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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
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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
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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
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A DED USB plug&play:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5290087.jpg
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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

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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!

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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

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

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6050092.jpg
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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
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P6090101.jpg
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Cheers

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.

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2008, 02:10:12 PM »
OK Gepeto  :harhar:
You know that's realy cool
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2008, 02:20:21 PM »
That HUD box is a real beauty :thumbsup:

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2008, 05:42:47 AM »
Thanks guys for all the good feedback, is so nice to come to viperpits to show your work and nobody asks you "you are building WHAT?" :D

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

Believe me, he was more than happy seeing that hideous thing cut apart :D

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Some small progress, talking about stripping wife's property: a lipstick case make a perfect HUD camera, I swear it was empty and I got permission to take it :)


http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6120087.jpg
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I want to start to use my ICP-DED right away so I have made support to fix them to the desktop while the CP is being made:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6120088.jpg
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I also made a very nice finding, I was having a hard time with the putty and sandpaper to make the rough plywood surface as smooth as I wanted. Then my wife came back from the car painting workshop where she has bought spray to fix a small scratch on our car, they also gave her the sandpaper they use to fix scratches.

Of course I had to try and it was impressive, turned the plywood surface into metal or plastic, perfect finish!

One never finish sandpapering when building a pit  :rambling:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6190087.jpg
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But it was all worth, three layers of black spray, and other three of transparent matt cover:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200087.jpg
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Pretty happy with the result. Another finding was that using of a normal hairdryer makes the drying almost instantaneous so you don't have to wait (for ever now in Norway, is very cold and wet in the garage) and you get less shit stuck in the fresh paint.


Cheers

Tulkas

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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #18 on: November 03, 2008, 05:57:15 AM »
OMFG  :taz: :taz: :taz: :taz: :taz: :taz: :o :o :o

That looks AWESOME !!!


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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2008, 06:46:32 AM »
Really impressive  :hail:
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Re: Tulka's simulator - progress
« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2008, 06:47:59 AM »
Nice work on the hud box, very smick

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2008, 09:00:48 AM »
WOW!!!
Looks like the real thing... :hail:

Very impressive work. :clap:
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #22 on: November 03, 2008, 09:38:00 AM »
   GREAT WORK KEEP IT UP. :beer:                                                                                 

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #23 on: November 03, 2008, 11:15:54 AM »
WOW

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #24 on: November 03, 2008, 11:21:47 AM »
 :o  ....................................... speechless................................................... :o

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« Reply #25 on: November 03, 2008, 12:25:08 PM »
Great Job there !

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2008, 12:45:11 PM »
Tulkas you are now on my, (I am watching you list).    :beer:

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #27 on: November 03, 2008, 03:04:27 PM »
I love to see things like turn out that good when built from scratch!

Keep up the good work

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #28 on: November 04, 2008, 03:02:01 AM »
Thanks guys!

I am very happy with this part, looks nicer that I though I could get. I was learning new things as I moved forward and the combination of car sandpaper and spray painting turned really well.

Let's finish this thing and put it to work.

Small details, the screw at the bottom of the fingerguards.

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Of course, the lens. Doesn't stand a direct comparation with the real thing, but I don't care, it looks good :) :

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200094.jpg
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Now I have to put some guts inside:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200095.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200098.jpg
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And some pictures:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200100.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200101.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200092.jpg
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With the DED, where is now that long anoying PCB? :) :

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200102.jpg
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The support is awating:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200103.jpg
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It looks strange, a little piece of an F16 on my desktop:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200104.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6200109.jpg
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And finishing:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6190088.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6230085.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6230086.jpg
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I didn't want the cover to look too perfect:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P6230088.jpg
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #29 on: November 04, 2008, 03:53:18 AM »
Wonderful Tulkas
Now, put two MFDs there below and you've got the best desktop cockpit available. You don't need anything else for a desktop pit. ICP, DED and two MFds with screens.
Ha, you don't build a desktop unit? You go for the full option pit  :harhar:

Very well done, congrats

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #30 on: November 04, 2008, 04:38:36 AM »
I agree, one hell of a job !  :yihaw:
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2008, 04:56:45 AM »
Awesome job Tulkas, looks great!!!! :thumbsup:


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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #32 on: November 04, 2008, 05:28:48 AM »
Thanks to share these pics Tulkas, they are very useful to me.
Could you post some dimensions, please? I've almost finished my center pedestal structure and now it's the time of ICP's strut.
Thanks again.. ;)


Really a well done work !!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #33 on: November 04, 2008, 08:36:51 AM »
Ha, you don't build a desktop unit? You go for the full option pit  :harhar:

Yes, I took that -fatal- step in my head some time ago. Now I only can think FULL FULLY FUNCTIONAL VIPER PIT, anything less than that is just not acceptable. And you are one the guilties for this crazy idea  :D

Thanks to share these pics Tulkas, they are very useful to me.
Could you post some dimensions, please? I've almost finished my center pedestal structure and now it's the time of ICP's stand.
Thanks again.. ;)


Really a well done work !!!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Thanks for the compliments Magoo, I really appreciate  coming from you because I have seen your impressive work with wood.

The messures of the ICP housing are those from Jason's -Killn- plans, you should get in contact with him in order to get them, they are totally worth. The rest is just ornamentation from my side, not very dimensional accurate actually.

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2008, 10:46:14 PM »
Wow Tulkas,

I just ran accross your build.

Very nice work; Great job! :thumbsup:
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #35 on: September 10, 2009, 03:29:44 AM »
Wow! Time past fast. And the cockpit grows so slowly. No espectacular updates in my cockpit but a lot of parts have arrived, a lot of planning and decisions have been taken and somehow I think I have a clearer path ahead, still long.

No real updates in the cockpit as I said but some updates that will have -I hope- a decisive impact in the progress of my project, we moved to a new house -our first house- at the end of the spring and as result now I have two of the most -I think- important things a pit builder could wish:

An exclusive Sim-room:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5040165.jpg
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A workshop:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5040168.jpg
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Until now I had not too much time to work in the cockpit with the moving and all that it means, I had high priority tasks like preparing the new house of Eco, my dog:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/CASA/P1300114.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/CASA/P2070116.jpg
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I have to say I am specially proud of the dog house, my first one and from the scratch, I hope my pit come along that well :D

Good thing is working on this allowed me to smuggler some material to the workshop and mix the construction of my workbench and shelfs with the dog house without being notice by the big boss (my wife:cutey:) :D so when I finished with all that work, my workshop was (magicaly) ready as well. Also meny new tools that where "essential" for the house work will be very welcome in the pit building and their cost will not be attached to the pit budget  :whistle:

But now I am back on the track and since this a pit progress thread les show some small work in the misc. panel. The misc. "box" will be made in wood, but I had to make some kind of "backplate" to attach the switches. This little crappy plate took me hours of hard work, that means I will never have a metal pit and that I admire (and hate ;) )even more all those around here -Nightowl, Aeyes,...- that are able to work metal:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5040173.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5040169.jpg
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I have some wonderful flat head switches (thanks Squid!) that needed to be modified to go from momentary to lock-lock. I have seen people open them and remove the spring but I tried another approach I believe is easier an faster, and lest risky to destroy it. Some seconds of careful work with the dremel...

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5040176.jpg
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And perfect lock-lock, you can compare here original and modified

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5040177.jpg
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Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #36 on: September 10, 2009, 05:27:16 AM »
Hey Tulkas!
Great job, mate!! The doghouse looks great, and Eco will be a big help. But he lost a lot of weight and looks more like a rabbit than a dog.
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« Reply #37 on: September 10, 2009, 05:47:54 AM »
Hey some of that plastic CD cover for the inner hole in the humidity sensor will look very real. They have glass in them.
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« Reply #38 on: September 10, 2009, 09:22:41 PM »
Congrats on the house Tulkas!

