq02CUUomvpmZTxpPehM4Voajv9uPgbD--2VCGeLShIrKibl9q1d33IGwnURkheNd1cQ3m2PV4N_b72mOMNf0sQzOzC1OYmFRhTlhgRg1e4jRDV-_1cZ9Ci6cwCTfMTgSzE0diSPyJ2X54cHk3eUhvzZ5fPNeHRrw79mCzlMViKrnojDbJeWTbqe6BbfgOSLaCN0huY5BkACBoZUybVPyARuKFMXaRWqyvpuFulO0EVFU9YnOXTtjOjKn7Js_xhWMNXdfCe_JGmokRNLRq0hM_Z8SSd1wMA2-_VtLsCGA=w583-h336-no)

Next Friday getting on real 737 (WestJet) transatlantic flight to London, and then to Dubai and Brisbane on A380.
 :angel:

Nick



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 29, 2018, 04:16:28 PM
Nick,

Private message me your email and I'll send you a dropbox link for the images.  I don't imagine Jim would have a problem with that.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Nolatron on May 29, 2018, 04:39:12 PM
Testing the overhead frame stand this past weekend. It isn't exactly pretty, but it works. :)   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on May 29, 2018, 05:57:54 PM
Spent the weekend with a good friend installing and calibrating new 1080P projectors. Was going to install all 3 but opted for 2, since lack of ceiling clearance would make 3 nearly impossible.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on May 29, 2018, 06:27:45 PM
Ray. That looks familiar. Been there done that lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on May 31, 2018, 04:33:56 PM
Trevor, I may be joining you above FL250 if this project pans out...

https://youtu.be/ucAgVVtg4pc (https://youtu.be/ucAgVVtg4pc)

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on May 31, 2018, 08:04:32 PM
Quote
Trevor, I may be joining you above FL250 if this project pans out...

https://youtu.be/ucAgVVtg4pc

That is indeed a superb work of art!

Errrr...Except for the pilots and passengers that look like they are from another world.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 01, 2018, 05:32:22 AM
Extremely tired of my project right now... thought about selling everything but will of ofcourse not so this. Hoping my passion will return...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 01, 2018, 07:59:45 AM
Maybe revise your priorities if you  see no end to your build.
The OEM route is probably the most demanding, if ever realistic for a first sim.
Better spend your money on a good avionics package, hook up your MIP to screens and computers and FLY it with good old FSX.

Get this one for dirt cheap and revive your passion !!
http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?topic=1147.0 (http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?topic=1147.0)
https://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/content.php?230-AeroSystems-737-Avionics-Update (https://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/content.php?230-AeroSystems-737-Avionics-Update)

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 01, 2018, 08:58:49 AM
Understand your point but thats not me.

I am all or nothing! :)

Its only the full OEM unfortunatly that intrests me to this hobby.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 01, 2018, 09:12:51 AM
Hi Peter,

Where have I heard that before..."it's all or nothing!"? Uh, out of my very own lips...lol! Yep, that is called OCD and the best thing too say to you is this. Don't stop at all; instead, look for even the smallest thing you can do with your project or fix something you want to change.

My point is you will start selling things off and regret about it later. Even though I have been selling things off with no regrets, I ask myself how I got 3 sims without flying for two years now? My answer, it's because buying everything gave me a connection to flying, whereas I should've just setup a desktop sim and kept flying. Now, as of today, I am still not flying and trying to get my original sim back up, but I let everything else in life get in the way, where in the past the sim building/flying kept me from doing everything else.

So, in agreeing with Jack, look at a priority issue to do with your current sim and try to fix that, then repeat that over and over. Plus, I would add, go visit other builders or go to a simulator show. Either way, just keep your sim going and don't stop flying...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 01, 2018, 09:47:59 AM
Once the structure is completed in v1.0 and all the OEM sits in the right place. I will start with panel by panel. Yokes and throttle first just so i can fly.

I have to visit scott or robs sim, that will boost my building for a couple of years! Hehe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on June 01, 2018, 11:49:53 AM
Ray,
 How many degrees of view are you getting with your 2 projectors?  I just picked up 2 darbee's and was hoping I could squeak out close to 180 with them.  I know my main PC can handle 2, but whenever I jump to 3 projectors will probably need to switch to a secondary pc to help with the visuals.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 01, 2018, 01:32:15 PM
I'm only getting about 110 degrees with 2 new projectors. Ironically a little less with the new ones than with the old ones but that's ok. Once I'm able to move the sim to a bigger headquarters I'll have the clearance for all 3 projectors and I anticipate roughly 200 degrees FOV. My OCD is getting the best of me though because I can still see slight differences between projectors so I may bite the bullet and learn how to do edge-blending.

You may be able to get 180 degrees with 2 projectors but you'll really have to move them back, which could cause shadows from your sim structure.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on June 02, 2018, 07:08:20 AM
Trevor, I may be joining you above FL250 if this project pans out...

https://youtu.be/ucAgVVtg4pc (https://youtu.be/ucAgVVtg4pc)


OMG Ray. Is that ever awesome. Very nice indeed. They are putting a lot of effort into that. Well done.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on June 02, 2018, 09:01:26 AM
Extremely tired of my project right now... thought about selling everything but will of ofcourse not so this. Hoping my passion will return...
I've been there, Kurt...  trust me.  Try assembling and disassembling your sim three times and moving it from Colorado to Germany, then back to Washington State, then on to Florida in the space of eight years.  Of course each time is a new adventure as you upgrade and fine-tune.

This last rebuild is taking every ounce of motivation I (and my family) have.

My advice...  find a sim to fly, even if for just thirty minutes to get you back into the mindset.  I've flown other community members sims on my travels; I've tapped into contacts that run real sims; I've even jumped into the sim at Frankfurt airport in between flights!

If you haven't already, maybe book a couple of sessions here:  http://www.flygsimulator.nu/ (http://www.flygsimulator.nu/).

Then get your sim to a flyable state.  You don't need all the panels.  Add them as you can.

Hope that helps


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 02, 2018, 10:03:50 AM
That is actually a really good idea warren. Of i get a smell of what my results will be like i might get a kick and start building/interfacing.

The last structure work before interfacing is coming up this weekend. Then all my OEM except the fmc is in the right place. I wont bother with liners if i dont find cheap real ones on ebay that i can mount.


Hm... good my interest back by this conversation. Will try to interface just roll and elevation of my yokes so i atleast can fly. :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 02, 2018, 05:09:16 PM
BOOM!!!!

I AM BACK! Today i made the roof structure! check my build thread for pics!!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on June 08, 2018, 10:21:45 PM
Nice work, Peter! Glad to see you've renewed your enthusiasm!

On my side, almost finished with the makeshift shell I've been building to help me with the wiring and interfacing (and hopefuly some interim flying as well someday!!).
Behold! IKEA flat pack meets ERJ bits and pieces. Talk about strange brew! Now, need to add the glareshield structure. Then, it's taking the whole thing apart and moving it to the basement...wha-wah... ::)
But I must say - being OCD like most of us here - that it took everything in me to not over-engineer the thing and get over the box-factor.
Whomever be afraid of ever building a sim, take heed: it is a lot harder NOT to build!!!  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 10, 2018, 04:53:03 PM
My passion has returned and i have redone my cockpit structure. Talked to a carpenter today and he laught when i asked if it could hold 30-45kg of weight of the overhead panels.

Thats a good sign, he thought 150kg easily.

When i have removed the metal casing and not needed cards i hope to get the two overhead panels down to 25kg.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 14, 2018, 12:32:08 PM
AMAZING WORK GUYS!

Everyone just totally amazes me with their progress, I totally love this thread, as it keeps me motivated! Speaking of which, I took my FWD Overhead out at 2AM this morning. Talk about a plate of overcooked noodles...wires everywhere...OMG! What was I thinking back then?

Funny how everything can go in nice and pretty, but coming out it's a "Nightmare On Elm Street" with Freddy sitting next to me clinging his razor sharp blades, just saying "CUT THEM, CUT THEM ALL" with his evil laugh... I did not listen to him, no cutting whatsoever, just a big pile of wires though and he keeps laughing!

Keep posting guys, this is a great thread!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 14, 2018, 01:53:49 PM
Haha John, i know this feeling! I have redone my MCP 6-8 times and when i look at it today i think: ”What the hell is this S*IT” But that means i am still learning and getting better and better at this craft! :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 15, 2018, 01:04:19 PM
I love those sim moments when I look at past work and wonder just what the heck I was thinking...

A few days ago I rebuilt the radio bay center console. The last version had accommodations for multiple-width radios and panels. Seemed like a good idea on the chalkboard but it became more of a pain to deal with. Now it's a single row, 5.75 inches wide and looks great.

I even painted the inside lime green, so the MDF doesn't oxidize.  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 15, 2018, 06:02:42 PM
You mean the usual OEM  "Baby Poop" green !  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 19, 2018, 05:54:23 PM
moved
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 19, 2018, 08:01:55 PM
Ah Ah...moving at night!!! ::)

Just Jokin'
From where to where ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 20, 2018, 09:43:17 AM
lakeway to lakeway   into its own design and build ..building    eas fun ...   police escorts x6  stopping traffic and closing out intersections etc   .. want big boy toys requires big boy effort
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 20, 2018, 10:17:49 AM
You bet !
Have to pay you a visit  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 20, 2018, 02:04:03 PM
Hi Bernard,

DAAAMMMNN, when you go big, you go big! So, is that hanger yours, did you have it built, or are you renting space again?

Do you want to send that truck for the B727 shell now? It's stripped out on the inside, but you could cut the back section off and make it a B737 shell. Plus, price is only whatever the going salvage rate price per pound is...$1,000 to $1,500 range, if that.

Or, send the moving trucks for Karen and myself, as your hanger is big enough to live in...lol! Just curious, what size is it?

Lastly, are there any VA hospitals or VA CBOC's nearby? In case your or my moving trucks do show up someday, Karen needs a job to PCS/transfer into. You're still in Texas right?

I've always told her that someday we would move there. I spent some time there as a kid and loved it. Plus, with age and disabilities, the Wisconsin winter weather is getting harder every second/minute/hour/day/week/month/year...you get my point right...lol!

