* User Profile

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length

Who's Online

  • *Users: 0
  • *Guests: 53
  • *Total: 53

Our Discord

Author Topic: Looking for resources about 737-800NG overhead panels dimensions  (Read 487 times)

Offline Pitje

  • CockpitBuilder
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Aviation Enthusiast
  • First Name: Roderick
  • Home Location: Netherlands
Howdy everyone, Just joined. Making a 737-800NG simulator together with my brother in law. Doing a lot of research starting with the overhead panel. I'm designing them right now in SolidWorks. The hardest part is not knowing the exact sizes of the panels and even more confusing the size of each switch, since apparently there is a mix between 6mm and 12mm? I hope some of you can shed some light on that for me or share some awesome resources that could help out!

The first panel:

Roderick / Pitje

Offline navymustang

  • Simulation Engineer
  • I may as well be Staff!
  • *
  • Posts: 523
  • Building a 737-800 full scale cockpit
  • First Name: Jim
  • Home Location: KMCO
Re: Looking for resources about 737-800NG overhead panels dimensions
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2019, 03:47:00 PM »
It looks like your design is not going to use Dzus rails for mounting. You may want to consider this since there may be real aircraft parts you want to use, or replica parts from manufactures you can find on the web. The design you have right now would make mounting and removal interesting.

I suggest you look at designs for your panels and mounting procedures that afford easy removal and maintenance in the future. There will always be a reason in the future to partially dismantle a panel or remove it for work.

For the forward overhead, also look at designing a method that allows the entire panel to be hinged on the aft edge so that it pivots down when released from the front using some form of retainer screws/bolts as in the real aircraft. When I bought my Sismo forward overhead, it always was a two and sometimes three person effort to remove the panel for maintenance.  Now when I have any failure it just tilts down for easy access.
Building a full scale 737-800 AATD for home use. Majority of hardware is from Sismo Solutions, software is Prosim under P3D. An AOPA member and LifeTime member of National Association of Flight Instructors
Please note that I am a self-employed professional cockpit builder that provides consulting to defense contractors and civilian schools and airlines.

Offline mickc

  • I may as well be Staff!
  • *
  • Posts: 536
  • Aviation Enthusiast
  • First Name: Mick
  • Home Location: VIC, AU
Re: Looking for resources about 737-800NG overhead panels dimensions
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2019, 06:34:37 PM »
On top of what Jim said, there are no 6mm switch holes.  They are all either 1/2" or 3/8" for a few.  If you want to make it as real as possible, look only at pictures of real panels, not what other vendors make - quite often they are not right.

For basic panel dimensions, this site is quite handy

With enough research, time & patience, you can get it pretty close to the real deal.

Offline bernard S

  • I may as well be Staff!
  • *
  • Posts: 549
  • Aviation Enthusiast
  • First Name: Bernard
  • Home Location: Austin TX
Re: Looking for resources about 737-800NG overhead panels dimensions
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2019, 09:58:43 PM »
get a cockpit poster and scale to.what works for you .
. simple cheap fast

Offline Pitje

  • CockpitBuilder
  • *
  • Posts: 2
  • Aviation Enthusiast
  • First Name: Roderick
  • Home Location: Netherlands
Re: Looking for resources about 737-800NG overhead panels dimensions
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2019, 01:45:16 PM »
Correct, I'm not using a DZUS Rail. I'll be fastening the bottom board to a frame, which can then hold all the panels and hinge like the real thing would. I've chosen for this option so I can fit all my backlighting and such on a thick wooden frame. I will not use any real plane parts or manufacturers parts in this build, mainly cause I don't have easy access to them right now and I kind of want to build everything myself.

I've been trying to find some cad drawings to work off from, but not very lucky so far




Will Depart in...

Recent Posts

Looking, second-hand B737 ICS MIP panels with subpanels
by fairchild
[Today at 10:57:07 AM]
items/oem from overhead
by mickc
[Today at 10:14:16 AM]
X-Plane 11 multi-monitor & Fly Elise-ng - tuto
by blueskydriver
[July 20, 2019, 05:33:45 AM]
FOR SALE: CA & FO Cockpit Seats with J Rails
by Philip
[July 19, 2019, 04:23:24 PM]
For sale
by TNT
[July 18, 2019, 07:57:29 PM]
For Sale: Dual Linked Rudder Pedals RSP
by Philip
[July 17, 2019, 06:47:22 PM]
737-800 Arduino X-Plane Build
by kurt-olsson
[July 17, 2019, 02:55:53 PM]
Boeing 737 Dual Linked Yokes
by tennyson
[July 16, 2019, 08:59:28 PM]
Flyengravity desktop MIP (SOLD)
by patiju
[July 16, 2019, 02:01:48 PM]
Flight deck solutions FDS-B737NG-PRO-MX- rudder pedal
by Mach7
[July 16, 2019, 04:52:26 AM]
Korry 318 gets hot.
by Joe Lavery
[July 16, 2019, 03:49:14 AM]
What have you done for your simulator today?
by blueskydriver
[July 14, 2019, 10:25:43 AM]
Where to find or how to make this switch guard?
by blueskydriver
[July 13, 2019, 03:46:30 AM]
NIB 747-400 ThrottleTek + FDS CDUs x2 [SOLD]
by blueskydriver
[July 12, 2019, 10:53:12 PM]
FDS 5V IBL Dimmer and Expansion Board / Pokeys 57E (SOLD)
by fsaviator
[July 10, 2019, 08:35:14 PM]
PM MCP.ini Question...
by ScottThePilot
[July 10, 2019, 12:56:38 PM]
Stab Trim Indicator...
by ScottThePilot
[July 09, 2019, 12:56:42 PM]
Teensy LC Throttle Quadrant
by kurt-olsson
[July 08, 2019, 08:09:41 AM]
Multiple Teensys, sketch upload question
by kurt-olsson
[July 08, 2019, 08:05:27 AM]
Anders Simparts - Summer info
by archen
[July 07, 2019, 03:30:31 AM]
Group buy - Oshino OL-2405BP lamps - interested?
by kattz
[July 03, 2019, 09:26:22 PM]
Prosim737 Ver 2 license for sale
by ifeliciano
[July 02, 2019, 09:58:37 AM]
Anyone have this connector and possibly a clamp as well for the yoke?
by mickc
[July 01, 2019, 08:01:04 PM]
Happy Canada Day
by jackpilot
[July 01, 2019, 10:09:40 AM]
MH 370 Article
by FredK
[June 30, 2019, 07:28:41 PM]
Calling any B747 mechs... please help
by kattz
[June 30, 2019, 06:08:50 PM]
International shipping?
by jackpilot
[June 27, 2019, 08:29:07 AM]
Flooring Installed!
by jackpilot
[June 25, 2019, 05:49:57 PM]
How much room between center pedestal and seat?
by jackpilot
[June 25, 2019, 08:19:42 AM]
2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator - new at E3 2019
by blueskydriver
[June 24, 2019, 02:29:16 PM]