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Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 14, 2018, 04:01:20 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, 04:52:02 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, 05:56:32 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, 06:40:23 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 

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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on January 14, 2018, 07:09:10 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, 08:17:13 am
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, 08:54:01 am
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, 09:33:43 am
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, 10:33:47 am
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, 10:51:54 am
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, 02:58:21 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, 02:35:08 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, 03:09:34 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, 08:29:11 am
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, 01:20:31 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, 01:34:15 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, 05:19:26 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, 05:33:37 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, 07:11:02 pm
Ahhhhh, so you still have that!  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bravolima on January 15, 2018, 09:19:29 pm
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 15, 2018, 10:37:42 pm
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, 02:24:12 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, 03:27:45 am
Quote from: bravolima on January 15, 2018, 09:19:29 pm
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, 04:19:46 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, 04:36:36 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, 05:15:03 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, 05:30:11 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, 12:09:01 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, 05:46:40 pm
Quote from: jackpilot on January 17, 2018, 05:30:11 am
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, 01:10:10 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, 05:02:48 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, 05:25:20 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, 06:15:29 am
So.. what are those designs?  :-\
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 18, 2018, 06:49:28 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, 07:02:19 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, 07:09:29 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, 07:48:15 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, 07:57:41 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, 08:02:26 am
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, 05:31:09 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, 01:10:30 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, 06:02:25 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, 12:13:47 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, 05:45:19 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, 01:08:24 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, 07:17:47 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, 02:24:06 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 January 31, 2018, 08:27:35 pm
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 January 31, 2018, 08:33:43 pm
What a difference a day makes....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Sam Llorca on February 01, 2018, 02:18:17 am
Looking good Bob!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 01, 2018, 08:01:50 am
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, 03:58:35 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 11, 2018, 09:18:04 pm
...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, 06:50:33 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, 09:05:16 am
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, 09:20:58 am
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, 09:38:07 am
Lookin'good Bob.
Advancing fast!
Jack :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on February 17, 2018, 09:53:09 am
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, 12:45:09 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, 04:34:04 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 19, 2018, 08:14:45 pm
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 19, 2018, 08:20:36 pm
Quote from: Bob Reed on February 17, 2018, 09:20:58 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, 10:01:42 am

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, 01:19:59 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, 07:47:33 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, 04:59:48 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 21, 2018, 09:07:32 pm
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, 05:38:27 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 22, 2018, 09:32:48 pm
Quote from: Bob Reed on February 22, 2018, 05:38:27 pm
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, 04:57:06 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, 07:09:47 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, 01:52:30 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, 06:14:16 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, 06:12:14 am
Quote from: jmlohrenz on March 01, 2018, 06:14:16 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.


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, 08:45:52 am
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 04, 2018, 09:54:03 pm
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, 08:18:24 am
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, 09:36:36 am
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, 10:50:54 am
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, 11:34:04 am
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, 11:39:09 am
Thanks...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on March 06, 2018, 11:47:24 am
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, 11:49:53 am
Jack,
Are you near here?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 06, 2018, 12:33:57 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, 03:11:50 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, 03:53:17 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, 04:20:48 pm
Your TQ looks great !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on March 06, 2018, 05:29:33 pm
Quote from: jackpilot on March 06, 2018, 04:20:48 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, 06:05:26 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, 06:44:08 pm
Quote from: iwik on March 06, 2018, 06:05:26 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.


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, 12:25:34 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, 03:03:02 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, 03:16:13 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, 03:48:58 am
nice shot and cockpit Craig! :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Ed on March 07, 2018, 11:34:19 am
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, 11:57:12 am
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, 06:22:03 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, 06:23:55 pm
Quote from: Atomic_Sheep on March 07, 2018, 06:22:03 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 07, 2018, 10:07:11 pm
Quote from: Bob Reed on March 07, 2018, 06:23:55 pm
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 08, 2018, 08:55:45 pm
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, 12:50:27 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, 06:35:29 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, 08:05:31 am
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, 09:05:52 am
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, 03:05:11 pm
Quote from: Bob Reed on March 09, 2018, 06:35:29 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:


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, 07:21:15 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, 01:55:06 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, 08:02:26 am
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, 08:15:03 am
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, 08:22:34 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on March 12, 2018, 08:15:03 am
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, 11:59:48 am
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, 12:46:56 pm
Quote from: Bob Reed on March 12, 2018, 08:22:34 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on March 12, 2018, 08:15:03 am
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, 01:09:30 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, 01:36:42 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, 04:37:55 pm
Quote from: fsaviator on March 12, 2018, 01:36:42 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!


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, 01:24:40 am
Quote from: fsaviator on March 12, 2018, 01:36:42 pm


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, 06:56:58 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, 07:30:07 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, 03:13:19 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, 05:14:13 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, 01:12:57 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, 02:12:03 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, 03:23:32 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, 05:25:09 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, 09:56:26 am
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, 04:33:38 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, 05:09:23 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, 07:46:34 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, 12:16:34 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, 12:43:19 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, 12:45:06 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.

(https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.subirimagenes.com%2Fimagedata.php%3Furl%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fs2.subirimagenes.com%2Fotros%2F9842203img20180318190325.jpg&hash=9fc9d28c567624a1bc936258f77ffd30)

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, 04:43:13 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, 05:47:15 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, 06:10:47 pm
Quote from: jmlohrenz on March 20, 2018, 05:47:15 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 20, 2018, 11:46:08 pm
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, 04:18:04 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, 04:25:15 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, 05:06:15 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, 11:15:46 am
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, 01:35:39 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 21, 2018, 08:23:20 pm
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, 02:56:35 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, 03:19:07 pm
Whaooo  impressive
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on March 22, 2018, 04:25:03 pm
More than impressive !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on March 22, 2018, 05:56:07 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, 06:23:28 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 24, 2018, 10:06:55 pm
...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 25, 2018, 09:02:27 pm
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, 02:58:42 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, 03:24:17 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, 01:48:13 pm
Quote from: bindook on March 26, 2018, 02:58:42 am

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, 05:42:37 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, 07:55:42 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, 01:45:03 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 27, 2018, 08:19:26 pm
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, 12:26:01 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, 01:37:35 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, 07:47:52 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, 02:01:15 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 02, 2018, 10:53:17 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on March 26, 2018, 03:24:17 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


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, 09:12:24 am
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, 10:35:49 am
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, 10:39:49 am
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, 10:45:52 am
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, 02:33:59 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, 03:05:53 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, 03:07:00 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, 05:26:30 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, 11:44:07 am
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, 02:36:51 pm
Quote from: Bob Reed on April 03, 2018, 03:07:00 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, 06:07:42 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 10, 2018, 10:46:54 pm
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 10, 2018, 11:10:49 pm
Looking really beautiful Ray! Nice work :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 13, 2018, 12:50:51 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, 04:31:27 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on April 13, 2018, 12:50:51 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, 12:10:27 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on April 13, 2018, 12:50:51 pm

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, 07:46:59 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, 08:50:32 am
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.

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A real 1900D with twin GTN's

My BeechMax 1900D

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The original build, my KA B200

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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 18, 2018, 09:35:25 am
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, 03:54:21 pm
Cool! Another B1900D project!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on April 18, 2018, 05:30:58 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, 02:18:50 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, 12:42:55 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, 01:07:14 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 22, 2018, 09:20:44 pm
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, 05:18:01 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, 12:52:42 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, 01:25:46 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, 04:19:50 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, 07:00:26 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, 01:04:07 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, 02:20:01 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, 08:02:26 am
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, 03:11:22 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, 03:56:50 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, 04:55:34 am
QuoteAs 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, 06:25:23 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, 08:54:39 am
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, 11:57:22 am
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, 12:57:25 pm
Quote from: navymustang on April 26, 2018, 11:57:22 am
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, 01:28:18 pm
Great info - thanks
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 30, 2018, 09:32:50 am
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, 10:36:43 am
Quote from: navymustang on April 26, 2018, 11:57:22 am
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, 02:05:57 pm
Thanks - I'm learning  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 03, 2018, 07:44:46 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, 07:47:17 am
Hi Bernard,

Any pics?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Marco ERJ on May 03, 2018, 07:13:56 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, 02:46:56 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, 01:06:23 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, 01:26:12 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, 01:30:50 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, 05:49:19 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, 06:22:14 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, 08:25:56 am
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, 09:05:26 am
Yesterday, installed new wipers more simil;ar to the OEM units
Before:

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Now:

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Real OEM:

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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 14, 2018, 11:45:13 am
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 14, 2018, 11:09:56 pm
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 14, 2018, 11:27:10 pm
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, 04:09:39 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, 07:33:17 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, 07:36:26 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, 07:52:10 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, 09:40:57 am
Quote from: Joe Lavery on May 15, 2018, 07:52:10 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.


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, 09:51:34 am
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, 03:46:51 pm
I have front windows on outside (just lift from holders and remove), and side windows on inside.

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(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, 05:18:46 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, 09:45:45 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)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Atomic_Sheep on May 18, 2018, 03:24:17 am
Quote from: RayS on May 16, 2018, 09:45:45 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, 04:51:27 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, 05:23:49 am
Played a bit with some offsets, bits and bytes on the SimAvionics Software
:D


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

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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, 04:04:54 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, 04:43:52 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, 08:51:13 am
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, 10:43:22 am
Quote from: Joe Lavery on May 29, 2018, 04:04:54 am

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, 12:16:28 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, 12:39:12 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, 01:57:54 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, 02:27:45 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, 12:33:56 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, 04:04:32 pm
QuoteTrevor, 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, 01:32:22 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, 03:59:45 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, 04:58:49 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, 05:12:51 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, 05:47:59 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, 07:49:53 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, 09:32:15 am
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, 03:08:20 am
Quote from: RayS on May 31, 2018, 12:33:56 pm
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, 05:01:26 am
Quote from: kurt-olsson on June 01, 2018, 01:32:22 am
Extremely tired of my project right now... thought about selling everything but will of ofcourse not so this. Hoping my passion will return...

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, 06:03:50 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, 01:09:16 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, 06:21:45 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, 12:53:03 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, 08:32:08 am
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, 09:53:49 am
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, 09:04:19 am
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, 02:02:42 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, 01:54:23 pm
moved
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on June 19, 2018, 04:01:55 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, 05:43:17 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, 06:17:49 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, 10:04:03 am
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, 10:06:09 am
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, 12:39:37 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 21, 2018, 09:12:07 pm
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 21, 2018, 11:05:27 pm
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, 04:01:24 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, 09:16:18 am
Quote from: bernard S on June 20, 2018, 05:43:17 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


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, 07:08:26 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 27, 2018, 10:33:22 pm
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.

(https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scottshangar.net%2Fb190%2Feaf7a0461&hash=b3e2b1380213a19b597d4171103613e5)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 28, 2018, 07:28:12 am
Hey Ray, "Got Pics?!"...lol.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 28, 2018, 04:03:53 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, 04:34:58 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 28, 2018, 09:04:49 pm
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 28, 2018, 09:15:37 pm
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, 05:08:48 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, 06:50:23 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, 07:16:28 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, 07:27:41 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, 10:23:42 am
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, 04:13:27 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, 05:03:17 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, 12:48:00 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, 07:54:51 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, 03:23:35 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 04, 2018, 08:49:19 pm
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.
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Post by: blueskydriver on July 04, 2018, 09:02:58 pm
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
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Post by: bernard S on July 05, 2018, 08:05:07 am
giving the old girl air con
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Post by: blueskydriver on July 05, 2018, 08:33:16 am
How many tons is that with both units?

John
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Post by: RayS on July 05, 2018, 11:17:22 am
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, 03:54:39 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, 04:51:50 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, 06:40:42 pm
Backlighting?
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Post by: fsaviator on July 07, 2018, 06:52:33 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, 08:36:48 am
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, 10:00:27 am
It is motorized. I think the power comes from a PSU but I'm not totally sure. I've emailed FSC

Quote from: fsaviator on July 07, 2018, 06:52:33 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: okansacli on July 08, 2018, 07:57:07 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
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Post by: RayS on July 09, 2018, 09:57:31 pm
Today the floor guys finished up so I was able to test the CAT-6 Copper..

Success on all fronts!
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Post by: RayS on July 19, 2018, 09:58:22 am
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
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Post by: blueskydriver on July 19, 2018, 12:23:16 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
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Post by: bernard S on July 19, 2018, 05:33:42 pm
gave mine a,stripper pole
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Post by: Joe Lavery on July 20, 2018, 06:27:11 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, 01:41:50 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, 03:45:34 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, 05:57:41 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 22, 2018, 09:18:43 pm
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, 07:05:17 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 25, 2018, 08:06:55 pm
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!



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Post by: brianwilliamson on July 25, 2018, 10:05:36 pm
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 26, 2018, 10:04:12 pm
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

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Post by: Marco ERJ on July 27, 2018, 01:13:52 pm
Awesome news, John! Keep it going!

Marco
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Post by: blueskydriver on July 27, 2018, 02:35:23 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, 07:11:02 pm

Installed Capt table    :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on July 27, 2018, 07:49:12 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 27, 2018, 10:41:36 pm
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, 01:07:19 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on July 27, 2018, 02:35:23 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


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, 02:19:58 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, 06:40:51 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, 07:34:57 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, 11:38:47 am
texas heat 1  bernard 0
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 31, 2018, 11:03:51 am
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, 11:25:01 am
Ray - That is looking really sweet indeed!

Fred K
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Post by: kurt-olsson on August 01, 2018, 12:19:40 am
Nice finish Ray!
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Post by: bernard S on August 01, 2018, 04:09:17 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 04, 2018, 10:23:57 pm
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, 06:11:55 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 08, 2018, 08:32:12 pm
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, 03:44:18 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, 04:10:02 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, 04:31:41 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, 05:54:59 am
Quote from: Sam Llorca on August 09, 2018, 04:10:02 am
WOW!!!
CONGRATULATIONS GRANDPA!!!!!!

Enjoy this moments, like you said, Family stuff comes first and we welcome our new sim pilot, love you guys!

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, 05:56:46 am
Quote from: jackpilot on August 09, 2018, 04:31:41 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 09, 2018, 10:46:04 pm
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.
 
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Post by: Sam Llorca on August 10, 2018, 04:12:34 am
Building footing going in...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 10, 2018, 04:15:26 am
This is very exciting to watch Sam.  :)
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Post by: dougsnow on August 10, 2018, 06:26:20 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, 06:36:18 am

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

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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, 09:28:50 am
Holy smoke that radio stack is gorgeous!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on August 13, 2018, 01:05:55 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, 10:48:27 am
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 15, 2018, 10:08:29 pm
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, 03:40:11 am
RAYS

QuoteMoving 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, 12:20:39 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, 12:32:09 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on August 16, 2018, 12:20:39 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 16, 2018, 09:19:46 pm
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
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Post by: crazydunc on August 22, 2018, 09:53:23 am
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, 10:35:29 am
Hey Duncan, got pics...click-click?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on August 22, 2018, 12:50:46 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on August 22, 2018, 10:35:29 am
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, 01:21:26 pm
Hey Duncan, thanks for the pic and I must say your setup looks very nice! Envy, envy and more envy...

John
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Post by: bernard S on August 23, 2018, 06:35:31 am
wires  yup
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jfuenmayor on August 24, 2018, 03:06:17 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, 09:03:13 am
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, 11:52:58 am
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, 01:29:03 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, 05:01:26 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, 07:37:35 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, 06:06:27 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, 09:40:43 am
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, 10:59:16 am
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 23, 2018, 10:41:47 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....  ???
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on September 24, 2018, 12:15:07 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, 04:16:09 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, 08:03:28 am
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, 09:25:03 am
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, 11:15:34 am
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, 05:08:04 pm
Quote from: mickc on September 23, 2018, 10:41:47 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, 07:12:19 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on September 24, 2018, 08:03:28 am
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, 07:47:01 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, 08:43:58 am
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, 10:55:02 am
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, 03:36:20 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, 11:03:28 am
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, 01:11:17 pm
They show up all right... :P
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 26, 2018, 01:38:18 pm
Yep, they flip on viewng Ray...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 26, 2018, 01:41:35 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, 12:58:40 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, 12:59:42 pm
A pic of the backlight.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 28, 2018, 12:33:39 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 28, 2018, 10:48:19 pm
Build the circuit? Code? No problem John! :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: crazydunc on September 29, 2018, 02:35:21 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, 04:24:46 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, 12:28:57 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, 08:22:42 am
more work on statuons
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on October 03, 2018, 11:42:39 am
Will this then be your IOS?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 03, 2018, 12:29:11 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, 03:40:07 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, 03:48:28 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, 07:10:14 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, 03:52:02 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, 04:43:16 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, 05:02:57 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, 06:31:20 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 08, 2018, 08:27:48 pm
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 08, 2018, 11:03:28 pm
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, 11:45:45 am
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, 04:20:15 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, 04:56:31 pm
Quote from: RayS on October 16, 2018, 11:45:45 am
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, 01:22:26 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, 01:33:38 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, 03:26:22 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, 07:00:52 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, 09:29:15 am
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, 09:36:15 am
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, 09:38:28 am
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, 09:48:46 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on October 17, 2018, 09:38:28 am
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, 11:03:13 am
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, 11:12:19 am
Bought the simworld PnP DST MIP  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 17, 2018, 12:46:42 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, 12:58:00 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, 01:32:25 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, 06:36:09 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, 06:58:20 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, 06:25:08 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, 06:56:54 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, 07:35:25 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, 08:50:21 am
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, 09:27:37 am
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, 10:01:48 am
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, 10:06:13 am
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, 10:27:32 am
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, 10:39:25 am
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, 11:06:16 am
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, 11:08:44 am
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, 11:39:42 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on October 19, 2018, 11:06:16 am
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, 12:39:58 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, 12:54:00 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, 06:24:53 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, 06:38:17 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, 07:32:30 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, 07:41:24 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 21, 2018, 08:05:43 pm
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 21, 2018, 09:11:56 pm
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, 04:19:25 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, 06:45:21 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, 07:09:07 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, 07:17:07 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, 07:51:08 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, 09:20:37 am
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, 09:53:24 am


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, 12:46:53 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, 01:21:59 pm
Quote from: _alioth_ on October 22, 2018, 09:53:24 am


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, 03:52:31 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, 04:53:35 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, 05:26:54 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on October 22, 2018, 07:09:07 am
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 22, 2018, 09:18:46 pm
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 24, 2018, 09:34:11 pm
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, 06:37:03 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, 03:52:13 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, 09:17:38 am
did this still a,wip
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 27, 2018, 09:25:53 am
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, 10:12:06 am
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, 11:28:11 am
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, 04:11:13 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, 05:32:51 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, 06:31:07 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, 10:59:13 am
more fun
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Bob Reed on November 16, 2018, 05:57:59 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, 10:09:26 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

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on November 16, 2018, 01:45:07 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 16, 2018, 09:14:29 pm
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, 05:13:36 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, 05:15:19 am
Quote from: Joe Lavery on November 16, 2018, 10:09:26 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 18, 2018, 09:01:27 pm
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, 06:37:38 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, 02:14:09 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, 08:53:17 am
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, 02:00:18 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, 02:32:38 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, 03:03:27 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 01, 2018, 09:27:51 pm
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, 10:38:56 am
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 03, 2018, 10:38:02 pm
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 03, 2018, 11:46:15 pm
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, 07:59:23 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, 09:55:59 am
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, 12:10:04 pm
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2018, 09:55:59 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
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 05, 2018, 01:48:47 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, 02:32:10 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, 03:16:57 am
Quote from: fsaviator on December 05, 2018, 12:10:04 pm
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2018, 09:55:59 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, 08:09:50 am
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, 10:08:48 am
Love the tail logo !
Nice slonick.. :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on December 07, 2018, 08:44:24 pm
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, 06:19:18 am
QuoteHey 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, 08:08:23 am
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, 03:43:43 am
Cleaned the simroom floor!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on December 10, 2018, 09:50:56 am
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, 10:59:53 am
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, 11:48:07 am
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 10, 2018, 10:59:53 am
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...

(https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Farcanumclub.ru%2Fsmiles%2Fsmile34.gif&hash=b54ca5dcca574e9cd61c363069007ccc)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on December 10, 2018, 12:58:41 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, 02:24:28 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, 03:37:15 pm
Quote from: iwik on December 10, 2018, 02:24:28 pm
Arturo,
A very nice job. Do you do the housing and guts all yourself because it really looks like an
OEM one.
Les


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:

(https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Faxoplasmic.com%2FCardinal%2Fturncoord.2.jpg&hash=391c647a3cd1569310e222847d1c1740)

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.



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 11, 2018, 01:50:18 pm
floor im data centre done ..next mount FRA to.wall panels
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 14, 2018, 10:58:35 am
Drum roll please~!

Back in May I started converting the garage to be the new Sim hangar.

Eight looong months later, the "Beech House", and the Beech 1900D sim are ready for their maiden flight.

She's already been on a few test flights, still with a few control systems inop. Come this weekend, everything will FiNaLlY be fully operational.

After this, I'll be doing some work for a new Twitch stream.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 14, 2018, 02:34:57 pm
LOL  Hopefully it flies better than James' 737 Does that you flew the other day :)
Destroyed animals have been protected from the making of that video.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 14, 2018, 03:28:46 pm
...that 737 flight was... interesting.

I pulled the fuel lever for #2... and things went south from there. I have a feeling that failures aren't modeled correctly in that particular flight model in James' sim. We lost absolutely everything on the right side of the aircraft and none of the cross-feeds worked.

However, we did have slats, but only on the left wing. That was a wild ride. 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 15, 2018, 08:46:39 pm
The maiden flight was a success. A few technical glitches, but overall everyone made it to their destination alive and in one piece!

The glitch was the OBS indicator was stuck on "Centered" making it impossible to fly towards a VOR.  Had to reload the AC for some reason and everything worked out.

"One does not simply 'move' a flight simulator"!

All systems go!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 16, 2018, 06:27:43 am
this is how you move one 😉 don't forget police escorts etc
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on December 17, 2018, 01:04:27 am
I have made a piece to add buttons to my actual yoke.
It only had elevator trim push buttons.
Now It has autopilot (alt hold and ap disconnect buttons), and push to talk.

(https://i.imgur.com/4OCm6C7.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/Wu12cq9.jpg)

And a video showing the results:

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

Step by step..
Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on December 17, 2018, 06:25:12 am
That's a very professional looking job!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 18, 2018, 05:29:58 am
still working   CnC  area 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on December 18, 2018, 06:46:12 am
Okay Bernard...You have peaked my curiosity!

What exactly will all those displays be showing?

Is this a semi-commercial project?

Where is the Simulator?

Etc.?

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 18, 2018, 07:27:37 am
Looks to me like the a Perfect Setup... With ATC rooms and all LMFAO
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 18, 2018, 07:46:11 am
for Fred   its basically the SMS (surface management systems) and the internal enviroments to have a fully immersive universe

for Trev ...  i would say at end of day costs inclusive of implimentation heavier side of X0k plus NSFFNIYM (not so *** funny now using your money)   😉 wish it was i would be done now

the sim its self is down stairs taking up 3000 sgft
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 18, 2018, 08:32:42 am
It looks stunning no matter which way you put it.  Some of us have had good fortune to be able to design such an amazing facility.  When its all done I am sure the photos won't actually put into perspective the sheer magnitude of money, work or just the entire picture of how it all works, but its nice to look at what the haves have, while being happy being a have not. :)
Very nice.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 18, 2018, 08:55:18 am
i took post  wrong way trev     my bad all.golden  suggest trip to TX    my sim project is a tad different to most 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 18, 2018, 11:41:33 am
I wanna play at Bernard's house! :-)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 18, 2018, 01:11:57 pm
Bernard,  I think many of us would love to see your setup.  If I am ever in TX I will look you up.  Just to see something like that would be awesome.  In fact, there may be a training opportunity for me in Houston in the summer.
Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 26, 2018, 09:37:15 am
Got the Galley section a tad closer to completion.
Still have to add roof and puck lights as well as the curved side walls with real aircraft windows.
(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/921/O0TEZ4.jpg)

Fun project.... :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 26, 2018, 02:11:14 pm
Tell me those are BEER TAPS?
omg :)  Sweet :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 27, 2018, 05:20:27 am
Can be hooked yes
water ...red (danger)
Blue...Scotch (Go4 it)

Amazon: SODIAL(R) Plastic Water Dispenser Machine Faucet   :P
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on December 27, 2018, 10:07:26 am
Very pristine job there Jack, that galley could easily be mistaken for the real thing. :)

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 27, 2018, 05:34:34 pm
 :D Thanks.... not finished
will report new goodies.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on December 28, 2018, 03:13:26 am
Packing the sim/House up and moving :(

This weeks temps are as follows:

Thu 44 (112 F)
Fri  44 (112 F)
Sat 37 (99 F)
Sun 38 (101 F)
Mon 39 (103 F)
Tue 40 (105 F)
Wed 42 (107 F)
Thu 43 (109 F)

Pray for me guys  :o :o

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on December 28, 2018, 12:11:58 pm
Well I finally got my backside of the sofa, and had a good push on this TQ I've been working on for what seems like years.

What stared off like image 1 two weeks ago now looks like the other images.
All the top panels are 3D printed including the Flap Speedbrake and cutoff levers. That includes the knobs and most of the brackets that tie the main axle together.
Of course this is the colour of the PLA and raw Aluminum, so it still has to be painted. Also  I still have to fit the parking brake and lever, I'm going to get that done shortly.

It's been quite a task but it all works quite nicely, with a Leo Bodnar card as the interface.
I did intend to motorise it but ended up just motorising the trim wheels. Those incidentally were from my mate Gwyn of Aerosim Solutions.

Anyway it's been ages since I posted any pics so I thought I'd bring things up to date. Now all I've got to do is build that shell.   8) 8)

Happy new year to everyone.

Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on December 28, 2018, 01:08:01 pm
Lovely job Joe,
You guys make me envious with your skills.
Les
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 28, 2018, 01:50:14 pm
That Looks Awesome :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 28, 2018, 02:03:06 pm
Super hyper NEAT! 
;)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 29, 2018, 06:31:33 pm
projector screen in making for tower view radius is about 14 ft x10 vft.. did not do any planing just made it to look good to eye am hooing a single short throw will fill it   benq 1080 st.. will be painted with screen goo
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 30, 2018, 07:02:22 am
Love the binoculars :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on December 30, 2018, 08:22:47 am
everything in details right   bif view is set correctl 😉
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 30, 2018, 03:39:11 pm
Not so much a statement as is it a slight challenge regarding the current project:

What's going on in this image?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 30, 2018, 07:23:15 pm
Looks like you having Gear Issues LOL
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Goodenough on January 04, 2019, 04:27:18 pm
Well its been awhile since I posted anything. I had two weeks off and decided to give the sim a little attention. I had the glare shield measured up and extendd it to fit ovet the mcp. Im happy with how it turned out. Also thanks to Matt for the 8" monitors now on to the next job on the list.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 04, 2019, 10:57:13 pm
Looking nice there Perry! Love seeing you and everyone else making some progress this time of year, with the holidays and all  :D

My New Year is going great because of what you all post. And, I am very thankful everyday you guys are keeping this thread going. Tons of kudos too all!

Believe me when I say this is the first thing that I look at every morning...seriously  8)

Thanks again guys and girls,

John  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 09, 2019, 01:29:11 pm
Today..touring the Canadian Rockies...

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/nzQdzz.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Flying_Fox on January 10, 2019, 08:59:02 am
Quote from: jackpilot on January 09, 2019, 01:29:11 pm
Today..touring the Canadian Rockies...


Awesome, Jack!

Just like mine  :angel:

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/vb53aelUKXKCo5HI5HXoweXYVnpIqI--J9dHEn6AS1PUVb-lmeDcPm7vvJ02MhtMN-B82Wcq_5AlZImiKjXdaEdNPXM5_b47xIju5ZGxUd7SxFAqHBLF4BScBMo4JqYdYQGnIQfhMo7FbcGmXuN5CdD9josEl1gbS7FHOzbNUPqpEMquU83nVv53DMf37-MygC8Iv60o6Wz_mJ-dwbdhLjSeGYsHBjchGUiUU8L0m_nldQQjP00xsVz9N0iFnu-nsB50juA3EG3y6WVhlmB4wTdY4Ybv_C-xA5uXneRdBs5UtksbaIeAapRNrlHvmsEBqOH11t2kELIYcqSL2_poDGdc-YRC8SYDI235xRjYPwR8J_EKuvSIPM_GAQ_MS1dsUNdXnzmTh4WKRrFJQB_qso8sYKrRHo4K8pro2CDSqOnjZut9Xc2kYv-LPgmjUxpQB3_1cX9-GbARg5gvR0FG_hI9dO47lFBYZEq7HNcXlXG3xZJXRLBLEdqq_Mkv4P-j6AYrYF890pb6ch3mA-GxKcEq3fKw8BzgRa7PKb17YnDTCfwy7eLB2HPbhervvyVfm6wEt_hg8Ll5dgj5H-TBk3LJzBZwdj6FOI8KRIz_UOpOvbuDZgPoYQPaCbFQum_ElVlJ_m-e1WwN0vGBCmIeTA9r=w597-h447-no)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on January 13, 2019, 05:10:18 pm
almost done .. just lots of little things left  to do
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on January 13, 2019, 06:47:57 pm
Wow Bernard...that is awesome!

Hoping to get pics up someday soon here.  Finally have my MIP mounted into my sim.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 13, 2019, 11:33:56 pm
Hey Bernard,

By the looks of your ATC area, I'd bet the ATC guys who do VATSIM events would envy you and love you to host an on site event someday. Those guys take everything realistic and serious; thus, them seeing and doing one with your setup would be awesome!

I am rather curious, are you going to get everything operational and will these stations shown be the departure/approach radar consoles? Also, are you going too do a Tower and Center controller station(s)?

Either way just keep going...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 13, 2019, 11:37:51 pm
Hi Jason,

You know I (we) have really been waiting to see some pics of your setup. How long has it been since you came too my place, almost a year come March/April right? Likely, you'll be way ahead of me and I'll then envy you...lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on January 14, 2019, 08:05:01 am
@  john     the vatsim boys more than welcome    effect introduction  naturally there is ssurface management area 😉 yiu just seeing 2 of 4 units 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on January 17, 2019, 05:40:01 pm
John,
  Yes it's been a while, and unfortunately I have not made as much progress as I would have liked.  Life gets in the way, but I have found an hour here and there to keep moving forward at it, just not as quickly as I had originally planned!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on January 20, 2019, 06:32:13 am
more new toys
Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 21, 2019, 03:38:22 pm
It has been a long time since my sim looked like this!  Still some kinks to work out but it gets off the ground.
A little sightseeing around Chicago.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190122/6e04d639d8ff2b58208ab216e1f2d4f2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190122/409ae16b3ce503e100dbbd2a8d42e939.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190122/0b86996b48dd639b37175e85d767f3d8.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190122/99ab517ad4427815d06c638dae75e452.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190122/39fb9d2bb4bf7b73ce5223d87ea0346c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190122/5b5a35430a62348e505d43bd5ef09759.jpg)

Sent from my SM-G925T using Tapatalk

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on January 21, 2019, 04:02:46 pm
 ;) Good 4u
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 23, 2019, 10:52:41 am
Welp.. I've caught the streaming bug. Spent some time last night working on the audio configuration.

Also upgraded my X-Plane install from 11.25 to 11.30 and I have to say I'm impressed. We had some nasty weather move through Seattle yesterday so I flew a short flight from KSEA to KPAE.

It was the first time ever in the sim that I thought to myself "...should have stayed on the ground". The ominous clouds, the darkness with the occasional blue patch of sky was eerily spectacular.

X-Plane has never looked so good.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 23, 2019, 02:32:18 pm
Quote from: RayS on January 23, 2019, 10:52:41 am
Welp.. I've caught the streaming bug. Spent some time last night working on the audio configuration.

Also upgraded my X-Plane install from 11.25 to 11.30 and I have to say I'm impressed. We had some nasty weather move through Seattle yesterday so I flew a short flight from KSEA to KPAE.

It was the first time ever in the sim that I thought to myself "...should have stayed on the ground". The ominous clouds, the darkness with the occasional blue patch of sky was eerily spectacular.

X-Plane has never looked so good.


Ray, would you be up top throwing together a small primer or step-by-step on the streaming setup?  I'm also interested in streaming

Warren
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 23, 2019, 03:03:58 pm
I have some initial  diagrams for the audio portion I will post tonight.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 24, 2019, 07:43:10 am
-Bernard, how does this Wind Shear item work in connection with the simulator software? What does the blue box do? Such amazing things coming from you with your sim project...

-Warren, OMG you're so killing it with your projection system! Is that butt edging or blending? Can you post some pics of the behind the scenes for the projection screen mounting, along with pics of how you resolved the lack of spacing on the ceiling for your projectors?

-Ray, I agree with Warren, please post some instructions for your streaming setup, as well as make some videos with narration on everything you did. Can you post the link to your streaming channel, so we can start watching them; will you be doing both live and watch it later versions (I think that is automatic through the streaming host websites)?

Thanks guys for keeping this thread thriving with all your updates, I really appreciate it very much!  :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 25, 2019, 12:48:03 am
It's late here... just put in a loooong day but here's my audio config.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on January 25, 2019, 04:04:22 am
Ray -

Geeez....God bless you on all that!

This only confirms why I have not put my toes in the water on live streaming.  My dual-networked WideView sim arrangement is complicated enough as it is.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 25, 2019, 11:17:35 am

Here's the link to my *New* streaming channel.
https://www.twitch.tv/the_beech_house (https://www.twitch.tv/the_beech_house)

Some of you may have already subscribed or followed, and unfortunately, that is now the "old" channel. I've been working with Twitch to allow the word "Beech" in my stream title. They finally saw the light and 'The Beech House" is almost ready for prime time.

As for a tutorial or how-to guide, that's a major endeavor. When I first started down the stream road I though it would be simple. It is anything but. There are SO many moving parts aside from just building content. Maybe someday I'll sit down and put something together but for now, I'm open to answering questions and helping out.

If you are so inclined, do drop by The Beech House and check it out. I don't have a schedule yet as it's not quite ready for prime time.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 25, 2019, 02:43:57 pm
Thanks for the diagram, Ray.  This will work just fine!

What exactly is your "intercom control card"?  Is that the ruscool card?

Warren
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 25, 2019, 03:50:20 pm
The Intercom control card is a home-brew design that will allow a genuine COTS intercom, like the Sigtronics line, to operate effectively inside a sim environment. I'm nearly finished with the circuit card layout and it'll be going to the manufacturer before the end of the month.

I went down this road because I wanted all the nifty functionality that a professional intercom offers, like selective muting when the pilot  or ATC is talking, yet still allow the aircrew to communicate. The problem is that a COTS intercom doesn't have things like joystick or keyboard events output. This card does that, as well as injects the 400-hz side tone heard in some airliners when the mic is keyed.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 25, 2019, 03:57:11 pm
Any chance you can get a better price manufacturing in bulk?  I've been crunching my brain trying to figure out how to do that.  I've also got a real intercom
Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 27, 2019, 07:46:26 pm
I think I finally tracked down the gremlin that was making my life hell!
I've spent weeks trying to figure out an issue with my FDS SYS 4 card in my MIP.  I was at wits end today and getting ready to rip the card and wiring harness out of the MIP when my eye caught a glimpse of a black wire disappearing behind the front panel of the landing gear panel.  Sure enough...  a pinched ground that was frayed and making contact with the metal MIP frame.
So far so good.  All the switches seem to be working correctly now.  Time will tell.

Here's some shots of a test flight
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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on January 27, 2019, 07:56:50 pm


Quote from: blueskydriver on January 24, 2019, 07:43:10 am

-Warren, OMG you're so killing it with your projection system! Is that butt edging or blending? Can you post some pics of the behind the scenes for the projection screen mounting, along with pics of how you resolved the lack of spacing on the ceiling for your projectors?

John


John,
It's butted edges.  I haven't spent any real time fine tuning it yet.  It looks pretty good but needs a little work.

I hate to say it but I ended up resorting to my normal method of mounting the projectors.  The gantry is now just used to run the cables and a hose from the HVAC.  It will get used in the future as it seems I have at least one more move in me...

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190128/a01165784162652dc32f84a70d2b21a5.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190128/587b0094aa916dce9a4acab7d86ea4d9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190128/6c6d91dcbd2939886c5fcfc0288354d7.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190128/fc4a748ce20d1b470768bd9cf3020136.jpg)

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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 04, 2019, 12:55:28 pm
-Hey Warren, sometimes the old tried and true way beats our greatest inventions. Then again, a hammer to the ceiling...problem solved! Just kidding, hammer makes a big mess, get a roto-zip tool, cuts drywall really nice and has a dust collector...lol!

-Hey Ray, I agree with Warren, bulk order things and sell them. Put me down for one, and likely Fred will get one, among other members here. Streaming flights is the new thing and more builders will get up too speed faster with your ICC.

-Hey Bernard, the set design is looking great, are you sure that you're not planning to work with a movie production company? If not, you should be, as I bet they'd jump at using your setup!

-Hey Jason, I hear you about squeaking time in here and there. Karen and I just finished the ridiculously long front door project...two months! Sometime I will tell the whole story about it. Anyway, hang in there you'll find time, like we all do.

Keep posting guys and thank you. Other members' reading this, go ahead and jump in with some updates...

For my simulator, Karen and I got two new co-pilots...yep, we got two kittens (brother and sister). Last time we had cats (a brother and sister) it was 3-4 years ago and due to age/health issues we had to let them go in life. We had them for 17 years and they're seen in some of my older postings. Hopefully, these new ones will help build my simulator like the last two did. How do you think I got so far?!

Best Regards,

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 04, 2019, 02:19:59 pm
Something I have to share....

I spent the past several days upgrading my X-Plane to 11.31. Overall it was a success, with only a few residual issues to deal with.

Took care of those, then hopped in, lit the burner cans, and off for a short hop from KPAE to KPDX.

Lo and behold, right around 13,000 ft something weird started happening... The screen, my beautiful 3-projector, wraparound screen, slowly faded to black!

The aircraft was flyable, still in perfect condition, but no outside view.....

So, I pulled out the dummy cabin pressurization panel and went to work. Laminar Research removed the option to turn on/off redouts and blackouts.

Thank you, LR, for making my sim more realistic? I guess?  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on February 04, 2019, 03:39:24 pm
Completed installation of FS FlightControl (networked) as the new IOS in my cockpit. The software can run with any P3D-based aircraft and has been custom tailored to support the Prosim flight model and cockpit suite of software.
Great package that is truly feature rich. The owner even logged into my system on the weekend to troubleshoot a problem. Turns out it was operator error.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on February 05, 2019, 02:49:50 am
Quote from: RayS on February 04, 2019, 02:19:59 pm
Something I have to share....

I spent the past several days upgrading my X-Plane to 11.31. Overall it was a success, with only a few residual issues to deal with.

Took care of those, then hopped in, lit the burner cans, and off for a short hop from KPAE to KPDX.

Lo and behold, right around 13,000 ft something weird started happening... The screen, my beautiful 3-projector, wraparound screen, slowly faded to black!

The aircraft was flyable, still in perfect condition, but no outside view.....

So, I pulled out the dummy cabin pressurization panel and went to work. Laminar Research removed the option to turn on/off redouts and blackouts.

Thank you, LR, for making my sim more realistic? I guess?  :laugh:



HAHAHAH You better finish that panel fast! =)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 05, 2019, 03:48:18 am
Quote from: navymustang on February 04, 2019, 03:39:24 pm
Completed installation of FS FlightControl (networked) as the new IOS in my cockpit. The software can run with any P3D-based aircraft and has been custom tailored to support the Prosim flight model and cockpit suite of software.
Great package that is truly feature rich. The owner even logged into my system on the weekend to troubleshoot a problem. Turns out it was operator error.

Damn that's a nice looking software..   One of the best IOS's I have seen..  Nice
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 06, 2019, 05:32:17 am
mounted servers yes has full.kvm  that server laptop thingy 😁
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on February 06, 2019, 08:42:07 am
Bernard, i am just curious. Is your sim private owned or do you have it as a business?

Nice serverrack!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 07, 2019, 06:13:03 am
private not sure which is most cost competitive a ssim  or a divorce ..lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on February 07, 2019, 04:37:49 pm
Sim is cheaper, even yours, and you can continue to enjoy it!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 09, 2019, 05:17:08 am
naaaaaal   i go with divorce .. and you still have to thank a sim lolol 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on February 13, 2019, 05:33:43 am
I added 2 speakers and digital fuel gauges.  Maybe one day i'll be done.................or not! :huh: ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 13, 2019, 07:07:23 pm
Hey Rob,

A video update of your sim would be nice to watch...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 15, 2019, 12:25:06 am
sound     8000w     8  channels could do trick upgrading from 400 watts as butt kickers really need 1000w
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on February 15, 2019, 03:56:32 am
I recon Bernard is a millionaire.... :o ??? ::)
:2cw:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 15, 2019, 05:37:20 am
Quote from: Joe Lavery on February 15, 2019, 03:56:32 am
I recon Bernard is a millionaire.... :o ??? ::)
:2cw:

LOL Not to mention the money he spends on scotch alone while working on his project LMFAO....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 15, 2019, 07:34:25 am
there is only three important things in life ...fine cigars ...good scotch ... and cheap woman... or in other words expense of a sim and woman fairly much the same you want to drive a high end car you better be able to afford the maintence 😉
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on February 17, 2019, 06:27:48 am
100% agreed!  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 18, 2019, 01:15:19 pm
before and after now paint
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on February 19, 2019, 10:17:28 am
I can attest to Bernards phenomenal build.  What he has accomplished so far as one person just blows the mind.  I'm still struggling to finish my little rinky dink 73, lol.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on February 25, 2019, 11:25:40 am
Follow up on the Galley
Door coming next

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/uK1agz.jpg)

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/JxywCa.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on February 25, 2019, 12:59:51 pm
Newest member of the family :)

(https://i.imgur.com/i8NnH0I.jpg)

More pics -https://imgur.com/a/tti2N6l (https://imgur.com/a/tti2N6l)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 25, 2019, 08:24:25 pm
a welcomed addition i am sure
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on February 26, 2019, 09:47:44 am
Oh Lord! Thats a nice NG throttle!!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 26, 2019, 08:11:36 pm
Who has a big case of throttle envy right now?

John raises his hand!  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on March 02, 2019, 07:43:32 am
added thrse a few more to get   😁
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 03, 2019, 07:37:51 am
Yesterday I completed my first soup to nuts flight on VATSIM in a verrrrryyyy long time.  That included a VA assigned flight from KTPA, planned in PFPX, loaded through TOPCAT, flown online, and logged at conclusion with my VA.
It even included a go around due to a runway incursion just prior to touchdown at KATL.  When I signed into my VA to log the flight I noticed it was my first in SIX years....  how time flies.

Most impressive???  I've been dragging this little printer around the world for years... finally hooked it up and even printed loadsheets and routes right in the cockpit from my CDU!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on March 03, 2019, 07:58:55 am
Quote from: fsaviator on March 03, 2019, 07:37:51 am
Yesterday I completed my first soup to nuts flight on VATSIM in a verrrrryyyy long time.  That included a VA assigned flight from KTPA, planned in PFPX, loaded through TOPCAT, flown online, and logged at conclusion with my VA.
It even included a go around due to a runway incursion just prior to touchdown at KATL.  When I signed into my VA to log the flight I noticed it was my first in SIX years....  how time flies.

Most impressive???  I've been dragging this little printer around the world for years... finally hooked it up and even printed loadsheets and routes right in the cockpit from my CDU!


That printer is pretty awesome!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 03, 2019, 08:08:09 am
Way to go Warren! Glad to hear you're a virtual pilot back in service!

Also, I agree with Skibo, that's a nice printer! Some years ago we all were going on about getting these type of printers, but I don't remember where people got them from. I think Jack has one like yours and maybe a couple of other builders.

Where did you buy yours? How does it connect and what did you do for setup? Please explain, if you wouldn't mind... :idiot:

John
Title: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 03, 2019, 08:42:55 am
John, it a Brightek E19 thermal printer.  They're available in a number of places.  I bought mine years ago on alibaba.  They accept 10mm thick rolls of 80mm wide thermal paper.   I modified mine to accept any size roll by cutting a slot in the bottom of the paper tray feeding the paper through.  That allows me to use larger cash register receipt rolls that are widely available.  I used a wire hanger to suspend the paper.

It is interfaced through USB and uses a virtual USB printer port in all versions of Windows.

Power is two-wire 5V or 12V depending on the model you buy.  One note...  witht he 12V one i have it needs at least 2.8A to work reliably.

I'm using ProsimUtils to interface it in Prosim737 v2.  It functions as a regular printer though so you can use anything.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190303/7d231645a234002766b4a4ac449e0af9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190303/ca5267512240004314752fd22a580654.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190303/0734f2edc0cea3cd82e2001888e7cb5e.jpg)

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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 03, 2019, 01:16:05 pm
Today I nuked my piece of crap Windows 10 instructor station.  Apparently there was an update last night that blew out all my workarounds for networking to my Windows 7 sim systems.

I've fragged all the partitions, recoveries, the works and I'm installing the last copy of Windows 7 that I have.  Only time will tell if I can register it or not.  It's copy three of a three-license pack I had and used to be installed on an old PC I junked.

I'm so sick and tired of the Windows 10 networking bullshit.

Yes, I'm annoyed that everything was fine yesterday and today when I was going to spend the day flying nothing worked in regards to my instructor station/dispatch/etc, despite all the hacks to disable auto updating in Windows 10.


GRRRRRRR
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on March 03, 2019, 02:37:57 pm
get windows server 2016...  problem resolved 😁
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 03, 2019, 02:49:56 pm
Quote from: bernard S on March 03, 2019, 02:37:57 pm
get windows server 2016...  problem resolved 😁


tell me more....  I'll run Win7 until the 2020 drop dead date but that might be an option at that point
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on March 04, 2019, 12:36:45 am
Although Microsoft has announced the end of life for Windows 7, it simply means that they will no longer support it with updates.
Personally I have updates switched off anyway.

However Windows 7 will not stop working after January 2020

Joe
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on March 04, 2019, 01:53:02 am


Drawing my dilemma, with the Piper Comanche home cockpit:
Option A or Option B?

(https://i.imgur.com/04oeERE.jpg)

I have all the gauges working with option A, engine monitor.
With all the functions the Vm1000c engine monitor has.


(https://i.imgur.com/wbv1j34.jpg)

But in the last months I got all the hardware needed to build all the engine gauges analog.
I would spend more time, because option A is done, but time factor is not important. I have no date to finish it.

Need to take a decision to order the laser cut panel.
What would you prefer?  :huh:

Arturo.



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: XOrionFE on March 04, 2019, 04:54:20 am
Quote from: _alioth_ on March 04, 2019, 01:53:02 am


Drawing my dilemma, with the Piper Comanche home cockpit:
Option A or Option B?

(https://i.imgur.com/04oeERE.jpg)

I have all the gauges working with option A, engine monitor.
With all the functions the Vm1000c engine monitor has.


(https://i.imgur.com/wbv1j34.jpg)

But in the last months I got all the hardware needed to build all the engine gauges analog.
I would spend more time, because option A is done, but time factor is not important. I have no date to finish it.

Need to take a decision to order the laser cut panel.
What would you prefer?  :huh:

Arturo.


Very cool Arturo

My .02 would be to go analog all the way!

Scott
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 04, 2019, 08:51:25 am
Ditto....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: KyleH on March 04, 2019, 10:25:40 am
It's your sim, you need to decide what you would like to look at.

As far as what I would prefer, in the real aircraft I'd take the digital one hands down.
In the sim, you've got a modern GPS so the digital one doesn't exactly look out of place there. Also the reset of your gauges have a modern look so I think your existing version, option A is the way to go.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on March 10, 2019, 02:36:22 pm
A good day today!  I got a full, almost error-free, flight from KATL to KDEN, online!  I even got to use a lot of the features of ProsimUtils, vPilot, and GSX.

I did have an issue on climb-out from Atlanta...  the gear wouldn't cycle up!  Not sure why.  I  turned back towards the airport to come back and land, but as I was doing the landing checks, and cycled the gear again, it went up...  strange.  Anyway, headed back towards Denver but burned some reserve fuel in the process.  Almost comfortable enough to start looking at pilotedge.

Anyone know how to integrate Teamspeak into ProsimUtils?

Warren
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on March 17, 2019, 01:56:13 pm
Today I recorded a full flight  LESB-LEMH with the cockpit in its current state.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrzA05-N0Sw (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrzA05-N0Sw)

The first flight I record. I am not good recording, editing, or flying :D   But, ok, I wanted to show the cockpit in a full flight.

Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 17, 2019, 02:31:37 pm
Hey Arturo,

AWESOME! Good to see you really getting things going with your build. Don't worry about looking extremely professional, as it's more important to just get started. Like other builders' simulators, things will get better as you go along, like real flying it's all about practice, practice, practice...

For other new members just starting out, Arturo shows you how to begin by just putting things together and learning for now, then worrying about perfecting the aesthetics later.  :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 757Simulator on March 18, 2019, 12:18:41 am
Quote from: jackpilot on March 04, 2019, 08:51:25 am
Ditto....


Ditto again!!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 757Simulator on March 18, 2019, 12:20:49 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on March 17, 2019, 02:31:37 pm
Hey Arturo,

AWESOME! Good to see you really getting things going with your build. Don't worry about looking extremely professional, as it's more important to just get started. Like other builders' simulators, things will get better as you go along, like real flying it's all about practice, practice, practice...

For other new members just starting out, Arturo shows you how to begin by just putting things together and learning for now, then worrying about perfecting the aesthetics later.  :idiot:

John


GREAT VIDEO!. Thanks for sharing.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on April 23, 2019, 01:48:41 pm
Finally I have gone to analog route...

I am replacing my digital engine monitor with all needles :)
I have started with the engine cluster:

(https://i.imgur.com/E4Jfbmd.jpg)
It is now working.

(https://i.imgur.com/tzQDyBc.jpg)
I have installed lights inside, that are dimmed with all the gauge ligths in the panel.

Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 24, 2019, 11:30:03 am
Hey Arturo, looks awesome!

For my sim I recently waxed the floor underneath with 7 coats of wax, and then moved my computer desk closer to the sim area. Now, I am looking at a projection screen frame from Northern Flight Sim...maybe?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 28, 2019, 10:52:08 am
made pigs fly lol 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 29, 2019, 03:28:01 pm
Those screens are beautiful..
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on May 01, 2019, 10:38:58 pm
I ordered 4 15" 4:3 IPS frameless HDMI screens for my planned Max build
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: 727737Nut on May 03, 2019, 07:56:52 am
Quote from: jskibo on May 01, 2019, 10:38:58 pm
I ordered 4 15" 4:3 IPS frameless HDMI screens for my planned Max build


make sure you have quality stab trim cutout switches for that sim, lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on May 05, 2019, 11:12:03 am
I have made an ELT switch, for my Piper Comanche built.

It works as a Pause button:
-Push red button to pause.
-When simulator paused, led goes on. If you pause the simulator with the keyboard led goes on too.
-Go for another beer.
-Push black button to resume.

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

Interfaced and working :)

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 06, 2019, 03:59:59 am
Clever design ! :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 11, 2019, 06:47:12 am
Nice work Arturo!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: LORENZO on May 11, 2019, 02:23:41 pm
Hi
Not much building but designed my f18 today with the space I have available
should be fun
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/591vn29qwtwIjwpl5JlF_JDw3Ha-EPIbzatV3p9xQDz37K2-_1ZAKyI0LeaPSNNwGOKvU3zZPMtu2wffKEUze0WqdW2mWPCqzIAFvX64NsVYbnsqxOp09TJk1dScBCq5icrZPUnY-YBP8b7yB8ux6UT_X72fd4C_BSEbQJhfU5TYCTkCIMrUCvQ_RD1uj33Fje-py--FN_RrrV4vikv5gkZpH3w9z5Igf-4-QPn6Tw4PQlgM1XeTLQJFj_LOgnoxihhpJHvaILh1V_Y1D5A7srJJ4aT8jdrAnmitmQQ5VT87uEBCDxLdaLbUBI4Gz_g26vruMJ5oepT_Uqugi6Z1vXvZ5nt72i6WfQIuxIfb1CHfLB8qqcQ71kubIyEcRSzLQReTBstN8a5pdETyNPmVj7qev6uweNwRJRhlDnprjyLyulqB9PwF839eSqsrCBXtvF-V4ZSAi8_1EAgI1UdsUF-hMtdDPWFTDvveBO3-zIWRigbAEhrLSLGHUQhmkATq1dmMhhX7F0VOhaKNlOW2acukKYL465lpClYsHvw_T6gYcJyjXAjG6UnMlUDk0V4DEXPue2joTj1Q-n8yyXU012N9Ob-AYxVkFKun56eNw7_7m6FtaWxNpcrVK9Fkx_tpErBRyxxw9yaO5CGm7WTV-WRHAFIaLg=w1278-h1412-no)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on May 12, 2019, 01:50:04 pm
I've been quiet lately but still working on/flying the sim.