Kind Regards,

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 20, 2018, 02:06:09 PM
Hey Jack,

Post those new "I can see clearly now, the rain is gone!" pics...lol! Show how you mounted them in your FDS shell  :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 20, 2018, 04:39:37 PM
OK here they are:
OEMs from John

Nice eye candy but adds to immersion

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/924/tSb4P6.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/1024x768q90/923/bWzPBh.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on June 22, 2018, 01:12:07 AM
Went to fit the MIP and the glareshield to the temporary shell/ base. Found out that the center post structure I had built was too flimsy and had given an inch or so when I first assembled the overhead shell. The result? Had to take apart almost the whole darn thing, shore-up the center columns and center windshield post so that the lower end of the overhead, the glare shield and - by association - the MIP all sit at the correct height - and the center pedestal can be mounted in!
Four hours of work, but it paid off...
I just wonder what’s gonna happen when I take it apart and move it to the basement, then try to assemble it all over again...yes, I may be a glutton for punishment...
Marco
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on June 22, 2018, 03:05:27 AM
Jeeez Marco! Great job, and fast! Nice to have the base setup!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on June 22, 2018, 08:01:24 AM
Thanks Peter! Yeah, it feels good to get something going,  to see it take shape.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 737NGer on June 22, 2018, 01:16:18 PM
lakeway to lakeway   into its own design and build ..building    eas fun ...   police escorts x6  stopping traffic and closing out intersections etc   .. want big boy toys requires big boy effort

Would it work the same if you're transporting just a shell, without anything else to go with it?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 24, 2018, 11:08:26 AM
i do not know i guess it depends on your city restrictions ..
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 28, 2018, 02:33:22 AM
Not much work on the sim, but a lot of work on its new home. Great friend came over during the weekend to help me hang insulation.

Also picked up a decent server rack, 1U monitor drawer with monitor, and a rack mount APC power conditioner.  All new electrical, floor is getting the royal treatment too.

However I spent tonight installing an attic ladder. Not fun.

(http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/eaf7a0461)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 28, 2018, 11:28:12 AM
Hey Ray, "Got Pics?!"...lol.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 28, 2018, 08:03:53 PM
Hopefully this works. I've been unable to post pics now for several days...

http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/haf7a0461#haf7a0461 (http://www.scottshangar.net/b190/haf7a0461#haf7a0461)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 28, 2018, 08:34:58 PM
Where did you get that Chemtrail control Panel...want one !!!! :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Aerosim Solutions on June 29, 2018, 01:04:49 AM
Not exactly today but over the last week I have converted my sim to 64bit. P3Dv4.2 and Prosim 2. I've been avoiding the switch for quite a while because I wanted to sit back and see how everyone else went with it first. My mate and fellow member Ken Brand talked me into having a crack at the upgrade so we did! We decided to leave the original PC drives untouched and we fitted a 1TB SSD on a different tray, loaded Windows 7 on this and basically started loading the software and programs like a new PC so if anything went wrong we could plug the old drives back in and restore how it was. We can still do that of course but I think the new set up is going well and I don't think there will be a need to go back to the 32bit sim, it's still good to have it there as a back up though I guess. P3Dv4.2 and Prosim 2 loaded fine and we managed to import the Immersive Display warping configuration successfully to restore the display system. Prosim 2 is vastly improved and a really good feature is the ability to program the flight controls, throttle, brakes and tiller all within Prosim, no FSUIPC required. All the analogue inputs were assigned and calibrated in about 20 minutes and we went for a fly. The Prosim 2 flight model and sound set are great. The team at Prosim certainly know how to make things easy. With help from my Worldflight crewmates we managed to restore Prosim Utils, ACARS, ACARS printer, Navigraph, PFPX, TOPCAT and a fresh install of ActiveSky for P3Dv4. I've reloaded about 40% of my add-on sceneries so there's still a lot to do. The Buttkickers aren't working but that should be a quick fix and this weekend I'll be attempting to get Prosim to drive the Auto TQ - fingers crossed!
First impressions of P3Dv4 and Prosim 2 are wow! I can't see a huge improvement in frame rates but it is definitely smoother and doesn't seem to be stuttering, VOZ738 has had a successful heart transplant!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 29, 2018, 01:15:37 AM
All of my custom panels come from the good folks at Ruscool Electronics. They've done several panels for me but thought they might have a bit of fun with that one. When the Beech is alive in the new hangar, I've another sim pilot lined up and we're going to do one of those "Government Instructional" videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-vkicKiZg4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-vkicKiZg4)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 29, 2018, 09:08:48 AM
Just flew out of KSFO for a circuit at dawn.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 01, 2018, 10:50:23 AM
Hey Everyone,

For my simulator(s), I transported the grey one to the retired pilot who has decided to use it for a parade float instead of a lawn decoration. Currently, it's in his hanger awaiting a custom built trailer for it too be placed on.

Now, here is the final story of the grey cockpit trying to have one last flight!

First, I had the trailer all loaded with the cockpit on the trailer sideways, and inside was the raydome top half along with the wodden platform Karen and I made for it. With everything strapped down tight, I headed from my place to Winona, Minnesota, about a 2 hour drive.

Next, I am driving into La Crosse, WI on I-90 (just before crossing the Mississippi River) and a semi truck was passing me, when all sudden one of his right rear trailer tires blows out right adjacent to my trailer where the cockpit was sitting. Well, all the rubber from his tire blows up into the cockpit and bust my strap holding the raydome half, then the raydome comes flying out and drops below my left trailer tail light ripping it off, from there the raydome flies up in the air about 50 feet to fall back down in front of a really old lady in a small car! She hits her car brakes just missing the raydome that was now skidding along just in front of her! We're talking a skidding road dance here! Anyway, the lady who looked about 90 years did an excellent job of avoiding the raydome, and then she got out of her car to move the raydome off the road.

As for me, I saw all this in the rearview mirror, as I stopped right away. Although, I was alone and being in the wheelchair I couldn't even get out of the van! So, I sat there watching the lady who drove past me waving as if nothing happened. Of course my heart was in my throat and I felt sick because all I could think about was the future lawsuit...you know living in the USA...the land of lawsuits and all.

Then, catching my breath and realizing I did no harm to anyone, I drove to the next exit to back track and go get the raydome. Luckily, I found an area of flat gravel to drop the wheelchair lift about 100 feet away, so there I am out on I-90 with all the afternoon traffic racing by, trying to move and re-strap the raydome to the trailer in front of the cockpit. Lots of fun to say the least, but I managed it and got it all secure. From there I stopped at a gas station to recheck everything and look at the remnants of the left tail light; the housing and lens were gone, but the bulb was still there.

The really funny part of my story is just before leaving on this trip, I spent an hour fixing the left trailer light that was not working properly and I replaced the bulb. Had I just left it alone, I would've hit La Crosse an hour sooner, missing the truck and his tire blowout, with no raydome flying out doing a V1 R V2 scene, nor seeing the older lady out drivng Dale Earnhardt (Earnhardt died in a crash). Plus, I wouldn't have needed to stop and buy an entirely new trailer light before returning home in the dark...

Moral to my story, don't drive big loads alone anymore, don't think all really old people cannot drive anymore, don't fix trailer lights before leaving anymore, and don't think cockpits do not dream of flying anymore, because they still do!

John

PS the picture is the cockpit before leaving  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 01, 2018, 11:16:28 AM
Now, the big question is why did I go alone? Well, I thought it was going too be an easy 2 hour drive with no problems, so I told Karen to stay home to work on her garden...

Although, while driving along, she sent me this pic, which got me distracted or kept me from over reacting to the semi trailer's blowout; thereby, avoiding a total wreck!

Here is the pic...she doesn't know I posted this yet!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on July 01, 2018, 11:27:41 AM
Wow John!!  That's quite an experience and I'm sure a memory that will stay with you for a long time. You never know what this hobby will bring forth next. I'm really happy that all turned out well in the end, and I sure hope you're still with us after simlady finds out you posted her pic. lol.

Good all turned out well John. I was glued to the post while reading. I can just imagine how tough it must have been.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 01, 2018, 02:23:42 PM
Hey Ed,

Yes, that trip is one for the long term memory banks...lol! Now, we’re working on getting the back of the white cockpit cutoff, luckily no transporting from me this time. However, I am betting we’ll get some sort of send off memories from this one as well...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on July 01, 2018, 08:13:27 PM
Hey John,

What a story, that must be true, you couldn't make that up....  8)  :)

Glad it all turned out in the end though; and surely there must have been someone that could have ridden shotgun for you?

And I agree with Ed, it could be some time before we hear from you again once Karen see's this post.

Best... Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 01, 2018, 09:03:17 PM
Hi Joe,

Yep, really true and I should go grab my van's dash board cam to YouTube the footage. Not going too see the actual event, but for sure will see the back tracking and me picking it up off I-90. I'll go get it from the van now...

As for Karen, she'll likely see the pic sooner then later and I already have my defense planned...lol! I posted it to show her in the garden or at least her near it, and to say how hard she works at things...she is really sweating and it was 95 degrees outside!

As a footnote, her yellow top matches my yellow top that's shown in my profile pic... 8) hehehe or did anyone even notice that LOL!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 02, 2018, 04:48:00 PM
Checked the video and the dash cam was on auto loop, so the footage unfortunately got recorded over...darn it! Take my word for it though and here is my new advice, always make sure everything is tripled strapped with cockpit items, they were meant to fly and they're always still trying...lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 03, 2018, 11:54:51 AM
I can't top the radome story. (That was a great read. Thanks for sharing!)

The floor guys are currently refinishing the garage floor this week, so thought I'd take her out for a spin and reposition from KHLN to KSEA.

I purchased a Garmin 430 simulator when I was at FSExpo and it arrives today. Just need to figure out how to tell my boss that I'm starting to feel a bit under the weather. (coughcough!)

 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 04, 2018, 07:23:35 PM
Today is the last day for the white cockpit being in the hanger/shed, we got it outside and plan to cut the back wall off tomorrow, and then on Friday it'll be trucked to it's new home... Checkout the attached pics.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 05, 2018, 12:49:19 AM
Not much today. Ran 2 CAT-6 Network drops to the garage and punched-down the non-garage side. Have to wait until the floor guys are finished in the garage later this week to punch the drops on the garage side.

Sub-wall goes up on Saturday to wall-off the wood-working area.

Then it's new garage doors, a ton of security equipment, and finally drywall.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 05, 2018, 01:02:58 AM
Awesome Ray, will you post some pics please? What did you have done to the garage floor...epoxy?

You mentioned a wood working shop on the other side, just curious do you use air filtration units? Those 2 units I got from Public Surplus have made my hanger so much easier to breath in. Although, I am not doing any wood working, I have a lot of fine dust from the gravel driveway outside getting inside, yet the units I put up have made a night and day difference.

Once I get the simulator up and running they should teally keep the dust down to the very minimum, which was a problem in the past while in the garage; especially, with the computers sucking in dust...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 05, 2018, 12:05:07 PM
giving the old girl air con
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 05, 2018, 12:33:16 PM
How many tons is that with both units?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 05, 2018, 03:17:22 PM
Pics!

Tinkered around a bit with a Garmin(ish) 430.

Watching paint dry on the garage floor (Epoxy-Stain mix) and of course a few CAT-6 network drops to the garage.

Next up is the sub-wall this weekend.

