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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.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5110175.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5140166.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5140167.jpg
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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P5230169.jpg
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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

Tulkas

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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":

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7010165.jpg
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Started work on the sides:

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7030166.jpg
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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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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7120167.jpg
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And "the oh God, I cannot sandpaper any more" knee and leg protections.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7180168.jpg
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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

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7290176.jpg
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sandpaper the top to round

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P7290178.jpg
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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.

http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P8140193.jpg
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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

Tulkas

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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.

Cheers,

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Re: Tulkas' simulator - progress
« 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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http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w90/Tulkas_5Js/Cockpit/P9040215.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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