Designed 2 new interface circuits for X-Plane

Installed a ceiling exhaust fan in the hangar to pull out the hot air from 3 projectors and a full server rack. (I have AC in the building but it only recircs the air... it doesn't vent out the hotter air, which now vents into the attic.

Adding permanent doors to the sim.

Touched up some trim around the house (Getting ready for SimFestWest 2019)

I may treat myself to a flight tonight if I don't collapse from exhaustion later.



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: B747-400 on May 12, 2019, 03:42:16 pm
Hi,

nice to see your progress ... I added some new pictures to my  homepage!
Enjoy the quick update www.B747-400.net (http://www.B747-400.net)

Cheers
Hans
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on May 18, 2019, 04:57:24 pm
Got the materials for my curved projector screen frame today.  Took apart our old trampoline and got some 1 1/2 conduit from Menards.  Tomorrow I'll be assembling the frame and taking measurements so I can order the screen from Carl's Place DIY Screens.

Also got the temporary mounts up for the three projectors.  Just aquired my last darbee 1080GT last week for a heck of a deal.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on May 19, 2019, 12:38:28 pm
Found and purchased a set of OEM chronometers, the OEM gear handle, and the FDAS panel for the future cockpit door.

Worked on wiring.

Kev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 20, 2019, 03:28:19 pm
Hey Guys,

Glad to see you're getting things done during this time of the year, where everything pulls us away from building...like nice weather, vacations and such.

Even though things have been crazy for Karen and I; especially, with all the previous winter weather, now too much darn rain, we managed to get the projector screen stand made. Well, the local welding shop did it for us, using the specs from my previous homemade built stand. Got it home this past Friday.

Took just a few days. And, it's made to be taken a part into 3 sections. We just have to clean and paint it, then mount the screen.  :idiot:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kurt-olsson on May 22, 2019, 06:22:34 am
Nothing...  :huh:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 22, 2019, 07:35:41 am
server wires   still.at it another full rack to go
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 22, 2019, 01:09:23 pm
Any comment would seem frivolous, Bernard you are building a monster.....  :2cw:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on May 22, 2019, 07:08:26 pm
Working on an accurate 3D printed version of an Airpath compass for the 737.  LCD back-screen to display the Prosim compass on.  Coming along nicely so far.  Gonna be almost spot-on when done.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 08, 2019, 09:41:46 am
Hey Tony,

Care to share your 3d print file and where did you buy the small lcd screen, as well as how are you interfacing it; vga, hdmi, usb display plug or what method?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 08, 2019, 09:52:56 am
Regarding my sim project, I ordered and received some sheet metal from a local company that makes metal siding for sheds and metal residential roofs.

Basically, they're flat 29 gauge sheets without profiles/ridges and they're 12'x42", plus it's all black. Thus, I plan to rivet this to the inside curve of the projector screen stand, then attach the actual white screen after that. This will prevent light from going through the screen and bouncing back towards it causing reflective ghosting effects. Also, I will make a top of sorts to keep the light inwards towards the screen.

Lastly, I plan to order more metal like this to use for covering the back section of the sim and the exterior of sub-floor box.... :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 09, 2019, 02:22:42 pm
Some updates from The Beech House:

Added 6 more feet to the screen this weekend, making it a full 220-degrees viewing area now. I've yet to re-align the projectors though. That will come tonight. It's tedious work.

Side doors are still a work in progress. Co-pilot side is finished and has that cool 1979 retro look to it including some teak-wood trim..

Carenado released v1.2 of the Beech 1900D a few days ago with (Drumroll please!) Landing/taxi lights that actually illuminate the ground! No more taxiing around blindly at night.

Permanently installed the Stream server. No more tripping over wires.

Installed a new GoPro 7 Black camera for streaming. A bit more resolution than the old GoPro 5 and better low-light sensitivity.

Avidyne PFD: Added ADF capability (Yes I use it sometimes because it's fun!). Bumped around some colors after ripping the hex color codes from the operations manual. Also added the ability to run the PFD as a Master or Remote unit. I use the remote for streaming so I don't have to mess with it during flight.



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: C150DIY on June 12, 2019, 08:53:27 am
Finished my radio stack by fitting the last switch panel to my collection. Will tidy up the USB cables for GoFlight modules and leobodnar card by utilizing a powered usb hub. Next will be finishing behind the glareshield.

AlexJ C150
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 11, 2019, 09:07:03 am
Likely this would go under the hanger section, but really it is for the simulator... Just got a new DIY Mr Cool 36,000 BTU Mini-Split AC/Heat unit yesterday and took it out of the box last night.

This is a big unit for sure and it's DIY, which saves a lot of money. $2,700 vs $7,000 and $12,000 quotes I got. Not debating the pros and cons of DIY vs Pro install, just want too list the prices. I will say that if anyone can build a simulator, then anyone can install one of these Mr Cool units.

Only issue of concern is mounting to steel interior walls. With ridges in the metal I have to figure out what to use behind the actual unit mounting brackets.

I will post a few pics later. In the mean time, if you're thinking about AC/Heat for your simulator and it's room, take a look at the Mr Cool units. Mine came from Home Depot here:

https://www.homedepot.com/p/MRCOOL-DIY-Enhanced-34-400-BTU-Ductless-Mini-Split-Air-Conditioner-and-Heat-Pump-208-230V-60Hz-DIY-36-HP-230AE/309068911?MERCH=REC-_-rv_mobileweb_rr-_-NA-_-309068911-_-N (https://www.homedepot.com/p/MRCOOL-DIY-Enhanced-34-400-BTU-Ductless-Mini-Split-Air-Conditioner-and-Heat-Pump-208-230V-60Hz-DIY-36-HP-230AE/309068911?MERCH=REC-_-rv_mobileweb_rr-_-NA-_-309068911-_-N)

Note: the ad says 34,400BTU, but the box says 36,000BTU.

John

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on July 11, 2019, 09:18:45 am
Nothing much..
A nice flight over Toronto downtown... ;)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 11, 2019, 10:20:20 am
john  emm me thinks this going to end up costing you more $$$ at end of day   by time you add a pendulum and ducting etc    i assume yiu yrying to cool building plus sim?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 12, 2019, 12:11:11 pm
Hi Bernard,

This unit is really for the building, but since my sim is in it I was just making a tie-in for the forum posting. I should've posted this news in the hanger thread...lol!

Regarding the sim, I already have a smaller AC unit, server room style. Also, I have all the real piping that goes in between the aft cockpit bulkhead wall; kind of like a big Y/Curved shaped ducting pipe, as well as the ducting for the MIP.  :idiot:

Kind Regards,

John

PS You know Bernard, it would be awesome if you started making YouTube videos regarding your sim. Things like this...AC units, ducting and piping would make a great tutorial, amongst all the other topics you're very knowledgable on. Maybe, you could enlist some family members too help out...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on July 13, 2019, 07:04:05 am
john come on down and knock yourself out ..
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on July 13, 2019, 10:46:57 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on June 08, 2019, 09:41:46 am
Hey Tony,

Care to share your 3d print file and where did you buy the small lcd screen, as well as how are you interfacing it; vga, hdmi, usb display plug or what method?

John


Hey John, sorry just saw your reply now.  It's not ready for prime-time yet.  Still some additional design/integration work to do and some weak areas in the 3D print I need to fix.  Working on it when I have time.  When It's ready I'll put the file out there.

The LCD I bought from Adafruit. Just about a perfect fit and includes the driver board.  https://www.adafruit.com/product/912 (https://www.adafruit.com/product/912)

Bought an RCA to HDMI converter to make it easy to interface with the computer.

Results came out pretty good in the rough initial prints I did (attached).
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 14, 2019, 06:25:43 am
Hi Tony,

Glad to see you progressing on this and if there is anything I or others on Cockpit Builders can help with, just give a shout out. There are many great folks here that love too assist fellow builders... :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on July 24, 2019, 03:45:38 am


Finally, I got the laser cut panel for my A2A Piper Comanche cockpit :)

Today... testing the gauges. Everything seem to fit fine.

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

(https://i.imgur.com/44IF2tL.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/0QuQkUb.jpg?1)

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

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 24, 2019, 05:13:11 am
Hey Arturo,

What perfecting timing! Your laser cut items look great and is leading me towards getting a laser cutter all the more. Karen and I have been talking about starting with a smaller one at first, like the K40. Here is a great video channel of someone doing an A10 Warthog and his laser cutter unit:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJq3cq9N6xYF0fAvTgpwoBg (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJq3cq9N6xYF0fAvTgpwoBg)

Please keep posting about yours... :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on August 09, 2019, 10:31:22 am

Paint work done!
Mounting all the gauges just to see how it looks like. I am very happy with the result!

(https://i.imgur.com/nz9C0dt.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/v1TZ4sq.jpg)

Arturo Moreno.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 14, 2019, 06:35:26 am
Hey Arturo,

Your work is jaw dropping amazing and looks just like the real thing! If you decide to start selling items please let us all know... :idiot:

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: B763 on August 25, 2019, 12:58:46 pm
Finished throttle handles & made a prototype "J-Rails" using 2 sets of Sparco rails for my Ipeco seats. It works quite well (longitudinal & lateral) and smoothly without any loose movements to any direction. Now waiting for finishing and painting. These will do the job until i can find pair of manual 767 seats with OEM rails.

Regards

Ari / B763

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 18, 2019, 04:06:39 pm
I haven't posted any progress for awhile, so here goes.

Decided that I was getting tired of constantly color-correcting the 3 Darby projectors so they now have a super-strong permanent mount, for proper edge-blending, to at least minimize the minor differences between projectors.

Using Calibration Pro from FlyElise, I wired up 3 cameras and went to work.

Unfortunately, the process made me want to take up truck-driving instead. The program kept crashing, not saving my work in the process (Tested on 3 separate computers.) When I was finally successful, the results weren't even passable. The edge-blending was not bad, but left a lot to be desired.

Cue the manual pixel-nudging again.

After 3 days of aligning everything manually I'm very happy with the results. Masking is good, just need to fine-tune the edge blending Fade/Slope/Gamma settings.

The pic shows a nicely aligned screen but it didn't come out the same way on the screen itself.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on September 18, 2019, 04:11:09 pm
Perfect Ray, you are practicing for Worldflight lmfao. Nicely done.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Neil Hewitt on September 18, 2019, 05:53:26 pm
Immersive Calibration Pro 4.01 is more crash-prone than ever - I mean, I used to get occasional crashes in previous versions, but it's ridiculous now. That said, I managed to largely eliminate crashes by making sure I run it as administrator and overriding the DPI scaling settings - though from your screenshot, it looks like you're on Win7? In which case, that's not an issue for you. But on Win10 and with a 4K screen, I found that telling Windows to override the scaling seemed to eliminate a lot of crashes. No idea why!

I got so sick of it crashing on save and taking my config data with it (it crashes after clearing the save file and before writing the new data, leaving your file empty!) that I wrote a small utility that will sit and watch the save file and back it up each time it changes, and auto-restore it if it gets wiped. That was a lifesaver doing my last calibration.

Multi-camera calibration is a real dark art and I've never gotten the blend area between projectors to line up properly, and post-warping can only do so much. Luckily my screen is small enough that I can do a single-camera calibration and the results there are much better, the problems are at the edges and are much easier to fix in post-warping. Personally I think the best results are achieved with an on-screen calibration vs the cameras but you need to have a very high density of markers on the screen and they have to be perfectly aligned, and you end up doing the edge blending yourself and that's one thing the camera calibration is very good at.

Lately I've been working on fixing the black-offset issues caused by projector overlap - the bright patch caused by double-ambient light where projectors overlap that edge-blending generally deals with for bright scenes, but which drive me crazy flying at night. Because I have a two-projector setup and my blend zone is right in the middle, ie directly in front of me, I simply can't ignore the bright stripe and so I stopped flying at night / late evening, basically any time after dusk. But I found a blog post on the Fly Elise web site where they talk about using shutters to fix the problem - this is what professional systems do, I believe - which means placing a physical shutter over part of the lens of your projectors to block the light falling into each half of the blended area from each projector. The idea being you get as close to blocking all the overlapped light as you can - and then edge-blending takes care of the rest.

I played about with some simple shutters made of a stiff black carbon-fibre material just blu-tacked on the front of the projectors and actually, you get can pretty good results. I still have a slightly discernible bright stripe but it's small, blurred out rather than sharp, and it could easily be dismissed as just moonlight :-) So I can fly at night again. The downside is that it's slightly upset the daytime blend and there's a slightly visible bright stripe in the day, whereas before my daytime blend was pretty much perfect. I suppose if I could make a mechanism to easily mount and dismount the shutters I could just put them up when night-flying... but for now I'm pretty happy. (Pictures attached of night view with the bright stripe, after the shutter fix, and the daytime view with the shutters in place.)

NH

(Long-time lurker, first-time poster!)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: helloo on September 19, 2019, 10:57:16 am
Added a cup holder out of a used Boeing.  I had to put epoxy in the bottom to level things out since it came out of a flightdeck where the cup holder was at an angle and not flat like I have it. 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on September 19, 2019, 11:05:31 am
Quote from: Neil Hewitt on September 18, 2019, 05:53:26 pm
(Long-time lurker, first-time poster!)

Welcome to the Group!
Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 19, 2019, 06:15:47 pm
Quote from: Neil Hewitt on September 18, 2019, 05:53:26 pm
I played about with some simple shutters made of a stiff black carbon-fibre material


I ended up doing a full manual align. I wasn't happy that if I used ICP, I couldn't make corrections on-screen and instead had to go back to ICP.

So, full manual alignment with lasers, and am now learning that blending is indeed a black art. I saw that article on using physical baffles and I do get those faint bands at night. Will have to try that. Most of my flying is at dusk/night so that will come in handy.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on September 27, 2019, 04:09:29 am
well I received, finally, my TQ from Arif in Indonesia. Most of you are aware of the odyssey I've been through with this. All is well now. I also got word from Art at Northern Flightsim that my rudder pedal covers and skids are complete and will be shipping soon.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on September 29, 2019, 01:57:46 pm
A little more work on the dynamic control loading. We fabricated the levers for the motors and pivots. Here is the rudder (yaw) axis lever and rod.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on September 29, 2019, 02:05:39 pm
Here is the picture because the video doesn't work.
I will upload to YT
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Caflyt on September 29, 2019, 02:23:24 pm
https://youtu.be/cK1FKr_ANDc

The video on YouTube

Craig
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on September 29, 2019, 02:31:43 pm
Working on the 737CL>NG landing gear handle conversion...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 30, 2019, 08:28:30 am
I've been 'Cold and Dark' for awhile but I've been up to stuff :)

1. Brand new sim computer
2. Retired old sim computer, now living out it's days as an over-powered Streaming system.
3. Built new mounts for the projectors so they are solid and immobile,
4. Re-Aligned projectors
5. Learned the black art of edge-blending
6. Rebuilt Stream for The Beech House. Now able to stream ForeFlight on iPad


7. And most importantly, bought airline tickets for WorldFlight 2019.  :laugh:



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on September 30, 2019, 10:47:12 am
Giving the sim another test run tonight before I start streaming. Need to make some recordings for the new stream intro video and see how that works out. 

Now that the website stuff is up to date.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on September 30, 2019, 01:51:05 pm
Quote from: Trevor Hale on September 30, 2019, 10:47:12 amGiving the sim another test run tonight before I start streaming. Need to make some recordings for the new stream intro video and see how that works out.

Now that the website stuff is up to date.

Slacker :}
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on September 30, 2019, 03:48:20 pm
Quote from: jskibo on September 30, 2019, 01:51:05 pm
Quote from: Trevor Hale on September 30, 2019, 10:47:12 amGiving the sim another test run tonight before I start streaming. Need to make some recordings for the new stream intro video and see how that works out.

Now that the website stuff is up to date.

Slacker :}
I couldn't agree more
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 07, 2019, 09:36:03 pm
The Brunnar Force Feedback DIY kit arrived last week and am starting to piece it together. Still trying to figure out the cooling. These cards can draw 6 amps each which means they generate a lot of heat.

The included/recommended heat sinks I don't think are up to the task so working on some solutions.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on October 08, 2019, 03:35:27 am
Sold my BenQ HT2150ST's and bought Optoma GT1080 Darbees
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on October 08, 2019, 04:33:42 am
Quote from: RayS on October 07, 2019, 09:36:03 pmThe Brunnar Force Feedback DIY kit arrived last week and am starting to piece it together. Still trying to figure out the cooling. These cards can draw 6 amps each which means they generate a lot of heat.

The included/recommended heat sinks I don't think are up to the task so working on some solutions.
Just keep eating the Goldfish...  The cheesiness in the crackers help you think.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: KyleH on October 08, 2019, 08:33:45 am
Quote from: RayS on October 07, 2019, 09:36:03 pmThe Brunnar Force Feedback DIY kit arrived last week and am starting to piece it together. Still trying to figure out the cooling. These cards can draw 6 amps each which means they generate a lot of heat.

The included/recommended heat sinks I don't think are up to the task so working on some solutions.

Hey Ray,

I imagine it's the motors that are dissipating the 6A, not the board itself.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 08, 2019, 08:58:43 am
QuoteI imagine it's the motors that are dissipating the 6A, not the board itself.

Possibly, but even without any load on the cards, a few of those heat sinks are too hot to touch.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on October 08, 2019, 09:27:04 am
Ray,
Read here it may help. It was quite happy running like this for years. Trouble free.
http://bffsimulation.com/BLDRV3/Set-Up%20and%20Commissioning%20BLDRV3.pdf
Paragraph 3.
That's not to say more heat sinking isn't a good thing.
Les
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 08, 2019, 12:02:22 pm
Hey Ray,

Glad to see you got this item, but by looking at it, the enclosure box layout is not helping you at all.

First, the power supply (ps) is right next to the box, producing ambient heat in the same areas as the heat sinks. And, with those black horizontal bars (are they fans) next to heat sinks themselves, the hot air is not flowing away.

Next, you have an enclosure with no lid, yet it has a fan on one end that looks like it's setup to be a closed box. If it does have a lid, it should be on and at the other end of the box there should be intake vents to allow air flow into it.

Lastly, if I were you, I would move the PS away, get a better box that has some serious air flow capabilities, if possible change the heat sinks to water cooler type heat sinks (even if they don't sit flat, they'll work better), and place the entire box at the lowest level in the room (on the floor would be cooler and better).

John

PS. Looking forward to future videos from you on showing how this all works...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 08, 2019, 12:58:04 pm
Agreed with everything said here.

This is only for bench testing. The end result will have everything segregated/isolated & neatly buttoned up... This layout is definitely not the final configuration.  The airflow will consist of 2 fans in a push/pull configuration and the box will be fully sealed, minus the openings for the fans.

I'm still working out the heat sink layout and type.

It's a work in progress.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on October 08, 2019, 10:00:23 pm
Hey Everyone,

Thank all of you for keeping this thread going, and even though I haven't commented or replied on what everyone is doing lately, I do read everything posted here. It truly keeps me going everyday and I wish there was a way to tell you this in person. Hopefully, I will get a chance someday...

Thanks again and please keep posting. 😀

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on October 09, 2019, 09:05:50 am
Ordered 24ft of Flex Gray screen today from Carl's Place
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on October 19, 2019, 02:15:15 pm
Building the pilot-side carriage for the new force-feedback system.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on October 31, 2019, 01:34:14 pm
Planning my next project to ago along with my upgrade.  Anyone have any experience getting an OEM sperry RMI to work with a teensy or arduino?
I want minimal extra crap to get it running
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on November 05, 2019, 09:40:52 am
Been a while since I've posted. Making a custom frame for my overhead so it'll fit my cockpit. Using aluminum which is fun and frustrating to work with. Hope to start wiring this weekend.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 05, 2019, 11:23:26 am
Do you want too buy a real Forward Overhead frame?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on November 06, 2019, 06:23:47 pm
Not sure it would fit the cockpit?  When I did a measurement my panels from flightsimulatorparts.com seem to be a bit bigger than OEM...wish I had known that before I bought them!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on November 07, 2019, 11:53:11 am
Ordered the remaining Light Plates and Backing plates for the left side console in the F16 Sim.

Ordered the 737 MAX EFIS for CPT and FO.

Picked up a bunch of Pokeys cards from Warren for the F16 Sim

Got confirmation my F16 Forward and Aft Glare Shields will ship this month
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Goodenough on November 07, 2019, 01:42:27 pm
Quote from: jmlohrenz on November 05, 2019, 09:40:52 amBeen a while since I've posted. Making a custom frame for my overhead so it'll fit my cockpit. Using aluminum which is fun and frustrating to work with. Hope to start wiring this weekend.


Nice overhead. How did you get the panels attached to frame?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on November 07, 2019, 03:56:42 pm
Quote from: Goodenough on November 07, 2019, 01:42:27 pm
Quote from: jmlohrenz on November 05, 2019, 09:40:52 amBeen a while since I've posted. Making a custom frame for my overhead so it'll fit my cockpit. Using aluminum which is fun and frustrating to work with. Hope to start wiring this weekend.


Nice overhead. How did you get the panels attached to frame?
Small screws. Not the dzus kind. The frame is a bunch of aluminum angle pieces and a few flats. It is nice and light but a bit too flexible. Working on studying it up now. Will all be wired to a fds interface card.

Sent from my SM-N975U using Tapatalk

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Goodenough on November 08, 2019, 11:29:53 am
I have found this to be the case with thin metal as well. It requires another thicker metal frame or wood to prevent sagging . Your project looks great.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 20, 2019, 05:44:02 pm
Where is everyone? Tumble Weeds rolling around the site the last few days...lol!

How about some updates?

For myself, I'm contemplating a new computer system, something that could run MSFS 2020 whenever it comes out, as well as Adobe software and Da Vinci Resolve.

However, I've never once went this direction. All my other sim computers' were high-end paperweights and only used for FSX. Nothing like dumping $3k-$5k in a box and only use it for one thing.

Thus, that's my question of the week...have you ever setup your system for other tasks, and if so, what methods did you employ...like dual boot, dual SSD and HDD for separate things such as all the flight sim on one set and video editing (or whatever) on a second set?

All ideas will be appreciated, along with keeping this thread going...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on November 22, 2019, 08:40:11 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on November 20, 2019, 05:44:02 pmthat's my question of the week...have you ever setup your system for other tasks, and if so, what methods did you employ...like dual boot, dual SSD and HDD for separate things such as all the flight sim on one set and video editing (or whatever) on a second set?

Single boot for me.
One SDD (256...512gb) for windows and programs.
Second SSD (1tb) just for simulator and data
HDD for back ups, music, films etc..


Today I am installing post lights.
copilot side done:
(https://i.imgur.com/H4ZjU4R.jpg)

working on pilot side:
(https://i.imgur.com/ndPWff2.jpg)


Next target: glare shield.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on November 22, 2019, 11:13:25 am
Very nice setup there, are those home made gauges or Simkits, or perhaps Flight Illusion?
Looks good whatever.

Some rear shots would be interesting, we all like to see how it's done.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on November 22, 2019, 11:55:25 am
Be interested in how you made your post lights. Im just 3d printing my ones, your one may be better.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 24, 2019, 12:55:25 pm
Such amazing work! Your attention to detail is amazing, as well as your willingness to help your fellow builders...thank you for posting.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on November 24, 2019, 02:00:12 pm
Hi all. I've been away from building for around six years due to a lack of space and other things. Great to come back here and see what's new! I've been lucky to get my sim room now and I've started to unbox and install my old bits and pieces. Here's the first power-up of my 737 Fire Panel, hell it didn't go on fire! I have a problem with one of those rotary encoders not playing ball but that's part of the fun  :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 24, 2019, 02:09:48 pm
Hi Dez,

Yes, it has been a good while since your first post and let me properly welcome you to Cockpitbuilders website.

Welcome to CockpitBuilders!!!

You've come to a great place for building your simulator....

Your Fire Control Panel looks great, is that OpenCockpits or self-made? Will you please post a pic of the panel from the front to show the engraving and such?

Again, welcome to the family 😁

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on November 24, 2019, 02:34:51 pm
Thanks for the welcome again John! Yes, the engraved top panels were from OpenCockpits. The fire handles (except for the red engraved lenses) were home made, as were the back plates and all the wiring looms. Switches and Korry style indicators from OC, as I recall!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 24, 2019, 05:14:17 pm
Looks great Dez, keep going and post lots of pics...they motivate all of us!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 25, 2019, 07:14:09 pm
A bit of a side project for me...

Built an ADS-B receiver using a Raspberry Pi and a USB dongle from FlightAware.

This grants me a free Enterprise account on FlightAware.com. (Not even sure how that benefits me but's it's fun to do...)

Now the wife can complain about the antenna on the garage roof. :-)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on November 25, 2019, 08:24:27 pm
Nice Ray!

I have had one for several years, its great to log in and see your own tracker being used as the FlightAware source!
https://flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/VAU204 (https://flightaware.com/adsb/stats/user/VAU204)

Now we have our own place i will put up an outdoor antenna, its on the to-do list

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on November 26, 2019, 05:38:16 am
Thats pretty Awesome...  Now I want one LOL.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 26, 2019, 12:30:23 pm
Trev,

You just need one of these:
FlightAware Pro Stick Plus FA-PROSTICKPLUS-1 ADS-B USB Receiver with Built-in Filter
~$19

And:
Dual Band 978MHz 1090MHz 5dBi Magnetic Base SMA Male MCX Antenna for Aviation
~$10

And:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Board (Although I think any flavor will do)
~$39

It has pretty good range. I was surprised to see traffic all over the greater Pacific Northwest area.

You may be able to get the whole thing for free if you qualify (Meaning there's hardly anyone else in your area piping ADS-B data to Flightaware.)

https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/ (https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/)





Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 26, 2019, 02:38:30 pm
Thanks Ray, I applied for the free equipment, fingers crossed!

In the meantime, how about you make a video on the subject?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on November 26, 2019, 10:48:06 pm
Interesting you mention video as a training tool.

