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Tulkas' simulator - progress
« on: October 31, 2008, 06:48:13 AM »
Well, by now I've been around for a while watching and asking. Now finally are starting to pop up around my house some "stuffs" that could -somehow- look like parts of a F16 cockpit, so maybe was time to start my own progress thread.

First af all I have to acknowledge the inspirational sources that dragged me into this crazy project. Around a year ago I though it would be cool to put together some buttons to have an ICP and somehow I ended up in this web, well, the old one.

And then I saw Red Dog progress thread. I read it from the first to the last page at once. It was a revelation, that guy started with two pieces of MDF and ended with a F16 cockpit.

Later I discovered Raymond's cockpit and more and more of all the amazing work which is being done by the people here.

The low-budget-bunch-of-buttons-ICP that I had in mind changed for ever. Now all I could think is "complete-fully-functional" F16 cockpit. Damn! 

I though it was fair to give a recognition to those guys which are working with the camera at hand, and take the time and trouble to document their progress by writting, I think they do much more that just share their construction ideas, the hook people into the hobby -like myself- and more people increase the demand for Viper products, keeping the developing and fabrication going on.
 
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Now it's time for me to start.

My minipit has paied me a great service during the last one and a half year, when I was moving too often to have anything else that a folding-easy-to-transport pit. Is going to be in service for some more time while it sees a f16 cockpit growing around, until is time to substitute it for an ACESII (kind of).

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P3260011.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P3260014.jpg
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I want to build so I don't have to wait to the full cockpit to use it, but to incorporate every little progress to the flight line.

Let's start with the DED, which the first part completly finish. Looking for a Z-10 a very cheap used G-15 popped up and I couldn't say no.

No innovation here, just following other's steps: http://www.eaglevision.nu/g15_pfd.php

Combined with the fantastic software that AiRdAnCe has put together for us: http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php?topic=3232.0

In a office material shop found a plastic transparent green folder which could help to give a more accurate color to the display:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5100085.jpg
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Stripped the poor keyboard:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5100094.jpg
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Miracle, still working!:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5100097.jpg
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Right away noticed why nobody use the G-15 for DED and prefer the Z-10: the PCB is way to long for a DED box and the ribbon is way too short to hide the board on any place.

Only I could think is leave the PCB sticking out to the left and make a hole in the ICP housing to hide it:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5190088.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5190095.jpg
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Some mastic, sandpaper,  black spray and a front cover cut out from a CD box:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5290085.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


A DED USB plug&play:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5290087.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


Cheers

Tulkas
« Last Edit: April 30, 2009, 04:58:57 PM by Tulkas »

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2008, 10:26:30 AM »
Hi Tulkas.
                         What a grate start, I hope to follow in your foot steps one day.
I just love the DED G-15 Ida. :thumbsup:

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2008, 03:18:03 PM »
Thanks for the feedback Reboot.

Now is time for some work in the ICP housing. My Jay-Mike ICP has been sleeping too long in the "chest of the treasure", that?s how I call the box where I put all the pit-items I buy, now is full with packages from all around the world and it is time to statr to use some of them to make place for new ones :D

This ICP is so far the jewel of the crown, I purchased many months ago from Lighthing and I have been looking forward to make a housing worth of it. I started with the amazing Jason?s plans like base but I plan to make modifications along the way to adapt them to my way of building, my materials and the external finish that I want.