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #39 on: September 10, 2009, 11:53:24 PM »
Indeed Tulkas!
Great additions for the cockpit builder.

I wouldn't give away my pitroom/garage/workshop for anything... :o
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« Reply #40 on: September 11, 2009, 04:05:13 AM »
Thanks guys!

I need a bit of help here, somebody could tell me how deep is the misc. panel support? The dim showed in the picture. Does the misc. have backlightt? I believe I have read around here it doesn't.

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« Reply #41 on: September 11, 2009, 04:14:04 AM »
I don't have the dim but it does have backlight. The "+" symbol left of the "ALT REL" is the point where you have to push to make sure the Hoffman connector for the backlight is properly seated.

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« Reply #42 on: September 11, 2009, 08:39:09 AM »
All this time I have not been totally idle regarding pit building, with a little work now and then I have almost complete the center pedestal as you can see in my workshop picture some posts above.

The start point are the Pegasus center pedestal plans that he kindly has available for free download in his website:

http://www.xflight.de/pe_sim_cas_cec.htm#Plans

Then I heavily modified it to look like Red Dog center pedestal since I was going for the same solution than him, with a screen inside the pedestal and a main console of one piece. This is Red Dog's:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/484_woodCP.jpg
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You can read the process in his thread (as if some one haven't read it yet ;) )

http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php?topic=537.660

I didn't bother myself with calculations about all those angles, I just placed solid wood pieces in the corners and sandpapered them down until they had the correct shape. A hell of a work, but less thinking and more acting and I prefer that, very often I have to regret.

 I also modified the wide to what I thought I would need. As you can see my way of working is a bit caothic, taking bits from everywhere, often working on visual apparence rather than dimensions... and that modus operandi leads often to mistakes, like in this case. Looking at my pedestal there was something not quite right:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9160096.jpg
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Hummm... then I messured it and... crap! almost 3cm wider than the real (Pegasus' ) one. Somewhere in the midel of so many modifications I make a mistake (probably with the thickness of the material) and now the CP was much wider than necesary for the screen. That was a lot but -I know saying this is a blasfemy in VP ;) - after the first cursings, I didn't care anymore. It's wider so it be, very few that visit my simulator will ever notice :)

And the mistake had it's adventages, now I had space (tight but enough) to place the FUEL QTY and INST. panels beside the HSI screen:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9160097.jpg
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It was a hell to fit that little screen and its board there and now I plan to change it for the Century USB one if (I get this to work because is messing badly with my drivers). A friend of my could cut and bend a piece of metal for the front side. Unluckly he did not have the tools to make the gauges cutouts so I had som work to do with the dremel.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9040091.jpg
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Then some very boring work to cut out in the bezzels to make space for the tiny encoders:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB300094.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB300095.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB300096.jpg
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Some testing with FalconGauges. Amazing software, for some weeks I had the cp like to fly because I didn't want to take my eyes off those gauges :)

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/P9250103.jpg
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But I had to keep on working so I took it apart and drilled holes to fit rotaries, switches and panels. I also got the air vent from Kneeling Warrior. I was surprise. I have to be honest, it was my first order from him, I expected that plastic replicas casted by a guy in his house would be low quality and I was ready to work filling bubbles, cutting plastic excesses, sandpaper... but instead  I got a perfect replica in quality and hard material and very high defined details. Top notch work and now I cannot wait for the moment to put in my pit his cockpit side replicas!

I made a metalic plate for the vent. How I hate to work metal!

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PC240128.jpg
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Fitting testing:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PC260093.jpg
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That's it for now. Don't you guys forget about the MISC. PANEL dimension please! I want to finish it ;)

Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #43 on: September 11, 2009, 10:21:22 AM »
I'll get dims to you this evening,
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #44 on: September 11, 2009, 10:27:57 AM »
Really great works!
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Nice update.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #45 on: September 11, 2009, 02:40:11 PM »
Hey Tulkas!
GREAT job, mate! I will keep shouting this, don't worry about "correct" size if you need to make adjustments. What is far more important is to get the thing built and have fun flying. I can't see the difference from my house and believe me, no one will criticize you for putting together a working CP no matter what you have to do. You are doing a great thing here with the EHSI and FG4. There is no right or wrong way to build your pit, once it's painted and plugged in it will be as good as any other. Keep it up, dude! Thanks for the pics. I sometimes envy the guys that use wood.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #46 on: September 11, 2009, 03:00:40 PM »
Awesome job Tulkas.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #47 on: October 28, 2009, 04:55:38 AM »
Work started on the ACESII. Sources:

-SpeedOne's plans: http://www.simpits.org/x_files/HowToAceII.PDF
-Xflight: http://xflight.de/pg_org_par_ace.htm
-Red Dog's progress report: http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php?topic=537.0
-A lot of good pictures of real ACESII downloaded here in the forum but I don't remember where  :-[ I think was Aeyes who uploaded them.

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I have decided is no point to keep on with the other parts (CP, main console) if I don't have the center tub and the ACESII before because is difficult to use them with my current seat. So priority No.1 now is finish the ACESII.

Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #48 on: October 28, 2009, 08:03:36 AM »
That is a great start.

Loves the wood head rest, nice craftmanship. :thumbsup:
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #49 on: October 29, 2009, 05:13:57 AM »
That makes me remember when I started my own Aces II, some year ago....

Very nice job Tulkas ! :clap:

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #50 on: October 29, 2009, 11:04:44 AM »
Looking good.  Keep up the good work.

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #51 on: November 26, 2009, 05:32:51 AM »
Carry on with the ACESII, added alu profiles to attach metallic sheets with blind rivets "a la RD":

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Started work on the sides:

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The rolls on the head rest:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7120166.jpg
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And "the oh God, I cannot sandpaper any more" knee and leg protections.

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I got some nice items in the mail:

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And for just 30 bucks this one from ebay. Is not a F16s but once painted gray I think it will look great. And it was non used, sealed in its factory package so it is fully functional in case I want to put the strappers to the seat some day....

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7180174.jpg
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An oxy bottle is on its way to me right now.

An important item I need now is the arm lever or at least the dimensions so I can built a mock up just to help me to design the mechanism that will be inside the right side of the seat. So if anybody can pass me the dims I will be very grateful. Is anybody producing metallic arm levers??

Also I need a good set of stickers for the seat, I think I remember someone was selling them?

Un saludo

Tulkas
« Last Edit: November 26, 2009, 05:35:07 AM by Tulkas »

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #52 on: November 26, 2009, 07:19:17 AM »
Look what a man can do with skills and a "little" wood :thumbsup:

Keep it up man, it's great. I never thought myself it would give that much of satisfaction when you see a pit "growing up". :cheerleader: ::)

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #53 on: December 21, 2009, 08:32:41 AM »
Everybody here knows the "bumps" on the sides of the ACESII. I have been thinking about them very long, how to make those rounded shapes? You had the easy way, just cut a flat shape. But I wanted the bumps...

Eventually I decided to use a round piece of wood so at least some of the round shape was already there. 

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I cut a strip as wide as the real element

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sandpaper the corners to round

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sandpaper the top to round

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and repeat ten times! don't ask me to do it again! 

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Now another of the elements of the cockpit I have been thinking a lot lately. And this one is really important, from its correct execution depends much of the cockpit good working: the base where the seat will rest. The base will  decided crucial dimensions like the height of the pilot, distance to the front panel and leaning.

First I prepare the base of the second module (of four that will form my cockpit).