Personally, I don't learn via video if it's a highly-complex task. If it's the only method available, I end up pausing it every few seconds to digest the material.

In these situations, I usually just go off a written document.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 27, 2019, 06:53:06 am
Hey Ray,

Okay, a write up tutorial would be just as good...lol...anything too make it quicker for all of us to get up to speed with you 😁 You're way ahead of us!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on November 27, 2019, 07:30:31 am
Quote from: RayS on November 26, 2019, 12:30:23 pmTrev,

You just need one of these:
FlightAware Pro Stick Plus FA-PROSTICKPLUS-1 ADS-B USB Receiver with Built-in Filter
~$19

And:
Dual Band 978MHz 1090MHz 5dBi Magnetic Base SMA Male MCX Antenna for Aviation
~$10

And:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Board (Although I think any flavor will do)
~$39

It has pretty good range. I was surprised to see traffic all over the greater Pacific Northwest area.

You may be able to get the whole thing for free if you qualify (Meaning there's hardly anyone else in your area piping ADS-B data to Flightaware.)

https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/ (https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/)






Makes Perfect Sense to me.  I will look into it.  Thanks Ray  I may qualify, Nobody else in my area has one. :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on November 27, 2019, 08:24:17 am
For those interested, here is the link for FlightAware Coverage Map:

https://flightaware.com/adsb/coverage

It's a movable map, move and/or zoom to find your area, and then look at the map legend to see what the dots mean....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on November 27, 2019, 12:21:46 pm
Quote from: Trevor Hale on November 27, 2019, 07:30:31 am
Quote from: RayS on November 26, 2019, 12:30:23 pmTrev,

You just need one of these:
FlightAware Pro Stick Plus FA-PROSTICKPLUS-1 ADS-B USB Receiver with Built-in Filter
~$19

And:
Dual Band 978MHz 1090MHz 5dBi Magnetic Base SMA Male MCX Antenna for Aviation
~$10

And:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Board (Although I think any flavor will do)
~$39

It has pretty good range. I was surprised to see traffic all over the greater Pacific Northwest area.

You may be able to get the whole thing for free if you qualify (Meaning there's hardly anyone else in your area piping ADS-B data to Flightaware.)

https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/ (https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/)






Makes Perfect Sense to me.  I will look into it.  Thanks Ray  I may qualify, Nobody else in my area has one. :)

There is also no other Humans where you live.......
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on November 28, 2019, 03:30:46 am
Quote from: jskibo on November 27, 2019, 12:21:46 pm
Quote from: Trevor Hale on November 27, 2019, 07:30:31 am
Quote from: RayS on November 26, 2019, 12:30:23 pmTrev,

You just need one of these:
FlightAware Pro Stick Plus FA-PROSTICKPLUS-1 ADS-B USB Receiver with Built-in Filter
~$19

And:
Dual Band 978MHz 1090MHz 5dBi Magnetic Base SMA Male MCX Antenna for Aviation
~$10

And:
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Board (Although I think any flavor will do)
~$39

It has pretty good range. I was surprised to see traffic all over the greater Pacific Northwest area.

You may be able to get the whole thing for free if you qualify (Meaning there's hardly anyone else in your area piping ADS-B data to Flightaware.)

https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/ (https://flightaware.com/adsb/flightfeeder/)






Makes Perfect Sense to me.  I will look into it.  Thanks Ray  I may qualify, Nobody else in my area has one. :)

There is also no other Humans where you live.......
True but when Santa and NATO flies over my igloo. They may want to track the ADS-B signal
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 02, 2019, 08:38:46 pm
Not really sim-related but I modified my Raspberry Pii ADS-B receiver to use an on-board 320x240 TFT LCD display.

Done, at the risk of bricking the entire install (I got lucky?). Have to say I'm happy with the results.

I have a high-gain 1090Mhz antenna on order. Should be here in the next few days...

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 03, 2019, 02:15:37 am
That's pretty Cool Ray,  Looks like Flightaware is going to send me one..  Have to make a bracket for the antenna though..  Cold to be mounting it in the winter, but we are going to try LOL

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 03, 2019, 08:47:50 pm
Just installed a new high(er) gain antenna and picking up 3x the traffic I used to get.

It's not really sim related but imagine tapping into this data and creating localized real-time traffic in the sim!

Next Step: Get that antenna HIGHER!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2019, 04:18:41 am
Sweet Ray,

I was just notified Flightaware has approved me for a Free Piaware, they will ship it soon.  Like Skibo said,  Probably because I live so far from civilization, they need coverage LMFAO.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on December 05, 2019, 04:25:17 am
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2019, 04:18:41 amSweet Ray,

I was just notified Flightaware has approved me for a Free Piaware, they will ship it soon.  Like Skibo said,  Probably because I live so far from civilization, they need coverage LMFAO.

Trev

Awesome!

Have you figured a way to mount the antenna on your igloo yet?  Or just going with the Sled Dog house mounting option?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2019, 08:04:52 am
Quote from: jskibo on December 05, 2019, 04:25:17 amAwesome!

Have you figured a way to mount the antenna on your igloo yet?  Or just going with the Sled Dog house mounting option?
Actually,  I have found a way to mold an ICE Bracket, It should hold it.  I pack snow around it to keep it level and pee on it. This then freezes and makes a good mounting option.

Thanks for asking.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on December 05, 2019, 08:52:23 am
Quote from: Trevor Hale on December 05, 2019, 08:04:52 am
Quote from: jskibo on December 05, 2019, 04:25:17 amAwesome!

Have you figured a way to mount the antenna on your igloo yet?  Or just going with the Sled Dog house mounting option?
Actually,  I have found a way to mold an ICE Bracket, It should hold it.  I pack snow around it to keep it level and pee on it. This then freezes and makes a good mounting option.

Thanks for asking.

Trev

That's an awesome solution Cheif Yellow Snow of the North :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on December 05, 2019, 12:32:25 pm
And I thought I was weird...LOL!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on December 05, 2019, 01:38:36 pm
Whilst the sim was down I made an ADS-B antenna, copying from this Youtube vid:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkUYdCPFXXs

I hooked it up to an inexpensive NESDR mini ADS-B dongle and Dump-1090 software. Once it was installed in the attic, I got over 150 miles coverage and I'm roughly at sea level.

A recommended diversion for any sim builder, if the flying has to cease for any reason!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on December 05, 2019, 02:35:58 pm
Quote from: Jet-A1 on December 05, 2019, 01:38:36 pmA recommended diversion for any sim builder, if the flying has to cease for any reason!

It's definitely a diversion. I used to DX back when I was a kid and would pick up stations from around the world. ADS-Bing is sort of like that.

As for Trev mounting the antenna, I imagine all he needs to do is plant a shovel in the nearest snowdrift and zip-tie it....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 09, 2019, 06:46:31 pm
Today I had a go at an A320 FCU push-pull switch. I don't have an A320 sim, nor do I know anyone that's building one, but I thought it would be interesting.

There are two 3D-printed parts. A frame, and a tube with a flange. Then a rotary pulse switch (or rotary encoder) and two microswitches.

Many rotary switches have the 'plum' style shaft, which has serrations around the outside and a slot down the middle. My tube part has a web that goes across the centre inside, which mates with the slot in the switch shaft. The tube is not a tight fit on the shaft, so is free to slide, but when the tube is rotated the web drives the slot which turns the switch. The other end of the tube has a 6mm bore to accept the shaft from the front panel knob.

The frame has two holes at either end. One is a 6mm hole which supports the shaft through to the front panel. The other is a 7mm hole which accepts the switch body, which is held in place with a nut.

The bottom of the frame has two pairs of screw holes to hold two microswitches in place. I am using subminiature microswitches with curved-end actuators. The frame holds the switches such that the actuators touch each side of the flange.

When you pull on the front panel knob the flange is pulled to actuate one microswitch. When you push, the flange pushes the actuator onto the other microswitch. The spring in the switch pushes the flange back to the rest position. Stronger springs could easily be installed.

Attached is a picture of the assembled switch, and a 3D cutaway render of the parts.

Obviously it's missing a threaded boss to attach it to the panel, but this is purely an exercise. The assembly itself works.

IMG_20191210_154911_HDR[1].jpg
cutaway.png
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on December 10, 2019, 12:02:26 pm
That's a great piece of engineering at that size. I use the Collins MCP on the 737, but after a glance at the A320 FCU, it certainly looks more complex with regards to both those altitude push/rotate encoders and their operation.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on December 10, 2019, 12:34:33 pm
The re-build continues! I've spent some time spray painting a Saitek quadrant to the 737 RAL colour and I recently bought some add-on handles from Cockpitsimparts here in the UK. The handles are reasonably well made and I'd say they were decent value for money at around £60GBP, for the Throttle/Flap/Speedbrake kit. They came with some extras thrown in, like the velcro channels, micro switches and stickers. The only problem for me is with a single Saitek quad and this version of the handles, I needed to sacrifice the Speedbrake arm. Though overall I'm happy with the result.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 10, 2019, 01:03:13 pm
Quote from: Jet-A1 on December 10, 2019, 12:02:26 pmThat's a great piece of engineering at that size. I use the Collins MCP on the 737, but after a glance at the A320 FCU, it certainly looks more complex with regards to both those altitude push/rotate encoders and their operation.

Thanks. It's an experiment, and it turned out to be not that complicated. Besides, no-one will see what's behind the panel.

I have accumulated a bunch of different rotary and push switches, and with a 3D printer* it's easy to build something that holds the parts together in a particular orientation.

I'm also looking at the issue of displays and switches. My favourite chip at the moment is the HT16K33 display interface. I think it's perfect for most cockpit applications, since the process essentially boils down to 'light up some LEDs and look at some switches'. I'm also playing with ALPS pulse switches. They are a similar size to rotary encoders, but they don't need any decoding software or hardware. It's just a pair of switches inside a housing. Turn clockwise, one switch clicks on and off repeatedly. Turn anticlockwise, the other switch clicks.

The HT16K33 does not have a rotary encoder interface, but it can easily handle a simple switch that is 'pressed' repeatedly.

I see a lot of projects using the HT16K33 to drive LEDs, but not using the switch input capability. I'd like to change that. It seems like an ideal solution.


* 3D printer currently broken. Waiting for parts.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on December 10, 2019, 02:37:46 pm
Finally ordered the 737 MAX MIP and Glare.

At this rate I might finish before Trevor :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on December 10, 2019, 05:34:15 pm
Relax...still grounded!  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 11, 2019, 02:52:38 am
Quote from: jskibo on December 10, 2019, 02:37:46 pmFinally ordered the 737 MAX MIP and Glare.

At this rate I might finish before Trevor :)
You will totally make it before me. I guarantee it. :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: helloo on December 11, 2019, 01:55:20 pm
Building the back walls.  This makes such a difference.You cannot see attachments on this board.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on December 11, 2019, 07:14:45 pm
WOW! You guys are totally going crazy and getting things done!

It's amazing what you new members are bringing to the table. Definitely will look into some of these new technics; especially, the HT16K33...sounds very interesting.

On a side note, could you guys put your first name at the end of your postings? I want too be very respectful when answering or replying.

Hey Jet-A1, could you add a Speed Brake lever to the side of the Saitek, using a a bolt on device with the handle and a rotary or string pot? If you have a 3D printer you likely could make something; check Thingiverse for this.

Finally, to everyone, I cannot thank you enough for continuing to post in this thread! Believe me when I say that this thread, as well as the entire Cockpit Builders site, is a major motivator to keep me going everyday. Without you guys and this website, I'd be lost in life...

Really do mean that!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 11, 2019, 09:52:07 pm
Hi blueskydriver,

Here's the first project that will bring everything together, I hope. Naturally the 3D render looks fabulous, but it's not real.

Anyway, it's a Collins CTL-22 / 32 / 62 / 92 control head.

An HT16K33 will handle the 7-segment LEDs and the switches, including the ALPS pulse switches which don't need any decoding.

The body is 3D printed, with a single piece of cut acrylic (for the orange window), and I'm experimenting with 3D printed diffusers for the LED backlighting.

The concentric frequency knobs will use an offset gear system (3D printed).

Everything will be published on my GitLab site for anyone to download and print, but I want to make sure it looks nice first. Doesn't have to work. :)

The HT16K33 connects to a host via I2C, so I'll write some Python code to handle button presses and LED updates. Then it should be straightforward to interface to any simulator. This, too, is an experiment as I don't know how busy the bus is going to get with real data passing to and from a real flight simulator* in operation.

I need to build six of them for the whole set, but I'll get one going first.

Andrew

* oxymoron of the day

collins_ctl_isometric.png
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on December 13, 2019, 06:30:48 am
Thanks John,

Yes I did consider some form of home made speedbrake switch and potentiometer set up, though I don't have access to a 3D printer at the moment. That probably will be looked at when I enter the world of Arduino and I/O's for the sim. I have an electrical background but I'm really starting at base 1 with that kind of stuff.

Andrew that's impressive 3D modelling, though I'll admit I had to Google what a Collins CTL-22 was! The OpenScad package looks good, is it along the same 3D CAD lines as Sketchup? Funny you should mention the HT16K33 and the 7-segment displays, that's exactly the problem I'm having with a Jetmax MCP at the moment. Blank 7-segment displays! I'm told FDS are on it.

Anyway, best!

Derek
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 13, 2019, 06:27:26 pm
Quote from: Jet-A1 on December 13, 2019, 06:30:48 amThanks John,

Yes I did consider some form of home made speedbrake switch and potentiometer set up, though I don't have access to a 3D printer at the moment. That probably will be looked at when I enter the world of Arduino and I/O's for the sim. I have an electrical background but I'm really starting at base 1 with that kind of stuff.

Andrew that's impressive 3D modelling, though I'll admit I had to Google what a Collins CTL-22 was! The OpenScad package looks good, is it along the same 3D CAD lines as Sketchup? Funny you should mention the HT16K33 and the 7-segment displays, that's exactly the problem I'm having with a Jetmax MCP at the moment. Blank 7-segment displays! I'm told FDS are on it.

Anyway, best!

Derek

Thanks Derek.

OpenSCAD is a parametric 3D modelling package. Fundamentally you write code to build an object. It's not as hard as it sounds. There are two key strengths. First, the code can be parametric, i.e. you can name a parameter and change its value, then as long as you design your model to correctly handle that parameter (particularly if a single parameter affects multiple aspects of the model) then you can change the parameter and make a new model. Although 'writing code' might seem intimidating it's actually quite refreshing to be able to look at the text of the source and see- there is the line that draws this cube, there is the line that opens this hole to make a boss.

The second strength is that because it is essentially code you can make another program produce an object. That is to say you could have a program read some data file, and then build an object whose dimensions or properties were based on the data file.

Anyway, OpenSCAD outputs .stl files that can be processed by a slicer and printed. The software is free and unencumbered.

Yesterday I reviewed the objects I have designed for the Collins CTL series. Today I printed and test-assembled the parts. Some issues cropped up, but I think this will be a model that anyone could print and assemble. Wiring will be a bit fiddly, but once I have one working I'll know if it's worth it. The diffuser experiment is working: instead of specifying cut acrylic for the diffuser I am printing a 3mm thick 'slab' of PLA that will drop into the rebate of the body.

Andrew
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 15, 2019, 10:04:40 pm
I reviewed the dimensions of the knobs and decided to print them using my super-awesome matt-black PLA filament. They came out really nice. Now I am re-printing the body in the same filament. That'll take a while...

Here is the front view of the hardware. A couple of things are fake, but things are where they should be, and the right size and shape. The white rings around the rotary knobs are a bit poor because I daubed correction fluid on there instead of paint. Never mind, you get the idea.

I need to drill a hole through a rotary switch to allow the drive shaft for the volume control to go through. I probably won't wire it up, but it would work. The screw just below that is fake. The light sensor is for looks, again, it would work, but won't be wired up. The concentric frequency knobs work, the three pushbuttons work, the toggle switch works and the on/off switch works. By "works" I mean "will work when hooked up to an interface board".

IMG_20191216_194940_HDR_1576479031204[1].jpg
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 15, 2019, 10:31:07 pm
Actually, I'm not happy with the knobs. Especially the left side ones. I'll re-do them later.

Anyone know anyone with a real set of these instruments? :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 28, 2019, 12:45:07 pm
Finally the last component arrived- 3P4T rotary switch. This will be the on/off/mode selector.

I drilled out the centre, so that I can pass a 3mm acrylic rod through it. This couples the volume knob to the volume pot, which is behind the selector switch.

I still have to re-do the selector knob and volume knob, but all the parts are present, and the switch mechanisms work. The next step is to wire everything up to the HT16K33 PCB and then write a bit of test software.

I haven't made a PCB for this because the switches etc. are peppered throughout the device. I could make a partial PCB, for the LEDs, for instance, but I'll probably stick to point-to-point wiring. I'm not making a production line for these- I only have to make six. And so does anyone else who wants a set.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on December 29, 2019, 12:36:24 am
Ok, well the first photo indicates that I might indeed need to make a PCB. That's the top LED display and the 5 additional indicator LEDs.
The second one shows that the LEDs I've done all light up. :)

I'll do the rest and use this for experiments and development, but it's not really repeatable for the casual hobbyist. :(
IMG_20191229_212952[1].jpgIMG_20191229_222421[1].jpg
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 29, 2019, 05:23:50 am
WOW, that looks awesome!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on December 29, 2019, 07:40:20 am
I Guess there should have been a K in there somewhere Trev?
Otherwise that's not a very nice comment to make....  :D  8)  :o  :laugh:

Joe,
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on December 30, 2019, 05:32:40 am
LOL My bad Joe :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on January 04, 2020, 07:35:29 am
Hi all,

I've been busy over the holidays making some more stuff for my sim.

A wet compass designed to work natively with arduino via MobiFlight, or should work fine with OC cards. It uses a stepper motor and is backlit. The stepper driver card is obviously included.

I've also made a dummy Rudder Pedal adjuster and a dummy EVAC panel, which I guess could be pressed into service if need be.

The Dzus strips were simply made to go each side of my new FDS CDUs. I couldn't get any in the UK, so I drew them up in CAD and 3D printed them. Where there's a will, there's a way.

Anyone interested in these bits drop me a PM, (not the Dzus they are not viable). They are all made from Acrylic, not metal, (other than the screws, motor etc).

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on January 04, 2020, 10:23:37 am
Very nice work. The rudder adjuster should be of interest to many on the site.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 06, 2020, 10:28:37 am
Hey Joe,

Sent you back a reply PM, put me down for a set of the rudder pedal adjusters and the compass please...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on January 06, 2020, 09:47:40 pm
Quote from: Joe Lavery on January 04, 2020, 07:35:29 amHi all,

I've been busy over the holidays making some more stuff for my sim.

A wet compass designed to work natively with arduino via MobiFlight, or should work fine with OC cards. It uses a stepper motor and is backlit. The stepper driver card is obviously included.

I've also made a dummy Rudder Pedal adjuster and a dummy EVAC panel, which I guess could be pressed into service if need be.

The Dzus strips were simply made to go each side of my new FDS CDUs. I couldn't get any in the UK, so I drew them up in CAD and 3D printed them. Where there's a will, there's a way.

Anyone interested in these bits drop me a PM, (not the Dzus they are not viable). They are all made from Acrylic, not metal, (other than the screws, motor etc).

Joe.

I have made Dzus strips with 10mm aluminium angle tapped with M4 threads spaced 3/8" (9.525mm) apart. I actually didn't drill and tap them all, but I marked them all and drilled only the ones that line up with the panels I wanted to install.

I used M4 cheese-head screws in 3D-printed collars to look like Dzus fasteners. Other builders might choose an Imperial measurement.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on January 06, 2020, 10:07:07 pm
I have also done a 3D printed compass, but it's a different style. It's based on a WL1001KCA1 from SIRS Navigation.

I was driving it with a 28byj-48 stepper motor in the bulkhead above, but I am going to change that to an X27-168 or similar which I can put inside the body of the compass (it's tiny!).

compass.png

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 09, 2020, 10:33:36 am
Scored this beauty off eBay yesterday. A great compliment to my Garmin MX-20 moving map. Hope to be reverse-engineering this bad boy soon.

The LCD video is just progress I'm making on the CANBUS project for eventually converting the sim back to MSFS2020.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on January 09, 2020, 03:53:34 pm
Quote from: ame on January 06, 2020, 10:07:07 pmI have also done a 3D printed compass, but it's a different style. It's based on a WL1001KCA1 from SIRS Navigation.

I was driving it with a 28byj-48 stepper motor in the bulkhead above, but I am going to change that to an X27-168 or similar which I can put inside the body of the compass (it's tiny!).

compass.png


I have done the same thing with a real compass but i replaced the 28BYJ-48 with a DF Robot FIT-0503 stepper.   Its tiny, and with the gearing, its 2000 steps per revolution.
Should easily fit inside your compass.   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on January 09, 2020, 09:34:27 pm
Hi there,

I couldn't get the 28byj-48 to work reliably. I wasn't sure if it was missing steps, or if I hadn't counted them properly (there are a couple of variants around with slightly different steps-per-revolution).

Also, that stepper needs a driver, which is quite large. The speedo steppers do not.

I have a X27 589, which has the wires coming out of the front. The X27 169 has them coming out of the back. So it depends on how I can route wires inside the body of the compass as to which one I use. Then I can hook it up directly to the gpio pins on the micro. No driver needed. Each step is 1/3°

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on January 10, 2020, 01:29:09 am
Quote from: ame on January 09, 2020, 09:34:27 pmI have a X27 589, which has the wires coming out of the front. The X27 169 has them coming out of the back. So it depends on how I can route wires inside the body of the compass as to which one I use. Then I can hook it up directly to the gpio pins on the micro. No driver needed. Each step is 1/3°



The only issue with those motors is that they have internal stops at 0 & 315 degrees, they arent 360 degree steppers
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on January 10, 2020, 11:49:33 am
Quote from: mickc on January 10, 2020, 01:29:09 am
Quote from: ame on January 09, 2020, 09:34:27 pmI have a X27 589, which has the wires coming out of the front. The X27 169 has them coming out of the back. So it depends on how I can route wires inside the body of the compass as to which one I use. Then I can hook it up directly to the gpio pins on the micro. No driver needed. Each step is 1/3°



The only issue with those motors is that they have internal stops at 0 & 315 degrees, they arent 360 degree steppers

Indeed. You can buy versions without the stop, but it's very easy to open the motor housing and remove the stop. I'll report back when I've done one.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on January 14, 2020, 06:31:04 pm
Quick update on HT16K33 support with ALPS pulse switches.

There is good news and bad news.

The good news is that it works. I can hook up two pulse switches to the HT16K33 as if they are keys in a matrix keypad.

The bad news is that the results are inconsistent. I don't know if the switches are bad (when they are $11 each normally and $1 each from China you have to wonder...) or if the design is incompatible with the HT16K33.

The pulse switches are quite elegantly designed. Inside is a toothed wheel which meshes with the edge of a tiny plastic 'shuttle'. There are two pairs of sprung switch contacts at the left and right sides of the switch body. When the knob is turned the teeth on the wheel push the shuttle to the left or right, depending on which way the knob is turned. The end of the shuttle pushes one pair of contacts together. Once one tooth has passed the shuttle the shuttle springs back to centre, but it can't go past the centre and can't activate the contacts on the other side.

It's quite clever, but the switching event is very brief. It is literally a pulse. The HT16K33 has debouncing code inside, and I think it massages away a genuine switch closure as if it were a bounce.

I need to make a quick test harness with an Arduino or something to check if faster sampling of the switch will detect the closures more reliably, or if the shuttle or spring contacts are ever so slightly misaligned and don't actually connect.

I have noticed that one switch will work for about half of its clicks. The other for about a third. Again, it could be that due to manufacturing tolerances the contacts don't actually close, or close too quickly to be reliably detected. If I turn it really slowly then I can get the wheel to push the shuttle and make a switch closure that is longer before the tooth passes and the shuttle flicks back.

A bit disappointing. If the switches are marginal then it's not worth buying 'genuine' ones. I'd be better off using rotary encoders and a different chip. The HTK1633 is still good for multipole switches and human-timescale pushbuttons.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 15, 2020, 08:33:20 am
Work continues on the CANBUS interface project. Testing range and signal clarity with 200' of 2-conductor cable between the transceivers. Much thanks to JamesP for helping out with the code.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on January 24, 2020, 11:59:08 am
Hi Folks,

Here's an updated pic of my on-going 737 throttle build, now using two Saitek quadrants. With two quads, I've finally been able to add the Speed Brake handle. I spray-painted and finished the handles with white then applied acrylic laquer which took a few passes, to build up the thickness. On the quadrant it's self, I have two spare axes, one of which I've been trying to assign to Gear up/down. However P3D looks for a switch for this rather than an axis. One for looking into with FSUIPC I think. Not sure what to assign the final spare axis to. Happy building!

Derek
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 24, 2020, 11:02:31 pm
Landed me a Garmin 430 control head off eBay last week!

Been working on tracing out all the front panel wiring and installing a gorgeous 800x450 LCD panel.

It'll be driven by the Flight-1 Technologies 430 trainer software interfaced directly to X-Plane with the display area cropped and sent to the unit via a freeware app called "Scope Mirror", which takes a user-defined section of 1 display and sends it to another as a full screen display.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on January 25, 2020, 04:35:24 am
Ray, that looks great! In the pic, is that LCD driven from the Garmin's own (boot up?) software or is it actually being generated from XPlane? Great reverse engineering work. Can you post a pic of the how you did the back connections? What power source runs the Garmin now it's not in an aircraft?

Derek
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on January 25, 2020, 05:01:43 am
An impressive masterpiece I say!

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 25, 2020, 06:46:44 am
OMG! You guys are totally killing it! Just when I thought it was getting too quite here on Cockpit Builders, you guys drop these awesome bombshells! All I can say is FREAKING AMAZING!

For my own simulator, just about to finish the projection screen stand. Got the curved PVC tubing on last night, and now some cleanup, then it'll be back to putting the FDS shell together.

Lastly, I will not attach the actual screen material until everything else is done. Don't want to take the chance of getting a smudge mark or snag because it will be there forever if I do, and it'll drive me even crazier seeing it.

John

PS Thanks again for keeping this thread going, like I've said before, I check it at least 5 times a day...if not more.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on January 25, 2020, 01:13:57 pm
Great John!

When you get the visuals set up, post some pictures. I can see the logic of leaving the physical screen till last, no disasters there required..!