Any dust is usually self-induced. I'm putting in a dust recovery system in the wood shop. I cut a lot of MDF and the dust from that material is significant.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Steenos on July 07, 2018, 07:54:39 PM
Throttle Quadrant finally came in this week!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Steenos on July 07, 2018, 08:51:50 PM
I have no idea what this connection is on the back. I bought it from Germany (eBay). Anyone know? I've sent FSC.IT an email. Hoping they can help.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on July 07, 2018, 10:40:42 PM
Backlighting?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on July 07, 2018, 10:52:33 PM
I assume from your other post that this is the TQ you bought on ebay?  Is it made by FSC?  Is it motorized?

I also assume that if you bought it on eBay, it is no longer under warranty.  I suggest you pop the sides off and get to know your TQ.  It will save you headaches later.  Once you have the sides off you can see what that connector is goes to.

If it is a motorized TQ it has to draw power somewhere.  The USB won't be sufficient to drive motors.

If it isn't motorized I would guess backlighting or perhaps a solenoid for the parking brake.

I'd crack it open and figure it out.

Take lots of pics and notes!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on July 08, 2018, 12:36:48 PM
Wanting to get some pictures updated, but have done a lot!  Backlighting done for all MIP panels, assembled and backlit 2 CDU's, put together most of the annunciators and LED's.  Hoping to start assembling the MIP this week.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Steenos on July 08, 2018, 02:00:27 PM
It is motorized. I think the power comes from a PSU but I'm not totally sure. I've emailed FSC

I assume from your other post that this is the TQ you bought on ebay?  Is it made by FSC?  Is it motorized?

I also assume that if you bought it on eBay, it is no longer under warranty.  I suggest you pop the sides off and get to know your TQ.  It will save you headaches later.  Once you have the sides off you can see what that connector is goes to.

If it is a motorized TQ it has to draw power somewhere.  The USB won't be sufficient to drive motors.

If it isn't motorized I would guess backlighting or perhaps a solenoid for the parking brake.

I'd crack it open and figure it out.

Take lots of pics and notes!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: okansacli on July 08, 2018, 11:57:07 PM
I am still looking for ways to model  turbulence chop sounds into my sim to make things more realistic. I am playing around with FSUIPC offsets but without any success, I think I will look further into simconnect. Since Accufeel software does not work on P3dv4, it will try to model this myself.

Regards from Istanbul


Okan Sacli
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 10, 2018, 01:57:31 AM
Today the floor guys finished up so I was able to test the CAT-6 Copper..

Success on all fronts!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 19, 2018, 01:58:22 PM
As I type this, drywall is going up in the new man-cave-sim-hangar.

I named the new wireless network "Delta Skylounge" after testing the CAT-6 network drops..

Pics will be posted tonight.

Hi Ryan.  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 19, 2018, 04:23:16 PM
WOOOOOW! That floor looks very nice Ray! I showed your pic to Karen yesterday and I was saying we should get our hanger/shed/Johnny's Toy Box floor done.

We had the garage floor done and it took two weeks from start to finish, that's including drying times, but it looks awesome. I just wonder how long it'll take for 40'x60' or 2,400' sq/ft to get done? Then, the big question is where do we put everything as it all has to come out because I wouldn't want a half & half line...

Has anyone ever done one this big or knows some who has? I'd be interested in hearing about it. In the mean time, I will keep looking at Ray's pics, speaking of which, will you please post a few more with brighter lighting Ray?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 19, 2018, 09:33:42 PM
gave mine a,stripper pole
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on July 20, 2018, 10:27:11 AM
For you or the wife Bernard?  :angel: 8) :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 20, 2018, 05:41:50 PM
more walls   lol.. funny you should ask at back of building doing a big bbq area hot tub and croquet lawn  also have true scale airport  8x25 to adorn 1 wall
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on July 20, 2018, 07:45:34 PM
least you got yourself a new shitter at the bottom of the stairs in the box...  Nice!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 20, 2018, 09:57:41 PM
PilotEdge just released a new Client that injects VHF Noise, making it waaaay more realistic, so I'll be playing around with that tonight as the plaster dries in the garage-man-cave.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 23, 2018, 01:18:43 AM
Worked a bit with the new PilotEdge  Client (VHF Noise/static injected) and It is a really nice enhancement.

For now though, have to button her up in anticipation of a whole lot of drywall sanding....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jr2mey on July 23, 2018, 11:05:17 AM
"Worked a bit with the new PilotEdge  Client (VHF Noise/static injected) and It is a really nice enhancement.

For now though, have to button her up in anticipation of a whole lot of drywall sanding...."

RayS- Very soon sir, we will be flying her to location for major overhaul and move! 8)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 26, 2018, 12:06:55 AM
1. Drywall hung, mudded, sanded: CHECK!
2. Remaining Millwork complete: CHECK!
3. Mini-Split Heating/AC: Scheduled Install August 1st
4. New Garage Doors: Scheduled Install August 9th
5. New Cabinetry: TBD (Measured, not scheduled)
6. Fort Knox Security System: Open to suggestions...

Primer and paint: This weekend!



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: brianwilliamson on July 26, 2018, 02:05:36 AM
Finely got the Airbus Brake Gauge running with SIOC after a few problems with USB disconnects, that I suspect being caused by power surge on some switches on the 240V supply ( RF....)

........Brian W

https://youtu.be/Ms2z6krrWoU
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 27, 2018, 02:04:12 AM
Hey Everyone,

This thread has really got me going today and after all the postings from everyone, my affection...uh, obsession for flight simulation is returning! So much, that I started assembling the FDS Cockpit Nose Kit here in the hanger despite all the mess around it.

Thus, I am on my way back to day upon day of building, installing, doing and redoing, and then flying the virtual skies into the wee hours of the morning...HOORAY!

I attached a single pic for now, but I'll add more as I get further along...

John

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on July 27, 2018, 05:13:52 PM
Awesome news, John! Keep it going!

Marco
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 27, 2018, 06:35:23 PM
Thanks Marco!

Now comes the funny news! I might have to dismantle it already...LOL!

Why?

Well, since my yoke and pedal platform is a square box shape and the two pilot seat platforms are similar, I have to add onto them some extra platform triangle shapes to fit with the overall shape of the FDS Cockpit.

So, just a few minutes ago Karen looks at the cockpit and asks how will you get it up on the platforms if it's completely together? Me-Deer in the headlights look! She also says I might've put the cart before the horse in all my excitement!

Therefore, I will have to start on the platform before finishing; however, my plan is too put the back vertical curve on the cockpit and measure out the overall floor sizing needed. Then, somewhat take it back a part; maybe, in halves and put it up on the platforms...

AND BAHM! Right back to the normal way of cockpit building...doing and redoing...LOL!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bindook on July 27, 2018, 11:11:02 PM

Installed Capt table    :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on July 27, 2018, 11:49:12 PM
James - What do you think of pilotedge?  Better than Vatsim or just a startup alternative?  Just curious as I've been reading through their website.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 28, 2018, 02:41:36 AM
I'm not James but I can answer that for you.

VATSIM, compared to PilotEdge, isn't even a fair comparison. With Vatsim, coverage is spotty, unpredictable, and most of the time the controllers sound like they have their mouth pressed up against the ass of a dead cat.

Pilotedge continues to improve daily. They just released another client that injects VHF noise and the effect is quite realistic. Coverage is always predictable and the controllers are professional in every sense of the word. (Most of the time they even have a sense of humor) As in real life they will scold you for mistakes and for the most part the experience is very enjoyable.

Pilotedge is expensive, no doubt. Given the stability and quality of the PE system, it's worth every penny. When you're not flying you can disable your account which stops the monthly billing. Whenever I have a need for PE ATC, I simply re-enable my account and off we go.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on July 28, 2018, 05:07:19 AM
Thanks Marco!

Now comes the funny news! I might have to dismantle it already...LOL!

Why?

Well, since my yoke and pedal platform is a square box shape and the two pilot seat platforms are similar, I have to add onto them some extra platform triangle shapes to fit with the overall shape of the FDS Cockpit.

So, just a few minutes ago Karen looks at the cockpit and asks how will you get it up on the platforms if it's completely together? Me-Deer in the headlights look! She also says I might've put the cart before the horse in all my excitement!

Therefore, I will have to start on the platform before finishing; however, my plan is too put the back vertical curve on the cockpit and measure out the overall floor sizing needed. Then, somewhat take it back a part; maybe, in halves and put it up on the platforms...

AND BAHM! Right back to the normal way of cockpit building...doing and redoing...LOL!

John

Hi John,

I have the same shell. I built a modular base from Nick's design. I had to adjust some measurements though , so if you decide you might follow Nick's plan, let me know and I'll send you my adjusted measurements. It all comes apart in easy to move modules.

Be sure when you build your base that you place the top covers in a way that they can be easily removed for access once the shell is in place. You may already have this info, but just in case :)

NIck's plan:   http://elephantair737.blogspot.com/p/sim-base.html (http://elephantair737.blogspot.com/p/sim-base.html)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 28, 2018, 06:19:58 AM
Hi Ed,

I didn't know about Nick's plans, so thank you big time! I'll love to have your adjustments, please email them to me...check your PM for my email address.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 28, 2018, 10:40:51 AM
green area  is rougly 12 wide 25 long 6 high   now that base area is painted .. am going to start bending metal for the air con   have total of 8 tonnes to duct .. but only 3 for sim   ..
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 28, 2018, 11:34:57 AM
Awesome Bernard! Gotta beat that Texas heat right?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 28, 2018, 03:38:47 PM
texas heat 1  bernard 0
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 31, 2018, 03:03:51 PM
Mini-Split Heating and AC go in tomorrow.

Project is on the final stretch! I figure by late August we can start moving the sim.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on July 31, 2018, 03:25:01 PM
Ray - That is looking really sweet indeed!

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on August 01, 2018, 04:19:40 AM
Nice finish Ray!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on August 01, 2018, 08:09:17 AM
looking good Ray    i discovered that making insulated duct work is a real pain ..
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 05, 2018, 02:23:57 AM
Likewise Bernard,

I discovered that being a project manager without being on-site is a real pain in the you-know-what.

The HVAC guys will be out this Monday to unscrew what they so magnificently screwed up last week.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on August 05, 2018, 10:11:55 AM
laughing Ray   is that not the truth   ..heres a beer and a taco to make all good in the world again..i need to.make another 30ft of sq 16inch insulated ..not  looking fwd to it
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 09, 2018, 12:32:12 AM
Today made the (Not so) difficult decision to change the wall paint color. No matter how much the name on the can says "Sedate Grey", all I see is "Tope"

(I'm color blind between blues and greens)

The new garage doors go up tomorrow and I start masking/cutting for the new paint color. (With Apologies to James, who helped with the Tope color)

Once that's finished, James will be flying (Driving) up to help re-position the Beech 1900 from KLAS to KIWA (Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport) so it can be rolled into the Depot repair facility where it will be torn down and relocated to the new hangar. Been awhile since I flew IFR on PilotEdge so this should be fun/interesting/dangerous!