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Later the base for the seat made considering the pilot's eye respect the ICP, the famous 30 degrees of the F16's seat and a bunch of pictures from real cockpits. Everything together with AutoCAD and some tests and I get this impressive piece of engineering...

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P8140195.jpg
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Well, maybe not so impressive. I have to reinforce it since it will carry the seat and my own weight which both together will exceed largely 100kg... The same piece will attach together front and central modul.

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I made a fast assembly test just with seat pan. I sat on it and feels to be right even if when I stand and look at it looks to be leaning to much. I will not know until the seat is complete and I can put on place.

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Un saludo

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #54 on: December 21, 2009, 08:34:14 AM »
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #55 on: December 21, 2009, 08:49:10 AM »
Great work Tulkas. Keep it going, we love the pics. If you need any measurements, let me know.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #56 on: December 21, 2009, 08:49:39 AM »
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and repeat ten times! don't ask me to do it again! 

     Don?t ask me to do it again;
What do you mean; we all need a set of those, so get back to work.    :-P


  Exelent work  Tulkas. :beer:

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #57 on: December 25, 2009, 12:10:02 PM »
I have the coolest wife ever, check out what she got me for Christmas!

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She did not use ebay or have any contact with people at viperpits or in the hobby. She told that she just sat one hour in the phone calling everywhere until finding the correct person in the country. My wife rulez!

And of courseI could no resist to put somethings together just for the picture :)

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Great work Tulkas. Keep it going, we love the pics. If you need any measurements, let me know.
Nigel

Thank you very much Nigel. Indeed it would be a great if you can give me dimensions for the seat rails. Mainly section and how high they go over the edge of the seat. I am thinking that if I make fake reails I will save time not making the wheels and other elements that are under.

Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #58 on: December 25, 2009, 12:35:01 PM »
Hi Tulkas!

That is some fine woodwork progress there.... I love your results on the "bumps"...

... and I am sure your wife loves you  ;D

And, if I may be honest - if you go through all that fine work of detailing the seat you had better mount the wheels/rollers as well  :rambling:

May also come in handy when you install the seat adjustment-system.

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« Reply #59 on: January 12, 2010, 08:31:17 AM »

And, if I may be honest - if you go through all that fine work of detailing the seat you had better mount the wheels/rollers as well  :rambling:

May also come in handy when you install the seat adjustment-system.


Hehe! seat adjustment system! That's too fancy for me. My poor seat will be just screwd to the structure once I find the perfect position for it. It won't move at all. So wheels, rails, etc... will be just eyecandy, and sice the rails are going to be on top of the wheels I don't think I will waste time on those. But I will try to make a pretty rails ;)

 I worked on the seat. Hard fight with the metal sheets. The result is not perfect but good enough. I don't think I can get it any better with my tools. I used steel and maybe is not so easy to work with as alu.

Planing the task

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P8200177.jpg
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Fights on!

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The problem of working without real parts and later adding them is you cand find the don't fit. Speedone's plans make a good job but they are not perfect. The curves in backrest are slighly different (too late for me to correct thoses) and the seatpan is quite different, I had to make some cut out on the wood and patch the metal to fit the seat pad. The front part bends downwards too much but those are not possible to change now.

I wish that when I started with the seat I knew what I know now, but anyway I think I will get a nice looking ACESII when finish:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9040217.jpg
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And right now I have an incoming parachute container from USA   :yihaw: I am very excited to see how difficult will be to fit that one. Honestly never thought of buying one since prices were crazy and I totally refused to colaborate -mainly for principle, I think bidding wars backfires to our own small comunity- with the f16 junk inflaction. But it looks things are more calm lately and I got this one at good price and direct sell. Not planing to get one can give me some headache to get it on now though.

Cheers

Tulkas
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2010, 11:17:51 AM »
Maybe not perfect...

But looking frikin' great!!!
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #61 on: January 13, 2010, 02:52:22 AM »
Awesome Tulkas a credit to what can be done in wood

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« Reply #62 on: January 13, 2010, 04:10:16 AM »
Pretty nice... :clap:
I like your ACES II and your HUD you made in the beginning of your project  ;)
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« Reply #63 on: January 25, 2010, 04:33:11 AM »
Hi guys. I need some help here.

I am not happy with the seat pan shape from Speedone's plans, they are way off the real thing and you notice when you put the real butt cushions on top. so I am thinking to redo or fix it somehow to get more accurate with the curves at the top.

All I need is someone to post a straight side picture (profile) of the real seat pan. No need dimensions or anything else, I can take the picture to CAD, scale it and draw the curves.

Thank you very much!

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #64 on: February 01, 2010, 03:37:40 AM »
The wrong shape of my seat pan has been annoying me and I used some days trying to decide if it was worth to go throught al the trouble to correct it. Well, actually I decided pretty soon it was not worth but I eneded doing it antway. My pitsickness its' getting worse I guess.

It is the front part from Speedone's plans what is wrong:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/modseatpan.jpg
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This small modification means a lot of work when the seat was almost finished:

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In the other hand I just got in the mail a item that for me is one of the most iconic of viperpit building: the parachute container. I wasn't really planing to get one so now I will have to work to modify de seat for it to fit:

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However my parachute container came with a huge erection  :o

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Which I have not been able yet to reduce. So I am considering to cut and removing totally the spring. If any of you guys have available the stripe and the pin to close and hold the top, I am interested.

Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #65 on: February 01, 2010, 05:14:48 AM »
Tulkas
I know it may be blasphemy to some, but I took out the spring in mine. That thing is a major PITA to get back in and I dont have time to waste fighting it for something utterly useless. Some foam rubber will look just like a chute IMHO.
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« Reply #66 on: February 01, 2010, 05:35:15 AM »
To put this damn thing back in is not more than 10 minutes work for 1 person:
Undo the straps (as you don't have them anyway is 9 minutes for you)
Push it in, close 2 flaps with a screwdriver across the holes
Take a short breath/brake
Push it harder in and close the other 2 flaps on top of it
Insert a cable binder
Remove the screwdriver
Attach the straps.

DO the above procedure with your face OUT OF THE WAY (otherwise you might become
a candidate for face reconstruction surgery CMF).

I really recommend to leave a cable binder permanently in for security reasons.

IF you have the pilot chute which goes on top of that spring you definitely will not manage
to do this without someone elses help.

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« Reply #67 on: February 02, 2010, 05:13:34 AM »
Thank you very much KK, I will follow your advices.

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« Reply #68 on: March 01, 2010, 04:14:08 AM »
It has been a hard work to get the parachute container to fit.

On one side the dimensions of the seat and headrest were almost perfect so that was not a problem. The problems came from the top being flat so I had to make many cut outs and remove wood to make geooves. It was messy, difficult and not pretty but it won't be seen anyway.



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« Reply #69 on: March 01, 2010, 06:39:26 AM »
Looking good, Tulkas!  :thumbsup:

Keep it up.


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« Reply #70 on: March 01, 2010, 07:25:02 AM »
Great looking seat, keep working on that baby and it will turn out great.
at least you have something to sit on now  :thumbsup:  ;)

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« Reply #71 on: March 02, 2010, 02:07:35 PM »
Very Nice job on the seat Tulkas! :thumbsup:
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« Reply #72 on: March 08, 2010, 03:07:27 AM »
Thanks guys!

More progress. Not the glamorous kind of progress but very important and a huge step forward for me.

This thing is maybe the most important part of my pit structure. It is the base for the seat and the link between the foward and the back sections. The position, leaning and height of the seat depends of it, and so does the steadiness and solidity. I needed many adjustments and trials to finally get the final shape:

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The seat in position:

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An very important test. While weight and portability are not important to me, steadiness is a number 1 priority. I don't want any shaking, trembling, noises... when climbing or moving in the cockpit. So I put my 85kg for first time on it...