Derek
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on January 25, 2020, 01:38:23 pm
Sadly the unit didn't come with any of the electronics, save for the actual screen, which is beyond my ability to reverse-engineer. It was still extremely expensive but... the best time to buy something like this is when you first see it.

Luckily I had a spare 800x480 HDMI screen laying around that is a perfect fit.
(XPT2046 for the Raspberry Pi)

After several hours of tracing the front panel button wiring (Turns out it's a row/column matrix... the worst to reverse-trace!) I have what's a very believable and realistic Garmin 430 unit that feels exactly like the original because for all intents and purposes, it is!.

This is the Garmin 430 software:
https://www.flight1tech.com/consumer/Products/CategoryID/1/ProductID/13

This is the screen capture software I need to use because the Garmin software doesn't allow you to fully remove the bezel:

https://github.com/kcg-edu-future-lab/Scope-Mirror

The Scope-Mirror software is bad-ass. It's simple, and does exactly what I need it to do.

Can't wait to get this bad boy installed! It's a perfect combination for my Garmin MX-20 Moving Map/GPS system (Also real, and also fully reverse-engineered with nothing taken apart.)


 

 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Jet-A1 on January 25, 2020, 02:21:13 pm
Top job Ray!

I see now where you went with this. Great work tracing the front button wiring, looks tricky given it's a matrix!

Derek
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: KyleH on January 28, 2020, 12:41:35 pm
I've moved all the interfacing discussion to its own topic. Please continue the discussion there.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on January 29, 2020, 11:47:32 am
Hey Kyle, thanks for the move. Didn't mind it here, but it'll be easier for everyone else too find...

John ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 05, 2020, 10:22:01 am
Test fitting the Garmin 430. The 430 will end up on top of the MX-20. This is my upcoming weekend work.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on February 05, 2020, 06:35:25 pm
Today I finished the documentation for making a 3D-printed 2-1/4" (60mm) simulator gauge.

You can find the instructions in the new "How To" forum:
https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7836.0

The gauge requires no exotic tools or equipment, other than a 3D printer, and no exotic components, other than an automotive dashboard stepper motor.

Total cost is very little. Here's a ball-park estimate:
X27 589 Stepper Motor $2.00
2mm clear acrylic $0.50
3mm white acrylic $1.00
Connectors $0.50
3mm white LED $0.01
Nuts, bolts $1.00
3D printed parts $1.00

Total: $6

In addition you'll need something to drive the motor. I am experimenting with MCP23017 16-bit GPIO, $1.50. This will drive up to four stepper motors.

The design also supports dual-needle gauges. This uses the X40 stepper motor, which is about $7.

I will make a short video of the gauge I built, to demonstrate that it actually works.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 07, 2020, 07:36:05 am
Hey Everyone,

Finally, getting my FDS B737NG Nose Kit and Liners put together. After 2 years awaiting in the boxes, things are coming together.

Got the nose kit done and started the liners, but had to stop because of my platform in its current state will not work. Previously, it was setup too be rolled out for maintenance and since my yoke & pedals portion is already a platform I have to build around that.

Therefore, I basically have to add two long rectangular portions to make it 10'x10' when all combined, and then it all must be on wheels to roll underneath the nose (in/out) when needed. More or less what I had before, just bigger.

The pics here show the nose kit only and the newly built, free-standing, projection screen unit. Albeit, the actual screen is not mounted yet, as that will be done last to avoid dirt and dust getting on it, as well as accidental tears into it.

Regarding the stand, it's 1" square metal tubing welded into three large sections that when bolted together will complete the 220 degree curve. It also has black sheet metal (sheets) riveted to the curve on the front facing side to give structural stability. The white PVC tubing is for attaching the white screen using the 6" bungees (both from Carl's place).

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 07, 2020, 07:41:11 am
Here are the pics...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on February 07, 2020, 09:04:23 am
John,
That looks awesome. Great to see your progress, keep the pics coming.
Les
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 07, 2020, 09:56:15 am
WOW! Looks great.  Looking forward to seeing it flying John.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on February 07, 2020, 10:09:14 am
Nice back section against the wall !! :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 07, 2020, 11:01:31 am
Thanks guys, but I only follow the greats like you...😁

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 07, 2020, 01:35:25 pm
looks like darth fader... but its insides  that matter   what ya doing for windows of any ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 07, 2020, 01:50:34 pm
apples
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on February 07, 2020, 01:52:33 pm
with sound   programable
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 07, 2020, 03:45:35 pm
Them some nice apples :)  Love them apples :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on February 08, 2020, 04:21:23 pm
Today I modified the 3D printing files for 60mm gauges again because... you really should print out or at least carefully check a 3D render of a part if ever you modify it.

So, anyway, current files on GitLab are all good.

I made a quick test program to drive the gauge with an MCP23017 I2C GPIO expander using Python on a Raspberry Pi. I'll take a video and post it on YouTube.

I also tested the backlighting with a PWM-driven MOSFET module. I could drive the PWM input from the Pi, but I intend to use a PCA9685 I2C PWM chip.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 12, 2020, 08:05:33 am
Bit of a setback for me unfortunately. Was putting the Center MIP back in place and fired it up only to discover all kinds of power weirdness.

Somehow during the course of working on the Garmin 430, I must have looked at the transponder radio in a way it saw fit to permanently discontinue it's services.

Replacements are roughly $250 US from Flight Illusion. Nope!

Working on gutting the dead radio and using the parts, tied to a Teensy 3.2 over CANBUS.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 12, 2020, 02:37:58 pm
Sounds like Gremlins are at it again Ray!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 12, 2020, 09:20:33 pm
Hey Bernard,

Yep, Star Wars vibe, but B737 on the inside and love it. The windows are plexi or whatever it's called from FDS. I will attach them to the outside like I once did with the real cockpit...

How is your sim coming? Is it flyable yet?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 27, 2020, 09:50:34 pm
Ugh! More set-backs!

Power gremlins have returned. The same ones that took out my transponder radio. Identified the suspect power supply (There are 5) and the 12v side is reading 3.3vdc.

Hoping it didn't take anything else with it.

Brain is figuring out how to isolate power delivery if something is out-of-spec.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on February 28, 2020, 07:30:32 am
:P  This is why I completely gutted my sim and re-ran new cables.  Too many changes to have a loose wire blow something up.  I have never seen a power supply going low, actually cooking something. that sucks.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on February 28, 2020, 08:14:19 am
Yes i reckon it must be the season for the gremlins.
I had the unfortunate experience of sticking 400vdc on a 5v line. Luckily all i had connected at the time was my Clock module. Fried every chip on the board.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 28, 2020, 09:27:54 am
Gremlins man, just Gremlins!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 28, 2020, 09:31:07 am
Platform modification progress... Next, adding coin pattern rubber flooring now.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 28, 2020, 09:14:51 pm
That's some awesome work there, John!

I recently purchased an item off eBay and I'm going to try my hand at interfacing it to X-Plane.

Power-Up tests were successful!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 29, 2020, 08:06:11 pm
More power gremlins, resulting in the loss of another component... an LCD display.

Had enough. I'm gutting all the power wiring and re-working everything. I can't sacrifice any more expensive electronics to shoot this gremlin.

Reducing the power supply count from 5 to 2. (Granted, these are going to be massive power supplies to handle everything the sim throws at them.) One 12VDC/83 Amp supply, and a 5vdc/60-Amp supply. All power end-points will be fused, so if something shorts out again, just the device is affected and not everything else.

Funny thing is, I should have known better....

Turns out that using multiple supplies can have negative consequences, too numerous to list here.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on February 29, 2020, 09:38:23 pm
Hey Ray,

You likely know all this already, but what are your 110v circuits like? How many are you using for your sim?

All I know is 2 is not enough, it will heat everything up based whatever the most amps being used at one point is. Put one 8amp device and 6 more lower amp devices on a 15amp circuit, and the lower amp devices will get the heat up from the 8 amp device. You'll get shorting issues, burnouts, browning of both power supplies and surge protector strips.

Of course you should also avoid extension cords at all cost; unless, they're rated really high amp.

Lastly, in my example above, it adds up to 14amps; whereas, it's best to only use 12amps on any given 15amp circuit. This provides headroom. Albeit, you're talking about providing DC amps, but what if the other 110v items and your DC Power Supplies are heating up together, causing heat to push down the DC lines affecting the devices on those lines?

John

PS Karen's advice for you is to take a break away from it for a few days, because your gremlins will get bored and leave if you're not there...lol!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on February 29, 2020, 09:39:17 pm
Quote from: RayS on February 29, 2020, 08:06:11 pmTurns out that using multiple supplies can have negative consequences, too numerous to list here.

I think, on balance, you'll find there are positives too.

I'll get my coat.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on February 29, 2020, 10:07:23 pm
Hmmm... What I could do is segregate everything that requires the following:

1. Always On: USB Hubs, Displays... basically everything that needs to be alive when the computers fire up.

2. Battery-Only-On: Everything that turns on only when battery power is applied

3. Avionics-Only-On: Radios, GPS systems, etc...

Obviously I want to do this correctly. Maybe the above scenario warrants multiple power supplies, isolated by power diodes.

The more I dive into this the more I'm realizing I'm out of my engineering realm.
 
There are no components in the sim that pull a significant amount of current. I have no Force-Feedback systems which would draw a significant amount. Just a lot of little circuits with minimal current draw.

Regardless though, I need to get this right. Any help is appreciated. :-)

The AC side is fairly robust. The power drops in this hangar are 2 60-amp circuits which are above the norm for normal house current. Everything in the hangar is powered off a dedicated sub-panel with 60-amp breakers. I don't really think that's the issue as the sim has been running fine for a year, save for the last week.

Which leads me to conclude that something shorted out and I just need to find it. :-)


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on March 01, 2020, 05:51:46 am
Quote from: RayS on February 29, 2020, 08:06:11 pmMore power gremlins, resulting in the loss of another component... an LCD display.

Had enough. I'm gutting all the power wiring and re-working everything. I can't sacrifice any more expensive electronics to shoot this gremlin.

Reducing the power supply count from 5 to 2. (Granted, these are going to be massive power supplies to handle everything the sim throws at them.) One 12VDC/83 Amp supply, and a 5vdc/60-Amp supply. All power end-points will be fused, so if something shorts out again, just the device is affected and not everything else.

Funny thing is, I should have known better....

Turns out that using multiple supplies can have negative consequences, too numerous to list here.

Okay....Ray's dilemma here sort of unnerves me, and John's (and others' here) grasp of electronics humbles me for sure.  Yes, I studied basic electronics along the way in high school and college, but I have never been motivated enough to delve deeply into the subject regarding my sim simply because I have not encountered the kinds of issues reported here (necessity is the mother of all learning).  So bottom-line, I guess maybe I have been dumb lucky.

But for whatever it is worth.....The current rendition of my sim is about a decade old now.  It is a fully complete enclosed fixed-base 737 cockpit. It does not have the complexity of a motion platform, but does have the complexity of a multi-channel visual setup.

I have 8 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the sim room. Those service 6 computers, 3 projectors, 10 monitors of various sorts, 5 converted cheap PC power supplies for the sim electronics (5V/12V), and some 24V transformers for lighting and other minor applications, etc. The sim electronics for the fully functional OH, MIP, and the converted motorized TQ are home wired, all else is pretty much plug-and-play. There is no wiring for converted real instrumentation other than the TQ. All electrical current into the sim is downstream from 1875W surge protectors, but none of the home wiring is fused (because to this point I have not been motivated enough to engineer that part of it).  I make it a point to close the power at all the surge protectors when the sim is not in use, so there is no electrical service connections into the sim or computers when I am not there.

So that is my report.  Again, I am not smart enough about electronics to know if any of that provides any learning or valuable insight. I'm simply reporting what it is. I may just be dumb lucky since I have yet to have any electronic failures of any kind (other than some really stupid and obvious wiring mistakes that I made that fried a servo or two, and a headset module that failed for some unknown reason).

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: KyleH on March 01, 2020, 06:30:10 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on February 29, 2020, 09:38:23 pmHey Ray,

You likely know all this already, but what are your 110v circuits like? How many are you using for your sim?

All I know is 2 is not enough, it will heat everything up based whatever the most amps being used at one point is. Put one 8amp device and 6 more lower amp devices on a 15amp circuit, and the lower amp devices will get the heat up from the 8 amp device. You'll get shorting issues, burnouts, browning of both power supplies and surge protector strips.


This is factually incorrect. A high power draw cannot flow backwards up a different branch circuit. The only way an 8A device can cause a lower power device(lets say 2A) to heat up is if the 2A device has been wired in series some way with the 8A device.
If you having issues like this, there is something else wrong and it is not related to power draw.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: KyleH on March 01, 2020, 07:01:55 am
Quote from: FredK on March 01, 2020, 05:51:46 amOkay....Ray's dilemma here sort of unnerves me, and John's (and others' here) grasp of electronics humbles me for sure.  Yes, I studied basic electronics along the way in high school and college, but I have never been motivated enough to delve deeply into the subject regarding my sim simply because I have not encountered the kinds of issues reported here (necessity is the mother of all learning).  So bottom-line, I guess maybe I have been dumb lucky.

But for whatever it is worth.....The current rendition of my sim is about a decade old now.  It is a fully complete enclosed fixed-base 737 cockpit. It does not have the complexity of a motion platform, but does have the complexity of a multi-channel visual setup.

I have 8 dedicated 20 amp circuits in the sim room. Those service 6 computers, 3 projectors, 10 monitors of various sorts, 5 converted cheap PC power supplies for the sim electronics (5V/12V), and some 24V transformers for lighting and other minor applications, etc. The sim electronics for the fully functional OH, MIP, and the converted motorized TQ are home wired, all else is pretty much plug-and-play. There is no wiring for converted real instrumentation other than the TQ. All electrical current into the sim is downstream from 1875W surge protectors, but none of the home wiring is fused (because to this point I have not been motivated enough to engineer that part of it).  I make it a point to close the power at all the surge protectors when the sim is not in use, so there is no electrical service connections into the sim or computers when I am not there.

So that is my report.  Again, I am not smart enough about electronics to know if any of that provides any learning or valuable insight. I'm simply reporting what it is. I may just be dumb lucky since I have yet to have any electronic failures of any kind (other than some really stupid and obvious wiring mistakes that I made that fried a servo or two, and a headset module that failed for some unknown reason).

Fred K

Fred,
From your description you have set the sim up correctly and I wouldn't worry about it. Especially if you are turning off power to it when not using it, which is what everyone should be doing.
The circuit breakers in your house is the fusing for those circuits.

A lot of times these issues are caused by improperly designed components, low quality parts, amateur wiring, using cheap power supplies, or using a PC power supply in some application where it is not intended to be used. Sometimes parts just fail.

Ray, I'd be happy to look over your plans if you'd like. I am a little concerned about your 60A breakers though.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 01, 2020, 02:14:46 pm
Thanks for everyone's input. I'm especially interested in Kyle's expertise on 2 approaches I roughed together. (See attached images)

A few questions:
1. Which one is the right approach? And could it be further refined/protected?)
2. Do I need Power Isolation diodes on each power supply output? (I've read that you sort of do, but only if you really don't understand the power supply's behavior)

 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 01, 2020, 05:37:24 pm
Hi Kyle,

Thanks for pointing that out; however, after reading my post I realized I tied two sentences together wrongly and forgot to say a third part...it was 4am and I had been up for 20 hours...lol.

What I meant to say is this: All I know is 2 residential regular 15amp circuits are not enough. Regular as in maybe 4-5 typical home 15amp outlets on a single circuit.

Why? Because unless you know how all the outlets were wired or you did them yourself, as well as what is plugged into all those outlets and their amp draw. You might not found out what your simulator items being plugged into that same circuit is going too do until it happens.

Also, my point about 8amp draw with 6 other lower amp items on a 15amp circuit was meant about them all being on one circuit only, not flowing back onto a branch circuit. Plus, there can be some unknown variables with residential home wiring that a new person into this hobby might not think about right away; especially, the non-electronic type folks.

Probably the best thing too say is "If you're going to build a simulator have an electrician come access your home electrical system before you start..."

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 03, 2020, 04:48:03 am
Here goes the glue...woo hoo!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 06, 2020, 02:05:51 am
Hey Everyone,

More things done with the platforms. Got all the rubber matting glued down and seats are back on, along with the TQ sitting in place.

Amazingly, take a look at the soon too be added item in the pics. Yep, this has been sitting on a shelf for years waiting for today. It's OpenCockpits brand panel kits with PNP radios.

Jack, if you're looking, see where your FP is going? The OEM one would've been out of place. Speaking of which did you get the replacement FDS items yet; Karen says she'll put the new items in for me...woo hoo, yeah lucky me!  ;D

Maybe, some of you've noticed, that's a B727 TQ with a 2 bay ped in the pic. Well, I keep getting closer everyday to converting it to a B737 TQ by removing and rearranging pieces. Unless, I can sell this one and buy a 737 TQ.

Albeit, I am curious, is anyone interested in a B727 anymore? Believe it or not I have the B727-100/200 MIP, the FWD and AFT Overheads, the FE Station, and the Fuel Panel that I might sell. I've been on the fence about this because it has all OEM switches, annunciators, and much more that I could use in my 737...might post an ad and see what happens.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on March 06, 2020, 04:56:44 am
Coming along very nicely!

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on March 06, 2020, 05:22:52 am
Nice build.
Steve is supposed to send me those parts and the one I need for the conversion. He is on an assignment now. Soon !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 06, 2020, 07:50:40 am
Thanks Fred. Yep, even small progress is a big step when doing this hobby.

Okay Jack, sounds awesome! Thank You!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 06, 2020, 02:30:13 pm
Hey Everyone,

Forgot to mention, is there anyone here who could build both sets of the metal heel plate/risers (Capt and FO sides) that go under the rudder pedals for me? If so, please send a PM...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 10, 2020, 11:45:53 am
Finally, we got all the coin shape matting down with metal trim. Since this is a sectional platform it took a little longer. Next, gotta move the entire back wall/door section out of the way and roll everything else into place, and from there mount the cockpit shell on top.

This is so much, feels like when we first started...

John

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 10, 2020, 03:48:32 pm
Back in business...almost  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 10, 2020, 11:16:24 pm
Moving right along  ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: iwik on March 11, 2020, 12:49:36 am
John,
Looking good, there's no stopping you now.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 14, 2020, 10:37:04 pm
What a failed power supply looks like....

I'm finally over the hump though. Two weeks after a power supply went bad, all systems are once again functional. I did lose the Pilot's PFD display & the transponder due to this mess.

I redid the entire power distribution using better methodologies and non-computer power supplies. Also standardized on wiring, which is a high-grade 18-gauge 3-conductor stranded copper. No voltage loss on the longer runs.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M62HEPU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'll spend some of tomorrow validating everything and with any luck I'll be back up in the air shortly.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on March 15, 2020, 12:57:10 am
Today I decided to have a go at making a prop-sync indicator.

RayS sent me the diameter of the tube that is the instrument body (thanks RayS!), and I used that to scale some photos that I found on the web.

I had asked the manufacturer, but no dimensions were forthcoming from them.

So far it's a tiny 6V geared motor in a housing, driving a black-and-white segmented disk. The housing is inserted into a panel-mount bezel with captive M3 nuts for mounting and a 19mm disk of clear plastic cut from a CD case as a window.

It will look fabulous when printed in the matt black filament I have, but for now it's whatever is in the printer. The motor turns, and the decal could be backlit.

Next step is to drive the motor with an Arduino and an H-bridge, and have a sensor to detect the rotation speed so that I can keep it at the requested speed. I'll also PWM the backlight LEDs so that they can be dimmed.front_view.jpgside_view.jpgcomponents.jpg
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 15, 2020, 05:59:51 am
This thread was somewhat interesting to me, with respect to the electrical/power considerations for a Sim project.

If you ask anyone in technical customer service when they get a complaint that their gizmo doesn't power up, the first question they ask is, "Do you have the power cord plugged in?"  :)
Thus, when we think of the power to our simulators, it all starts with the power source.

The typical home might have a 100 Amp service for the entire house, with most circuits being 15 amps.  This varies of course, with newer homes having a 200 amp capability, some even higher.   As Fred pointed out, having multiple outlets on individual circuits is a good way to go.

I would say that in general for a Static Simulator, the power requirement is typically handled by two 120 VAC 15 amp outlets.   If you are running additional computers and/or projector systems, then you may need to share the load among several AC outlets.  For example, with my Sim configuration, I use two 120 VAC 20 amp outlets for the Sim computers, and one 120 VAC 20 amp outlet for the three Projectors.  This turns out to be a bit of overkill, but in my case, it was convenient.

However, in some Sim setups, there is a tendency to "overload" the AC power by trying to power everything from a single 15 amp outlet.  Of course, most of you understand that there is a need to assess the power requirements for each Sim system you are using, eg. computers, monitors, USB Hubs, TQs, etc. -- essentially, everything you are using in your Sim.  To do this, you can buy an inexpensive Watt Meter to actively measure the power you are using.  It all goes back to the primary power source, and basically, you can't get 18 amps out of a 15 amp ac power outlet.   If you know what each component in your Sim is consuming for power, then you can better manage the requirement.   Getting more AC Plug strips is not necessarily a good strategy when using a single AC outlet.  You laugh, but we all try to do it... ;D

It is also important to take a look at the quality of the power you have available.   If your area suffers from "brown outs" that is a problem for sure.   Most equipment these days can handle low voltage from the AC outlets.   But the best thing to do for 120 VAC power, is to use a good quality "On-Line Double Conversion" UPS in the 2000VA - 3000VA power range.  These will provide clean 120VAC sine wave power to your Sim's power requirements.  They are also bullet proof in lightning prone areas or where power surges are a problem.  You would be wise to use one or two of these in your Sim project, depending on your total power requirements.

As a side note for the 6dof Motion Platform power requirements...   I am using a dedicated 240 VAC 100 amp Panel, and breaking out six (6) 240 VAC 20 amp circuits -- one for each Servo Controller.

As far as power distribution within the Sim...  There is typically requirements for 120 VAC, for computers and displays, USB Hubs, and low voltage power supplies instrument modules (+5vdc and +12 vdc), etc..  In the case of some instrument modules, you can use a power "brick or wall wart" to get the low voltage needed, eg. the FDS SysCards.

As for the low voltage power requirements...   Using power bricks for the +5vdc or +12vdc power needs is perfectly fine -- they just take up space.  These are typically small switching power supply modules that in some cases, can be electrically noisy depending on their quality.  When it comes to power sources for your Sim -- buy quality!   It is also perfectly fine to deep-six the power bricks and use a dedicated +5VDC or +12vdc power source, which are typically switching power supplies.   MeanWell makes some good low cost Power Supplies.  Stay away from no-name power supplies or surplus power supplies, as you get what you pay for, and what you usually get are headaches!  In the typical Sim, it is common to have a combination of power bricks and dedicated low voltage power supplies.   What is important here is the organization of these power modules -- especially grounding considerations and wiring routing in and around your Sim.   Of course, in all cases, electrical safety is of critical importance.   Some of these DC switching power supplies have "open" 120 VAC connections, so be extra careful to protect and isolate these connections.   The use of tywraps is good to constrain wire runs so you don't have wires flopping all over the place.  Remember...  If it can come loose, it will come loose!

It is also a good idea to have fused power circuits in a Sim project for overall safety and protection of equipment.   In this regard, clean organization of wire harnessing is always a good plan.

Anyway...   Just some thoughts on the basics...   The important take away here is not to overload your AC power outlets, to use good wiring practices with well organized wire harnessing using the correct size wire, to buy quality power supplies, and to use a high quality UPS -- better yet, an On-Line Double Conversion UPS.

Mike



Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 15, 2020, 10:17:57 am
Thanks for that info Mike. After reading it I'm pleased that I did everything right this time around.

Good-quality Meanwell supplies with plenty of current capacity to handle transient loads.

I also used power diodes throughout, and fused every.single.component so if something decides to go south, it won't take everything with it.

As of right now, everything is back up and running.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 15, 2020, 10:19:21 am
I wanted to add, I am also going to put my 3 projectors on a large UPS.

We don't get power outages all that frequently but there have been a few.

My concern is that with a blackout and the projectors running, those things will just sit there and bake without any airflow.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 15, 2020, 10:56:22 am
A Pic!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 15, 2020, 11:22:49 am
Hi Ray,

Glad you are back up and running.   The pic of your power supplies and distribution panel is true perfection.   Well done!   

Not a bad idea using a UPS for your projectors.   The downside of bulb type projectors, is when they are not allowed to cool down slowly prior to power being turn OFF.

Anyway...   Excellent job on your wiring technique!

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 15, 2020, 05:16:17 pm
More pics, all interior panels installed and shell is done. Next up, hanging the FWD & AFT OVHDs.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 16, 2020, 03:44:59 am
Great progress John!   I really like how you "segmented" the Flight Deck so you can pull out the center section.  We really do have to consider how we are able to access modules in order to work on our Sims.

When do you expect to have everything up and running?

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 16, 2020, 08:37:06 am
JUST KEEP BUILDING YOUR FLIGHT SIMULATOR COCKPIT...

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS!

 ;D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on March 16, 2020, 09:19:09 am
John,

I notice you have front covers on the FDS Shell,  From experience (At Worldflight) it gets damn warm in there without airflow from front to back, you may find with the monitors etc, she gets too warm with that closed off. 

You may consider keeping those off, but that's up to you. (Just a suggestion)

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 16, 2020, 09:21:55 am
Hey Trev,

OMG! Thank you, I wasn't even thinking about that! I will pull them off for sure 😁

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on March 16, 2020, 10:41:23 am
Yes,

We even had 2 8-10" fans installed in front of Capt & FO rudder pedals and a big 12 ducted fan in the back. At night, we would typically keep them off, but in during the day it would get super warm. 

Keep in mind this is inside a sealed dedicated 70 Degree Air conditioned room.  However inside that shell with everything going on, it gets very warm.

I am no expert, just making suggestions based on expert.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 16, 2020, 12:17:00 pm
Hey Trevor,

Thank you and yes, you're an expert based on the experience of doing non-commercial simulator cockpits.

Plus, with all the World Flight events, your own Streaming Flights, as well as the amount of sims you've built or been a part of building. That qualifies you in the expert category....

Kind Regards,

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 16, 2020, 04:05:58 pm
Hey Mike,

Thank you. And, you're 100% correct about the accessibility of our sims. With mine having a prebuilt motorized Yoke/Pedals platform it definitely needed the rollout capability.

