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RPPerry3:
Hi everyone,  My name is Paul, I'm 34 and I was bitten by the Flight Sim bug nearly a year ago to the day.  My first sim is X-Plane 11 and I'm an infant in flight sim years with 120 hrs logged.  After researching for nearly 6 months I feel I've learned enough to finally embark on my cockpit building journey but I have a lot of challenges ahead.  I'm fairly good mechanically and with electronics and I think this will be a real test to the skills I've built up over the years.  I've built 2 "DIY" CNC machines and my latest with 4'x4' work envelope will make most of this possible. I have a modest sized home at around 1,300 ft2, and will have to build the sim in my garage (plenty of room!)  However, due to the humid and hot climate of South Carolina, I'll be building a fully enclosed sim witch will require a dedicated portable A/C unit with dehumidifier for use. I hope I don't get too discouraged along the way but it's bound to happen as most things in life worth pursuing bring headaches, drinking, or excessive profanity.  I'm really excited to get started on my sim but even with months of research and prep I'm really uncertain of the DIY electronics and interfacing.  I'm guessing it's like flying on VATSIM... It's scary at first, but the more I do it the more I accomplish so maybe the best thing to do is just pick somewhere small and get started!  Any and All advice is welcome, here are few details and links to my 2nd CNC machine I'll be using for a lot of the panels etc.

I have about 12 logged flights on VATSIM all with the ZIBO 737-800 which is what i plan to base my sim on.  I'm a member of Delta Virtual Airlines (DAL 13572) and I dream of the day I'm walking into my garage and firing up my Sim for the maiden VATSIM flight. 

CNC Machine
https://www.facebook.com/rpperry3/media_set?set=a.827327898227&type=3


I'm extremely thankful for www.cockpitbuilders.com and expect this would not be possible without the help of experienced builders in the community.

Paul

GyverX:
My advise is allways the same for a start up Cockpit. Makes notes. Write down things your will need. and sketchup will be helpful on building your plan with the room you have. As far as interfacing XP11 with your sim, I would give this website a look over to help  you get started in that Direction.

Sketchup >https://www.sketchup.com/  main site.
I would recommend the 2017 version as it is a download app and not a web interface.
https://www.sketchup.com/download/all

SimVim > http://www.simvim.com/
This is the main site and the main starting point. Go from there for your interface.

Dont forget to share your progress report and pictures and the most important advise to give is, no question is to stupid.

Thanks
Jason

Trevor Hale:
Paul,
Welcome to the group.
First thing is first, think of it like a hot dog eating contest.  Don't look at the entire pan sitting next to you full,  just eat one hot dog at a time.
At the end of the day, you need to be happy with what you have, take things little by little and then build on it.  Don;t try to program the whole cockpit, start with one switch and copy paste until you get 2 and so on.
We are always here to offer answers to specific questions and it is like vatsim..  take things bit by bit and overcome the mistakes and difficult times, and you will be successful.
Thanks for stopping by.
Trev

bernard S:
today is a day of my 2 cents    .. heres my suggestion 1.   budget   then double your best guess ..2.  time  guess then triple it 3.   build your support enviroment first    4..  dont get caught up in pretty lights   5..  buy as much turnkey items as you can ... 6.. regardless of stage of build alwsys kerp it flying... 7   do up down left right faster slower first  everything else is gravy .. 8... take free advice for for whats it worth... 9... spend at least 6 mths planing and searching before doing anything  10    always have wife on board ..11 seriously ask yourself what is your motivation for doing this .. thats a biggie.if i was starting over i would have done fighters lol . 12..after spending 6mths planning what skills do i need to get and what skills do i need bring in  ... the list is endless

RPPerry3:

--- Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 20, 2018, 09:40:10 AM ---Paul,
Welcome to the group.
First thing is first, think of it like a hot dog eating contest.  Don't look at the entire pan sitting next to you full,  just eat one hot dog at a time.
At the end of the day, you need to be happy with what you have, take things little by little and then build on it.  Don;t try to program the whole cockpit, start with one switch and copy paste until you get 2 and so on.
We are always here to offer answers to specific questions and it is like vatsim..  take things bit by bit and overcome the mistakes and difficult times, and you will be successful.
Thanks for stopping by.
Trev

--- End quote ---

Thanks for the welcome Trev,  and your advice is sound.  I'm thinking of starting with the MCP but so far I haven't found a newbie friendly step-by-step guide... one may not exist.  I'll keep it simple, one piece at a time but hoping to find some guidance in the forums to give me some direction.  I don't need full ILS III to hit the runway on this one, just vectors and I'll figure out the rest.

Thanks,
Paul

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