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...and it was great. Steady and firm as a rock. I have tried a couple of real military sims and it felt just like sitting on them.

Sitting for first time in your cockpit is also a moral boost, it felt special and I thought "hey! maybe I will actually have a cockpit after all!". I can confess I have sit a few times on it this weekend just for the sake of it and my wife has found me sitting there smiling and happy as kid :D

I am working now on the fake rails, the data recorder, eject mechanism and as soon as I get the arm lever from Mike I will start with the arming mechanism.

I will take the seat away today (  :( ooooh, no more fun) to keep on sanding, filling and hope to be ready to start painting in two weeks.

Cheers

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« Reply #73 on: March 08, 2010, 03:46:26 AM »
Awesome dude :thumbsup:, good job on the reel roller area :beer:

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« Reply #74 on: March 08, 2010, 10:26:49 AM »
Hey, Tulkas!
Sitting for first time in your cockpit is also a moral boost, it felt special and I thought "hey! maybe I will actually have a cockpit after all!". I can confess I have sit a few times on it this weekend just for the sake of it and my wife has found me sitting there smiling and happy as kid :D

Been there, done that :)
Feeling great, isn't it?

Congrats on your seat, that's great work!

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I am working now on the fake rails, the data recorder, eject mechanism and as soon as I get the arm lever from Mike I will start with the arming mechanism.
I will take the seat away today (  :( ooooh, no more fun) to keep on sanding, filling and hope to be ready to start painting in two weeks.

Good luck, and bring new pics! ;)

greetings
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« Reply #75 on: March 15, 2010, 04:04:07 AM »
Thanks guys for the feedback.

For a change is a relieve to work on something that does not implies wood cutting and sandpaper.

I have been some months thinking about the arming lever mechanism. Sure it was easy just a hinge and a push button but I wanted something to snap and lock into both positions and I wanted it to feel solid. The solution I liked the most was Ray's: http://www.viperpits.org/smf/index.php?topic=1062.150

So I went in search of RC parts but I did not find much where I live. I search on the net, I contacted Ray who kindly helped but in the end I got tired of going through pages and pages of RC material and decided to give a shot to the local general hardware store. Some half an hour walking among the shelves and came back home with this:

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A threaded rod, nuts, washers, a ball joint, a switch and a tile cutter. A tile cutter?? Yep, check out the spring that comes with it :D McGyver rules in pitbuilders' world! This the resulting test assembly:

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This is it in movement, it snaps firmly into the safe/armed position, just as I wanted.

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Now to prepare the definitive mechanism I need the drawings and dimensions of the arm lever to make a placeholder. I am purchasing the one from Mike but he appears not to be available at the moment so if someone else cand provide me with those dims I could keep on working on this until Mike is back and then install his lever.    
Thanks

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« Reply #76 on: March 22, 2010, 06:18:51 AM »
Starting the painting works on my ACESII. I use Montanagold Dust Grey 7030 and as Aeyes said, is a perfect match with the real thing, you can see in comparation with the parachute container

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It is just the first coat and there is still a long way of sandpaper and repaint but I cannot resist to dress it for somo pictures

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I wont spend too much time detailing the backside since it won?t be seen with the ejection rails structure.

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And now starts a long and boring work to turn the wood rough surface into slick metal and plastic looking surface. A lot of mastic, a lot of sandpapering and a lot of patient but it is possible. I have the experience from the ICP case and I know what to do.

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I have decided to leave aside the wood mastic I have been using and change to the one used to fix bumps and damage on metal. I think I read it being call bundo or something around here. It is more expensive, it?s more difficult to use because dries very fast, it is a lot harder to sandpaper and you have to mix two components, in the other side its hardness gives a lot better finish. I started using it to fix some bumps in my metallic seat pan and ended using it all over.

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Opposite to the ICP case this thing is quite big so I mentally have part it in small areas to get them perfect one by one. I started with the front of the seat pan

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And the result

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« Reply #77 on: March 22, 2010, 09:10:53 AM »
Well done tulkas ! outstanding work there!  :thumbsup:

A little tip, if I can, put some thin metal plate around  the knee rest edge to avoid wood damage when you will quickly jump into the pit  for a scramble!! :vp:

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« Reply #78 on: March 23, 2010, 03:19:48 AM »
Great job Tulkas. Very nice.
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« Reply #79 on: March 30, 2010, 04:34:55 AM »
Thanks guys!

Well done tulkas ! outstanding work there!  :thumbsup:

A little tip, if I can, put some thin metal plate around  the knee rest edge to avoid wood damage when you will quickly jump into the pit  for a scramble!! :vp:

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Magoo the complete top of the seat pan up to the edge is metal. so it should be ok.


Painting and sanding the seat is going forward at a good pace. Parallel to this a I have been working on other details.

First the mechanismo for the ejection handle. Very simple. One spring was ok but I wanted to feel a good resistence.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/PB210203.jpg
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eject! eject! eject!:

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I have made some paper stencils for the metal supports that hung on the seat. Also you can see the still raw date recorder, fake rails and wheels. Still a lot of work but I have startet to see the end of the process.

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« Reply #80 on: March 31, 2010, 04:11:23 PM »
Hi guys!

Anyone so kind to give me the dimension in the picture?

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Thanks!

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« Reply #81 on: April 01, 2010, 09:04:06 AM »
Came on guys! Don?t be shy! I know a good bunch of you have this thing, it will take you about 30s to messure and write it here

Lazy basterds!  :lol:  :lol:

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Hi guys!

Anyone so kind to give me the dimension in the picture?

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Thanks!

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« Reply #82 on: April 01, 2010, 10:35:41 AM »
.... only 3 seconds to measure - but 327 seconds to find the bloody thing  ;)

.... 37 mm?s!!!

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« Reply #83 on: April 01, 2010, 01:08:38 PM »
Mine's not real but it's 42mm - on the other hand I know where to find it  8) :-P
Don't be so picky about real dims gents. There are many differences amongst real parts too :)
Especially for such a small tiny detail

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« Reply #84 on: April 02, 2010, 11:02:31 AM »
.... only 3 seconds to measure - but 327 seconds to find the bloody thing  ;)

.... 37 mm?s!!!

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..... also, not the real thing - sorry! Might even be the one pictured there....

I agree with RD on the dimensions, especially on a part like this - which is really not adjacent to other parts.

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« Reply #85 on: April 02, 2010, 11:25:30 AM »
many thanks Tor and RD!

I also agree with you, in a part like this it is not really needed to be accurate to the milimeter, but I needed at least some reference to start making it. If later it is 3 or 4 cm it is not so important, actually the hinge that I get in the shop will decide the size but I wanted to get close.

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« Reply #86 on: April 11, 2010, 06:40:31 AM »
I know many of you guys know IT...

...

This creature has eaten many pit projects...

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This greedy creature sees every pit room as its lebensraum...

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It is the black beast of the pit builders...

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And now it is IN my house...

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I hear it in the night...

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Sometimes I wake up and I can see my wife walking around in the darkness half slept...

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With some very high tech equipment I got a picture of this daemon while it was getting all over my pit...

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Prepare yourself to feel FEAR!

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It arrived the last 3rd of April, but I think we are getting along pretty well after all :D

He even allowed me to work a lot in my pit the last week (thanks to him I did not have to go to work :) )

I have painted the pads on the headrest dark grey. The last coat placing the spray can far away from the surface to get a rough texture which I liked a lot. I am VERY pleased with the result

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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0596.jpg
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I have started to paint the sides of the seat. I will do it in three coats to try to simulated a real weathering.