Plus, I figured it should be the same for the seat platforms and they're actually individual sections, but this time I bolted them together. Means the TQ can stay on top for rolling things out; otherwise, had to take it out and find a safe space for it.

As for when the sim will be ready, I am planning for sometime in April, if not sooner. With the FDS nose and projection screen stand being done, it's just a matter of reinstalling everything from before.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on March 17, 2020, 05:31:49 pm
a rule to follow   you can never have enough cooling i run 8 tonnes and its still not an igloo
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 18, 2020, 11:38:46 am
Hi Folks,

Regarding "cockpit Cooling"...   I recall my very first flight in a 737 Sim...   It was Scott's Sim, and truly a great experience!   One thing I remember is that I needed a greater sense of air flow in the cockpit, and a need for cool air. 

Now that I have had a chance to fly a few full-scale Sims, I can confirm that as for the CA and FO, having some cool air flowing in and through the cockpit is a definite plus.  This is especially important when demonstrating the Sim to someone that may not be use to flying, as it is much easier to get a sense of motion sickness when the cockpit environment seems warm.

In my Sim, the cooling strategy is to have forced air come through the Left and Right EyeBall Vents, and user adjustable (independent for both the CA side and FO side) forced air coming through the CA and FO lower rudder area and the Upper Glare Shield area.  Two separate Pull-Levers for this...

The source of the "forced air" is from a TripLite IP Cooler.   Here is the link for what I am using:

https://www.tripplite.com/smartrack-12000-btu-120v-portable-air-conditioning-unit-small-server-rooms-network-closets~SRCOOL12K

In my Sim, I will be using a 6" flexible Duct going from the IP Cooler on the Sim floor to the Sim/Motion Platform.  The exhaust of the IP Cooler is vented out throught the wall to the outside.  The output air temperature can be set at the IP Cooler and is automatically regulated.  The air is then routed through the 6" flex conduit to the Sim, which is elevated on the Motion Platform.   The Flex Conduit allows for full movement of the Sim/Motion Platform.  The Flex Conduit mates to a mainfold on the front of the Sim for controlled routing as described above.  When all the Cockpit "air ports" are closed, the air is vented through a by-pass port on the manifold and exhausted into the Sim Room.

As I recall...  Fred still has the same IP Cooler for his full-scale 737 Sim, which does a nice job of cooling down his entire Sim Room.   Thanks for the tip Fred...   This IP Cooler has been a real blessing for my Sim Project.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 19, 2020, 05:11:29 pm
Please forgive the image test...  I'm trying to figure out how to post a photo.  Hope this works...
Big-Bird-In-Flight.jpg

By the way...   This is an experimental aircraft that I built.  It requiring 9 years to build.  It is called the Turbine Legend.   This photo shows my wife and me flying off the coast of California.   This aircraft was replaced by my 737-800/Motion Platform Project.  Just as much fun to fly, but zero cost for Jet-A fuel.  On take off the Turbine Legend burned about 74gph.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on March 20, 2020, 03:11:52 am
Love photo's like that Mike.

Thanks for sharing

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 20, 2020, 04:54:02 am
Hi Trevor,

Hope you are doing well.   

Question:  Ho do I keep from getting two of the same photo when I post an image in a message?

I have been dragging the photo to Attach window, then Inserting it into the text.   I see that other only get one photo.  Any help on this?  Thanks.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on March 20, 2020, 05:21:19 am
Hi Mike,

On the front page of this site there is a post called Instructions for posting attachments.   Here is the Link to the thread.  The problem is after you click upload your pressing the insert button which you don't need to do otherwise you will get a duplicate image.

https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7724

Let me know if this solves your issue.

thanks,

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 20, 2020, 06:27:24 am
Thanks Trevor....   I'll try that the next time.  My last post on the TQ does have duplicate photos.   Sorry.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on March 20, 2020, 08:23:12 pm
Today I did a quick test of my tacho sensor in the prop sync indicator, to see if it would actually work.

I'm using this tiny motor inside:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000152447766.html

At the end of the shaft is the black and white segmented indicator disc.

At the gearbox I have another disc. This one is half black, half white, on the 'back' side towards the gearbox and motor.

An optical sensor is mounted close to the gearbox, looking at the back of that disc. It can detect the black and white halves which gives me a tachometer signal which I can use to measure the rotation speed.

Between the two discs is an LED. It shines through the white parts of the indicator disc. I was hoping it did not shine back through the tacho disc. It doesn't. :)

tacho_test.jpg

In the photo you can see the LED pushed through a hole on the left. It lights up the indicator face and the whole of the front of the body. I'll print the body in black and paint the inside white. The indicator illumination is much more even than it appears in the photo.

On the right is the optical sensor. It is a TCRT5000, which is common and cheap, although I'd like to use an RPR220, which is smaller. It is pointed towards the back of the tacho disc inside. I get clean regular pulses from the output of the sensor. It seems to be unaffected by the white LED.

Next step is to add an H-Bridge to control the motor from an Arduino, and write some code to match the motor speed to the desired speed using the tacho signal.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 21, 2020, 04:31:52 am
AME,   

This is a fascinating project!  Perhaps you could post a short video of its operation. Where is the input information coming from?  Is it FSUIPC, and how are you reading the Tach data?  Also, it is possible for you to post the schematic for the H-Bridge you are planing to use, and its components?

Interesting project...  Keep up the good work!

Mike
 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on March 21, 2020, 12:19:27 pm
Hi Mike,

It's a work in progress. There is no input data yet. I'll build the device and specify the interface, then the data can come from anywhere.

The tachometer will be used internally, and will be read by hooking up the opto sensor output to an Arduino. I think I will change the tacho pattern from half black half white to four black segments, like the front decal, because I won't get many tacho pulses at slow speeds.

The H-bridge is an off-the-shelf module I happened to have. It might not be particularly good, but I'll post the details if it works.

I will publish all the details and files as open source when it's finished. In the meantime I'm just writing about the trials and errors.

I like building things, and in these times there's nothing much else to do. Thanks for your interest. I'll try and answer any more questions, and I'll post more as progress is made.

Andrew
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on March 22, 2020, 11:48:20 am
Quote from: ame on March 21, 2020, 12:19:27 pmHi Mike,

The H-bridge is an off-the-shelf module I happened to have. It might not be particularly good, but I'll post the details if it works.
Mike this is the H-Bridge I use for my Trim wheel. I use a duel shaft stepper, one for the Trim encoder and one for the wheel itself.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on March 22, 2020, 06:53:37 pm
Hi Trevor,

Do you have a part number/manufacture for your H-Bridge?

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 31, 2020, 08:32:58 pm
After a marathon "Let's rip out all the power wiring, replace all the power supplies after one of them decided it no longer wanted to play nice, fuse everything, repair the pilot's PFD and create an entirely new interface platform using CANBUS to bring the transponder back to life", I'm happy to report that the sim is 100% functional.

Just finished tonight with tweaking some CANBUS code and re-installing everything.

Now for a well-deserved maintenance flight.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on March 31, 2020, 09:02:13 pm
WOW RAY! When you do it, you do it BBBIIIGGGG!

And here I am spending all week on wiring 10 switches...lol!

On a good note, I will be using some 28V items with a 110V to 28V power transformer, courtesy of Rob from ob-teen years ago 😁

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on March 31, 2020, 09:57:40 pm
Thanks, John~!

The maintenance flight went well. Everything just seemed "Crisp". Very little lag in switch events, transponder behaved exactly like the FlightIllusion version, (but with more functionality)

So.. overall I'm ready to get Back on that horse and hopefully do a stream or two this weekend on Twitch.

I have one more project on the bench for a good friend of mine, which is to re-interface another FlightIllusion Flaps gauge for his 737.

...after which time I may just fly for awhile. No more projects...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on April 01, 2020, 07:01:00 am
OK. I am going to try and post something here for the first time.  Given the level of expertise and skill of the folks on this site, it is a wee bit intimidating but I have been waiting a long time to (try and) build a dual control simulator.

I fly turboprops, not jets and actually had the chance to fly right seat in a King Air B200 back in the 90's.  My current sim is a King Air/ generic turboprop twin and this one will be as well, but more accurate and complete.  Up until this year I have not had the space to build a big sim so the current one is in a corner of my office.  The new one will be in the basement.  I have had good luck with Precision Flight Controls and I was able to buy a dual control PFC PCATD from the University of Iowa on a government auction almost 4 years ago.  It included the flight panel with dual yokes, a set of dual rudder pedals, and the PFC radios.  No cords or anything came with it but I never had any intention of using the old serial electronics in the unit anyway.  When this thing was new (no idea how old it is) it was the top of the line from PFC at the time and it was an FAA approved sim that was used at the U for a number of years.  I got the whole thing for $325 plus what it cost me to drive from Minneapolis to Ames, Iowa to pick it up.  It has been sitting in my garage until about 2 weeks ago when I started to self-quarantine and moved it down the basement.

Since then I have stripped out all of the old electronics.  I am salvaging a lot of the switches and some of the wiring but using a Leo Bodnar board for all of the flight controls and buttons, etc. on the yokes.  I have other Leo Boadnar boards that will handle the switches from the various King Air panels which I was able to get from Troopings.  I already have some Ruscool stuff so this was a no brainer for me.  Also using a connector that takes a CAT 5 input and outputs all of the wires as the buttons and switches on the yokes were all wired via CAT 5.  Unfortunately, or fortunately, those switches and some of the wiring were pretty much shot so I was able to salvage the two behind the yoke switches but ended up building my own on the pilots side for the left and right side (see pics).  I took a pattern from Thingiverse for an autopilot disconnect and trim switch for a cessna yoke and modified it to fit the Mooney yokes that came with the unit I bought.  Also made some other parts to create a yoke mounted autopilot disconnect and trim.

The heftiness and craftsmanship of these parts from PFC are impressive so I have included some pics of the internals.  As of right now I have the elevators, ailerons, and rudders working and calibrated.  Additionally, all of the buttons and switches on the Pilots yoke are fully functional and working.  I will need to replace the two top mounted switches on the copilot yoke at some point.

I have also modified a thingiverse design for a gear lever and built a working landing gear lever using two microswitches.  I am planning on redoing the lever and knob but the unit is working and was scaled to fit the new panel.  Most recently, I am working on trying (emphasis on trying) to build some working gauges using a 3d printer and some gears and servos.  I have started with the fuel gauges.  I built two dummy gauges for the time being while I work on printing and then trying to get the printed gauges to work.

The front part of the PFC panel is going to be cut completely off and the new panel will be mounted to the remaining box as part of the new sim.  I am not a
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on April 01, 2020, 07:07:00 am
a good carpenter so a friend is doing the wood work for me.  Sorry for the wordiness.  Guess I got carried away.  Here are the pics.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 01, 2020, 08:47:34 am
First off, Never be intimidated.  We are all an easy going group of guys that love to hear about others progress.

Love the Pictures, and Great Job.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on April 01, 2020, 04:05:02 pm
Thanks Trevor.

Steve
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 02, 2020, 02:14:35 am
Hi Steve,

Great to see your work, and please keep telling us all you want about it. You're not be wordy at all, you're just being very informative.

Knowingly in the world of keep things quick and short, Cockpit Builders is not like that. Instead, this is the place where we will take all the knowledge we can get....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on April 03, 2020, 08:30:10 am
Confirming PFC hardware is top notch
I use their Boeing type rudders.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 07, 2020, 07:55:17 pm
Hey Everyone,

Just discovered a neat little trick! I needed some holes in the FDS shell for cable routing, so using a drill and jigsaw, just went at it.

The problem after cutting the holes and filing the edges to prevent cable rash, it needed something more attractive. Therefore, in my search I found some plastic cable covering, the type with a slit in it.

Anyway, just frame it out and cut to fit. Looks great and saves the cables. Of course started me thinking about other cutouts for air vents, as well as just to cover the edges that are easy to bump into....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on April 08, 2020, 05:58:48 am
Good suggestion John...!   Anything to create a barrier between sheet metal corners is helpful to prevent chaffing and potential shorting of electrical wires.   

In fact, I am going through my MIP and Overheads today to identify all the potential areas where the wire harness might contact the sheet metal structure.   This is especially important in my Sim with its 6dof Motion Platform.

Years ago, when I built a RotorWay 162F (2-place piston powered helicopter), I had to go through the same process of isolating and securing cabling in order to prevent chaffing of wires/cables.   Even though I took extensive measures to protect these areas, it was surprising to me how vibration can worm its way into our wiring harnesses and associated connections, both electrical and mechanical.  This is one reason why the aviation industry uses "safety wire" to secure fasteners and connections.

The Split plastic conduit you used is an easy way to go for a static Sim.   There are other such dedicated Flex Edge Banding products that can be used as well to help protect wiring.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 08, 2020, 10:25:43 am
Hi Mike,

Can you provide some links and pics of the items you used please? I had the split tubing on the shelf for a long time, but it'd be nice too see what you used....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 08, 2020, 10:45:21 am
Just had another crazy idea!

For years we've all flown our sims with the simple fact that the interior is inherently dark even in daytime flights.

However, some years ago I saw someone using lights and controllers much like stage and theater lighting to bright/dim the cockpit based on the position of the sun/moon in the flight sim program. Cannot find it now though...lol!

Anyway, so this hits me, why not double the center view projector (if using a 3 projector setup) with a 4th projector and place it up and above the cockpit, in front of the nose, but pointing towards the cockpit? In other words, this projector would light up the cockpit in almost the same way as real exterior daytime/nighttime light does.

So, for example, if you're flying directly toward the sun that 4th projector view would be showing the sun and with it pointing towards the cockpit it'll light up much in the same as real life. This would work even at night time towards the moon, as well as the positioning would be correct either way.

This 4th projectors' window view in FSX or P3D would only be a sky view to reduce resources on the simulator computer(s), not unless you were to WideView it with another client machine. Although, you could just Y cable connect the center projector and 4th projector, giving the 4th the same image. This would be kind of cool with reflections on the windscreens and such.

Lastly, I am thinking this could be done if you're using 3-5 LCD monitors (TVs) for your sim. If use a projector in the same manner as I described above and as long as you have room for the light to come inward and above the monitors.

As for the projector, it doesn't have to match what you already have, nor would you need to use the same resolutions. It can be a cheap and used model, as you're only using it as a direct source light.

What do you all think?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 08, 2020, 11:28:05 am
i say if you really want the full experience

1... get a few shop vacs and turn them all on

2... for east sun get halogen lamp and shine it in your eyes

then you are golden   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on April 08, 2020, 11:55:09 am
Okay Bernard, I'll fall for it.... what the hell are the shop vacs for????
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 08, 2020, 12:41:19 pm
engine and ambient sounds lol .. maybe i am not as funny haha as i think i am
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on April 08, 2020, 01:19:11 pm
You do not have it Bernard :P
All those Shop Vacs suckers can create a nice explosive depressurization
 :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 08, 2020, 01:36:56 pm
bugger   your right lol
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 08, 2020, 01:40:49 pm
It must be hump day! LOL!

Seriously, I am going to do this projector idea and mainly it's about the darkness inside the simulator cockpit which is abnormal from the real aircraft.

As for ambient sound, got that covered with 2 big sub-woofers under the seat platform and a 5.1 surround sound all around the cockpit...RTFLOL!

However, I have been thinking about adding a  butt kicker or something similar on the glareshield, too make it slightly vibrate during TO/LAND and in turbulence...hahaha!

Oh Yeah, I still have the Jet Fuel scent stuff, so don't know how much more I can do.

Then again, the shop vac idea would be interesting...hold on, let me hook up the 2 big shop vacs, the 3 medium ones and the 2 small ones I have...will get back to you on this...REALLY LOL!!!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on April 08, 2020, 01:56:08 pm
QuoteHowever, some years ago I saw someone using lights and controllers much like stage and theater lighting to bright/dim the cockpit based on the position of the sun/moon in the flight sim program. Cannot find it now though...lol!

I remember that also...and for awhile I was giving it some semi-serious consideration....

Actually it would be relatively easy to put an array of lights in an arc in front of and above the cockpit (or a curved track with a moving light).  The mechanism would also have to be positioned slightly above and behind the screen so as to not interfere with the projection lighting.  It would be easy to program the lighting relative to the heading of the aircraft and the time of day (for dimming).

I ended up going a much simpler route.  I have an led strip that is hidden but illuminates the glareshield from above.  For daytime flights I turn it on, for nighttime flights I turn it off.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 08, 2020, 02:30:33 pm
That might have been me. :-)

When I addressed the pit darkness, I had the luxury of 3 X-Plane Datarefs: Skycolors, broken down into R, G, B values:

lightlevel_R = XPlaneRef("sim/graphics/misc/outside_light_level_r");
 lightlevel_G = XPlaneRef("sim/graphics/misc/outside_light_level_g");
 lightlevel_B = XPlaneRef("sim/graphics/misc/outside_light_level_b");

I used a Teensy to access those datarefs, then I attached a DMX controller to the Teensy and subsequently to a DMX light bar.

DMX seems to be the industry standard for stage lighting, Hollywood and those folks that turn their homes into a nuclear winter Christmas show during the holidays. :-)

Works really well.

Here's a DMX controller for Arduino:
https://www.dfrobot.com/product-984.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInryOyfDZ6AIVFtNkCh3l6AlBEAQYAiABEgKmgfD_BwE

Here is the lightbar I use:
https://www.amazon.com/320-Led-Light-Channel-Control/dp/B00HEZTU28

I took several swipes at this problem before I landed on the X-Plane datarefs.

First attempt was to point an RGB Light sensor at the projector screen but the way projectors behave, and the crazy fast speed at which the light sensor reads colors created a disco light show inside the cockpit.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 08, 2020, 02:38:12 pm
Hey Ray,

Do you have a video of it working?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 08, 2020, 02:50:02 pm
Not yet, John but I can put one together tonight.

Ironically, the difficult part of the project was adding light baffling so the pit is illuminated but is not a factor for the pilots and light spillage onto the projector screen.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 08, 2020, 03:08:27 pm
does the 73 have sensors in glaresheild  ?  then you may bevablebto have auto dom and auto bright of lightplates no ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 08, 2020, 04:06:40 pm
Hey Guys,

This is great input from everyone!

Yes Ray, please make the video...

Bernard, does the 74 have the sensors? If so, it'd be cool to see you include Ray's concept and your idea together.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on April 08, 2020, 05:04:20 pm
Has anyone looked at COB LED Panels for this application?
They are far more powerful than any standard LED strips and as it happens cheaper too.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32800234629.html?spm=a2g0o.productlist.0.0.5c2c3330tggOpn&algo_pvid=12489b0a-fe22-4031-9f04-5f544bd68033&algo_expid=12489b0a-fe22-4031-9f04-5f544bd68033-18&btsid=0b0a3f8115863941612113417e1707&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_,searchweb201603_

This is just one of dozens of different types and sizes.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 08, 2020, 07:41:29 pm
DMX Demo...

Here's the video. Sound sucks, video sucks, quality sucks, but... there it is...

https://youtu.be/K0NBbSvk-zM
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 09, 2020, 02:31:17 pm
Thanks Ray for the video, it's great!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 09, 2020, 02:32:25 pm
AND THERE IS LIFE!!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on April 09, 2020, 04:05:04 pm
There is nothing more beautiful than that !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 09, 2020, 08:10:22 pm
100% Agree!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 10, 2020, 04:45:47 am
and john said on the 3088th day let it light up
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on April 10, 2020, 09:11:14 am
Congratulations John!  Nothing better than all your Sim efforts coming to life (electronically speaking).

I notice the guarded switches on the left side panel.  What are those for?   Are you planning for a Steering Tiller?

It looks like you are using OpenCockpit's Rudder modules.   If so, be sure to check that there is a slight amount of play between the gear teeth and the gear on the potentiometer.  This way it will not be mechanically "loaded", which could cause a pot failure.  I have had two such failures due to this problem with my OC Rudders.   Other than that, the rudders are great value for the money.

Anyway, great progress on your Sim Project!

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 10, 2020, 11:32:04 am
Yep Bernard, and soon I will fly over the Red Sea! LOL!

Here is a tidbit about all the extra days involved; has anyone noticed the switches on the sides? Well, currently they serve 1 of 2 purposes.

First, they're presently being used as on/off switches for the PC power supplies and all the 28v lights, since I haven't wired them up to the proper locations on the MIP and Overhead yet.

Second, once I do wire them up correctly, the side switches for the lights will turn into individual safety power switches. So, they'll have too be on in order for the normal cockpit switches/knobs to control the lights.

Why? Well, if I have any issues with a single light, I can shut it off without the need to shutoff the entire 28V power supply. Kind of a manual circuit breaker function, even though I am using in-line 10AMP circuit breakers on each item.

Luckily, I've learned that if you go away for just a quick bathroom break and the sim is in AP mode, it'll be then an electrical fault will occur. So, those individual circuit breakers should help and there is now the fall back switches. Who knows, maybe someday these switches can be true circuit breakers that work...any ideas from you guys on doing this?

Kind Regards,

GOD!

I mean John rtflol!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on April 11, 2020, 06:10:46 am
Nice John!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on April 11, 2020, 01:30:38 pm
Finally got my seat mounted with some working rails thanks to JackPilot's suggestion of using manual car seat rails.  Took two sets, 90 degrees off from each other, and I now have forward and back, side to side movement for $65 USD. 

Oh, and a butt-kicker attached to the underside for a little extra umph :)  Thanks bernard!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 12, 2020, 07:48:47 am
welcome 😄  looks great as well   those butt kickers will make for a more immersive exprience .. are they run through its own amp and pc etc  or they stand alone
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on April 12, 2020, 03:53:59 pm
Quote from: ame on March 20, 2020, 08:23:12 pmToday I did a quick test of my tacho sensor in the prop sync indicator, to see if it would actually work.

I'm using this tiny motor inside:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000152447766.html

At the end of the shaft is the black and white segmented indicator disc.

At the gearbox I have another disc. This one is half black, half white, on the 'back' side towards the gearbox and motor.

An optical sensor is mounted close to the gearbox, looking at the back of that disc. It can detect the black and white halves which gives me a tachometer signal which I can use to measure the rotation speed.

Between the two discs is an LED. It shines through the white parts of the indicator disc. I was hoping it did not shine back through the tacho disc. It doesn't. :)

tacho_test.jpg

In the photo you can see the LED pushed through a hole on the left. It lights up the indicator face and the whole of the front of the body. I'll print the body in black and paint the inside white. The indicator illumination is much more even than it appears in the photo.

On the right is the optical sensor. It is a TCRT5000, which is common and cheap, although I'd like to use an RPR220, which is smaller. It is pointed towards the back of the tacho disc inside. I get clean regular pulses from the output of the sensor. It seems to be unaffected by the white LED.

Next step is to add an H-Bridge to control the motor from an Arduino, and write some code to match the motor speed to the desired speed using the tacho signal.

Oh, I dind't see this one. I made this gauge for a friend of mine some time ago. I made it with a stepper motor, a vid6606 driver for ultra smooth rotation and an Arduino mini, or micro, or something like that :)   everything in the package (disc, light, stepper, driver and arduino). So it is just plug and play (with a Lua script through fsuipc).


Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on April 12, 2020, 04:03:07 pm
And in this days, I have made the fuel selectors for my piper comanche home cockpit:

(https://i.imgur.com/YNz8ieK.jpg)

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

(https://i.imgur.com/JH1BMjv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/iU6uoO7.jpg)

I have installed a push button too as you can see. This button will add 1 gallon of fuel for each push, in the tank or tanks that are selected. It only works while plane on ground.
In this way I don't have to open the fuel menu in the software :)

Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on April 12, 2020, 05:27:00 pm
Quote from: bernard S on April 12, 2020, 07:48:47 amthose butt kickers will make for a more immersive exprience .. are they run through its own amp and pc etc  or they stand alone

Currently powered with a 4 x 50W per channel car amp.  2 channels for each seat's sub, and the other 2 channels for the overhead speakers.  Fed via PC outputs.  Small change compared to your beast of a sound system!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on April 13, 2020, 10:18:21 am
Very nice work on the Tach and the Fuel Selectors!

Regarding the ButtKicker transducers...   You Might try remounting the transducer so it is in the lateral orientation.  For seat mounting, I find that this produces/induces better vibration through the seat.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on April 15, 2020, 06:44:23 am
Quote from: sagrada737 on April 13, 2020, 10:18:21 amRegarding the ButtKicker transducers...   You Might try remounting the transducer so it is in the lateral orientation.  For seat mounting, I find that this produces/induces better vibration through the seat.

Bernard had suggested that too, but for space reasons I decided to put it under the seat.  I'll re-look at it as I don't feel any vibration in my back which is probably more effective.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on April 15, 2020, 02:18:30 pm
You can mount it on the back of the seat.  Make a cover so it is not too visible.  you will be surprised at the difference in performance and effect.

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on April 15, 2020, 05:52:33 pm
Quote from: _alioth_ on April 12, 2020, 03:53:59 pmOh, I dind't see this one. I made this gauge for a friend of mine some time ago. I made it with a stepper motor, a vid6606 driver for ultra smooth rotation and an Arduino mini, or micro, or something like that :)   everything in the package (disc, light, stepper, driver and arduino). So it is just plug and play (with a Lua script through fsuipc).


Arturo.
Hi there,

I thought about using a stepper, and I still might. However, I really like the tiny DC motor and gearbox that I found, so I wanted to use it. I will also use an Arduino Pro Mini, but probably as an I2C device.

I also need to pester RayS again for dimensions of the front block and bezel. I like to make things that are similar in shape to the original.

Did you publish your design anywhere?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 17, 2020, 09:33:59 pm
QuoteI also need to pester RayS again for dimensions of the front block and bezel. I like to make things that are similar in shape to the original.


Pester away... Anything you need I can help :-)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 20, 2020, 05:08:12 pm
Tomorrow my ARINC429 Development kit arrives from Holt Industries.

Hoping to get a Rockwell-Collins CTL-92 transponder to work.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on April 20, 2020, 05:56:07 pm
Finally got around to rewiring the NG ACPs from scratch.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 20, 2020, 07:22:17 pm
Glad to see you guys advancing, it's been nothing except FREAKING GREMLINS for me!

Every step of the way has been a nightmare, and all from a system that worked perfectly fine before. The insanity gets crazy; however, not going too quit...yet lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 20, 2020, 09:01:40 pm
John I hear you about the gremlins.. I had a few more power gremlins creep in over the past few weeks. Nothing serious and no parts melted but frustrating just the same.