More to come, and I am making a video of the flight.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 09, 2018, 07:44:18 AM
Just stay out if icing conditions this time... and for god sakes save the Giraffe.


As for me the simulator is down. #1 cause it is too hot out there for the computers and #2. I just became a grandpa.


So family stuff has to come first.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on August 09, 2018, 08:10:02 AM
WOW!!!
CONGRATULATIONS GRANDPA!!!!!!

Enjoy this moments, like you said, Family stuff comes first and we welcome our new sim pilot, love you guys!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on August 09, 2018, 08:31:41 AM
Congrats...Welcome to to the club!  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 09, 2018, 09:54:59 AM
WOW!!!
CONGRATULATIONS GRANDPA!!!!!!

Enjoy this moments, like you said, Family stuff comes first and we welcome our new sim pilot, love you guys!
Thanks Bro,  Love and miss you guys too!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 09, 2018, 09:56:46 AM
Congrats...Welcome to to the club!  :D
I will have her writing code and building in no time LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 10, 2018, 02:46:04 AM
First and foremost, congrats to the new family member, Trevor!

Nextly, the last big purchase item for the sim hangar was installed today. Couldn't be happier with them. 

Also painted one wall with the new color and I'm really glad I decided to switch colors (even at the last minute) No pics of that yet. Not until the remaining walls are finished. Probably by Saturday.
 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on August 10, 2018, 08:12:34 AM
Building footing going in...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 10, 2018, 08:15:26 AM
This is very exciting to watch Sam.  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: dougsnow on August 10, 2018, 10:26:20 AM
Awesome - so looking forward to a trip to KSRQ in November!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on August 13, 2018, 10:36:18 AM

This weekend I have finished the radio stack of my piper comanche cockpit:

(http://www.subirimagenes.com/imagedata.php?url=http://s2.subirimagenes.com/otros/98605308120390.jpg)

(http://www.subirimagenes.com/imagedata.php?url=http://s2.subirimagenes.com/fotos/98605318120394.jpg)

(http://www.subirimagenes.com/imagedata.php?url=http://s2.subirimagenes.com/otros/98605328120388.jpg)

(http://www.subirimagenes.com/imagedata.php?url=http://s2.subirimagenes.com/otros/98605348120395.jpg)

A lot of work to do yet!
But everything you see in the last picture is now working with p3dv4 and a2a comanche.

Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 13, 2018, 01:28:50 PM
Holy smoke that radio stack is gorgeous!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on August 13, 2018, 05:05:55 PM
Grandpa Trev - Congratulations!!!

Sam - Glad to see some higher ground elevation for that building!

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Winstonc on August 15, 2018, 02:48:27 PM
Watch my new video of the cockpit upgrdes I have just completed.

David

https://youtu.be/ob-IZT46zzE (https://youtu.be/ob-IZT46zzE)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 16, 2018, 02:08:29 AM
Moving all the computer gear tonight. Have a bit of a spider's nest to deal with.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jr2mey on August 16, 2018, 07:40:11 AM
RAYS

Quote
Moving all the computer gear tonight. Have a bit of a spider's nest to deal with.

That computer cabinet turned out awesome!  Although it looks like your computers blew spaghetti chunks onto the floor!  :o
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 16, 2018, 04:20:39 PM
Great to see all these things going on...

Hey Ray, I know that feeling! Doesn't it seem like no matter hard you try to prevent it, all wires take on their own life of entanglement?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 16, 2018, 04:32:09 PM
Hey Ray, I know that feeling! Doesn't it seem like no matter hard you try to prevent it, all wires take on their own life of entanglement?

Ain't that the truth! I try to keep my cables nice and zip-tied within their cable storage warehouse but I think they wriggle out of them at night.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 17, 2018, 01:19:46 AM
Oh yes, I totally agree with that...lol! I got mine hanging on a rod, but anytime I go to remove just 1, 9 more tag along holding on for dear life...lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on August 22, 2018, 01:53:23 PM
Finally installed my AFDS Lighting, only took me the best part of 12 months to get around to it!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 22, 2018, 02:35:29 PM
Hey Duncan, got pics...click-click?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on August 22, 2018, 04:50:46 PM
Hey Duncan, got pics...click-click?

John

John,

Here you go, I need to remount the search for the TFC centre button on my EFIS Unit, it's gone wandering off!

The Drawback of doing the AFDS, is I now need to redo the MIP Flood lighting with LEDs as well, the Standard lighting units I have in at the moment aren't cutting the mustard!

Task Manager is running on the MFD as I was keeping an eye on the system usage. New Computer arriving on Monday so planning to redistribute SimA around between the two machines to even out the load.

Dunc

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 22, 2018, 05:21:26 PM
Hey Duncan, thanks for the pic and I must say your setup looks very nice! Envy, envy and more envy...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on August 23, 2018, 10:35:31 AM
wires  yup
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on August 24, 2018, 07:06:17 PM
I have not visited the site in some time, so I just found out about Trev been a Grandpa. Contratulations !!
 
I finally got my sim fully flyable again after my whole overhead went dark. I was finally able to trace it to a faulty USB port !!. Then updating versions of ProSim, navdata and P3D V4.3. No to mention reprogramming the OVH. But all is well now. Never a dull moment in this hobby.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on August 25, 2018, 01:03:13 PM
Repaired my OpenCockpits ADF Radio Head (damaged wires to and from the Encoder), just need to remember how to code it in SIOC.

I have it displaying Frequencies and swapping between on the Radio Head, just can't see the changes in Sim Avionics - any suggestions would be appreciated!

Next on my list is to strip the 737CL TQ and swap out a dodgy Pot!

Picture is from today on the way into Kai Tak.

Dunc
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 20, 2018, 03:52:58 PM
Been awhile, but we've been waiting for the final cabinet install, which completed on Monday.

Now the "move"... The old sim room I think is haunted because as I move things out of it into the new man-cave, the stuff keeps self-replicating. Need to do a purge I think of things that I may never use. (Until after the day I get rid of it!)


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on September 20, 2018, 05:29:03 PM
Finally got the New Seats installed. J-Rails and Adaptors via Gwyn and Leo, and Weber Seats from Nick @ APHS!

I have also gotten the ADF radio head working in SIOC which was fun, and installed my Pedestal Flood Light, and its 12v Dimmer! 

Will get some photos tomorrow!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on September 21, 2018, 09:01:26 AM
finslly got the 5 tonne unit ducted for front .. and started plimbing for rear
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on September 22, 2018, 11:37:35 PM
Whew...  both overheads are finally finished up, mounted and closed up!  This is actually the first time both have been completed and installed at the same time, throughout all three builds.  I had to run another cable from the pedestal up to the overhead as I had forgotten to rerun the pedestal flood line.  So happy I installed a cable runner under the floor and TQ.  Took a little bit of yoga to get to it but it worked.

That means all the lighting is installed and working, minus the dome light.  It should work but I'm converting it to LED.  I am very happy with the circuit breaker lighting I installed too.

Tomorrow is a bit of cleaning up in there and rerunning MIP pots for the MIP lighting and back-lighting as well as drop in the larger oxy mask boxes and hookup the map and spot pots.

Pics tomorow.

Warren
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on September 23, 2018, 10:06:27 AM
I'm running Prosim on my 737 and was always happy with the IOS software provided by them. A few months ago I purchased FS-FlightControl IOS software which is tightly integrated to Prosim. Love it! Yesterday I acquired an Android tablet and installed the FS-FlightControl app on it so that I could have a fully portable tablet-based IOS. Excellent software package and I would invite others to take a look at it.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 23, 2018, 01:40:43 PM
WOW! You guys are just doing things big time! Thanks for keeping this thread going  ;D

Uh, for my sim, I got 4 coats of shiney wax underneath it on the floor. Yeah, Karen asked me yesterday "is that floor wet?" since we've been getting lots of rain lately, thinking we had a roof leak. I was like "no, that's the wax..." She says "so, I guess the sim will have the sexy wet look all the time...lol!

Anyway, looking forward to the pics Warren...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 23, 2018, 02:59:16 PM
Hey Bernard,

Glad to see you got the AC all setup, it'll be all nice and cool whenever I do come visit! I know that I keep saying that, but I will sometime before or after the first of the year... I am sure that's okay though, as it'll give you more time to work on it  :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on September 24, 2018, 02:41:47 AM
I have been making progress building the overheads.   And by building, i mean actually building.
Sheet metal, clecos, solid riveting etc.

I'm using all new Dzus gear, and new Boeing parts like the Camloc fasteners in the bottom corners etc.

Still test fitting it all up, then disassemble to prime it all and start riveting it all

Could say its a "riveting" experience....  ???
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on September 24, 2018, 04:15:07 AM
Geeezzz Mick,

That's quite a job, do you work for Boeing  :o 8)
No seriously that's awesome work, I look forward to seeing how it all goes together.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on September 24, 2018, 08:16:09 AM
I second the comments on such a great job. The level of detail requires such a commitment to the hobby. Great work !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 24, 2018, 12:03:28 PM
Hey Mick,

Ditto to what everyone is saying...AWESOME! Curious, what did you use the cut them out...plasma, laser cnc, water cutter? Whatever it was, all I can say is "are you going to start mass producing and selling them?" If so, mark me for the AFT Overhead  :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on September 24, 2018, 01:25:03 PM
mick    and i thought i was a lunatic 😉...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Nolatron on September 24, 2018, 03:15:34 PM
Finished up the overhead and got it in place and programmed over the weekend.  Hoping to get a first flight in with it soon.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on September 24, 2018, 09:08:04 PM
I have been making progress building the overheads.   And by building, i mean actually building.
Sheet metal, clecos, solid riveting etc.

I'm using all new Dzus gear, and new Boeing parts like the Camloc fasteners in the bottom corners etc.

Still test fitting it all up, then disassemble to prime it all and start riveting it all

Could say its a "riveting" experience....  ???

Hi Mick,

How did you get the what appear to be perfectly square cutouts?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on September 24, 2018, 11:12:19 PM
Hey Mick,

Ditto to what everyone is saying...AWESOME! Curious, what did you use the cut them out...plasma, laser cnc, water cutter? Whatever it was, all I can say is "are you going to start mass producing and selling them?" If so, mark me for the AFT Overhead  :idiot:

John

Cheers John and others

John these parts are cut with a CNC waterjet machine.  I have had stuff laser cut before and on the thinner 1/16" panels they can distort a little bit.

I had used the waterjet guys to cut some new instrument glass pieces, and very happy with the results.   It does cost more than laser cutting as it takes longer to cut, but there is much less clean up compared to laser cut aluminium.   The machine used to do this can cut up to 90mm thick mild steel or 125mm thick granite/stone.

Below is a shot of most of the parts before folding/countersinking etc. Not shown are all the doublers, support rails & brackets and the connector mounting plates.