First coat aluminum

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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/IMG_0568.jpg
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Second yellow priming colour

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And third coat gray. I don?t have a picture yet but it looks great!

Un saludo

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« Reply #87 on: April 11, 2010, 08:34:58 AM »
Tulkas,
                     That?s the best so far, The tears was running down my face,
Congratulations, it is a beast but it is definitely not black,

  Beautiful  baby and a beautiful post.     :beer:


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« Reply #88 on: April 11, 2010, 09:22:36 AM »
Congratulations!!!
 :yihaw:

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« Reply #89 on: April 11, 2010, 10:49:01 AM »
ACESII looks GREAT.........but the little kid looks Gouges  :thumbsup: Congrats mate, well done work  :whistle:

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« Reply #90 on: April 12, 2010, 04:24:31 AM »
Congratulations Tulkas... welcome to the club.



P.S (Spanish only, sorry): Es un cr?o estupendo... abr?galo que por ah? arriba hace mucha rasca. Desde el conocimiento que da el hecho de haber sido padre un par de meses antes que tu te dir? que ya te puedes ir preparando para dejar ligeramente aparcada la simulaci?n por un tiempo.

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« Reply #91 on: April 12, 2010, 04:47:27 AM »
Congratulation my friend,....... specially to your MUJER  ;)

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« Reply #92 on: April 12, 2010, 11:22:10 AM »
congrats mate  :thumbsup:

enjoy it! and also the aces

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« Reply #93 on: April 13, 2010, 03:15:17 AM »
Thanks guys!

Calvo-> No te preocupes que ya estamos (por fin) en primavera y a menudo pasamos de los 10 grados, se ha derretido casi toda la nieve en mi urbanizaci?n :D Por otro lado a?n tengo esperanzas de compaginar crio y aficiones, para eso creo que los horarios laborales noruegos son mucho m?s benignos para la familia y los hobbies quelos espanoles.

And now some building, I am very happy with this one:

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« Reply #94 on: April 25, 2010, 04:32:38 PM »
Now working on the left side. The arm lever mechanidm it is almost solved. I had to modify a little Mike?s lever to be able to use with the link I found. It?s working very well:

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« Reply #95 on: April 30, 2010, 05:40:28 PM »
I am starting to see the end of the journey (ACES only :) )

Today I worked on the front part, the one housing the ejection handle:

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Left side is almost ready:

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Once these two parts are finish I think major operations on the ACESII two are done and it will be only left the most pleasant part of the building: add details with wires, pipes, etc... and finally the stickers! looking forward!

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« Reply #96 on: May 01, 2010, 04:40:03 AM »
Hey Tulcas!
Looking really treat, but take in mind not to build that eject handle system to fragile, cause you will in a fight suddenly get a missile up your ass and then pure reflection pull the eject handle very hard. You might not, but when you have a stranger in the pit and you dont remember to tell him to eject gentle, then you are back to repair.

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« Reply #97 on: May 01, 2010, 06:56:26 AM »
Hey Tulkas!
That looks awesome, dude. Like Kukki says, build it tough. The real eject handle take 50 lbs. to pull it!!!!! You cant make a mistake. I have to use two hands to eject with the real mechanism.
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« Reply #98 on: May 31, 2010, 07:37:08 AM »
Hey Tulcas!
Looking really treat, but take in mind not to build that eject handle system to fragile, cause you will in a fight suddenly get a missile up your ass and then pure reflection pull the eject handle very hard. You might not, but when you have a stranger in the pit and you dont remember to tell him to eject gentle, then you are back to repair.

Just a heads up.

Thanks Kukki. Believe me, the idea of strangers on my cockpit obsess me from day one. I am building a plane in my house so I am a freaky and nothing can help with that anymore, but I don?t want to be an eccentric antisocial freaky the kind which when have visitors and they said "wow! so cool cockpit! can I sit on it??" "NOP! you will break something!!"  :wacko:  :-P

So to avoid that situation I am building my cockpit as solid as possible without regard for weight or transport ease other than make it modular. So the the springs for the ejection handle are screwed to a solid 5cm thick piece of wood glued to the back of the MDF.   

Hey Tulkas!
That looks awesome, dude. Like Kukki says, build it tough. The real eject handle take 50 lbs. to pull it!!!!! You cant make a mistake. I have to use two hands to eject with the real mechanism.
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First I wanted to get the real feeling, then I learned that it was 50lbs so the only way to get it was to make a hole on the floor and hung son training free weights from the handle :) So I gave up and used 4 springs (yes i had added one more after the pictures) and I would think the feeling is around 15kg, good enough to have a solid feeling for me.

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My wife must be an unique case of wife support but she got to CONVINCE ME to buy a new screen because my old 19" CRT looked so ugly together with the new seat I am building. The thing I was THE ONE resisting to such an expenditure. But once in the shop I could resist no more, especially because they have a 30 days trial period so you can regret:

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Oh boy! With that size and that close I see 3D cockpits on natural size now!:

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47 inches, Full HD, 1920x1080, 1080p, 60Hz, 5995 NOK.-... I was worried about having the screen so close but having 30 days testing it was worth to try. If I get sick and throw up after every flight I can always can get my money back or go smaller.

Yesterday I test it, adjusted backlight and flew 4 hours non stop. Now you will have to come and take it away from my cold dead hand :)!

I have not forgotten my ACESII. Working on paper stencils to make metal plates for the top of the sides. Many cut-outs for the stuff there:

CAN SOME ONE TELL ME THE DIAMETER OF THE OXY RING??? Thaks!!!
 
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Un saludo

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« Reply #99 on: May 31, 2010, 09:12:31 AM »
Very nice seat Tulkas.
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« Reply #100 on: May 31, 2010, 10:03:51 AM »
Tulkas,
2.25" diameter. If you ask Dunk, he will send you one. Your seat is way cool, mate!! Slide it in.
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« Reply #101 on: May 31, 2010, 08:59:07 PM »
Gotta watch them generous wive's......she could be setting you up for a big expensive toy for her.  :lolsign:


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« Reply #102 on: June 01, 2010, 08:17:12 AM »
Tulkas,
2.25" diameter. If you ask Dunk, he will send you one. Your seat is way cool, mate!! Slide it in.
Nigel

Thanks Nigel! The day is close to put it in place, bu still some more work to do.

Nigel, did you get my las email?

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« Reply #103 on: June 10, 2010, 04:10:24 AM »
Hey Tulkas

I know, I'm late   :-[

I have that for you


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« Reply #104 on: June 17, 2010, 03:03:30 AM »
Thanks Milos, actually that picture is gonna be help since I am planning to restore my oxy bottle repainting it.

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Well, well, we keep on. Now I have started making all the details which hang all over the seat.

First the rails. Quite annoying to make with wood because been so straight there is no place where to hide imperfections. That demands and extra effort with mastic and sandpaper to get a smooth surface.

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They are fake rails in the sense that most of them are just solid wood and only the top actually looks like a rail.

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But I think they got nice looking in the end:

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Working on the top sills of the sides. Especially the left side requires carefull work to install the arm lever. Everything appears to go ok here. The plata is made in 3mm alu

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Some other details as data recorder support, oxy bottle bracket, etc.. are made with .5mm alu

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Fitting the future data recorder with its support

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« Reply #105 on: June 17, 2010, 04:11:24 AM »
nice progress :thumbsup:
love the rails
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« Reply #106 on: June 17, 2010, 08:20:16 AM »
Hello Tulkas where i can found this Rails for the seat my best regards :beer2:

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« Reply #107 on: June 17, 2010, 08:45:41 AM »
Hello Tulkas where i can found this Rails for the seat my best regards :beer2:

Attached to my seat, I made them :D

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« Reply #108 on: June 17, 2010, 12:42:07 PM »
Hi Tulkas!