Just plain annoying at this point. Hope to have my gremlins exorcised by tomorrow.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 22, 2020, 08:55:09 pm
Hey Ray,

Totally agree how annoying the Gremlins can be and it explains why Lego sets are up and coming for me! Worst you can do there is drop a completed set or step (wheelchair wheel for me) on one...ouch!

Call me crazy though and as if I cannot get enough of the Gremlins, I am planning to do a complete upgrade...new SSD drives, Win10, P3Dv4 (will wait on v5 for now), and ProSim737.

What worries me is Win10 and all the hardware drivers. I've only installed Win10 on one of my computers and it's mainly a workstation. Biggest probably there was hardware drivers...

Still, it's all in the name of me being committed the funny farm...lol...I mean in the name of flight simulation.  :laugh:

John 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on April 24, 2020, 02:01:04 pm
This weekend's project:

Aside from flying in an online event hosted by PilotEdge this Saturday, I'll be working on my latest project: a CANBUS Master controller. The blank circuit cards arrived from manufacturing earlier this week and I have one nearly complete.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on April 25, 2020, 04:26:56 pm
Quote from: mickc on April 20, 2020, 05:56:07 pmFinally got around to rewiring the NG ACPs from scratch.

Mick, have I told you how much I hate you lately :-P  Would love to get my hands on a couple of those!  Getting to the point I need to start figuring out my audio.  I have the FDS ACP which will have to do for now.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 27, 2020, 11:03:33 am
Quote from: mickc on April 20, 2020, 05:56:07 pmFinally got around to rewiring the NG ACPs from scratch.

Mick, can they be used as-is?  I have a pair - shudder at having to rewire them.

Thanks.

Kev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 27, 2020, 11:08:55 am
Today... I received freight!  Thank you, Boy Bruin at Simzation!

Kev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on April 27, 2020, 04:55:11 pm
Nope, not the NG ones.  They are all digital unlike the classic ones.  No ARINC429 either, they use a proprietary multiplexed serial interface to the REU under the floor, so no easy interfacing unfortunately
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 27, 2020, 07:17:49 pm
Holy Cow Kev!

You took a big leap frog jump there! From gauges to the entire back wall, that is AWESOME!

So, who is this Simzation? Info please?

I am very happy for you...😁

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on April 28, 2020, 02:08:14 am
As my ceiling for the PIT is nearly finished I decided to make a couple of Grimes lights. I've seen various options but decided on the one with a red cover on the back and a push switch. So although I borrowed the overall idea from various websites, the drawings and design are all my own.

I started with a 3D printed body but didn't think it was strong enough, so I machined it out of aluminium tube 50mm Dia x 5mm x 70mm long. The illumination is a 5 watt COB LED panel, which is extremely bright, so I added a 3mm opal diffusing cover at the front. The back cover is held in place by a 3 mm grub screw, so it's easy to remove if I ned to change the LED.

Now I just need to paint the body and wire them up.   
The picture shows the type of light I copied.

Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 28, 2020, 04:39:50 am
OMG JOE! That looks great!

You better start producing more of these ASAP! Other builders will for sure want to buy them.

Looks like this is the year cockpit building goes super high tech and those hard to get items will no longer be an issue. Joe will eventually make them all....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 28, 2020, 06:14:07 am
Joe, those look great!

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 28, 2020, 06:32:35 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on April 27, 2020, 07:17:49 pmHoly Cow Kev!

You took a big leap frog jump there! From gauges to the entire back wall, that is AWESOME!

So, who is this Simzation? Info please?

I am very happy for you...😁

John

John, Simzation is in Holland, and they sell OEM parts when they have them.  On most things they are not cheap, but quality and service is exceptional.  For example, under my pholosophy of "if I touch it every flight or it is parked in front of my face constantly, it shall either work and feel like OEM, or be OEM", I just purchased OEM MASTER CAUTION, FIRE WARN, and sixpacks for both sides from them.  Believe it or not, they cost more than that entire rear bulkhead.  The bulkead was unbelievably inexpensive, and is 100% complete down to the O2 masks, fire gloves, gear pins, and FDAS system on the cockpit door.  Even flashlights and jumpseats.

http://www.simzation.com

Point of contact is Boy Bruin - a very nice gentleman.  I can't say enough good things about these guys.

BTW, that bulkhead shipped via ocean last June and arrived in Sep or Oct, and has been sitting in a buddy's warehouse for months.  Extremely well packed.   

Kev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 28, 2020, 06:36:26 am
you have working FDAS ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on April 28, 2020, 06:53:14 am
Quote from: blueskydriver on April 28, 2020, 04:39:50 amOMG JOE! That looks great!

You better start producing more of these ASAP! Other builders will for sure want to buy them.

Looks like this is the year cockpit building goes super high tech and those hard to get items will no longer be an issue. Joe will eventually make them all....

John

Thank you John,

The main point about these parts are as you say, they are generally not available; or they can command a price for something that needs a lot of work to make it look presentable.
In fact as I started making these a UK seller was selling one for £65.00, which I'm sure is not bad for an OEM product, but it would have needed stripping, painting and converting to 12 volt. So not that interesting to me.
I know many guys on the forum only consider OEM but I'm not that fussy, if it looks and more importantly works, that will do for me.

If I do get any enquires I'll work out a reasonable price.

Best
Joe.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 28, 2020, 07:12:00 am
Quote from: bernard S on April 28, 2020, 06:36:26 amyou have working FDAS ?

Yes, it should work, Bernard.  Keypad goes directly to the FDAS module, and there's a connection to the cockpit door control on the pedestal from the FDAS module.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 28, 2020, 08:00:54 am
Quote from: mickc on April 27, 2020, 04:55:11 pmNope, not the NG ones.  They are all digital unlike the classic ones.  No ARINC429 either, they use a proprietary multiplexed serial interface to the REU under the floor, so no easy interfacing unfortunately

Great... Just fabulous.  (https://www.animated-smileys.com/emoticons/animated-smileys-angry-049.gif)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on April 29, 2020, 06:15:21 am
Hey Everyone,

Getting closer to "Back in Service", here is my latest pic...gotta mount the projectors and align the screen correction app.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on April 29, 2020, 10:46:19 am
God I wish I could go with overhead projectors and a huge screen like that.  Gorgeous!

Here is a brief update on my sim.  Making progress.  Panel has been fitted to basic frame and rudder pedals are now underneath, where they belong.  I did not like the electric trim/AP disconnect I built so I designed, printed and wired a different one.  Still not 100% satisfied but it is an improvement.  All the subpanels now fit but my jig saw died so am on hiatus for a few days till the new one arrives and I can finish cutting out the panel for the bottom row of switches and guages.

Steve

PS- bit and bought P3Dv5.  Would not launch with Windows 8.1 (at least on my machine) so I went back to Win 10.  It uses DX12 and requires the latest media creation tool.  Having some issues calibrating my throttles but otherwise am getting things to work.


Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on April 29, 2020, 01:58:44 pm
@n4208t - Update FSUIPC only 9.99 for previous owners, and makes calibration way better.  Careful with V5 though lots of "INVISIBLE WALLS AND RANDOM CRASHES"

Waiting for a hot fix this week.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on April 30, 2020, 03:15:10 am
Thanks Trev.  Had already done that.  Finally got the throttles calibrated but I had to invert one of them to do so and I have never had to do that before so need to figure out why.  Now working on the rest.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on April 30, 2020, 05:29:09 am
Quote from: n4208t on April 30, 2020, 03:15:10 amFinally got the throttles calibrated but I had to invert one of them

Inverted connection on the pot itself is usually the culprit.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on April 30, 2020, 03:32:23 pm
One of my latest ongoing projects...no going back to anything else now 8)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on April 30, 2020, 03:48:03 pm
Nice garage!  And the collimators are sweet!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on April 30, 2020, 04:58:41 pm
whos trash bin have you been  dumpster diving in ? 😂
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: fsaviator on April 30, 2020, 07:31:18 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on April 29, 2020, 06:15:21 amHey Everyone,

Getting closer to "Back in Service", here is my latest pic...gotta mount the projectors and align the screen correction app.

John

Looking good John!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on May 01, 2020, 08:39:07 am
@kattx, thanks.  Glad you liked the garage (and, you know, the collimators too, lol)

@bernard, hmm, not telling.  Haha.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on May 05, 2020, 02:48:08 pm

Almost finish a real Narco DME unit for my home cockpit.


This one was really a nightmare, but I wanted to use the dme with this genuine displays.

Arturo.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on May 05, 2020, 08:06:02 pm
I have one of these...

What do you need to share your code? My first born? A house? :-)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: _alioth_ on May 06, 2020, 01:35:36 am
Quote from: RayS on May 05, 2020, 08:06:02 pmI have one of these...

What do you need to share your code? My first born? A house? :-)

Yes. A house is ok. I need more space for the cockpit :P

The problem is not only the code. I had to:
-make some additional electronics outside the box. Real system has a computer box that send data. It is not posible to use only arduino, becasue you need to manage more current in some cases.
-Do some mods inside, because it needed a 7v power supply and it generated a lot of heat with quite high current. I have made some minor changes to operate it with 5v,  and replace some components to make it easier interface with arduino. The logic part of the circuit needs very constant and clean 5v, and the lights (digits and bulbs) were regulated inside the dme, with an old and very hot system. I am powering the logic part with 5v. And the lights through a pwm system. But I have to read the dimmer pot with arduino and send the pwm power out of the box.

Perhaps, with time, I could public the hardware and code I have made for it.
The good thing about the narco 195 is that is easy to find the mantenience manual with hundred of pages explaining everything about the unit. Diagrams.. componentes, everything.
Heres it is:
http://www.mikeg.net/hobbies/aviation/avionics/combined/Narco%20DME-195%20Combined.pdf (http://www.mikeg.net/hobbies/aviation/avionics/combined/Narco%20DME-195%20Combined.pdf)
In the page 243-244 you have all the diagram of the dme. It is great documented.

I needed 19 wires to interface all the functions.
I have spent more than 100 hours understanding the diagram, building the electroncis and coding...
But I am not good at electronics. If I can do it, almost everyone can!

Arturo.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 07, 2020, 09:52:07 am
i found a screw that i dont know what it goes too
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Garys on May 09, 2020, 01:38:35 am
I'm surprised it took you this long to realize, we've all known you have had a screw loose for years now  :P lol.

I've just been working on tiding up cables and putting pc's into a server rack. Its something I have wanted to do for a while now.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 09, 2020, 04:07:48 am
ahh thanks Gary    yeap that could be it   ..😇😇
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on May 12, 2020, 03:44:14 am
Just a couple of pics on how the new sim is progressing. My carpenter friend has gotten so busy I am doing this myself so I decided to use a heavy duty bed frame on wheels as the initial basis for the floor.  Moving it into a different room, too, so (of course) I have to take the whole thing apart again to get it to fit through the door.   :-\
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on May 12, 2020, 04:56:24 am
The bed frame is a great idea !!
Simple, cheap and perfect for the job
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on May 12, 2020, 04:59:25 am
Quote from: Garys on May 09, 2020, 01:38:35 amI'm surprised it took you this long to realize, we've all known you have had a screw loose for years now  :P lol.

I think we were all waiting for someone to say this.... only Gary had the nerve to do so... LOL.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 12, 2020, 05:14:08 am
lol   thats actually funny ha ha   not funny odd.. have know "our" Gary for a few years he the chap stuck a forklift in my sim butt lolol was kind enough to autograph it ... think he has the pic ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Garys on May 12, 2020, 06:41:58 am
 :) All in good fun.

Yep that was years ago now. This is what happens when you give factory equipment to an incompetent fool and say here you go, have fun!

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/6650/9cfAuA.jpg)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on May 12, 2020, 05:54:58 pm
Quote from: _alioth_ on May 06, 2020, 01:35:36 am
Quote from: RayS on May 05, 2020, 08:06:02 pmI have one of these...

What do you need to share your code? My first born? A house? :-)

Yes. A house is ok. I need more space for the cockpit :P

The problem is not only the code. I had to:
...

If anyone is interested, Arturo, Ray and myself are putting together a design to drive the DME 195 display.

I have started documenting it in the Tutorial forum here:
https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7962.msg57246

Unfortunately only the original poster can add information there, we will discuss the details in the Builders' Forum:
https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7964.0

The goal is to make something to control the display without having to modify the display unit internally.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 14, 2020, 09:09:28 am
Hey Everyone,

Wanted to show my ugly, but adjustable projector mounting. Yep, it needs a paint job; however, if you look beyond that you'll see the metal slot brackets are movable left/right, back/forth and up/down.

Why? Well, even though I measured everything based on throw rates and tilt above the screen height, I wanted the extra ability to move things now or in the future, if need be. Like if I upgrade to 4K-6k projectors someday...lol...shhh, is SimLady reading this?

Anyway, between the wood base and the brackets I should be able to use the same projector mounts themselves and just make adjustments at that point.

Okay, should I paint it white or black? Speaking of white or black! When my sim was in the garage I painted the ceiling black to reduce reflections from the ceiling. Now, with the hangar ceiling being white I am seeing things differently, yes intended pun...lol!

Seriously, the hangar ceiling is nearly 3ft higher then the garage was and the white makes everything seem much brighter, but not harsh. I know it sounds funny, but it seems like a soft box light versus a harsh direct light. It just seems like a better ambient light effect that darkened sim interiors lack.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on May 14, 2020, 02:26:11 pm
Hi John,

Congratulations on getting your projectors mounted.

I like your setup.  At this point in your Sim build, it is good to keep things such that you can make changes.   Since your Sim is static, you should have no problems moving your projectors around to get the orientation the way you want it.

Typically, these "short throw" projectors with a throw ratio of about 0.5 will project the display about 11" below the center of the lens.  Line up your Center projector first, then fix its position.  At that point you can see where the display is on the other projectors.   Depending on the total display wrap-around in degrees, you will need to have the Left projector and the Right projector offset from the Center display by the same amount.  Then fix the Left and Right projectors in position respectfully.

At that point, you are ready to do your warping/blending calibration.  What warping software are you using?  Have you done this before?  If not, it can be a bit confusing, so don't hesitate to ask questions.

Once you get your projectors in the placement you want, then you can always go back and perfect things.  Also, keep in mind that projectors generate heat, so make sure you install a baffle on the projectors air flow output, such that it redirects the hot air away from the nearby projector.

Mike

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 15, 2020, 05:52:16 am
i had help installing my windows end result they are scratched right across pilot eye point on both.. no they can not be buffed out damage was caused by a crane hook and numnuts (help) not paying attention ..well replacements 13k plus each at this stage of the game girly would have my balls on a plate if i threw amex at it..lol

so to this end i have broken the first layer of glass and i am going to fix them
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on May 15, 2020, 05:55:34 am
OMG  I would love to see how you can fix them, if you can.  I have one crack through one layer on my FO side.  If you know of a way to fix it.  I can't wait to see it.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 15, 2020, 05:57:14 am
For  Mick    at first i thought it was just two layers of glass but its actually 5 layers   x3 glass and x2 pvb  it may not go foggy after all will have to see ... this is how to do it and tools required
you need do this from outside looking in  not pilot side looking out

1  big balls cause you need to take a hammer to it gentle wacks
2..once yiu have a cracks remove enough glass to get a cold chisel in there
3...rubber mallet and tippy tappy till all glass til  1st layer removed
4... set fire to it to remove clear laminate its about 10mm thick make sure yiu dont stay in same place too long or yiu will crack next layer of glass they only 1 to 2 mm thick
5... clean
6... put in place and bobs your uncle

NOTE :      Do burning of laminate outside fumes are toxic in fact do it all outside its messy
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on May 15, 2020, 11:24:47 am
So much for "Joe Exotic" drama, it has nothing on the new mini series:

"BREAKING BAD WITH BERNARD!"

As he would say, get the popcorn ready...lol!

Please record videos and not just pics this time, because it's something we all want too see you do!

GoPro Cameras are cheap.

Good Luck,

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 16, 2020, 07:01:10 am
now the cooking
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 16, 2020, 01:00:27 pm
down to glass  now clean up20200516_153337.jpg
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on May 18, 2020, 02:10:36 pm
The good news.....

COVID-19 certified not to survive through that process!

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 18, 2020, 02:51:17 pm
too true  there is more to this than butta bloody bing ..glad i have a spare set ..will see if i can fix it
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on May 20, 2020, 06:42:25 am
Quick update on my build.  Pilot's seat is mounted (out of a 2001 Honda CRV).  Throttle quadrant was trimmed to fit but still needs some adjustment. Need more grinding wheels and screws so off to Home Depot again in a bit.

Realized that the next step needs to be to rewire the thing and get it flying again and make sure all of the previous wiring I did of the flight controls, rudders and brakes is still intact and working.  I can't cover the flight controls up or put in the copilot seat because I will lose access to the internal flight control and throttle quadrant wiring once that is done.  So, one computer and one of the small monitors going to be moved downstairs today after paint dries.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on May 20, 2020, 07:09:54 am
Looking good!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on May 20, 2020, 10:31:38 am
Thanks John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 20, 2020, 11:36:14 am
now thats rather efficient
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on May 21, 2020, 02:21:26 pm
got really vexed with window and polishing it so took a bfh to it .so...a do over just as well i have x2  sets
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on May 24, 2020, 10:37:33 am
This week, I fought, and I cursed, and I almost gave up on converting this $%&$$ standby altimeter.  It was skipping numbers mechanically, or not indexing them, and the more I worked on it, the madder I got.

alt1.JPG

And then I took it all back apart for the 40th time and found that, somehow, I distorted the indexer spindle by maybe 0.015".  This little POS in the image.

altimeter crisis.jpg

Straightened out the disc and now golden... I am an idiot.

alt 3.JPG
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on May 28, 2020, 10:42:33 pm
I'm building an F/A-18 Simulator (Don't tell my wife!)...

However, my ground maneuvering skills might need some work....

I have a full set of F-18 panels on order. Might be able to squeeze it into the hangar next to the 1900d....
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on May 29, 2020, 03:36:03 am
Looks like its trying to mate with the ground cart  :laugh:  :laugh:
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 05, 2020, 09:48:37 am
Looks like fighters are making a comeback...Skibo -F16, Ray -F18 and who's next...okay not me, but I bet someone will hit the F14 soon....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 05, 2020, 10:09:36 am
i am considering a dcs p 47  .. early stages i want to blow xxxx up lol  anyone got plans  ?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 05, 2020, 11:46:05 am
it can be done
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 05, 2020, 12:36:51 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on June 05, 2020, 09:48:37 amLooks like fighters are making a comeback...Skibo -F16, Ray -F18 and who's next...okay not me, but I bet someone will hit the F14 soon....

John

I'm making faster progress on other stuff at the moment. 

Important to have enough stuff running to stay flying or interest falls away.

Most of the F16 stuff I have to grab from Europe so makes sense to buy a lot at a time and save on shipping.

I did manage to pick up a PFC Cirrus II Pro yoke from a very generous member here as well as a PFC dual ruccer setup form another member, so screwing around with air manager to get a light twin panel up and running while I work the other stuff.  Air Manger and a RPi or two looks like it will be very helpful. 

Wish my 3D printer worked well as there are some gauge bezels I want to print
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 05, 2020, 03:24:21 pm
What's up with your 3D printer John?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 05, 2020, 04:31:57 pm
Ditto.  What's up with your printer?  And hey, let me know which bezels you are looking for.  I have printed some extras and also got some extras when I bought the KA sub-panels from Trooping.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 05, 2020, 05:41:39 pm
Quote from: blueskydriver on June 05, 2020, 03:24:21 pmWhat's up with your 3D printer John?
Quote from: n4208t on June 05, 2020, 04:31:57 pmDitto.  What's up with your printer?  And hey, let me know which bezels you are looking for.  I have printed some extras and also got some extras when I bought the KA sub-panels from Trooping.

First few runs it printed about half and then had a ton of holes.  I aligned it again and then the nozzle clogged in the middle of a print.  Had plastic coming out the top.

I have cleaned it out while hot and replaced the nozzle 4 times, it just keeps doing the same thing.

I found these bezels on thingaverse Bezels (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2690541#files)and thought they might look nice.  Was looking at the six pack plus the two VORs to start.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on June 05, 2020, 06:42:20 pm
What is your printer model? Once they are going they generally keep going, but some models are more finicky than others.

If you want to build some instruments might I suggest my design here:
https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7836.msg56228#msg56228

The bezels look fabulous when printed in matt black PLA, but of course they can be printed in any colour and painted.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 05, 2020, 07:05:43 pm
Quote from: ame on June 05, 2020, 06:42:20 pmWhat is your printer model? Once they are going they generally keep going, but some models are more finicky than others.

If you want to build some instruments might I suggest my design here:
https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7836.msg56228#msg56228

The bezels look fabulous when printed in matt black PLA, but of course they can be printed in any colour and painted.

Its a Geeetech A30.

Interesting stuff you built.  Do you think the dual stepper could be used in a Dual RPM or Tach gauge for Twins?
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on June 05, 2020, 07:31:44 pm
Quote from: jskibo on June 05, 2020, 07:05:43 pmIts a Geeetech A30.

Interesting stuff you built.  Do you think the dual stepper could be used in a Dual RPM or Tach gauge for Twins?

I expect so. I was trying to come up with the simplest design I could. Basically the 3D-printed plate for the stepper motors can be modified so that the spindles appear at any location (assuming there is room for the bodies of the motors behind the plate). The twin needle design you see there has the spindles at the outside edge, but it could be redesigned so that they are just either side of centre, or top and bottom, or top and middle.

If there's a specific gauge you have in mind post a picture and I'll think about how I would do it. Or download the source and modify it yourself! It's open source.

I decided that the bulk of components for the gauge would be the same for any design (bezel, window, spacer, LED, nuts, bolts) and the stepper plate would be different if required. I also deliberately avoided specifying any drivers or software, leaving that as an exercise for the reader. :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on June 05, 2020, 07:49:34 pm
About the Geeetech, what have you tried?

What filament are you using, and what temperature are you using for your hot end? I'm using PLA at 200 °C, with the plate at 60 °C.

Is your bed level, and is the Z zero position correctly set?

Once the hot end is up to temperature, with the Z axis up a few cm can you push the filament through by hand, or by the front-panel or software controls?

I didn't find anything bad about that printer model in the forums, but it does seem that people spend a lot of time on calibration, and under-extrusion seems to be a problem.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 05, 2020, 07:52:25 pm
Something like these, with a left and right needle that are on top of each other and center mounted. Should be the normal 3 1/8th sizing so would stepper fit?

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B1373940-5F4B-4C45-9E6E-0F8E00DFE42D.jpeg
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on June 05, 2020, 07:58:50 pm
Quote from: jskibo on June 05, 2020, 07:52:25 pmSomething like these, with a left and right needle that are on top of each other and center mounted. Should be the normal 3 1/8th sizing so would stepper fit?

382213A3-5D50-4B20-920A-6C9750FE2D80.jpeg
B1373940-5F4B-4C45-9E6E-0F8E00DFE42D.jpeg
Ah! Yes, the basic design can support a dual concentric stepper:
https://www.cockpitbuilders.com/index.php?topic=7836.msg56227#msg56227

I should have linked to the beginning of that thread. Read the whole thing for my design ideas.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 06, 2020, 02:30:25 am
Hey John.  I do have some spare bezels and I will dig them up and throw them in that little box for Monday.  Are all the bezels you are looking for the 3 inch or are you looking for any of the 2 inch too?

And I agree with ame.  Your printer is fine, the devil is in the details to get it tuned, tightened, leveled, and make sure your slicer settings are good.  The more info you can provide (and pics of the problem) the easier it is for folks to help you get it going again.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 06, 2020, 04:27:37 am
Quote from: n4208t on June 06, 2020, 02:30:25 amHey John.  I do have some spare bezels and I will dig them up and throw them in that little box for Monday.  Are all the bezels you are looking for the 3 inch or are you looking for any of the 2 inch too?

And I agree with ame.  Your printer is fine, the devil is in the details to get it tuned, tightened, leveled, and make sure your slicer settings are good.  The more info you can provide (and pics of the problem) the easier it is for folks to help you get it going again.

Thanks Steve.  I think just 3" at this point.

I will have to dig the printer out of the corner and dust it off.  Its been more than a year since I messed with it.  Had considered tossing it in the street at one point.

I had originally bought it to make the pieces for an MPCNC router MPCNC Router (https://shop.v1engineering.com/products/mostly-printed-cnc-parts-bundle)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on June 06, 2020, 05:52:16 am
I ripped the guts out of my A30 and put in an MKS-Gen2 board and ran a calibration on all the steppers. The driver board voltage was way higher than it should have been.

Still get stringing but that's a matter of getting the temps right.

Printers are fun but can be a real pain in the ass.

If it has been a year since you printed your pla May be screwed unless you kept it in ziplock with silica.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 06, 2020, 09:05:43 am
Trevor has nailed it.  They are wonderful machines that are a pain in the ass and need frequent upkeep and massage.  I found the spares and am printing you some of those Cessna 3 inchers.  I will shoot you some pics when done and throw them all in the accessories box for Monday.

It is hard to diagnose 3D printer problems without getting into specifics but we have all been there.  Looks like there are also multiple models of the A30 depending on how old it is.  You said you changed nozzles several times.  Did you clean out the hot end completely and make sure there was nothing left in it before putting the new nozzle in?  Also, when you put the new nozzle in, I always really tighten the heatbreak down (gently) with a wrench and then cold tighten the new nozzle up against the heatbreak and then back it off about 1/4 to 1/2 turn. THEN I heat up the nozzle and use the correct wrench or socket to tighten down and seat the nozzle firmly up against the heatbreak.

Depending on the type of hotend you have I have also had issues in the past (on my Tevo Tornado) with making sure that the Bowden tubing is seated correctly in the hotend.  This was an issue, in particular, with E3Dv6 clones where the spacing between the end of the bowden tube and the heatbreak was causing problems.