As to your other question, I will start mass producing them around the 5th of Never  ;)   It has taken almost 2 years to get this far, the measurement and drawings took almost 12 months alone.

With all the new OEM parts, lightplates, Korrys, connectors etc, there is over 25k invested in the overheads, without any labour costs  :o   Not to mention i have a constant stream of instruments coming through the door for repair/sim conversion that drag me away from my own sim work enough  :D

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on September 24, 2018, 11:47:01 PM
Thanks Mick, bad news I guess, I was hoping to cut everything with my el cheapo CNC machine, but looks like that's unlikely to happen :(.

But looks like your work and investment is paying off, looks amazing.
Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: archen on September 25, 2018, 12:43:58 PM
Wow mickc. That's absolutely stunning! Well done, I understand all the hard work behind these beautiful panels

Skickat från min SM-G955F via Tapatalk

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on September 25, 2018, 02:55:02 PM
I did some nice flights in the northern arctic  part of Canada.
Worth a try as nav can be tricky up there.

P3D +FTX Global and Vector provide a very nice scenery .
Runways are +/- 6000' and manageable for the 73.
Several legs are advisable as Montreal-Alert is a 6H00 flight

Montreal -- Kujujack -- Iqaluit -- Resolute...and last but not least...Alert, the most northern CAF base which was set up during the cold war to ''listen" to potential missiles from USSR. Base is still active and real close to the pole at  82°30'05" north.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alert,_Nunavut
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 26, 2018, 07:36:20 AM
Hey Jack,

You should make some videos of your North Pole flights and any others really. A GoPro camera or two and you'd be all set... Plus, we all need to see more flying videos to encourage the building; hopefully, Trevor will be doing his live streaming again soon.

If you do some, don't worry about looking all professional, just put the camera a few feet behind the ped on a tripod and let it record. Set the GoPro on wideview and that's it.  :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 26, 2018, 03:03:28 PM
The rudders are finally complete and installed, enabling the rest of the sim to be put back together. installed the rudders then moved on to the seat power controller last night.


(Why do some images display upside down? I wasn't that tired! ;-) )) 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on September 26, 2018, 05:11:17 PM
They show up all right... :P
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 26, 2018, 05:38:18 PM
Yep, they flip on viewng Ray...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 26, 2018, 05:41:35 PM
To post or not to post is the question...

Famous quote there, but it works well for the "to post..." part. So, keep the posts coming...everyday I look forward to reading them!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on September 27, 2018, 04:58:40 PM
All lights on the TQ is completed with wires.
Man, the ULN2803a is the best thing since sliced bread!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on September 27, 2018, 04:59:42 PM
A pic of the backlight.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 28, 2018, 04:33:39 PM
Looks very nice Peter, you wanna do mine?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on September 29, 2018, 02:48:19 AM
Build the circuit? Code? No problem John! :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on September 29, 2018, 06:35:21 AM
Its been a busy few weeks

New Seats (removed from N669SW) & J-Rails
EFB Mounts
Captain Side Clock
Pedestal Flood Light
ADF Radio Head (& Coding)

Just the Back wall to go on ahead of WorldFlight now!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on September 29, 2018, 08:24:46 AM
building surface management system   in the making and test fit
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on September 29, 2018, 04:28:57 PM
Haha Nice Bernard!
Wish i could fly over and check out that sim of yours! Its quite the setup! 😊
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 03, 2018, 12:22:42 PM
more work on statuons
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on October 03, 2018, 03:42:39 PM
Will this then be your IOS?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 03, 2018, 04:29:11 PM
That's pretty cool, Bernard! I love the old phones :-) My wife and I frequent the local Goodwill store as sometimes one can find amazing treasures. I could keep an eye out for you for the original-style phones like that if you want...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 03, 2018, 07:40:07 PM
yes please  x1 red would be nice  as would x1 black
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 03, 2018, 07:48:28 PM
I'll see what I can do.  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on October 03, 2018, 11:10:14 PM
Bernard, I have a new, black, ATT Trimline 210 phone I bought for the sim a while back but won't use now as I have an OEM passenger address system handset.  You're more than welcome to it.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 05, 2018, 07:52:02 PM
All 3 projectors are going up this weekend thanks to much-need help from James!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 06, 2018, 08:43:16 PM
green   walks    i do not like painting   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 07, 2018, 09:02:57 AM
Put up some LCD monitors with airport/aircraft graphics playing and the green painted walls will just be a hardly noticed background color... :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 07, 2018, 10:31:20 AM
there is a method to maddness just hang about 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on October 09, 2018, 12:27:48 AM
Posted some updates from this weekend on my build thread: http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?topic=644.msg52538;topicseen#new (http://www.cockpitbuilders.com/community/index.php?topic=644.msg52538;topicseen#new)

Here's a preview.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 09, 2018, 03:03:28 AM
Hey Guys,

Thanks for the continued posts...

-Ray, looking forward to seeing those 3 projectors up and running, along with some videos.

-Bernard, yep definitely know you are full of surprises and we all enjoy when they come.  ;D

-Warren, like the other guys, you're totally on top of it with your sim project. All those years with your job(s) and moving home life has finally paid off for you. Now, it's nothing but sim, sim, simulator...HOORAY!

For all the new members following this thread, take a look at these guys other threads, as well as those of other members, as there is a wealth of information on simulator building. You'll likely find answers to your questions, if not just ask any of them either in a post or PM.

IMHO, Cockpit Builders is the best website for building any simulator. Be it big iron or sleek regional jets, nimble fighters, awesome helicopters or the vast array of amazing propeller driven aircraft, you'll find someone here who has either built it or is building it now. If not, then you can be the first and teach us all...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 16, 2018, 03:45:45 PM
Last night I replaced the polarized glass in one of my Avidyne PFD units and also started learning CAD using Fusion-360.

Talk about a steep learning curve!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 16, 2018, 08:20:15 PM
Nah Fusion 360 is easy Ray, Trev told me  ;)  8)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: KyleH on October 16, 2018, 08:56:31 PM
Last night I replaced the polarized glass in one of my Avidyne PFD units and also started learning CAD using Fusion-360.

Talk about a steep learning curve!

lol....try SolidWorks
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 17, 2018, 05:22:26 AM
Fusion 360 is very close in design to Solidworks I think Autocad based the interface on it.
Personally I find that Sketchup is easier to use but it's certainly not as flexible as Fusion and some projects would be practically impossible to draw in Sketchup. Well for me anyway. So I'm learning Fusion as well.  8)

Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on October 17, 2018, 05:33:38 AM
I use Solidworks, it is a steep curve but does a great job.   
Im using 2014 version that I sort of "had to buy" - i was using a key off the internet and after a while I got a nasty letter from Dassault Systems.  Apparently it calls home whenever it is run. ::)
Basically i had to buy the full version - almost 9k Australian. Lesson Learned!

For quick and easy jobs like for 3D printing i use Fusion 360
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on October 17, 2018, 07:26:22 AM
I use Tinkercad, the learning curve is easy, and I tried Fusion and after about 10 beers I removed it form my pc LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping on October 17, 2018, 11:00:52 AM
Hey Guys,

From my original post a while back, I am still yet to find the Fire Pull handles for my B1900.

Wondering if any of you with one of your fancy 3D printers and design knowledge could whip some up for me?  If they could be attached to a push/pull switch that would be even better.

Willing to pay, buy beer etc.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727s4ever! on October 17, 2018, 01:29:15 PM
What have I done today?  Spent waaaaayyyy too much money on it.  Again.  Can I get a witness?   ;)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 17, 2018, 01:36:15 PM
Hey Joe,

I can print one for you, but designing it is a different matter. PM Joe Leavey and ask him if he can do the model... My only charge would be a spool of filament and shipping costs to mail the item to you.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 17, 2018, 01:38:28 PM
Hey Woody,

Yep, it's never ending when spending money for a hobby you love...but don't worry, you'll get used too it...lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727s4ever! on October 17, 2018, 01:48:46 PM
Hey Woody,

Yep, it's never ending when spending money for a hobby you love...but don't worry, you'll get used too it...lol!

John

Roger that!  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on October 17, 2018, 03:03:13 PM
As soft and hard work fine, I concentrate on something else... :D
Building a galley

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/Egf0Rk.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/kaRKnG.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Emy on October 17, 2018, 03:12:19 PM
Bought the simworld PnP DST MIP  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 17, 2018, 04:46:42 PM
Hey Jack,

You surely are stepping the game up here...looks awesome! Now, if only I could stayed focused like you and the other guys...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 17, 2018, 04:58:00 PM
Hi Emi,

That's awesome! How about doing a new member introduction post and tell us all about it. Plus, please post some pics...

Welcome to Cockpit Builders!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Emy on October 17, 2018, 05:32:25 PM
Hi John, thank you very much for having us. So this is a father son project. My dad was always interested in planes and model railway (HO Märklin) and started building RC planes in his youth...

I made my first flight sim experience with X-Plane v.4.7 , A-10 Cuba, F/A- 18 on a Macintosh Performa 630. Many years later "we" switched over to PC and FS2004 was the coolest thing ever...   

The MIP will arrive in the near future. I wlll definitely post some pictures.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping on October 18, 2018, 10:36:09 AM
John,

Thanks for the offer of printing the fire handles, Ill keep that in mind.  Will pm Joe to see if he would be willing to design something.

I dont have the time myself to try to get this started ( or the software or the printer ) so looking for an off the shelf
purchase solution.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 18, 2018, 10:58:20 AM
Hi Joe, that's weird, I'm Joe.  :)

Anyway if you have some images and perhaps an overall dimension (or two) I'll certainly have a crack at drawing one up for you.
I've not seen one for the B1900 so I have no idea what they look like. I have drawn up quite detailed drawing for the 737, which are lying around somewhere.
So it will be a challenge,

Cheers
Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping on October 19, 2018, 10:25:08 AM
Hi Joe,

Thanks for the offer, really appreciate it.  Please let me know how to compensate ( beer, benjamins, etc )

I dont have any official documentation regarding size, but I will grab a couple of pics shortly and post them up ( or pm if you prefer ).  They look pretty straightforward, just a T handle really.

Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping on October 19, 2018, 10:56:54 AM
Hi Joe,

These are some close ups from what I could pull off google images. 

Forgot how to insert pictures, they should be attached though.

Joe.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 19, 2018, 11:35:25 AM
They look okay, a couple of questions are they to be illuminated and have you any idea of the shape of those red bits on each end?
Also a rough guide to the size would be great.