Very nice seat-progress  :thumbsup:

.... but just a little "constructive critisism"....

The seat-harness handle is way to high. PM me your email-account and I will send you photo?s and/or dims for you.

And, with your metal-skills - I do hope to see the data-recorder transformed into aluminum as well  ;) That seat deserves it!

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« Reply #109 on: June 17, 2010, 09:46:42 PM »
how much you charge me for one pair? :beer2: ...regards

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« Reply #110 on: June 18, 2010, 02:21:46 PM »
how much you charge me for one pair? :beer2: ...regards

Let?s not turn this PROGRESS-thread into a sales-thread... use PM?s for that, eh!

But.... Tulkas, you may want to consider sharing your plans/dims/measures/material etc. etc.  in an approriate new thread  :whistle:

Seatrails don?t come on E-Bay you know!

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« Reply #111 on: June 27, 2010, 05:48:19 PM »
how much you charge me for one pair? :beer2: ...regards

I am very sorry but my handmade parts take too long to be made and I cannot duplicate. I only have time for one pit at the time :)

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« Reply #112 on: June 27, 2010, 05:50:48 PM »

.... but just a little "constructive critisism"....

The seat-harness handle is way to high. PM me your email-account and I will send you photo?s and/or dims for you.

Hi Tor! That?s because it is not a F16?s handle but once painted will look cool even if it is a bit loger.

But pictures all always welcome so I will give you my email anyway :)

Thanks!

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« Reply #113 on: June 27, 2010, 05:56:49 PM »
I am already planning the final details so I went to make the plumbering shopping, not cheap if you ask me:

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I have been working with the metal parts that were prett raw in my last update. I am becoming more comfortable with metal work and I am planning to use more often in the future::

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Some fiting test, that side of the seat it is always very spectacular with so much details:

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Looking foward to push the seat and get it in position!!

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I have been working aswell to get the pit beast on my side so I made him chief test pilot, testing:

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Thinking.

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And approving! Thumb up! We can keep on!!

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« Reply #114 on: June 27, 2010, 06:46:07 PM »
Tulkas,

Really outstanding work on the ACESII Brackets!  :thumbsup:  And yes; your new Chief Test Pilot seems to approve of your efforts.

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« Reply #115 on: July 06, 2010, 02:29:02 AM »
Thanks Jan!

Little but nice addition, gift from a friend:

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Some paint work

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And attaching the metal hardware with many simulated rivets:

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Step by step I am getting there.

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« Reply #116 on: July 06, 2010, 02:52:19 AM »
Awesome, Tulkas! Love this seat, mate. The rails are really impressive. Adding the small details like the brackets adds so much to the pit. One thing I would suggest is to study pics and add a lot of pop rivets and screws wherever you see them in pics of the real seat. They are cheap and easy to install. I have asked Dunk to make molds of the quick disconnects for the hoses too. I hope he does, but it looks like you made one already. Can you post a better pic of that? Great job, dude.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #117 on: July 06, 2010, 03:06:17 AM »
Hey Tulcas!
Great Seat there, great pictures, and a great Testpilot there, and seat seems to be approved.  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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« Reply #118 on: July 06, 2010, 06:38:33 AM »
...even better!
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« Reply #119 on: July 06, 2010, 09:45:01 AM »
Tulkas,
Wow!  Just keeps keeping better.  Well done.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #120 on: July 06, 2010, 11:48:48 AM »
very nice work tulkas
your seat looks great  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #121 on: July 21, 2010, 02:49:55 AM »
Ok, enough resting and enjoying the Spanish victory in the World Cup :)

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It is time for some pitbuilding. I want to finish this ACESII before it is one year since I started

One thing I would suggest is to study pics and add a lot of pop rivets and screws wherever you see them in pics of the real seat. (...) I have asked Dunk to make molds of the quick disconnects for the hoses too. I hope he does, but it looks like you made one already. Can you post a better pic of that? Great job, dude.
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That's the plan regarding the rivets. I use pop up rivets and small nails to simulate rivets. The nails look great. The pop up rivet need the hole to be fill.

My quick diconector is just a plumbering connector, I will take a  pictur later...

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I am working on the plates on the top of the seat sides. This is the left one:

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The problem is how attach it. MDF is not a very good friend of screws, especially on the edge. It will brake in layers:

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So I decided to use some small threaded inserts:

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One of the things I enjoy the most about pitbuilding is to go to a normal hardware shop and just walk around among the shelves with some pit parts in my head until I find some object which could be transformed in the needed part. This time was the oxy ring from a ring to attach boats, it was the perfect size:

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Some hard work to saw away the screw and some mor work and a couple of drill bites broken to get hole for the cable, was really hard!

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But I am very happy with my all metal very cheap oxy ring:

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Cheers

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #122 on: July 21, 2010, 03:25:59 AM »
Dude, youre pit rocks! I LOVE how you are building and fabricating from scratch. It looks amazingly real. Those threaded inserts are invaluable. I use them a lot. I have them all over my pit in acrylic parts. For my HUD box I needed to add a bunch. First pilot drill a hole slightly undersize thenI take a screw with insert just like your picture and heat it up with a cigarette lighter. Then insert it QUICKLY into the hole and eyeball it as straight as possible. after it cools I carefully work the screw loose and it's done. This method might work for knobs using insrts from Mcmaster-Carr.
Keep it up and thanks for the great pics.
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« Reply #123 on: August 03, 2010, 04:04:34 AM »
Thak you very much for your words Nigel!

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I spent the weekend finishing a million little things in the seat: install the top plates on the sides, install the parts which goes from the oxy bottle to the ring, finish the ejection mechanism, finishing the arm lever mechanism, paint the locking leverr, etc... and now this baby is really close to be finished.

Top of the right side

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Switch for the arm lever and top of the left side:

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Painted arnes lock lever, it was a green one from a plane from the 50-60s I think

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Now the seat is ready for the final paint work and the stickers. Only left to be made the release handle and the data recorder. Shoulder arnes system will have to wait for a very good offer.

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The seat cannot be use with the CH Pedals, human anatomy matter. In the long term I will get Simped or other. But my CH are still working great so is a pity ti spend a lot of money in new pedals, money that can be use to move forward other parts of the cockpit. So I am planning to meke a temporary modification of my CH ProPedals to adapt them to the cockpit.

Can someone give me dimensions and pictures for the real pedals please? I only need the part where you place your foot, front and side. Thank you very much.

Cheers

Tulkas
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #124 on: August 08, 2010, 05:27:14 PM »
Well, finally getting there with the ACESII, I think ten months into the construction process of the seat.

I took it out for one last painting:

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Now the moment I thought I would never get at: placing the stickers from Aeyes!! They are so cool that I wished the real ACESS had more stickers. I started to place handles and mechanisms as well

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Oxy bottle in place, I made very cool holders for the hose using rubber from an old bicycle air chamber and normal cable holders.

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Hey Nigel, you asked me for my quixk connector, just a bunch of plumbering parts bought at a local store:

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This thing is getting waaay cool:

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I guess those of you with real (or realsimulator, doesn?t matter) pedals missed my previous post. Please, if you can help me with the dimensions, is gonna be my next step after the seat.

Thanks

Tulkas

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« Reply #125 on: August 08, 2010, 05:49:15 PM »
Maaaan!!! I love it! I love it! :yihaw:
Great attention to detail, super :thumbsup:

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« Reply #126 on: August 09, 2010, 02:49:26 AM »
Awesome Aces Tulkas, those details are fantastic.  :hail:

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« Reply #127 on: August 09, 2010, 03:20:07 AM »
Great work Tulkas, the seat looks awesome! :beer:

Minor detail: the hose from the oxygenbottle goes behind the backseat cushion, to the rightside of the seat, to the CRU. The hose from the quickdisconnector goes into the seat, and then under the seat to the front were it connects to a initiator which is activated by the ejecthandle.

