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B737 N1/SPD REF Switches (Video)

Started by archen, April 02, 2013, 03:31:52 AM

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archen

April 02, 2013, 03:31:52 AM Last Edit: April 09, 2013, 10:38:08 AM by archen
Hi guys,
As some of you noticed I'm now selling my starter switches to the community. I'm now working on my N1 spd ref switches on the autobrake-panel.

They feature the springloaded-to-center mechanism on the small knob with a small detent between +1/+10 and -1/-10. Fully supported by Prosim737.
I'm still waiting for some more info about this switches from a pilot. Hopefully I will receive this info this week and adjust the design if needed to replicate the real plane.

I only have my simworld MIP to build them after so I need some help from community.
If some users please could measure if these switches would fit your mip? The diameter is 40mm and lenght is ~90mm. (See pictures attached)

On my simworld mip there is 43mm between the switches and that makes 3mm clearence so that's no problem. I just want to be sure that this switches will fit most mip's available.

If anyone have some time to spare, please let me know what brand of MIP you have and if it will fit.

Thank you very much!

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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Joe Lavery

Hi Anders,

I just measured my Engravity with a digital caliper and it looks to be 42mm between centers. I believe that the Simworld MIP is pretty much the same size as the Engravity.

One of my clock customers bought the Engravity size clock and said it fitted perfectly. So I assume most of the other elements would be the same. So my 42mm might be 43mm  ;)

Cheers  :D
Joe.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain

Journalist - writer for  PC Pilot Magazine

Tote320

Just Measured Engravity here as well 42.5mm   :)

archen

Thank you so much guys! Much appriciated!

Did the first parts today. Everything seems to be working so far.

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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philb737

Measured Engravity as well 42.5mm  ;)! Put me down for a set :)
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while!

MLeavy737

Archen,
  Let me know if you have any questions about how the switch operates.  Ill be back in the airplane on Sunday if you need anything specific. 

Mike L
The 737 800/900... Fastest airplane with the gear down!

archen

Hi Mike,
Thank you! There is one question that I still haven't got an answer to. Please correct me if something else is not as correct.

I've got the information that the small knob is springloaded to center. If you turn it 45 degrees you increase or decrease the value by 1 and if you turn it more you increase/decrease by 10. What I still don't got any information on is if there is a small detent between these two positions? I guess there should be something so the pilot got a feeling of where the +10 zone starts?
Could you please check that for me?

Thank you so much for your time Mike!

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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MLeavy737

April 03, 2013, 07:18:33 PM #7 Last Edit: April 03, 2013, 07:19:19 PM by MLeavy737
Quote from: archen on April 02, 2013, 08:21:07 PM
Hi Mike,
Thank you! There is one question that I still haven't got an answer to. Please correct me if something else is not as correct.

I've got the information that the small knob is springloaded to center. If you turn it 45 degrees you increase or decrease the value by 1 and if you turn it more you increase/decrease by 10. What I still don't got any information on is if there is a small detent between these two positions? I guess there should be something so the pilot got a feeling of where the +10 zone starts?
Could you please check that for me?

Thank you so much for your time Mike!

Best regards,
Anders

No problem.. honestly I have only used them a few times however I do remember them being a pain to operate lol.. I remember passing the number I wanted, then skipping by tens or so when I only wanted a few lol.. Ill be in the airplane on Sunday so ill double check the detent or resistance again on the knob and let ya know exactly.

Mike L
The 737 800/900... Fastest airplane with the gear down!

archen

Thanks alot Mike! I appriciate your help very much. Looking forward to your findings.


Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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archen

Hi guys,

Here's a video I just made to show you the progress of the switches. I still have some finetuning todo. This is not the final product. I'm trying different spring positions to achive best feeling possible.

Youtube: http://youtu.be/EoK_RB9OVM0
ps. Sorry about my voice, I think I'm getting sick   :'(

The video is un-edited. Will make a new video when I have the final product.

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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fsaviator

Outstanding!  Sign me up for a pair!