If they're to be illuminated they will need to be made our of quite thin filament yet strong enough to be pulled. Are you going to fit them to a solid rod, or should that be part of the handle?
Sorry for all the questions but I've done a lot of designing and it's better to have all the information before you start.
Incidentally I'm away for a couple of days so I'll have a look at all this on Monday
.
Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on October 19, 2018, 12:50:21 PM
The red tip is threaded and is where you can unscrew and change the bulb from I beleive.  I sold a set of these "with the fire pull switches" to Ray, (Real Ones) for his 1900.  they are illuminated.
Nice kit.
Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 19, 2018, 01:27:37 PM
Thanks Trev,  perhaps Ray will jump in with a couple of pictures and a dimension or two for me.

Al the best
Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 19, 2018, 02:01:48 PM
I'll send some pics/measurements of the handles and the switch mechanism. I'm surprised at how robust the mechanics are.. but then again.. fire handles!

Look for something here this weekend.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 19, 2018, 02:06:13 PM
Is the white a somewhat clear color or just a white opaque, same for the red parts? Thinking filaments here...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on October 19, 2018, 02:27:32 PM
Not white, Its Opague Like the clear Filament. like a clear lego block LOL If I remember right though the red tips are solid.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on October 19, 2018, 02:39:25 PM
Well, for the first time since May, my sim is up and running! A few things to fix but not bad for a 6 month hangar.... Pictures soon....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 19, 2018, 03:06:16 PM
Hey Bob,

Glad to hear you’re back in the air! Now, if only I could get past the yard work to get my sim back up...Karen and I were spreading gravel in the dark last night until 9pm. Our neighbors love us!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 19, 2018, 03:08:44 PM
Hey Trev,

What type of filament do you suggest; do you have some links?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on October 19, 2018, 03:39:42 PM
Hey Bob,

Glad to hear you’re back in the air! Now, if only I could get past the yard work to get my sim back up...Karen and I were spreading gravel in the dark last night until 9pm. Our neighbors love us!

John
How much noise can spreading gravel make?  :D You need to get your cockpit back in the air!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 19, 2018, 04:39:58 PM
LOL, well I should've mentioned we were using the skid-steer as well...very noisy  ;D

I agree about my cockpit and I just now got out to the hanger/shed and hope to do something with it...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 19, 2018, 04:54:00 PM
I have a spare set of fire control handles, sans the switch mechanism.

However they are red, and the lettering is vertical. Pics to come tonight
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 19, 2018, 10:24:53 PM
Thanks Ray,
Much appreciated.
If you could also give me the size of the unit that would be great.

Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping on October 20, 2018, 10:38:17 AM
Trev, Ray et all,

Thanks for jumping in with the details on those handles.  Joe, not much else left to answer.  I am not worried about them being illuminated if that makes things easier.  Also the switch pole diameter does'nt matter, in fact if you keep it solid I will just drill & tap it for whatever switch I decide to go with.

The side caps are grimes bulb/light caps ( I think ) I would say they are around the size of an american 5 cent piece ( half inch roughly )

Not to fussed with intricate detail, just something that looks kinda like them.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 21, 2018, 11:32:30 PM
Hope these images help! If you're ok with the vertical text, I can just send these to you...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on October 21, 2018, 11:41:24 PM
I finally got her airborne today!

Still need to
-map the annunciators/outputs
-rerun some of the MIP backlighting
-figure out the encoders within Prosim
-for some reason my Polulu Maestro in the MIP is not showing up
-get the audio configured
-set up the comms
-figure out why the Captain side recall switch doesn't work

I did get to fly a circuit though.  I also need to finally get around to putting the liner back up in front of the overhead.  right now it's just sitting on the glareshield.

If you closely at the second picture, you'll see my next big headache.  Projectors are starting to fail - and I need to at some point decide if I go the projector or five LCD route next.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 22, 2018, 12:05:43 AM
That looks gorgeous. Glad you're able to get back into the pattern!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 22, 2018, 01:11:56 AM
Thanks for the photo Ray, that should be fine.
I'll have a look at drawing it when I get home later today.

Regards
Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 22, 2018, 08:19:25 AM
Hi Guys,

Just arrived home from my travels, so I thought I'd draw up this handle for (the other Joe). Image Attached.
I've made the two end bits separately but they can be printed as one unit if you prefer, my thought being they could be printed in transparent red filament and fitted with a 3m LED... just a thought  ;)
Anyway I assume that John will be printing these, I can supply whichever style you prefer. 

Let me know if they look okay and I'll upload them to John and Thingiverse.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 22, 2018, 10:45:21 AM
Hey Joe,

Man that is some nice work you did! You're one heck of an artist/modeler!

Okay, send me all the files for the items together and separate. I'll get things setup and order the transparent/translucent red and white filament.

For the Joe who wants these items, my deal is that you only pay for the materials and shipping. Thus, I can send you the links for ordering the filament spools, and then you place the order, having the items shipped to me. Or, I just bill you and you pay me via PayPal (shipping would be included). Assumingely, you've worked out compensation with Joe Lavery already, so I leave that to you and him...

For anyone else following along, this method of getting things modeled by Joe and printed by me is going rather well. If you have something in mind, post about it and who knows, it might be doable.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 22, 2018, 11:09:07 AM
Way to go Warren! You are back in the wild blue yonder...HOORAY!

Regarding your choice of projectors over LCD monitors, I'd suggest going to visit Scott Wagner or one of the other guys who are doing the monitors. That way you get a feel for it before committing to them.

Also, can you just buy some new chips for your projectors and exchange them yourself to fix the white dot/dead pixel issues?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on October 22, 2018, 11:17:07 AM
Replaced  Hydraulic Brake Pressure indicator with the new one.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/kB3kDFeAoX2WX426oTgyBEbFVIHmehHHXcMusOVcuFP4l4_pf8qYLb139hRxnHrRDwDaBP0tujNkzyNS-6dFoGy6ZmVlH-2SXwqiz7hEkvi9XORTUNjJAZxgd9Qg_DW3szWQrSCyHvfeHtqTUQKRDecv6MaZXt3pbMWmVm-Iuws-fYpnXhRcYEOImsHdemQ7trYrFzTl45qjHENkRqpRq3CKWUiq8k6lIC7NrKmMjvqhI7aM1LLPeTVH18o7QJ9nb1i1zWYXiAfpJdHXxzYs61foGU1kInph3R1lxUGeDJKBetKUzhSTi_90wx_V35DTnCBCCFpKiCM5RQGuIDsLiMGztZeCKXYcVqA5qh1MssSqNIV3Pmsc4RlDf_sRxihZbMIVs-07nLsLJVJ6kOMAqzF8iy1mMO1COrMerKZzDtIYI-floYbCD1FN3RJLL2MVKl2wHME1uscl9qMgETkgnB0B6JSaV0JGRdRGGlKvBxdXGeAz8SdaNfdhiT3U29p9I71n0k73OioqSvjiry2sdza7sWBcEP3pzJf6Hr_1O0nx0K9lG4Nt1dx9TK-eyWZDmockXLJpwnhCOA-yCfjqRQE3uCqCWvXy0ymoRz1sMn3nVyB_xK3Z7mepZc3RhRo=w739-h563-no)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trooping on October 22, 2018, 11:51:08 AM
Good Morning All,

Thanks again everyone for the pics, dimensions etc.

Joe,

Those handles look great, thanks so much for doing that and the tip with illumination.  Again, please let me know how to compensate you ( pm if you want to )

John,

Yeah if you want to order the filament ( probably better as you know what to get ) and I will just fix you up via paypal for everything ( reply to this post or pm me with details).  Out of curiosity, how much filament would something like this use?

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 22, 2018, 01:20:37 PM
Thanks Joe,

But I'm not expecting anything for drawing these for you, it's my pleasure.  ;)
If it was a complex drawing I may have to consider my time, so I hope these work out okay for you, I have modeled them with an 8mm hole in the base for you to attach a switch, or however you're going to construct them.
You will have to drill a small hole to take the LED and pf course route the wires through the handle to power them.  I could have modeled these tracks but you said you had no intention of illumining them..  :-\ Still it will be easy enough if you go that route.

All the best.

John, I'll email you the files later today. I have split them into a complete unit with the ends attached, (which is the simplest design), a single center section and a file with both end parts. I would suggest printing them at .1 mm layer height to make sure the text is clear. But of course that's your department.

Cheers
Joe.

Joe L.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on October 22, 2018, 01:53:24 PM


My new ( very old) HSI collins 331a is finished, and interfaced with A2A Comanche in Prepar3d v4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY412JhUY6I&t=35s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY412JhUY6I&t=35s)

I sold my king 525a to a friend, so I needed a new one for me. I really like this HSI.
I took out link2fs and now I write my own comunications scripts through FSUIPC.
I will migrate to this new way of communication all the instruments.

Arturo.





Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on October 22, 2018, 04:46:53 PM
Wow - I am so impressed with OEM guys and their hard work.  Scares me - give me off the shelf whenever possible  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on October 22, 2018, 05:21:59 PM


My new ( very old) HSI collins 331a is finished, and interfaced with A2A Comanche in Prepar3d v4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY412JhUY6I&t=35s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY412JhUY6I&t=35s)

I sold my king 525a to a friend, so I needed a new one for me. I really like this HSI.
I took out link2fs and now I write my own comunications scripts through FSUIPC.
I will migrate to this new way of communication all the instruments.

Arturo.
Think I just crapped myself..  Nice....  I have no idea how you guys do it either, but waaaay out of my league.
Nicely done.
Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 22, 2018, 07:52:31 PM
Joe (Mesa),

Okay, I will get with you via PM about all of this soon... As for your question, I would guess a quarter roll or thereabouts. There are small spools and large. However, I buy the larger to make sure I have enough, better more then less I always say...lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on October 22, 2018, 08:53:35 PM
In case anyones's interested in the B1900 Fire Handle files, they're now on Thingiverse for anyone to freely download.
If you have a 3D printer it's a marvelous source of designs.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3170658 (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3170658)

Joe L
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on October 22, 2018, 09:26:54 PM
Regarding your choice of projectors over LCD monitors, I'd suggest going to visit Scott Wagner or one of the other guys who are doing the monitors. That way you get a feel for it before committing to them.

Thanks, John.  As Scott can tell you, I've been trying to get up there to visit for years to see his setup, and he's done all but convince me the LCDs are the way to go.  I do love that immersion with the projectors though.

Quote
Also, can you just buy some new chips for your projectors and exchange them yourself to fix the white dot/dead pixel issues?

My current projectors aren't HD (tells you how long I've had them...), so I won't put any more money into them.  The cost of the DLP chips isn't worth it.  I did replace one with a used one a while back and it helped.  I also popped all the chips out and replaced the thermal paste, but they were already on the way out.  Just bought some time really.

The real issue is I'm a year out from retirement, and about 18 months from leaving Tampa to settle in Greece for a few years.  Not sure if I want to make a 16ft x 16ft space a factor again at that point as my house there won't accommodate easily.  Let's see what this holiday shopping season does to prices.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 23, 2018, 01:18:46 AM
Had a chance to lower the left/right seat platforms by an inch tonight. I'm of a relatively tall stature so the original  seat height felt normal. However,m when friends came over to fly it was less than comfortable for them. (Luckily my seats adjust!)