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« Reply #128 on: August 09, 2010, 11:36:05 AM »
Veeery nice Tulkas.
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« Reply #129 on: August 09, 2010, 12:00:12 PM »
Niiice seat progress  :thumbsup:

I will feed you twice a day for ten months if you come by with a toolbox...
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« Reply #130 on: August 09, 2010, 01:38:48 PM »
It looks amazing Tulkas...been there done that....looking at your pictures and I was taking back some 18 months myself. The time I was stickering my seat... it feels great, isn't it  :yihaw:

Great job  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #131 on: August 15, 2010, 04:10:46 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys!

Ray, you are of course right but I thought it was a nice looking solution (tricky though  :whistle: ) and maybe in the future I will go for the right set up if I get the parts for it.

Tor, man, you don?t know what you have done offering to feed me, that?s a risky offer on your side without knowing my eating habits. My wife told me to accept, big relief for the family budget :D

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This one was a easy one after all I have passed with the seat:

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When I showed it to my wife she thought that the Mike?s data tag gave it the realistic touch, I had to agree, it would not have been the same just with a sticker, the volumetric engraving is really cool. So now you know, if you are building the date recorder in your next order to Mike ask for the tag. For no money plus two pop rivets it will look really cool.

In position:

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Pipe work done on the right side:

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Working on the manual chute handle and I will proclame the seat as finished for the time being. Low priority to get real parts like harnesses, oxy hoses and connections, etc.. but I will wait for those ones as "cherry on top" of a finished cockpit.

Next step: pedals, dimensions anyone? Thanks!

Cheers

Tulkas
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« Reply #132 on: August 16, 2010, 02:39:27 AM »
The  skillfulness and the patience you put in each detail are really impressive Tulkas !! :hail:

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« Reply #133 on: August 16, 2010, 08:17:58 AM »
Next step: pedals, dimensions anyone? Thanks!

You can get my file. Mostly pictures, and Eagle-wen's drawings (I assume he doesn't mind, they're in his thread). Only condition is you make two  :whistle:

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« Reply #134 on: August 16, 2010, 02:21:08 PM »
very nice progress

great seat  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #135 on: August 16, 2010, 04:57:07 PM »
No problem at all. If you need more info...just ask.

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BTW: nice seat  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #136 on: August 17, 2010, 03:24:10 AM »
Thank you very much for the feedback guys.

Ripley -> PM inbound, thanks

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« Reply #137 on: September 17, 2010, 03:04:42 AM »
I am getting there guys! This is almost done!

Manual chute handle. I have been thinking how to do this for a while. While it was easy for me to make in wood I wanted a better real feeling so I decide to place a metal bar inside. The bar comes from a bike "leg" (the one for it to stand) that I have saw.

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Then I thought why not to put to good use my recently acquired metal handling superpowers?  :-P I thought it would be nice to have a metal outside layer

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Made the cut outs with the Dremel and fill it with tons of metal mastic

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Some patient and tedious sanding and starts to look good:

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Now a small tutorial about how I make my metal parts with a few very normal tools:

First from paper stencils (no real dimensions here at all guys, made them up from pictures) I cut the metal, some parts with those metal "scissors", some parts with the dremel and some parts with a manual coping saw:

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With the Dremel I carefully make a groove on the bending lines

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Then it is quite easy to make the bendings just by hand:

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After that is just matter of careful use of metal files to make nice edges and shape them:

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As you can see the handle is gold painted but it was too pretty for me and I weathered it to show some of the metal and kill a bit the goldish shine. Doesn't show that well on the pictures but I got very happy with the look. The touch feeling is great thanks to the metal, very solid and cold  :wacko: feels like something real. I just think the sticker is too new and bright in comparision with the old used look I gave to the handle. I may do something about that in the future...

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Cheers

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« Reply #138 on: September 17, 2010, 03:15:53 AM »
Really nice work
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« Reply #139 on: September 17, 2010, 03:28:36 AM »
Very nice job Tulkas, very nice.
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« Reply #140 on: September 17, 2010, 04:03:13 AM »
Great work . . . bookmarked for future reference.  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #141 on: September 17, 2010, 04:21:04 AM »
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simply amazing  :thumbsup:

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #142 on: September 17, 2010, 08:23:57 AM »
With patience and ingeneousity....
We can achieve the impossible.

Great work Tulkas, it really looks amazing.
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« Reply #143 on: September 17, 2010, 11:32:38 AM »
Great Job!!  I Also Bookmarked.
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #144 on: November 03, 2010, 05:37:11 AM »
Thank you very much for the feedback guys!

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Small update,

I got some really nice gifts from a friend: a pilot harness and a set of unused UWARS shoulder straps


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I preinstalled them on the seat and really boost its look:

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I don't have real inertial reel strips so I temporary use strips to attach stuff to the car, they look ok but they are a bit too wide so they don't run through the small pulleys on the shoulder straps.

So guys, if anyone has an avialable set of inertial reel strips and wants to sell...

Un saludo

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« Reply #145 on: November 03, 2010, 11:32:41 AM »

Then I thought why not to put to good use my recently acquired metal handling superpowers?  :-P I thought it would be nice to have a metal outside layer

Dude, I fell out of my chair laughing at this! BUT your pit and craftsmanship is unbelievable. My hat is off to you, mate! I have a brand new inertia reel from an unknown seat, it is exactly the same as the ACES II but it has a different mounting angle. But with your recently acquired metal handling superpowers, you shall have no problem installing it.
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« Reply #146 on: November 03, 2010, 11:40:55 AM »
I will not have your superpower Tulkas,  :taz: even if I wear a costume, mask and mantle! :biggrin:
Great Job mate, great job.
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« Reply #147 on: November 10, 2010, 08:05:28 AM »
Hi guys.

I am having a hard time trying to find some straps to use under the bottom cushion in the ACESII.

I don?t look for the real ones, I have the real push-dot button to rivet in whatever strap so I just look for nylon straps, 1 3/4" (4-4.5 cm) wide in olive drabb even kakki or gray will be ok. I found a ton i ebay but they are alwas to narrow, most of them 1".

I will be grateful if anyone can give me a hint where to find.

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« Reply #148 on: November 10, 2010, 11:02:34 AM »
Hi guys.

I am having a hard time trying to find some straps to use under the bottom cushion in the ACESII.

I don?t look for the real ones, I have the real push-dot button to rivet in whatever strap so I just look for nylon straps, 1 3/4" (4-4.5 cm) wide in olive drabb even kakki or gray will be ok. I found a ton i ebay but they are alwas to narrow, most of them 1".

I will be grateful if anyone can give me a hint where to find.

Thank you very much!

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How about straps used for holding down goods... on trailers etc.!!?

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« Reply #149 on: November 10, 2010, 04:37:42 PM »
Tulkas,
Junkyard. Old seat and shoulder belts from cars. They are just right.
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« Reply #150 on: November 10, 2010, 05:22:22 PM »


How about straps used for holding down goods... on trailers etc.!!?

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That was my first try, wrong size and color so far

Tulkas,
Junkyard. Old seat and shoulder belts from cars. They are just right.
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That?s what I have in mind now, but they are not normally in olive drab...