Warren
Warren "FSAviator"
http://www.B737NG-Sim.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/fsaviator/
P3D45/ Prosim737 2/ ACE Dual-linked Yokes/ RevSim Proline TQ and Dual-linked Rudders/ CPFlight MCP PRO3 and EFIS'; MIP737ICS_FULL and SIDE737; Forward and Aft Overheads; Pedestal/ FDS MIP

tote_320

Very nice!

Great job, those knobs are from?

archen

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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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tennyson

Great job, as usual, Anders. I'll have a set of the finished product, too, mate.

Hope the voice gets better,


Frank Cooper

Sean

Anders! With these products you are spoiling us! Great work.

Sean

archen

Thanks so much for your kind words guys. I Appriciate it very much.

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
------------

MLeavy737

Archen,
  Sorry on the delay.  Had to sick call for my past trip.  I should be back in the airplane this Sat night. Didn't forget about ya!


Mike L
The 737 800/900... Fastest airplane with the gear down!

jskibo

Quote from: MLeavy737 on April 10, 2013, 06:30:31 AM
Archen,
  Sorry on the delay.  Had to sick call for my past trip.  I should be back in the airplane this Sat night. Didn't forget about ya!


Mike L

Oh I didn't know United was on strike?  ;)
Sim 1:  F16, running Falcon 4 BMS - In Build using a mix of real and repro parts + Pokeys cards
Sim 2:  Light Twin / Single with RusCool EFD1000, RSG GTN750 and FI guages

archen

April 10, 2013, 11:40:38 AM #18 Last Edit: April 11, 2013, 04:00:04 AM by archen
Hey Mike,
No worries. A pilot friend of mine gave me information that I needed. I hope you get well very soon.



I was so curious about the new spring positions so I made the new parts today. Works good! The problem with the deadzone in the center is much much smaller now. The feeling is very nice too. There are some small things I need to take care of regarding the manufacturing process. But all and all I'm very satisfied with the result of this project.

http://youtu.be/bL84aQJQ3qo

I hope you also liked it. I only have hardware to manufacture 2 complete sets. When I got them sold I will order hardware for some more sets.

Leadtime for the two first sets will be around 10-14 days (depending on if you want the knobs to be included in your package).

The knobs on the video is made by a friend of mine here in Sweden.
For pricing and order goto www.knobs.se (Webpage under construction)

If you are interested in one of the first two sets send me an email or PM. My email is archen (AT) live (DOT) se.

I'll sell them in a kit of two. One for N1 and one for SPD. I can only guarantee software support for Prosim737 as thats what I'm using.

Price for a kit: €185 + shipping (€19 worldwide)

Edit: Lowered shipping to €19

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
------------

fsaviator

Paid!  I'm in!

Warren
Warren "FSAviator"
http://www.B737NG-Sim.com  |  https://www.facebook.com/fsaviator/
P3D45/ Prosim737 2/ ACE Dual-linked Yokes/ RevSim Proline TQ and Dual-linked Rudders/ CPFlight MCP PRO3 and EFIS'; MIP737ICS_FULL and SIDE737; Forward and Aft Overheads; Pedestal/ FDS MIP

sluyt050

Hey Anders,

Very promising to see your latest creation work so well. As you know I intend to bye Overhead Panels and MIP from FDS. My question is, could I connect your switches to their Sys4X Card and then via FSUIPC to ProSim or is there a better way?

Edward
Edward

archen

Hi Edward,

Sorry, I have very little knowledge about the SYS-card. Maybe Steve Cos @ FDS can answer that for you.

The switches need 5 regular digital inputs for the centering-knob. So I don't think it should be any problem at all.
The centering-knob is nothing special, just a normal rotary that I've modifed.


Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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Jetcos

If they are all switch inputs it should work. If there is a rotary encoder then that would not be connected to the SYS card.
Steve Cos
Flightdeck Solutions, Newmarket Ontario,Canada
Special Projects and Technical Support

archen

It's just switch inputs. No encoder so that should be the answer to your questition Edward.

Best regards,
Anders
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Anders Simparts
http://www.anderssimparts.com
https://www.facebook.com/ArchenSimparts
Selling "Hard-to-get" simparts like authentic Engine starters, Autobrake, IRS mode selectors and N1&SPD Ref Switches.
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sluyt050

Steve and Anders, thanks very much for your helpful answers!
Edward

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