Still to do:
1. Align the 3rd projector
2. Install / Link the co-pilot yoke.
3. Re-do the power distribution wiring rats nest
4. Finish building the rear cab
5. install new ventilation system for the eyeball vents
6. Re-wire overhead dimmer controls with KGS LT-70 dimmers
7. Add new 28Vdc power supply to drive dimmers
8. Install new side panels with windows / doors
9. Connect everything to server rack
10. Install working windshield wipers

It's still a long list, but slowly getting there......

 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on October 25, 2018, 01:34:11 AM
Once again, I flew it!! And I did start tinkering again. I am stuck with an autobrake problem that is related to the aircraft I am using. If I use the PM flight model the Autobrake works fine. If I use the SimA flight model I can not get the Autobrake to go into RTO mode. It is a user issue I am sure... Will figure it out. Nice to be back!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on October 25, 2018, 10:37:03 PM
Well today was for flying. Got up and around early so I could try and fix that brake issue and I did! User error in the FSUIPC settings. Plane flew better then I ever remember it flying and the visuals are stunning. I found the issue in my view group and wow... Oh totally by accident.... I have switched out my flight model from the PM one to SimA's newest. Here are a few pics from a couple of todays flights....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on October 26, 2018, 07:52:13 AM
Today i missed out on both Window Trim and Gear handle on ebay...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 27, 2018, 01:17:38 PM
did this still a,wip
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 27, 2018, 01:25:53 PM
Hey Bernard,

Looks very nice, but it appears that you’re going for an ATC setup (which is awesome), as those console units are very similar to tower ATC units...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on October 27, 2018, 02:12:06 PM
I actually thought it was the transporter room on the Enterprise
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 27, 2018, 03:28:11 PM
my sim my money my.madness 😉..if people dont like it then write me a chq to change it lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 27, 2018, 08:11:13 PM
Hi Bernard,

We're not criticizing you at all, actually we are admiring your work...be it looking like an ATC Control Console or Star Trek Transporter Room, that means it's a really cool thing! Being an ATC Controller is awesome and having a setup would be great, as well as it being a Star Trek item would be even more awesome. I mean who doesn't love Star Trek...uh, okay...unless you love Star Wars instead...lol!

So no worries mate, you're doing amazing things and we like it  :D

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on October 28, 2018, 09:32:51 AM
As Bernard said - we are truly enjoying the craftsmanship of your builds. Sorry that our attempt at humor offends anyone. We truly appreciate all the work everyone does to make this such a great hobby. Please keep posting - your ideas and designs will inspire others to step out of the box and try new things.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on October 28, 2018, 10:31:07 AM
i received such a great deal on x2 server cabinets  25 bucks each  .. so a must have  so getting here easy enough used a buds truck   excitmemt rules   alas   do they fit   hell no .. after getting them up 15 ft in air .. what to do remove sides of sim cut out metal re weld and Bob's your uncle 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on November 05, 2018, 02:59:13 PM
more fun
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on November 16, 2018, 09:57:59 AM
Well the sim will get a new SSD hard drive today. Fingers crossed! When I installed P3Dv4 I did not see an option to change the directory it would be installed in. Either it was not there or I was in too much of a hurry, probably the case, to look for it. Fast forward to now. 3 days before WorlFlight I purchased Orbx. I came home form Orbx and wanted to install it... Well my tiny little SSD that was my C drive just would not do it. What to do.... I ordered a new SSD that wold more then hold all my Sim stuff and set a path forward for when I start to run out of space again which I will. Cloned the drive last night and am going to install it back into the computer and hit the magic power button.. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on November 16, 2018, 02:09:26 PM
Best of luck Bob,
 
But you know already that the new drive is never going to be big enough... :angel:  ;D

Orbx continues to model the world, now in even higher resolution. The latest UK scenery (TrueEarth GB South) is over 27GB and that's the compressed size before installation. As they expand the areas covered it's going to consume huge amounts of space. So probably not for most folk in this forum, who tend to fly the big tin.

 ;D

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on November 16, 2018, 05:45:07 PM
Don't forget, cyber Monday is just around the corner...  there will be great deals on SSDs at Newegg, Fry's, and places like that.  They need to get rid of old stock
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 17, 2018, 01:14:29 AM
Progress on getting the 1900 back in the air has been slower than expected. Tonight I'm re-committing to getting one major component re-installed each week.

Tonight the co-pilot yoke went back in. This weekend will be spent re-installing all the linkage to get each yoke connected again.  I miss flying her!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on November 17, 2018, 09:13:36 AM
Well the hard drive clone went very well. Installing Orbx, not so well! lol I am sure this is another self inflicted issue. If I tinker I can get it all working but the minute I say, buy a new airport and install it, the sim is broke again. If I go and try to move to another airport or try and load a different flight P3D crashes to the desktop. This is a scenery issue for sure. Well see if I can get a band aid on it today, with Trevor's help as in the next 2 months I am building a new computer and I will have to do a new build on all the sim software anyway. Oh, how much do I love this hobby???  :P
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on November 17, 2018, 09:15:19 AM
Best of luck Bob,
 
But you know already that the new drive is never going to be big enough... :angel:  ;D

Orbx continues to model the world, now in even higher resolution. The latest UK scenery (TrueEarth GB South) is over 27GB and that's the compressed size before installation. As they expand the areas covered it's going to consume huge amounts of space. So probably not for most folk in this forum, who tend to fly the big tin.

 ;D

Yes Joe, I do know how ever big of a drive I bought, it would have never been big enough! But you will notice I did build a moving forward plan into this scenario!  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 19, 2018, 01:01:27 AM
Co-pilot yoke is installed and linked!

Left to do:
Wire in the center console
Wire in the overhead console
New side panels
Finish rear cab

....so close.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on November 19, 2018, 10:37:38 AM

Not today, but this weekend I have interfaced the 2.0 version of my ADI.
I have update the arduino mega to an Arduino Due, which is really fast!. And I have improved my scripts for comunication fsuipc <-> arduino  and some other updates in the code.
Very happy with the result. Smooth and reponsive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4hwjwpkHTU (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4hwjwpkHTU)

And I am doing some code lines to simulate the startup sequence of a vacuum ADI. Arduino Due is fast, and I can use real vibration equations and link them with vacuum gyro speed. Testing it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtPEWfXD97E (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtPEWfXD97E)

I LOVE Arduino Due!! bye bye mega.

Arturo Moreno.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on November 19, 2018, 06:14:09 PM
OMG - reminds me of watching the gyro as a tennager and being so in love with aviation  :)

Great work!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 27, 2018, 12:53:17 PM
Tonight will mark a significant milestone wrt the new hangar space...

The last of the pit will be put together and the last of the internal wiring connected.

Next up: The task of connecting the sim to the server rack.

Flying next weekend? Fingers crossed!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on November 27, 2018, 06:00:18 PM
Took the sim for the last flight before the major upgrade to the main computer system. Great little flight. Took some pics of the "numbers" so I have a base to compare too. This weekend, build a new computer!  ??? Oh what fun!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 27, 2018, 06:32:38 PM
I feel like I missed out on Cyber-Monday... All y'all bought newer faster shinier computer bits!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on November 27, 2018, 07:03:27 PM
Yeah but we all gotta pay for them LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on December 02, 2018, 01:27:51 AM
The new computer is assembled and running. Have a little of the software installed. Much more to go. Will put the computer back "into" the sim tomorrow and start working on setting up the monitors for the main view. So much more to do before I can fly. I hope it was all worth it...We will see.....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on December 02, 2018, 02:38:56 PM
I'm installing P3D v4.4 on all three projection PCs this weekend. A test on the host visual did not show any change in frame rate so that is a good thing.
Will report any visual changes this week. I think I will have to wait until some scenery designers start using the new materials rendering capabilities before we see much.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 04, 2018, 02:38:02 AM
After 6 months of downtime, a move to a new facility and lots and lots of system upgrades, I'm finally at the point to conduct a full power-up systems check.

In all honesty, I've been ready for a few days but have been reluctant to power anything up. Things could go really well or they could go really expensive if any of that magic smoke got out.

In the words of Doris Day: "Que será, será". Whatever will be will be, right?

So I applied power to everything...... 

One by one, everything started to light up like a Christmas tree, indicating that the sim was undergoing power-up checks.

In a few minutes everything was successfully powered up.

After walking through various systems check, everything looked good there as well.

The only things that didn't work were the fuel gauges and the flaps gauge. I had forgotten a ground wire which is kind of funny. In high school I took a class in advanced electronics. Our final project was to acquire a tube radio, bring it to class, completely tear it down and rebuild it.

My radio was the only one that worked after the rebuild, but only after the teacher noted I had missed a ground wire.

Queue Doris Day. :-)





Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on December 04, 2018, 03:46:15 AM
Ray, I did something similar a few years ago when I was building a synthesiser. The instrument had a touch keyboard with over 300 diodes in a matrix,  which I soldered in the right way around. Then the very last components were a pair of large mains capacitors,  so naturally I managed to solder one of those the wrong way around. I didn't get a lot of magic smoke but the near explosion it caused when I switched it on frightened the life out of me.  ;)
Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on December 05, 2018, 11:59:23 AM
Today is the day...  I am upgrading to P3D4!  Just running a single 1920x1080 screen right now.

Installed P3D4 and ran a stock/default FSXMark07 Benchmark to get the starting numbers.  With my old GTX670 installed, my FPS were min 82 / max 137 / avg 113.

I decided to hold off upgrading the CPU/MB/RAM until I see what gains I get with just the GPU change.  I'm still running an i7-3770K @ 3.50Ghz.  That's P3D4 minimums.

Just installed my shiny, new RTX2070 and Nvidia Drivers v417.22.  No OC or adjustments.

Ran another Benchmark and FPS were min 82 / max 147 / avg 121.

So there you have it.  If anyone was curious as to what difference just a GPU upgrade makes!

Incidentally, I ran the Benchmark on my tweaked and stable FSX install with the 670 and this is what I had (keeping in mind that I have a ton of scenery installed, and the benchmark tool has a VC in it that I didn't have in P3D):  FPS were min 11 / max 31 / avg 17.

Now it is time to reinstall Orbx and Rex and Active Sky...  and airports etc.

This weekend I plan to redo my screen and hopefully get my GTX1080Darbees up and running!

