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What have you done for your simulator today?

Started by blueskydriver, January 14, 2018, 04:01:20 am

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kattz

Today... I received freight!  Thank you, Boy Bruin at Simzation!

Kev

mickc

April 27, 2020, 04:55:11 pm #851 Last Edit: April 27, 2020, 07:34:46 pm by mickc
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

blueskydriver

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
| FSX | FDS-MIP OVRHD SYS CARDS FC1| PM | PMDG 737-700 | UTX | GEX | UT7 | ASE | REX2 | AES | TSR | IS | TOPCAT | AvilaSoft EFB | OC CARDS & OVRHD GAUGES| SIMKITS | SW 3D Lights | FS2CREW2010 | FSXPassengers | Flight1 AE | MATROX TH2GO-D | NTHUSIM | 3-Mits EW230Ust Proj |

Joe Lavery

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.
'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!'
www.pcpilot.net

blueskydriver

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
| FSX | FDS-MIP OVRHD SYS CARDS FC1| PM | PMDG 737-700 | UTX | GEX | UT7 | ASE | REX2 | AES | TSR | IS | TOPCAT | AvilaSoft EFB | OC CARDS & OVRHD GAUGES| SIMKITS | SW 3D Lights | FS2CREW2010 | FSXPassengers | Flight1 AE | MATROX TH2GO-D | NTHUSIM | 3-Mits EW230Ust Proj |

kattz


kattz

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

bernard S


Joe Lavery

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.
'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain!'
www.pcpilot.net

kattz

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.

kattz

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. 

blueskydriver

Hey Everyone,

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

John
| FSX | FDS-MIP OVRHD SYS CARDS FC1| PM | PMDG 737-700 | UTX | GEX | UT7 | ASE | REX2 | AES | TSR | IS | TOPCAT | AvilaSoft EFB | OC CARDS & OVRHD GAUGES| SIMKITS | SW 3D Lights | FS2CREW2010 | FSXPassengers | Flight1 AE | MATROX TH2GO-D | NTHUSIM | 3-Mits EW230Ust Proj |

n4208t

April 29, 2020, 10:46:19 am #862 Last Edit: April 29, 2020, 10:48:35 am by n4208t
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.



Trevor Hale

@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
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n4208t

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.

jackpilot

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.


Jack

MistyBlue

One of my latest ongoing projects...no going back to anything else now 8)

kattz

Nice garage!  And the collimators are sweet!

bernard S

whos trash bin have you been  dumpster diving in ? 😂

fsaviator

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

MistyBlue

@kattx, thanks.  Glad you liked the garage (and, you know, the collimators too, lol)

@bernard, hmm, not telling.  Haha.

_alioth_


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.

RayS

I have one of these...

What do you need to share your code? My first born? A house? :-)
Ray Sotkiewicz

_alioth_

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
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.


bernard S

i found a screw that i dont know what it goes too

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