Anyway, keep at it.  You will get it going again and there are lots of folks here and on the various 3D print forums who can help.  BTW- the best YouTube video I found for cleaning a jammed Geetech A30 Nozzle and hotend was actually in German but it is so good that you can still follow it easily.  The only thing he did that I would not do was to end up drilling out the heatbreak.  If it were me and it were that plugged up, I would just replace the heatbreak because there is no way you can drill it and maintain whatever clearances were there.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: MistyBlue on June 06, 2020, 02:07:12 pm
Quote from: bernard S on June 05, 2020, 11:46:05 amit can be done

Fantastic job Bernard.  The amount of work you put in to get that window down to clear glass is just insane but the results are spectacular.  Amazing how those thick those windows are.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on June 06, 2020, 04:34:42 pm
Quote from: n4208t on June 06, 2020, 09:05:43 amTrevor has nailed it.  They are wonderful machines that are a pain in the ass and need frequent upkeep and massage.  I found the spares and am printing you some of those Cessna 3 inchers.  I will shoot you some pics when done and throw them all in the accessories box for Monday.
I have a Malyan M200 which worked out of the box and has been going great for a long time. I recently (after 3 years) changed the Bowden tube and one end clamp, but overall I have been extremely happy with it.

For building flight simulator parts it can't be beat. You have to pay attention to the model you are using and make sure it is printed with the correct strength for its application. Also, a bit of post-processing can make the parts look really good.

I have also found it very useful for printing jigs. I can draw up and print a frame with holes in precise locations, which I can then use as a drilling jig for other parts. Much easier and more accurate than making a jig by hand.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 07, 2020, 03:16:46 am
Great idea about the jigs.  I have been printing parts for my sim but never thought about using it in that way.  Thanks!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 07, 2020, 07:53:34 am
I'll dig out my A30 in a couple weeks and play with it (in the middle of an MBA class that's kicking my ass).

I have new metal feeder upgrade for it as well as the auto leveler I need to figure out how to use. Bought them when I was trying to get it running.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 08, 2020, 02:40:33 am
I put a Bondtech (clone) extruder and an EzABL Pro auto leveling system on my Tornado last summer and love them both.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on June 08, 2020, 02:04:04 pm
Got a HGS panel...
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 08, 2020, 02:56:54 pm
Bought a C310 Panel Eyebrow.  Close enough to a Seneca V and $65
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 08, 2020, 03:45:29 pm
This is why I really love this thread, you guys just keep me motivated! Everything you do helps not only myself, but it also helps everyone else.

Believe it or not, the CNC machine I have finally got moved to a better location where I can get to it. Also, all my 3D printers are colocated next to each other now; whereas, they were to spread out before.

Next, I've been drooling over the idea of ATC Setup with a curved screen and 3 projectors, using a 9'x16' screen that I already have. Just gotta figure out where to put it...lol! Someday when I move away from the cockpit sim, I'll just do ATC to stay connected to the flight sim hobby.

Finally, does anyone know if someone has built a large ATC curved screen setup or multi LCD screens for Tower View before? Not on the commercial side, but on the hobbyist side?

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 08, 2020, 04:23:35 pm
i already have done that john   full atc set up lol
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Post by: jskibo on June 08, 2020, 05:41:56 pm
John you have to get up early to get ahead of quite a few here :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 08, 2020, 05:51:04 pm
Yep, John these early birds always beating me...lol!

Bernard, post some pics and do a YT video for me please...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on June 09, 2020, 09:26:49 am
Worldflight Australlia has had that setup for years.  Tower controller has 3 projector view and TRACON is setup with 4 scopes.

Awesome Stuff.  I have seen pics of Bernards setup.  It's MINT.

Trev
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 09, 2020, 10:58:59 am
Thanks Trevor, I will search for WF Australia's setup.

In the mean time, it'd be nice too see Bernard's in operation...hint-hint Bernard. Make a video of it all for me/us!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 09, 2020, 11:30:27 am
john   its not or can be difficult to do..do you plan comms between each station  via phones or headsets  do you plan to be able to talk to flight deck directly (so atc is atc)  and how as in unfamilar and asking taxi directions etc  it comes down to how do you plan to use this  as it can easliy become a white elephant  do you have enough people to come and play ? my atc area is is 20x30 and on 2nd level of building

bear in mind that when working at tower you mainly on feet so positioning of projectors are important as not to cast shadows etc plan for averagebof 6ft 3 person and all will be good .. consider height of tower for view how much immersion .. i.e  are binoculars required (and that whole nother ball game ) as you will need high end ones  or things become a blurr

are you marrying it into vatsim pe etc who supplies your tower view. how many pcs you comfortable running   tower view will require hi end as looks crap otherwise.. how many stations  how and what do those stations look like ? i even have arrival and departure boards with clicky clack tied in ( thats down stairs) etc stc    whist you at it  are you adding ops ? wx etc etc 

this can easily become an expensive vanity project   just saying

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 09, 2020, 03:58:19 pm
A few parts arrived for the new sim....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on June 09, 2020, 04:30:46 pm
Looks good Ray
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Post by: bernard S on June 09, 2020, 05:15:20 pm
yeah Ray   saucy   what are yiu doing for a HUDs please   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 10, 2020, 08:47:59 pm
You can use LUA scripts in DCS World to send displays and data to external devices. Each system has it's own 'hook' and you can specify the hook, and then the device to send it to.

I had a nice home-made HUD for my old F-16 project and I'll use the same methodology for the F18.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on June 11, 2020, 07:05:03 am
have done nothing ... nada ..zero..sfa..zero..nought..zip.. not anything
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on June 11, 2020, 12:46:26 pm
Ordered 3 refurbished mid range Dell Intel I5, Win10 computers for the sim to replace all my old Dell P4 WinXP ones.

For ProSim 2.0 you need at least Win7 and .NET 4.7.2; whereas, anything under 2.0 works on XP still.

Funny thing is, I ordered them through Walmart of all places. $300 each, cannot build them myself for that price...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 17, 2020, 08:46:22 am
After a bunch of setbacks I am making some decent progress on my sim again.  The pot on the dual rudders died so I ordered a Hall Sensor only to find out the shaft was too short.  Have a long shaft pot coming from Desktop Aviator to fix that.  Then the dual yokes bit the dust.  They started binding (they were probably 30 years old) and got worse with more use and lubrication.  Spoke to the main tech at PFC (nice guy) and he said one of the shafts was probably slightly bent and they do not work on them anymore but, when they did, the only thing they could do was to rebuild and refurbish them.  So, out they came.  I will strip out some of the parts and sell them (eg - the yokes) but the unit is worthless.

I was able to find a PFC Saab yoke on E-Bay and got it so, for now, it is a single yoke setup but at least it is working.  (is this now a Sing Air with the Saab yoke?)  Three of the 4 sub-panels are wired and working.  The Captains right side panel is 90 percent done and I only have to finish wiring the gear lights and then mount the panel.

I decided not to sell my FI turboprop engine gauges but to go ahead and mount them (and a custom circuit breaker panel I had Ruscool make me several years ago) on a 45 degree angle from the main panel.  It is not realistic, but I think it looks pretty good and it is functional and beats looking at the tiny engine gauges on those 10.4 inch monitors of the G1000.

Had trouble getting the front side windows right so I 3D printed them.  This morning I mounted the lower fuel panel and the front of the glareshield with the annunciator panel.  I lowered it a little (purposely) as I had raised the seating for comfort.  The monitor is only there for testing.

So, overall, it is moving forward.  Not perfect, but not looking bad. Lots to go still.

Steve
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 17, 2020, 08:50:58 am
Added another CANBUS LRU. This one is the Master Caution/Warn annunciators

Even got the lights to fade in/out as on the real flight deck.

https://youtu.be/5GdNv38EvBw
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on June 17, 2020, 10:15:25 am
That is very cool Ray.  Nice programming.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: navymustang on June 17, 2020, 10:45:10 am
Wow, that is impressive. I don't think I have seen a sim do that before except the Level Ds at the airlines.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on June 17, 2020, 05:18:56 pm
That is way cool.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 26, 2020, 09:08:15 pm
With the Master Caution/Warning lights under my belt, time to tackle the lower annunciator panel for the Beech 1900D.

Circuit was breadboarded roughly 2 weeks ago and went to manufacturing Sunday night. (Really quick turnaround on the PCB!)

Loaded up the card tonight, loaded the controller with the CANBUS template code so this weekend will be programming all the lights... all 56 of them.

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on June 27, 2020, 08:42:05 am
Hello gents!  After a lot of real life stuff getting in my way, career change, and good stuff like that I'm starting to work on my 737 again.  Will be switching to prosim as the software i had been using (iFly) isn't compatible with Prepar3d v5 and they have no intention of supporting the new Microsoft option.

This weekend I've been organizing my stuff and my first project will be completing the assembly of the overhead.  I've built the frame out of aluminum and want to reinforce it and start the wiring.

Speaking of which, if anyone knows of someone that has a prosim license that they don't use anymore let me know!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on June 27, 2020, 08:12:03 pm
Kind of in a lull here, so I built a giant box.

(It's for a friend who needs all his helicopter parts shipped out of my garage :-) )
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on June 29, 2020, 06:11:21 am
Ray, you could have painted it WAAAAY COOL, S76 Parts With Remove before Flight tag on it :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: phil744 on July 03, 2020, 05:45:07 pm
Was bored, so broke out the ladder and give her a clean as she is a dirty biaatch!
20200310_020942.jpg
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on July 04, 2020, 08:16:01 am
Picked up a nice ASPEN EFD1000 for the nice folks at Ruscool.  This thing looks impressive

Also managed to score a lot of Flight Illusions gauges at a great price, coming from Europe, will post when they arrive.

The Light Twin / Single sim is slowly coming together.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on July 04, 2020, 04:16:05 pm
Quote from: phil744 on July 03, 2020, 05:45:07 pmWas bored, so broke out the ladder and give her a clean as she is a dirty biaatch!
20200310_020942.jpg

Long time no see Phil...where are you at (besides sweeping a perfectly clean gizmo)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on July 15, 2020, 03:03:38 pm
Some more progress on the sim.  3 big screens are up and sort of aligned.  Needs some tweaking.  Having problems with the latest G1000 software connecting over the network.  Working w Flight1 Tech support to try and resolve.
Decided to do the partial roof out of 3D printed plastic and cardboard.  So far, it seems to be working.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on July 15, 2020, 03:58:14 pm
Looking good Steve!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 22, 2020, 08:45:04 pm
I was inspired by Trevor's "Donation Failure" platform on Twitch so decided to roll my own.

1. Currently has over 200 failures, ranked by severity
2. Works in X-Plane. (Wiring exists for P3D/FSX but isn't enabled yet)
3. Severity levels can be changed/added, without source code changes
4. Unprocessed donations are retained so restarts won't clear them
5. Failures are truly random. First failure in each flight is never the same
6. Failures can be auto-disabled below X Altitude. However they are queued so once above the 'Safe' altitude, all hell could break loose...

Severity Levels:
  1. "Just ASAP it, Jim! Damn! Do I have to tell you everything?"
  2. "Where's the QRH, Jim?"
  3. "We better land, Jim..."
  4. "Well Jim, we had a good run."

It's currently "Functional", but needs some code cleanup and interface cleanup.

The workflow:
1. Donation Event: Streamlabs Chatbot sees, and inserts the donation record into a backend database via a Python script

2. My App, "Beech House Buster" sees the new donation and randomizes a new failure from the database based on donation amount. (Queue screaming in the background...)

3. Once the failure is processed, it is marked as "Processed" so it doesn't repeat.

4. The Donor record is also marked as "Processed"

5. A Twitch Chat message is sent to the chat window with what is about to fail.

6. Hilarity ensues.

Here's the app. It's crude but will look better as I clean it up and add more elements over the next couple of days.No message is associated with this attachment.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on July 25, 2020, 06:19:26 pm
Still working out some minor kinks with the code, and a few minor facelifts on the UI.

Time for an ACARS printer!

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on July 31, 2020, 10:47:34 am
Glad to see folks are still getting things done during the summertime, where normally it's vacation time.

My good news for the sim is Karen and I pulled out all the electrical wiring from the garage ceiling. 300 feet of flexible metal conduit (FMC) all screwed down at every 18 inches, so a lot of screws to remove, and mixed it in with insulation that I am allergic too. WOO HOO!

Still, it's worth all the effort because this is the 12 circuits at 20amp each dedicated for the sim and my computer room items that are now in the hangar/shed. We also pulled all 12 AFCI Breakers to move them into the new circuit breaker box in the hangar...

Lastly, it's not for the sim per se, but it's what we learned from installing the Mr Cool 3-ton mini-split Air Conditioner unit in the hangar. The knowledge we gained led to us installing the same exact unit type in our house in the lower level (bi-level). These units are just amazing!

If you're thinking about heating/cooling take a look at a DIY mini-split unit (no matter the brand name). It's night and day over standard HVAC, plus the big bonus is no dusty piping system blowing dirt around or onto your simulator....

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: mickc on August 02, 2020, 02:37:24 am
Got the CNC machined parts for the ACARS printer in, test fitting looks good :)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on August 02, 2020, 08:00:55 am
rather tasty   printer is a pain
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on August 02, 2020, 02:17:44 pm
Looks good!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 07, 2020, 10:06:10 pm
I've had this thing laying around for about 5 years. Figured it was high time to get it interfaced. It doesn't do much, other than some common commands in X-Plane that I usually do on a keyboard.

Found a great API interface using C#. I've interfaced both FSX/P3D and now X-Plane and I have to say, working with X-Plane datarefs and commands is SO much easier than FSUIPC....

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on August 17, 2020, 06:47:47 am
A few pics of the updates to my sim as of this morning.  Windscreen has been completed.  Not spectacular but better than I could have done in wood.  New gauges have been mounted and are working in the throttle quadrant panel and the left co-pilots panel.  Big shout out to Custom Sim Parts who worked with me to design and build these gauges for an incredible reasonable price.  Tom Kaminski has been great and I am ordering three other things from him.

Trying to figure out how to mount the partial roof/headliner and still scratching my head on the glareshield but it is starting to come together.  Using an arduino and Mobiflight for the new gauges and took me a bit to get the hang of how to program them but I think I got it down now.

Wish I was being paid for all of the mistakes I have made.  :-)

Steve
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: FredK on August 17, 2020, 09:56:22 am
Quote from: n4208t on August 17, 2020, 06:47:47 amTrying to figure out how to mount the partial roof/headliner and still scratching my head on the glareshield but it is starting to come together.

Consider framing an exo-skeleton "box" around your cockpit and fasten your interior liners and overhead etc. to it.  That is pretty much the way I did mine.  Very simple to construct. My 737 OH panel probably weighs about 50 pounds, so I needed something sturdy enough to support it all.

Of course it looks like a box from the outside,  but it does resemble the real 737 interior on the inside.  Most commercial simulators are essentially just that.

Fred K
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on August 17, 2020, 10:41:44 am
Agreed, and with the Box Concept I've been able to add a galley !
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: n4208t on August 18, 2020, 02:44:08 am
Thanks guys.  Had not thought of that. 
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on August 18, 2020, 05:03:59 am
Use Aluminum if possible. No welding just bolts.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on August 18, 2020, 09:53:45 am
learn to weld   it will be your best friend
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on August 18, 2020, 11:52:18 am
On a monster like your 74 ....maybe right!
 :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: sagrada737 on August 19, 2020, 05:01:59 am
Very nice work Steve!  The cockpit detail around the MIP area is excellent.  I'm looking forward to seeing more of your progress.  Your GA Sim is truly an inspiration!

As a side note...  Someday (after I complete my 737 Sim), I would like to build a full-scale KingAir or perhaps a AS350 Eurocopter helicopter.  I flew the AS350 for a time in Japan, so having a helicopter Sim would be a lot of fun.

Jack...  Your 737 Sim is amazing.  I really like the Galley addition.   Very realistic!  Any photos of the cockpit detail?

Keep up the good work guys!

Mike
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 19, 2020, 08:51:08 am
In 20 Minutes Last night, I successfully converted the KingAir over to MSFS 2020, Unfortunately because of the Big BOBO Microsoft and ASOBO Made, any software that makes interaction with Simconnect causes a massive Framerate Drop (60 to 12 Frames).  This is supposed to be fixed in short order, but the long and short of it is at the end of the day (Very few things weren't working properly at the end of the transition)  FSUIPC7 works a treat, if it would only play nice with Simconnect.

Check my Twitch VOD for instructions and to see how I accomplished this.

https://www.twitch.tv/cockpitbuilders
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 20, 2020, 08:52:53 pm
Thanks everyone for keeping this thread alive! Crazy this is the 968th post! You all make my day everyday here...

As for my Sim, I got my old Fly Engravity v1 CDU and old FDS CDU (keyboard emulator and composite video input version) working with ProSim737 v2 CDU. Took a bit, but both are on a single client PC. Made a step-by-step video on how to do this as well.

Speaking of step-by-step videos, it'd be nice if we had a place to put them for everyone to view. Then, if anyone wants to make a video on a sim setup subject, they could, but we'd all have to agree on a standard format to follow.

Like, having an intro, the main point(s), and a conclusion, as well as time lengths (say 15mins long, and if it requires to be done in parts, those parts can only be 15min each).

What do you think; anyone interested in doing this?

Next up for me, going to get vPilot working again. As a footnote, I am still running FSX, but plan to finally install P3D v4 that I purchased when it first came out, but didn't install. Might even get P3D v5 yet...why? Uh...I guess it's my good old OCD INSANITY! LOL!

Afterwards, going to purchase a whole new system unit (PC) and get MSFS 2020 running. I see no reason to use anything from my current PC; instead, going to leave it alone and have two complete setups running. That way I can still fly one while going through the MSFS 2020 setups on the other.

Happy Flying Everyone!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on August 21, 2020, 07:43:28 am
John..IMHO you are making your life very complicated  :D
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 21, 2020, 09:44:39 am
Hey Jack, just means never a dull moment...lol!

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on August 21, 2020, 09:49:39 am
You also must have very deep pockets.... :laugh:  8)
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 21, 2020, 12:15:16 pm
Well, they're never deep enough Joe, just never deep enough...lol!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jmlohrenz on August 22, 2020, 10:03:54 am
Switched from using iFly CBE to Prosim today.  Got tired of trying to script and force things to work...that and iFly is planning a re-purchase option if you want to upgrade to P3D v5, and no upgrade path to MSFS 2020...so instead of throwing more money to them, going to go with what everyone else is using...quite the investment!!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on August 22, 2020, 12:05:59 pm
Not done today but has been a work in progress for quite a while.
Interfacing a real Fire Panel as SimA (and Prosim) model all the functions and controls.
First a good clean up and repaint of the backlit panel. Then, all 28v bulbs go and are replaced by 4.5v "led bulbs".
All will be plugged into an FDS IO Sysboard card
Some annunciators (circuit type1) require inverted leds as they have diodes the opposite way from circuit type 2.
To make it short, a hell of a project...but fun.
(John knows that crazy module  :D )
PS the push to lit function could be emulated, I'll pass that one though!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 24, 2020, 12:13:58 am
WOW JACK! That puppy looks so nice, glad you got it setup Plus, it's awesome still seeing you tearing OEM things apart...post a video once it's up and running.

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on August 24, 2020, 12:29:11 am
Hey Everyone,

Update for my sim, I pulled out the SimKits USBGauge that's been working for 10 years. The servo sort of went bad...it was moving, but inaccurately; good thing I had another HiTec HS-311 Servo on the shelf...lucky me...lol!

Only issue I had was re-installing it, since you really need 2 people, one to hold and one to insert the screws. However, got it in with a clamp and some patience; well, the patience only came after a dozen curse words from dropping it beforehand. Good thing I didn't break it right after just tearing it a part; maybe, I just got lucky again.

What's that saying "good or bad luck comes in 3's" Hopefully, that's the case for me tonight with having the right servo and being clumsy by dropping the thing without breaking it. Whatever the 3rd luck item will be, I'll happily take it. Offsets all those bad Gremlin nights throughout the years...

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on August 29, 2020, 05:05:19 pm
A cautionary tale: installing MSFS2020 on a system with FlyElise warping software.

I have Microsoft updates completely disabled so my copy was still on v1809.

To install from the Microsoft store I had to update windows.

Lovely....


After getting all the latest updates installed I discovered that the Warping software was now inop, requiring an update to FlyElise as well.

My copy was an older copy (if it works, don't fix it!)

I was well beyond the support terms for an update to the warping software so I had to renew it to the tune of $251.00 US.

It took a few hours to exhaust my supply of swear words which is a difficult task in itself; having served in the Marines I have quite an extensive vocabulary.

Sometimes I forget that this is an expensive hobby.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on August 29, 2020, 09:29:19 pm
Quote from: RayS on August 29, 2020, 05:05:19 pmSometimes I forget that this is an expensive hobby. Microsoft will (stitch you up like a kipper) every. single. time.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: bernard S on August 30, 2020, 11:32:44 am
I am only going to add my 2 cents once . why is it mostly everybody is so fixated on 2020  .... its no where near ready for flightdeck builders simple as that yet people moan trying to fit a square peg in round hole !!!   12 mths my thumb suck   if you have to have it then large lcd single desktop play unit....thats my 2 cents spent..lol   
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Trevor Hale on August 30, 2020, 01:06:40 pm
Quote from: RayS on August 29, 2020, 05:05:19 pmA cautionary tale: installing MSFS2020 on a system with FlyElise warping software.

I have Microsoft updates completely disabled so my copy was still on v1809.

To install from the Microsoft store I had to update windows.

Lovely....


After getting all the latest updates installed I discovered that the Warping software was now inop, requiring an update to FlyElise as well.

My copy was an older copy (if it works, don't fix it!)

I was well beyond the support terms for an update to the warping software so I had to renew it to the tune of $251.00 US.

It took a few hours to exhaust my supply of swear words which is a difficult task in itself; having served in the Marines I have quite an extensive vocabulary.

Sometimes I forget that this is an expensive hobby.
I bought it on Steam, for that reason. Microsoft wanted strange things to be able to install it.  So got a refund, and went to the steam version. Still needed 1909 windows though, wasn't that bad.  but least your windows is up to date an your warping software LOL.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: Joe Lavery on August 30, 2020, 03:10:47 pm
I think it's going to happen sooner than you think Bernard. They've announced an update within seven days that will fix the issue with Simconnect stealing frame rates.
Which means that Trevor will have it running his deck within a week.
That's just my 2 Cents.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: ame on August 30, 2020, 05:02:02 pm
So, what have I done for my simulator* today?

I decided to build a CNC router so that I could cut parts from MDF and acrylic. This is complementary to 3D printing, and probably, but not always, better than cutting things by hand.
IMG_20200831_124118.jpg
I started making it about 2 years ago, but the project stalled. In the last few weeks I got back to it and got it working. It still needs a bit of tweaking, but it works. Attached is a picture of the machine, which has an almost 200x200mm work area, and a picture of a piece I cut with it. The cut piece is the front panel for the Davtron MB800 chronometer for a Beechcraft King Air.
IMG_20200831_124216.jpg
The machine is driven by grbl running on an Arduino, so it can accept G-code directly. It uses a cheap rotary tool with 3.2mm (1/8") shank bits.

Generally my workflow is:
idea -> QCAD -> DXF2GCODE -> bCNC -> result

Not only is the software Free and Open Source, but the machine itself was based on a Free design called CNC v0.6 by Homofaciens.
https://www.homofaciens.de/technics-machines-cnc-v0-6_en.htm

* I'm not a simulator builder, I just like making things.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: kattz on August 31, 2020, 04:38:23 pm
Nice!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 03, 2020, 01:51:40 pm
Quote from: bernard S on August 30, 2020, 11:32:44 amwhy is it mostly everybody is so fixated on 2020  .... its no where near ready for flightdeck

Possibly.

However, It installed perfectly on my 3-projector setup. Frame rates suck but I haven't tried it after the latest update.

The biggest factor I'm looking at now is that I'm anticipating 6 months to a year to totally convert from X-Plane to MSFS2020. My sim has 20 microcontrollers all tied to an X-Plane API through USB and they work quite nicely.

Moving to a new API architecture is a challenge and I don't want to get halfway through a conversion only to discover it could be done better with a different architecture.
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jackpilot on September 05, 2020, 12:05:31 pm
Fire Panel continued
Testing Korrys retrofitted with LED bulbs.
Leds driven by FDS card. no resistors straight plug in

Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 07, 2020, 02:04:45 pm
Awesome Jack!
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: RayS on September 07, 2020, 10:38:48 pm
Over the long weekend I did some initial testing on MSFS2020...

Overall I'm happy with the first release, considering there's still a lot of it not working.

What I hope they fix:

1. Way too much light bloom at night. On a 3 projector screen, this has the effect of everything being out of focus. It's a little nauseating. Note: You can turn this off but it has no effect. I hope they give us a bit more granular control over light bloom.

2. Rudder control is WAY overdone.

3. Controls are not smooth at all. Tried at different graphics settings but the result is that the plane tends to bounce around too much. Small corrections lead to big movements.

4. Visuals: There's no "Lateral Offset" setting. You can change viewpoints and pilot views but without the lateral offset you will crab endlessly close to the ground.

Granted, this is all magnified across 3 projectors, but compared to X-Plane, 2020 is way too jerky.

I'm not sure what the future of X-Plane looks like, but as I convert my sim over to 2020, I am making sure I can easily switch between sim platforms.






Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: blueskydriver on September 09, 2020, 10:48:10 pm
Hey Everyone,

Looks like some of you have been busy and with Fall on the horizon, I am sure we'll have more time to work on our sims.

Speaking of which, spent the whole day yesterday redoing my NTHUSIM settings (yep, still using version 3.0 because it works just fine). Decided to realign everything with a Johnson's self leveling Laser Level and what a huge difference it made. After doing all the vertical and horizontal alignment lines, I discovered that I never did the vertical lines very well before.

In other words, what I thought was vertical or plum before was not that at all. However, I can only summarize that it's due to my new screen configuration. I know that sounds funny since I am using the same screen, but how it's attached now is different and it helps me see things better, as weird as that sounds. Anyway, everything seems so much better...

Finally, did you see my post on USB Code 43 errors? Yeah, I just finished getting everything I mentioned above done and BAM! Code 43 errors on 2 PC's.  :o

John
Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: jskibo on September 10, 2020, 06:07:27 am
Looks like my COM2 and GFC600 Autopilot shipped so I can finish my radio stack.

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Title: Re: What have you done for your simulator today?
Post by: LORENZO on September 20, 2020, 01:30:09 pm
Greetings

Finally got the lights on and connected
with interface cards working
no seperate pc to run the gauges ( on order )

https://www.inside-tech.co.uk/fanless-quad-core-intel-mini-pc-dual-display#product-options-wrapper

I will let you know how it shapes up

no pc to run MS FS2020 yet
saving up for That bad boy

but having fun building