Out of curiousity, I just slammed all the sliders to the right and reran the benchmark...  FPS are min 29 / max 53 / avg 41
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2018, 01:55:59 PM
When you add the 3 screens and the full ORBX you will notice a drop down to 1/3 what you had with one monitor..  However..  The frames in 4.3 are very stable, if you have 30, they stay around 30, if you have 25 they stay around 25.
Food for thought..  One thing to mention is a clean install makes everything beautiful..  Just don't mess with the typical tweaks or NI changes..  Only adjust the Sliders in 4.3
Remember (Cloud draw distance, traffic, and LOD) are your biggest framerate killers followed closely by the AA Settings.
Good Luck!
Oh... And I almost forgot..  Unless your going to be flying underwater, leave the Bathymetry off LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on December 05, 2018, 04:10:04 PM
Food for thought..  One thing to mention is a clean install makes everything beautiful..  Just don't mess with the typical tweaks or NI changes..  Only adjust the Sliders in 4.3
Remember (Cloud draw distance, traffic, and LOD) are your biggest framerate killers followed closely by the AA Settings.
Good Luck!
Oh... And I almost forgot..  Unless your going to be flying underwater, leave the Bathymetry off LOL

Thanks Trevor.  so what you're saying is don't worry about all the tweaks and Nvidia Inspector settings from FSX...  just use the p3d4 sliders?

Any recommendations on AI Traffic?  WOAI?

Warren
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 05, 2018, 05:48:47 PM
WOAI used to be fantastic with FS9
Apparently some aircrafts do not work with P3D (Missing parts etc)
My sim is not hooked to the net, accordingly I'd like a good AI program working as a stand alone as WOAI did.

Also asking for recommandations
Jack
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on December 05, 2018, 06:32:10 PM
Ultimate Traffic Live is the only AI option specifically compatible with P3Dv4.

It works OK but is missing cargo aircraft (FedEx and UPS etc.) which has been promised but does not appear to be anywhere near materializing.  There is a workaround to add cargo scheduling and third party P3Dv4 compatible cargo aircraft but it is really a bit cumbersome to do.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 06, 2018, 07:16:57 AM
Food for thought..  One thing to mention is a clean install makes everything beautiful..  Just don't mess with the typical tweaks or NI changes..  Only adjust the Sliders in 4.3
Remember (Cloud draw distance, traffic, and LOD) are your biggest framerate killers followed closely by the AA Settings.
Good Luck!
Oh... And I almost forgot..  Unless your going to be flying underwater, leave the Bathymetry off LOL

Thanks Trevor.  so what you're saying is don't worry about all the tweaks and Nvidia Inspector settings from FSX...  just use the p3d4 sliders?

Any recommendations on AI Traffic?  WOAI?

Warren
That's Right...  Any changes in Nvidia Inspector based on my research (And Others) will work against you in Prepar3D V4.X However test as you may, but make a backup of your configs before you do.
As Fred Said...  LM Explicitly states not to port P3DV3.0/V2.X/V1.x/FSX Addons into V4.X or you can expect some very bad things...  Not only should the developers Addons meet the SDK Requirements put forth by LM, you must ensure the product is recompiled for V4.X
Some developers just repackage the software to point to the new V4.0 Directory.  This will cause you Pain and suffering down the road.
Trev

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on December 06, 2018, 12:09:50 PM
Made my own airline livery  :idiot:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/AfW4y7PU0FWfbCo90sNpq3JaURIYcn6dFSTxduK2ZVwbrF3dtQ0PIMYwAsiq9wat-5ntl7b8JBLcnhTPQqKWHgLZWShha9JUgAo4xxUUo6-TbrUMbgPg8nlw4PvCR0Zje5XfZQUJXotGM5wHLlQa7A0My5y2ntyt3dHo4DjEi9fPYZevlJwvRR7ReEJgO7bzsxVRmdS14L27b4H9LxGh8rxw3dn49VUAoa_k3bsQoUalz--FUJk3fF_pIVr0SQegDMFEcVZxPupStGzqxTh5XY_S7O2pGQI5hsaVkaMqKpQzJ_28X2odIAuwYGSU2MdYLIwZFn8k6MiKNzJnm1uf_6g3Q6Mo9eSc_u7_uaSf01_lX6L-ZJIJAfGIVPlRyEWfNY34tM7yjOpwnY_KHnv-uNq_LliNcS3R-wzaAShAuhyKIEd3LnW3J9Oi_OFgcU3h6-mc2WNBQ3ViOq9fNImQzXBS11KUejxCy3tqlvyUQO7v-lONJavZF9LZLAO-z3pkzz_l2YN-iWVllQe1Xz0fymydVdg1vkKwvj74Jr-WeBa_n21iDG9GcLsi5HA8XDsqKEhRQlNR4V4uipEpalJFWh5ogqvbZqOfjvlcshflxFPUFssHfs5MVQfOkJLS7umPc2Jmhx3EOjj7DuQwC0WgL7zP=w917-h773-no)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 06, 2018, 02:08:48 PM
Love the tail logo !
Nice slonick.. :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on December 08, 2018, 12:44:24 AM
Hey Everyone,

Thank you for keeping this thread alive! Even though I mentioned this before, it really helps me a great deal each and every day. Much like the Cockpit Builders website does for me every time I check it, this one thread just keeps me going with my project, so please keep posting...

Speaking of my project, or what I’ve done for my simulator today? Well, not really anything, but I’ve started looking into a new computer build, since mine is still a I7 2600K. After reading some of your guys postings on the subject, I might go for a new 4 PC setup; although, it might not be until 2019.

Still, the biggest question is, what is the best 4 PC setup to use? Or, what are you using now for a 4 PC setup, assuming you have one. If so, what is your opinion of the setup, as well as are you looking to replace your current setup for an entirely new 4 PC setup?

Last question; what is largest known multi PC setup known and being used now? What would a 6 PC setup be like, with one for each monitor (or projector) and one for the server? I’m just wondering what the PC specs need too be in this scenario?

John  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on December 08, 2018, 10:19:18 AM
Quote
Hey Everyone,

Thank you for keeping this thread alive! Even though I mentioned this before, it really helps me a great deal each and every day. Much like the Cockpit Builders website does for me every time I check it, this one thread just keeps me going with my project, so please keep posting...

Speaking of my project, or what I’ve done for my simulator today? Well, not really anything, but I’ve started looking into a new computer build, since mine is still a I7 2600K. After reading some of your guys postings on the subject, I might go for a new 4 PC setup; although, it might not be until 2019.

Still, the biggest question is, what is the best 4 PC setup to use? Or, what are you using now for a 4 PC setup, assuming you have one. If so, what is your opinion of the setup, as well as are you looking to replace your current setup for an entirely new 4 PC setup?

Last question; what is largest known multi PC setup known and being used now? What would a 6 PC setup be like, with one for each monitor (or projector) and one for the server? I’m just wondering what the PC specs need too be in this scenario?

Hi John

I am currently running a 6 computer setup using WideView for my multi-channel P3D displays:

P3D WV Server (I7-7700K / GTX 980)*
P3D WV Client / Left Visual (I7-8700K / GTX 1080Ti)
P3D WV Client / Center Visual (I7-8700K / GTX 1080Ti)
P3D WV Client / Right Visual (I7-8700K / GTX 1080Ti)
SimA Server (I7-4790K / GTX 1080)
SimA Client (I7-4790K/ (2)GTX 980s)

*Not used for a visual display

I am using Optoma GT1080 Darbees for projection.

This beast is running very well right now.  I really do not think you will get better P3D display performance doing it any other way.

Obviously there is a cost factor for all the hardware, but that is not as bad as it may seem once you have made the initial investment.  For example, I typically upgrade my P3D Client display computers every 3 years, "handing down" the older computers for SimA etc. which requires less performance power.  So the ongoing investment averages one new "high end" computer per year.  Considering all else I have invested in my cockpit this really is not the outrageous part.

That said, it is a beast to setup since you have to build 4 separate P3D computers.  It is all the add-on sceneries that kills you (I have over 60 airport upgrades).  Needless to say I have it all backup cloned if there is a disaster, and thankfully there have been minimal issues in the past recent years on that front.

It all boots up mostly automatically except setting up weather etc.  I am up and running with a "cold and dark" cockpit in about 6-7 minutes from the time I press the "ON" buttons on the computers.

Oh...and one other thing....all that hardware generates a lot of heat.  So that is something to consider if you are operating in a confined space.  I have a modular cooling unit to deal with that.  The interesting thing is that the heat issue is less of an issue now than it was back in the Pentium chip days.  The micro electronics  architecture has steadily become more heat efficient even though performance power has increased significantly.

Fred K





Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 08, 2018, 12:08:23 PM
briefing area  floor yet to done and little ad hoc stuff
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on December 09, 2018, 07:43:43 AM
Cleaned the simroom floor!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on December 10, 2018, 01:50:56 PM
Christmas present for myself: just installed Zotac 1080Ti AMP! edition instead of MSI 980Ti. 
 :2cw:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 10, 2018, 02:59:53 PM
What are you going to do with your 980 Nic?  Maybe my 970 could get an upgrade LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on December 10, 2018, 03:48:07 PM
What are you going to do with your 980 Nic?  Maybe my 970 could get an upgrade LOL

Well, I am thinking of upgrading my sim PC later next year, then 980ti could go back in "old" PC and 1080ti to the new...

(http://arcanumclub.ru/smiles/smile34.gif)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on December 10, 2018, 04:58:41 PM
This weekend I have made the hardware and electronics of the Stec-30 autopilot V2.0 (the release candidate 🙃) for my A2A comanche home cockpit. The main switch has a buzzer (for "beep" "beep" changing mode). The push buttons will be in the yoke (AP desconnect and ALT hold). Now de led indicators are all dimmable, to fly night or day.
It was very dificult to find a potentiometer with a push button for mode change (I only find two in the world, I bought them, and the feeling was really bad). So I have made one that works perfect! with a pot and a push button, with the help of my dear 3d printer.

(https://i.imgur.com/tKHbOoQ.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/jteVFKd.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/V4w31WA.jpg)


Now I have to fix some programming, but it will work more or less the same like v1.0 version. Here is a vid of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch? (https://www.youtube.com/watch?)

I will post a video with this second version showing all the functions.

Arturo.



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on December 10, 2018, 06:24:28 PM
Arturo,
A very nice job. Do you do the housing and guts all yourself because it really looks like an
OEM one.
Les
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on December 10, 2018, 07:37:15 PM
Arturo,
A very nice job. Do you do the housing and guts all yourself because it really looks like an
OEM one.
Les

Thanks.
The original gauge is a turn coordinator from an old AST300 simulator. It was only a turn coordinator instrument, that was made with a real turn coordinator gauge replacing the ball system with a big galvanometer. The turn rate and ball are galvanometers, which I already interfaced with prepar3d.
So, I drilled the plate and put the led indicators,  made the new text in the upper side, electronics, arduino, etc,.  to emulate a real Stec30, like this one:

(http://axoplasmic.com/Cardinal/turncoord.2.jpg)

It is not perfect, but I am quite happy with the result. I should try to find a better knob..
My whole cockpit is being made with real gauges with some mods.

Arturo.