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« Reply #151 on: November 10, 2010, 07:37:35 PM »
Tulkas,
I have a set of straps that I would have put with your Throttle Guide that shipped Yesterday, but had not seen this.
I will put them in a box for you and ship them if you pay the shipping.
The real deal are not olive drab but blue grey as I do have the real seat pan.
These are a perfect match.
Shipping should be about the same as the throtle guide.
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« Reply #152 on: November 11, 2010, 06:46:04 AM »
Tulkas,
As Dunk says the real ones are a blue grey but black would be fine since all the new cushions, straps, belts, headrests and chute boxes are now black only. You cant see them anyway once the seat is installed.
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« Reply #153 on: November 11, 2010, 09:17:17 AM »
Thank you very much for your explanations guys!

Dunk, I?ve sent you a PM

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« Reply #154 on: November 16, 2010, 04:38:06 AM »
I received in the mail a little gift from a friend. Now I wonder how far am I taking the detailing of the seat, never dreamed of reaching this extreme:

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So we got 5 push-the-dot buttons on the back rest. Since my backrest is thin metal I have no problem using the screw and nut that comes with the buttons. I have to be extremly accurate to place them if I want them to fit with those ones on the back cushion:

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Details:

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The two on top have a double function as I learned from Ray. They of course hold the cushion but also are the attaching point for the bungee cords that hold the fold on the chute belts.:

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They are pretty tricky to snap in and out, you have to push/pull the exact spot to get it...

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But it is time to start building a cockpit and no only a chair:

Humm... I noticed some problem to fit my Jay-El in that TWP panel...

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Some testing with MFD exporter, it works great!!!

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Un saludo

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« Reply #155 on: November 16, 2010, 04:48:31 AM »
Can one get used to being astonished? Great build, man. You encourage me to keep working on the pit, and going for that extra notch of realism :)
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« Reply #156 on: November 16, 2010, 05:43:34 AM »
WOW!  :thumbsup:

Your ACESII looks great, Tulkas!
And you're off to a good start with the rest of the pit as well!

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« Reply #157 on: November 16, 2010, 07:38:23 AM »
Very nice Tulkas, very nice.
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« Reply #158 on: November 16, 2010, 07:56:49 AM »
Great job mate, and that seat really looks nice  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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« Reply #159 on: November 16, 2010, 09:38:26 AM »
The two on top have a double function as I learned from Ray. They of course hold the cushion but also are the attaching point for the bungee cords that hold the fold on the chute belts.:
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Hey Tulkas,
Look again at the pictures i posted, it are not the two on top, but the lower ones, otherwise the bungeecords would really hurt in your back, and are too long...

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« Reply #160 on: November 16, 2010, 01:42:14 PM »
Hey Tulkas,
Look again at the pictures i posted, it are not the two on top, but the lower ones, otherwise the bungeecords would really hurt in your back, and are too long...

Thanks Ray! Good catch.

I get to excited when finally arrives the moment to hung stuff on the seat and I misplace them often :)


Can one get used to being astonished? Great build, man. You encourage me to keep working on the pit, and going for that extra notch of realism :)

Thanks Raus. I have not forgotten those dimensions from the ICP, but I have to unpack the ICP which I have not use since we moved to the new house. A bit more of patien please! ;)

Thanks evrybody for the nice comments.

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« Reply #161 on: November 25, 2010, 04:26:10 AM »
Something that was bothering me since I started to think about building a pit was how I was hoing to attach the MFD screens and the MFD bezels. Of course then I was not thinking to work with metal at all so now I had access to a good solution through metal parts. I based my work on Rayman's solution but adapted to my building and materials. The 8" screens gave a little of a headache, they are too large to use when you have a 10.4" in the CP. In the end I had to enlarge a bit the front panel but it looks ok:

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I made a test assembly to check that everything fits. It did and feels very solid and firm. You know, I don't want any shake and cracking when I push buttons or flip switches, that's one of the priorities in my pit. You can see here how the panel is attached.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/IMG_2476.jpg
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I also check that the screens still work after the traumatic removing from their cases. They do but the left one goes off somtimes when you touch the wires so I have to find what power wire is a bit loose.

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Is amazing to have the MFDs working. It absolutly changes everything and brings your pit to another lever. The MFDE works like a charm, no lag, fluid, crisp picture, really amazing: Thanks Lightning!!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
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« Reply #162 on: November 25, 2010, 06:30:24 AM »
Those MFD's looks really good :thumbsup:

I am about to buy LCD for my MFD's  . Most of you guys use 6.4"  ( expensive 150$ per LCD  :wacko:)
Tulkas , is it possible to use 8" with 10.4" lcd using the original consoles ?

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« Reply #163 on: November 25, 2010, 06:44:40 AM »

Tulkas , is it possible to use 8" with 10.4" lcd using the original consoles ?

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I understand you mean the 10.4" in the CP?

In my opinion and experience, no. You have to hide part of the 8" LCD inside the CP an there you have the 10.4" so they will crash and part of the 8" will fall outside of the console.

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« Reply #164 on: November 25, 2010, 09:18:04 AM »
Yeap the 10.4" in the CP

6.4" then . I hope I can find a good deal

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« Reply #165 on: December 01, 2010, 07:10:35 AM »
OK, I have scrwed up big time. I got two gorgeous screens from vitrolight, a 4.8" and a 3.5" together with power supplies. I thought both power supplies were the same, 12V as all my other screens. So plugged the 3.5" to the 12V power supply only to notice that the other power supply was 5V.  :stupid:  :stupid:  :stupid:

So I fried it, my question is, have I fried the whole thing or just the board? I mean, the LCD is destroyed as well or can i order another board and it will be ok?

Thanks for your answers

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« Reply #166 on: December 01, 2010, 07:19:21 AM »
i had similar thing with my screen once...but it was on the inverter in the back of the screen, luckly it had a build in SMD fuse and i changed the fuse and it went just fine.
try to troubleshoot the board, find the product sheet for starters....
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« Reply #167 on: December 01, 2010, 07:55:46 AM »
Yeap the 10.4" in the CP

6.4" then . I hope I can find a good deal

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Vitrolight can also supply a 7" panel, 800x600 (not shown in his shop). I'm not sure of the price, but I'm pretty sure they are relatively cheap.

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« Reply #168 on: December 01, 2010, 03:12:57 PM »
Ripley - was that 7" in 4:3 or 16:9 ?
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #169 on: December 01, 2010, 03:31:40 PM »
Hei guys please.

I am asking help and advice on my building thread, don?t derail it with a different subject so my post falls far behind before people can read it.

-> Falcao Thanks man, I will try to find out if the board had some kind of protection or fuse. If not, is the LCD dead as well?

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #170 on: December 01, 2010, 04:03:22 PM »
no tulkas i don?t think the lcd is screwed, use the data sheet schematics for the board and try to figure out were it burned out.
like i told you in the previous post, my lcd inverter also burned out and i panic at the begining then i used the datasheet to troubleshoot.
at least try, in any case you have only a burned board, not the LCD  :thumbsup:
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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #171 on: December 01, 2010, 04:07:19 PM »
 I also ordred 3.5" and 4.8" from vitrolight . haven't recevied them yet
I'm no expert but from what I read you probably damaged your board not the LCD

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #172 on: January 10, 2011, 03:20:40 AM »
Getting close to finish the seat. I have to thank Dunk for his help in this progress:

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There is only one thing left: Inertial reel stripes which I plan to attach to a car seat belt retractor.

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So guys, if anybody has available a set of  Inertial reel stripes (not need the reel, just the stripes) I am open for business :thumbsup:

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« Reply #173 on: January 10, 2011, 03:35:43 AM »
You are welcome there Tulkas, I see that you found the real snaps.
That is a great thing, I need to find the male side of that snap for my seat back.
The snaps on the seat pads are very tight fitting for the silver ones that I sent to you.
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