The beggining is always slow and boring:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9200080.jpg
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 I used a very close foto that I made in Rygge (Norway) to try to make the fingerguards more realistic:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/HUDbox1.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9220102.jpg
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Pitbuiilders best friends:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9260082.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9250081.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9260084.jpg
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Lower part:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9280085.jpg
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Starting to look like something:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9290087.jpg
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The upper arc:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9300082.jpg
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Checking dimensions (couldn?t way to see it in position :D ):

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PA010085.jpg
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I don?t want the top of the housing to be so flat and boring so I search the web and I find some pictures in Red Dog?s thread:
http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php?topic=537.825

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P3190086.jpg
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Not accurate at all but doesn?t matter to me, is just eye candy. I have a couple of ideas for the HUD lense.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P3280091.jpg
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Cheers

Tulkas

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2008, 04:13:55 PM »
Wow Tulkas, great craftmanship on a very hard to reproduce part

Now if my wife sees me using a genuine table to cut my wood, she'll cut my finger...
but that's just her, she knows how awkward I am  :D

Have a bandit day
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2008, 04:34:49 PM »
Tulkas, excellent job!!   :beer:

I love the added detail!

Cheers,
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 04:59:31 PM »
Looks pretty!

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2008, 05:25:53 PM »
Great job Tulkas :) !

Just a little note - the humidity sensor (kinda hole in the rear of the part) is placed on the left side only, IIRC there's nothing on the right side (but I may be wrong ?).

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2008, 05:49:54 PM »
Thanks guys, I am just an apprentice of all you  :-[

Now if my wife sees me using a genuine table to cut my wood, she'll cut my finger...
but that's just her, she knows how awkward I am  :D

Well, my wife and I are currently looking for a house with simulator room and workshop, in the meanwhile we have arrive to a compromise: I mess our little flat with wood a paint and she yells at me :D

Great job Tulkas :) !

Just a little note - the humidity sensor (kinda hole in the rear of the part) is placed on the left side only, IIRC there's nothing on the right side (but I may be wrong ?).

You are totally right, I saw that on a picture just after finishing the wood work, so it was to late :mad:. Don?t tell anybody!! :D

Cheers

Tulkas
« Last Edit: October 31, 2008, 05:55:12 PM by Tulkas »

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2008, 06:06:31 PM »
It s not so bad, a little piece of wood with some putty and no more right humidity sensor  :whistle:
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2008, 06:54:25 PM »
Tulkas,
have you got more of these close-up shots from Rygge?
If yes, please post them here.
Tnx
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2008, 09:33:55 PM »
Very nice woodwork!

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2008, 12:01:28 PM »
As I said, I had a few ideas for the imitation of the HUD lens. First I bought a cople of glass bowls to place them up side down but didn?t like the shape of the bottom. Finally I saw in a shop magnifying glass for people with bad sight to read, it was 13cm diameter, way smaller than the real thing but I don?t care if it looks nice:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P5300085.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6040089.jpg
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Now I had to see how to make the hole where it is placed:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6040090.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


First I cut some stencils in paper:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6040091.jpg
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But I didn?t figure out what material to use, plastic? metal? I was thinking these things when taking out the garbage and together with it the old screen we used when Eco -my dog- had an injure in a leg...

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P5310087.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


... then I though that plastic was the perfect material :D

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6050092.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


Going back to the lens: everything necesary to give it a nice touch is a plywood support, a black spray painted piece of cardboard (from a corn flake box) and a piece from the same transparent-green folder I used for the DED:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6080094.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6080098.jpg
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I have found a yellow base paint which looks a little like the one that appears under the gray paint on the ral parts. I will use so when my cockpit gets old it will do in a "realistic way", like weathering a model but by actual use.

I tested it wuth the ICP housing and it looks ok:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6090099.jpg
Tulkas' simulator - progress


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6090101.jpg
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Cheers

Tulkas
« Last Edit: November 02, 2008, 12:06:58 PM by Tulkas »

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2008, 12:18:04 PM »
that's one nice hud box  :thumbsup: exelent work
love the details on it

keep it up

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2008, 01:34:30 PM »
stripped the dog for spare parts...  :o guess you are first. But given the superb looking progress on your pit, I think it's more than justified :thumbsup:
Keep up the good work, love to see more
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2008, 01:43:30 PM »
stripped the dog for spare parts... 
Now that was funny?.  :D


       I?ve heard of striping the wife?s car for parts, but that?s the best so far.